Brooklyn Cider House
 

(photo: Michael Tulipan)

 

(photo: Michael Tulipan)

Craft cider paired with a perfect Basque meal in Bushwick

By Hannah Howard

Located at the northern edge of Spain, the Basque Country is a region imbued with its own unique set of cultural traditions, including one that anyone who has visited probably feels particularly nostalgic for: the sagardotegi, or cider house. At these convivial joints, cider is served straight from giant barrels, where patrons pour the funky goodness in long, rainbow arcs against the sides of their glasses, so the cider will be perfectly effervescent. This boisterous drinking is paired with a simple, hearty meal—salt cod to start, and slices of juicy steak.

Wine buyer Peter Yi fell in love with cider, and the whole experience, during a trip to Basque country in 2014, and decided to bring the magic back to Brooklyn. His sister Susan Yi quit her teaching job to study apples and cider, and Brooklyn Cider House was born.

The two revitalized a 200-acre farm in New Paltz, in New York’s Hudson Valley, where they built a cidery, tasting room, farm store, and casual restaurant. “Ugly apples taste better,” they believe, and to back it up, they have planted nearly 8,000 baby apple trees of rare varieties that are the base of their incredible cider.
The dinner experience at Brooklyn Cider House in Bushwick transports you to Spain. Four courses of well-executed Basque favorites include peppery chorizo served with roasted veggies and plenty of garlic; a traditional tortilla filled with Icelandic cod; a superbly silky cowboy-style rib eye from Cedar River Farms in Colorado; and slices of Manchego served with raw walnuts and membrillo.

In between courses, guests take trips to the gorgeous, huge Spanish Chestnut barrels, where the cider expert will talk you through the deliciousness that shoots from the spouts. There’s also a vegetarian option, and a complimentary dessert—think bread pudding with vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of caramel—for BBE subscribers. As they say in the Basque country, "Txotx!"

(photo: Michael Tulipan)


hours

Dinner:Tue–Sun seatings at 5:15 PM, 6 PM, 6:45 PM, 7:30 PM, 8:15 PM, 9 PM
Brunch: Sat–Sun 11 AM–3 PM

price range

$43 (vegetarian four courses) to $49 (four courses)
(3 tastings of cider included in both options)
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