Aiming to put "skateboarders and stockbrokers" together in the least awkward way since How To Make It In America, Hope Garage's a "home comfort" resto from a team that's been involved in everything from Ed's Lobster Bar to Santos Party House. This time, they removed the owner's "fancy cars" ('57 Chevy!) from an actual garage, added a concrete bar and a glass-paneled roll-down door, and adorned the walls with a series of works by the street artist Mullet, even though you can party in the front here, too.
The til-4a menu counts fancy panko-crusted fish sticks w/ spicy remoulade, a tri-fromage grilled cheese w/ caramelized onions, buffalo wings w/ blue cheese fondue & celery ribbons, and fried Wisconsin cheese curds, which people in Wisconsin call "our nutritional equivalent of kale, basically". In case you're not from the land where they eat life-sized re-creations of Method Man's character from The Wire, you can get after a pork belly BLT, a roasted pork chop w/ apple rosemary puree, cheesy fried polenta & smoked greens, and a selection of sliders with "crispy salted potatoes" -- ok, so apparently they let the stockbrokers name the fries.
Vino comes from the Finger Lakes and LI, they pour most of the Brooklyn Brewery roster, and cocktails're mix-'n-matchable with your choice of booze and their housemade syrups, which include cuke-lemongrass, pomegranate, and the forthcoming sugar-maple-bacon -- because when you're drinking bacon in America, you pretty much know you've made it.