Where to Eat AND Drink: Cooper’s Craft + Kitchen’s New Chelsea Location
You may have been to Cooper’s Craft + Kitchen outpost in the East Village, and if that’s any indication of a good time — you’ll want to check out the team’s newest addition to the family. Cooper’s Craft + Kitchen in Chelsea opened in January, serving the same kind of comfort-food-meets-contemporary-twist plates and a robust selection of craft beers.
In the spirit of the weekend, we’re highlighting some of our favorite details and dishes from Cooper’s Craft + Kitchen in Chelsea — perfect for a weekend get-together with friends (or really – any night – the restaurant boasts awesome specials every night of the week).
1. This team certainly knows its beer. They celebrate the art of the craft so much so that in honor of the Chelsea restaurant’s opening, they created an exclusive IPA called “CO-OPERation,” a collaboration between Greenpoint Harbor, Peekskill Brewery, and Barrier Brewery (all New York state breweries). This IPA is only available at Cooper’s Craft + Kitchen, and is only the start — Cooper’s will have an ongoing collaboration series with new breweries to create unique brews every two months.
2. There’s something for everyone… whether you’re a die-hard IPA aficionado or someone who likes to stick with the ciders (I’m guilty). We asked Tom O’Byrne, one of Cooper’s co-owners, to share his personal favorites/recommendations.
Tom’s top 3: Cooper’s CO-OPERation IPA (House IPA brewed with Greenport Harbor/Peekskill/Barrier), Stillwater Classique Saison (in the can), and Slyboro Hidden Star Cider (out of the bottle).
Our (fruitier) top 3: Crispin Blackberry Pear Cider (this tastes like juice – in a really good way), Grimm Color Field (brewed with hibiscus, rose hips and chamomile!), and a blueberry beer with a witty name: Evil Twin Justin Blåbær (note- despite the blueberries, this beer is very sour – but we liked it).
3. The food! Good old tater tots with a rosemary and truffle aoili twist ($8), a fragrant wild mushroom flatbread ($13), succulent sliders ($4.50), and a surprising favorite: the smoked trout pate ($13). Can’t say we’ve had a fish pate before… but it was well worth the risk. The trout is marinated with the flavor of an avocado vinaigrette. Paired with greens on perfectly grilled sourdough, it’s a starter that is tasty without being too heavy before a main course.
4. Cooper’s has a home-away-from-home kind of charm. The sprawling space is inviting, and the rustic decor with wood detail throughout adds a cozy feeling to the venue. It’s the kind of place where you can kick back some beers and delicious bites with friends any time and feel right at home. Take a look:
Photos by Pauline Ma
Cooper’s Craft & Kitchen is located at 168 8th Avenue (between 18th and 19th Street). It’s open Sunday – Wednesday from 11:00am to 2:00am, and Thursday – Saturday from 11:00am – 3:00am with brunch coming soon.