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Dear Bushwick, new 'England meets Vermont' restaurant opens tonight

There’s a new restaurant opening in the neighborhood today, September 21, 2012 at 41 Wilson Ave. It’s called Dear Bushwick and the chef describes it as “ England meets Vermont”. Their back garden is quaint with barrel tables scattered amongst regular tables. The ivy-laden walls strung with Christmas lights gives it a DIY Bushwick aesthetic. People sat around smoking their fags and sipping on house cocktails, wine or ales.

Inside the dim-lit restaurant Victorian paintings hung on the walls, ceiling fans blew, and the tin ceiling added an old world flare. The walls were lined with what looked like old shutters, and there was a handsome welcome mat made of pennies. The bar had a few beers on tap and the bartenders were  friendly enough to give you the best recommendation for a tasty ale. Dear Bushwick also has house specialty cocktails, which I unfortunately didn't have the time to enjoy.

Bushwick Daily had the opportunity to get a sneak preview of Dear Bushwick a few days ago. We were served hors d'oeuvres and their very English Pimms Punch. This restaurant is no bollocks when it comes to their food. The owners of the new addition to the neighborhood are all from renowned New York City establishments, such as Pulinos and L’Asso. The chef, Jessica Wilson, has garnered a repertoire by cooking for restaurants A Voce, Goat Town and Prune. The bar program was developed by Natasha David of Williamsburg's Maison Premiere.

We had the pleasure to taste wine-barreled smoked eggs with horseradish butter, house beer pork sausage with rhubarb and pickled mustard seeds (a favorite of mine), and whiskey-infused chicken pâté on sourdough bread. Each had an unforgettably flavorful taste. The pairings were strange, much like what you’ll find in modern English restaurants today. The small samples were enough to make me crave more and count down to its grand opening on Friday.

So, loves, come join me and try this fabulous new England meets Vermont restaurant on friday!

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