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Black Tree

sam_harpoon | Jan 3, 201603:38 PM

Black Tree is a restaurant in Williamsburg with an East Asian flair.

I was first struck by the chaotic feel of the space and the decor. There is weird contemporary, mystical murals on walls involving planetary scenes and some graffiti. There is a mass of tables in the center of the space that gives it a casual, cafeteria-like vibe, this may be what theyre going for, I was not certain. The shelves behind the bar are cluttered and disorganized, nothing has it's own place like a well run restaurant or bar. Again, it feels like theyre just figuring out the front of house.

The menu reads wonderfully well imo. Great options for small plates, medium and large and large format; great vegetarian and meat-centric. Some items I remember:
Kabocha Squash
Mushroom "Artichoke" Dip
Duck Bao
Duck Tacos
Duck Rillettes Bahn Mi

Nothing was good enough.

This is a place I would have frequented when I was 22, broke, desperate, hungover and ok with throwing calories away.

I do not recommend it and after watching the team in the open kitchen, I will not return. There were glaring Health Violations and a general lack of kitchen professionalism.

They had 4 wines by the glass, all tap options through Gotham Projects.
The cocktail list read well, I had the shrub cocktail and it was o-k.

Theres a host podium at which I never saw anyone go near...

This is all I have to say.

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