· By Herb Lester

Maison Premiere, New York

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We’ve stopped being surprised at the ever-expanding number of fancy food purveyors on this formerly grubby stretch in Williamsburg, but Maison Premiere impresses. The décor is a faux-decadent faded elegance, like a set design for a Tennessee Williams play, with a dash of steampunk in place of fusty velvet. The staff’s bow-ties, white shirts and aprons indicate that cocktails are serious business. Specialities are oysters and absinthe, a delectable variety of each. Happy hour is a madhouse, with the underage students and drinking with their fake ids.

Maison Premiére 298 Bedford Avenue (Grand and S. 1st), Brooklyn, NY 11211
Tel: 347 335 0446
Sun-Thu: 4pm-2am; Fri & Sat: 4pm-4am

Photos: Melissa Hom