Count this Barque Butcher Bar grub as dinner, because you can — Photo courtesy of Barque Butcher Bar
When you have a restaurant that does really, really well, step one is to gloat all over social media. Step two is to start seeking out alternate real estate for your next venture. In most cases, this is in a new neighborhood or even a new city. It's the whole "take the world by storm" plan.
David Neinstein and Jonathan Persofsky are different. Fresh off the success of their glory hole of carnivorous delights (otherwise known as Barque Smokehouse), they took over a piece of real estate on the same street of their BBQ haven, a space formerly occupied by a kid-friendly crafting cafe.
Don't worry: They did their best to remove all hints of the child-friendly vibe to build Barque Butcher Bar, a butcher shop by day and a trendy cocktail house by night.
Not a finger painting in sight — Photo courtesy of Barque Butcher Bar
Fine liquor decorates the shelves where paint and muffins once were. Finger painting space is now occupied by meat and make-your-own spice rubs. By day, the chalkboard boasts butcher specials. By night, the cocktail menu is in full effect, with inventive offerings like cider mixed with Pinot Noir.
The intention of this establishment is to bring meat smoking into your hands. Rather than marveling at the ability of a restaurant to create fall-off-the-bone meats and enticing rubs, you can learn how to do it from the comfort of your own home.
(Note: Your friends will like you even more once you add this to your skill set. While they might enjoy your company at the present time, the ability to rub meat in just the right way is arguably more popular than massage therapy.)
Some like it hot — Photo courtesy of Barque Butcher Bar
This all-day kind of joint wants you to wait until 6 p.m. before you pull up a barstool. There's a time of day for planning your next BBQ and a time of day for drowning your sorrows or highlighting your joy.
During the day, vacuum-sealed meats are ready to take home, as are sauces and seasonings. The knowledgable staff loves when you have a good cooking question. If anyone can be described as a meat nerd, it's them.
By 6 p.m., yellow leather barstools appear, inviting you to peruse the cocktail list and call olives and chorizo ribs a reasonable dinner.
Deja vu on Roncesvalles — Photo courtesy of Barque Butcher Bar
The dining room comfortably seats 50, which is great news for those in line for dinner at Barque with an appetite that isn't conducive to patience.
Learn the tricks of the trade at Barque Butcher Bar, but don't expect to never want to go there again. As much as you may love a good hunk of meat, likely your passion doesn't even come close to that of the staff here.
Roncesvalles isn't exactly known for its nightlife, but perhaps Barque Butcher Bar will change the story — Photo courtesy of Barque Butcher Bar