Maison Premiere


Mixologist Maksym Pazuniak of Maison Premiere - Brooklyn, NY

298 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(347) 335-0446
Hours: Weekdays 4pm-4am; Weekends 12pm-4am

Brooklyn’s archipelago of cocktail havens got a polished new addition this year, courtesy of 2009 New York Rising Star Mixologist Maxwell Britten. Self-described “Oyster House and Cocktail Den,” Maison Premiere is as much about the theater of classic absinthe culture as it is an altar for cocktail and bivalve worship. And worship is the right word here. From the working absinthe fountain to the obsessively fresh seafood menu, courtesy of Chef John Boissy, everything about the place follows through on the basic, sublime, premise. And the décor is no exception. Bartenders Natasha David and Maksym Pazuniak craft their creations in a setting that feels transported (probably by riverboat) from its rightful home in the 19th century French Quarter of New Orleans. The drinks, of course, aren’t facsimiles, and aren’t exclusively absinthe—though the bartenders are experts, and we’re guessing you can get a damn fine Sazerac. Pazuniak and David both serve near-addictive cocktails that fall along the Fernet-forward lines we so love.

Recommended Dishes:
  • Torino Julep: Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth, Smith & Cross Rum, Fernet Branca, Maldon Salt, and Fresh Mint
  • Fernet Sling: Fernet Branca, Carpano Antica Vermouth, Demerera Sugar, Lemon, Orange Twist, and Soda

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