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The Drift

New York

The team behind Williamsburg dive bar darling The Commodore and Bushwick's El Cortez expands to Greenpoint with The Drift, a homey spot serving breezy cocktails and Southern-style food. Frozen drinks like The Commodore -- essentially a piña colada -- and the gin-and-Aperol Orange Julio gesture to warmer climates (and the owners' nearby venues), while cans of Modelo are a reminder that simplest is often best. Tufted leather chairs, wooden walls, and taxidermied animals give The Drift a lodge-like feel and set the scene for comfort first-plates like boiled peanuts, a South Carolina-style chopped ribbed sandwich, and pimento on Saltines.