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Brooklyn Bar & Grill brings the New York vibe to Hong Kong

Happy hour at Brooklyn Bar Grill is 4pm to 7pm, which explains why the place was heaving when we arrived at 6.30pm. Patrons of a certain vintage will appreciate the soundtrack of Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and Queen on rotation at this New York-style gastropub.

The place is tiny, but after the happy hour crowd slowly drifted elsewhere, we were able to sample some dishes without bumping into other customers. While the place is popular mostly for its beers and wines, the food here is pretty good, although served in large portions.

First up were the steamed blue mussels (HK$118) in a garlic-infused cream sauce.We couldn’t detect much of the garlic, but thankfully the cream sauce wasn’t too thick and heavy, and the mussels were plump and juicy.

Arriving quickly afterwards was the fried chicken sandwich (HK$128) in a brioche bun. It was so tall and big, we wondered whose mouth would be big enough to take a bite. We had no choice but to take it apart and eat it in parts. The fried chicken was battered with buttermilk, lightly deep-fried and not too oily. The lean meat came with cabbage, tomato,greens, sweet gherkins and a sriracha aioli mayonnaise. It was very filling and delicious, as were the skinny fries.

The truffled pepperoni pizza with oregano (HK$138) was so large, we almost didn’t have enough room for it on the table.We didn’t detect much of a truffle flavour from the truffle oil, but there was such a generous amount of cheese that it threatened to ooze off with every bite.

The menu lists two choices for dessert: New York cheesecake and chef Ayin’s seasonal dessert (HK$78). When we inquired about the latter, we were told it was cheesecake. So much for choice.

Most of the other patrons are here to drink, which may explain why the personable owner was happy to see us trying some dishes, and he gave us two (mercifully small) slices drizzled in chocolate sauce with slices of banana, raspberries and blueberries.

The texture of the cheesecake was smooth, but tasted bland without the chocolate sauce. It was also missing the Graham cracker crust which would have given the dessert more texture.

Brooklyn Bar Grill, 29 Staunton Street, SoHo, tel: 2801 6280