25 Bogart St
Brooklyn, NY 11206
Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Cards: All major
Price: Moderately Priced
Hours: Mon-Thu 5 pm – 2 am; Fri 5 pm – 4 am; Sat 11 am – 4 am; Sun 11 am – 2 am
Booze: Full Bar
Subway: L to Morgan Ave.
Menu: Click Here
NY Times says:
TAGS: American (New), Bars, Brunch (Weekends), Fancy Cocktails, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Live Music, Morgan, Open Late, Recently Opened, Restaurants, ★★★★ Great
Bushwick’s industrial blocks are a haven for raves, after-hours parties and other grubby creatures facing extinction in Manhattan. But Tutu’s, a neo-rustic bar/restaurant/club that opened last October, is a harbinger of normalization.
On a recent Saturday night, the smell of rosemary fries hung in the air as floorboards vibrated from Deee-Lite’s “Groove Is in the Heart.” With patrons in Indian blanket jackets jockeying at the bar, one could sense the arrival of this neighborhood’s version of Union Pool: a place for cool kids that is welcoming for squares.
Near the Morgan Avenue stop on the L train, Tutu’s is part of the blossoming ecosystem around Roberta’s, the pizza joint that ascended to destination dining. The sprawling split-level space includes a bar cluttered with weathered booths and old portraits, and a raw basement space warmed by space heaters. One evening may host Dungeons & Dragons lessons, another Mario Kart contests. It already feels lived-in.
Regulars include North Brooklyn kids in motorcycle jackets, beanies, scarves and dress shirts buttoned to the hilt, with a few preppies swinging by after dinner. Occasionally used as an event space, Tutu’s has hosted a holiday party for Marc Jacobs employees and a gathering of micro-batch ginger beer dweebs.
Music vacillates among oldies, ’90s R&B, new wave, disco and contemporary hip-hop. On one Friday, a D.J. in animal-print stretch pants played “Cake” from Rihanna and stampeded onto the dance floor herself. Other D.J.’s include Nick Hook, Blu Jemz and the Tiki Disco team. “It’s like if your grandma and teenage cousin shared an iPod,” said Lucas Walters, one of the owners.
No cover, 21 and over.
Prices befitting bingeing: cans of Modelo Especial or Lionshead pilsner are $4, hot cider with brandy is $6. Dinner is served until midnight, with hearty offerings like lamb burgers and, of course, pork belly (both $14).