Wolf and Deer, the sleek new bar from Miriam owner Rafi Hasid and his friend, metalworker Daniel Bailey, opened on June 29th in the space last occupied by Total Wine Bar, on Fifth between St. Marks and Warren.
There are 20 seats at the inviting horseshoe-shaped bar (the only one in Park Slope), and 11 more up front. There's a selection of 80 wines (they'll open up any bottle for you as long as two glasses are poured), seasonal cocktails are made with syrups and juices prepared in-house, and the four custom-made taps currently dispense Left Hand Milk Stout, Sixpoint Sweet Action, Blue Point Toasted Lager, and Magic Hat Wacko.
The food menu is small, but appropriate for a wine bar setting. Twelve cheeses and seven charcuterie selections (think Prosciutto, Saucisson Sec Basque and smoked duck breast) are joined by two salads (shaved fennel with apples and walnuts, and edamame with avocado) and two sandwiches (smoked salmon with Camembert and dill, and three meats with pickles). There's also a nice selection of snacks like deviled eggs and mackerel pate, and a variety of housemade pickled vegetables.
There's a Happy Hour from 5 -7:30 as well: draft beer is $4, house wine and cocktails are $6, and a plate of three cheeses or meats is $10.
Although the space itself is dark, it gives off a warm and inviting vibe instead of a forbidding one, thanks to the exposed brick and funky lighting fixtures. It looks like it'll be a great place to duck into for a sampling of wines and cheese, and possibly to strike up a conversation with the couple sitting opposite you.
Wolf And Deer, 74 Fifth Avenue Brooklyn NY 11217. Phone: 718-398-3181.