Extra Fancy in Williamsburg has been on my list of places to check out ever since I saw an article about their frozémonade cocktail – a slushy blend of rosé and lemonade. On a hot summer day, what could be better?
After biking downtown during Summer Streets and walking the Brooklyn Bridge, Kate and I found ourselves in DUMBO, hungry and ready for a cold beverage. Unfortunately DUMBO is pretty isolated – we had grand plans of renting Citi Bikes and heading to Williamsburg but after a jam-packed morning and some crazy afternoon humidity, we decided to throw in the towel and hop in a $5 Uber over to Metropolitan Avenue.
The first thing we noticed about Extra Fancy is the amazing outdoor space they’ve got. It has sort of a run-down-on-purpose vibe, with a sandy gravel floor, covered bar and long wooden tables for large groups to hang out. They also had a little flea market set up in the space, with flowy dresses, trendy jewelry and some knick knacks for sale, though way beyond thrift store prices (that’s Williamsburg for ya). We walked in and the restaurant interior has a similar, welcoming vibe. It was a relaxed and cool environment, with a little infusion of that hipster-Brooklyn charm that people love to hate. But, unlike a lot of nearby eateries, Extra Facny wasn’t trying too hard – it struck the perfect balance between casual-cool and grungy dive bar.
We arrived at the tail end of the brunch service, so we didn’t get a look at the dinner menu. The brunch menu, though, was good for me. Split into “Bruncy” and “Lunchy” categories, it had a wide selection of traditional and innovative brunch options in addition to an appealing raw bar selection. I ventured away from the “Brunchy” and went to the “Lunchy” section of the menu because it was close to 3pm. I opted for the seasonal summer grain bowl because it was hearty and served cold on the hot August afternoon. A sizable helping of quinoa and nutty grains was topped with avocado, greens, celery and radishes with a flavorful and bold turmeric vinaigrette. The addition of a poached egg added just the right amount of creaminess to the bowl, which without it may have skewed a little too dry.
Kate had the red shrimp ceviche. With a mix of tequila, jalapeños and a bright and flavorful citrus finish, the ceviche was a perfect option for a hot day. We also had a side of french fries, which were thin and crispy, perfectly salted and topped with a nice, light dusting of parsley.
But let’s not forget the reason I ventured to Williamsburg in the first place: the frozémonade. The blended slushy concoction of lemonade and rosé was topped of with a sprig of mint and definitely met my high expectations – the consistency was perfect and stayed frozen even in the hot summer temperatures. Plus at only $10 a glass I wasn’t afraid to break the bank for a second glass, but if you’re pounding them down, be careful: the drinks pack more of a punch than you would expect.