WHY HERE: Co-founders Jay Zimmerman (The Standard) and Derrek Vernon (Gallery Bar) view this neighborhood Williamsburg spot as a relaxed gathering place. And while it’s relaxed, the décor is more refined than your usual corner joint. Well-crafted drinks share the menu with seasonal beer-and-shot selections and brunchy libations. WHY NOW: It’s a good-size space in a neighborhood where both dining and drinking are often crowded. The tasteful outdoor garden space works for both a date-night stopover and office birthday parties.