I don't really want to tell you about Jack the Horse—it's one of those special little places that you should just be so lucky enough to happen upon. But at risk of losing my bar stool, here we are.
The restaurant, which opened in 2008, sits on the quiet corner of Cranberry and Hicks Streets in Brooklyn Heights, about two blocks from a spectacular view of the Manhattan skyline. Along with its main dining room (which is open daily for dinner, and on weekends brunch), also houses a short bar (with one additional tall table)—all in all the bar space is capable of holding about twelve people comfortably.
Behind that bar, during the hours of 5:30 to 7 p.m., some of the best bartenders in Brooklyn will make you an Old Fashioned for just five bucks. Their happy hour is incomparable and high quality... and it includes food. For another $5 you can get a small plate of mac n' cheese, for $6 a giant plate of brussels sprouts and radishes, and for $4 a plate of smoked trout deviled eggs. Look how cute:
Recently, owner Tim Oltmans—who named the place after a Minnesota fishing spot he would frequent with his family—opened up a new space next door, inside of an old framing shop. The two spaces are now connected through the kitchen, but for patrons you'll use the sidewalk. He's calling it The Oyster Room, and in the back of the small space you can even watch your oysters get shucked. Those start at $1.75, but Monday through Thursday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. they host an oyster happy hour, and prices drop to $1.
You can also order a few small plate items at any time, including shrimp cocktail and fried goat cheese balls, but the menu is always changing (it can be found here). For drinks, you'll find a more limited menu in the Oyster Room, with three cocktail selections (check the chalkboard), wine, and beer.
Jack the Horse is located at 66 Hicks Street in Brooklyn Heights, a short walk from the A/C and 2/3 trains.