photos by Alyce Gorch
If whiskey is the water of life, Williamsburg just got little livelier.
Noorman’s Kil, the brainchild of four Barcade/The Gutter alums with a thirst for fine Scotch, has opened its doors on Grand Street, offering the comforts of artisan grilled cheese and over 250 whiskeys to spirit-loving locals and locavores alike.
The owners, who all fall appropriately into the actor/musician breed, say they simply wanted to build a place where they’d like to hang out. “We just really like whiskey and grilled cheese,” says co-owner Marcel Simoneau.
Despite the simplicity of the bar’s concept, the guys spared no detail when designing the space, which features an old-timey aesthetic indoors and a picturesque garden out back. Fashionable reclaimed wood abounds—the pine-and-oak bar’s refurbished from an Amish Country candy shop counter, the light fixtures are old medicine jars, the flooring was once a New Hampshire barn. A portrait of the bar's namesake, Norwegian settler Dirck Volckertszen de Noorman, hangs on the wall.
The menu’s equally scrupulous, its seven sandwiches carefully marrying artisanal cheeses with condiments from the likes of Anarchy in a Jar, My Friend’s Mustard and Brooklyn Brine (but don’t ask for pickle backs). Try the Betsy, with Vermont Chèvre, apricot jam, honey, thyme on olive bread, or keep things classic with the Karen, a four-cheese-and-sourdough creation named for Simoneau’s mother.
If straight-up whiskey isn’t your thing, they’ve got fancy cocktails with Hella Bitters, about a dozen craft beers on tap, and a rotating wine selection. If it is, they’ve got bi-weekly tastings with the pros (check their Facebook page for dates).
It's only been a few weeks, but the place is already buzzing with bar-savvy locals, many of whom go for the sandwiches, but stay for the whiskey.
And maybe another sandwich.
Noorman’s Kil, 609 Grand St, Williamsburg (347) 384-2526. Average drink: $6, Entrees: $4-$7