"Back to the basics" is the inspiration behind ba'sik, a Williamsburg bar that marks the return of the drinking establishment as a "public house" - a relaxing gathering place where friends and neighbors congregate over flowing drinks and pleasant fare. The first venture for Derrek Vernon (co-owner GalleryBar) and former bar manager and beverage director Jay Zimmerman (The Standard New York, The Breslin), ba'sik features cocktails and other libations ranging from inexpensive to craft, as well as an uncomplicated menu of "simple and fresh" offerings.
The 40-seat space features 35 additional seats in an outdoor garden area perfect for intimate get-togethers or group gatherings. Robert Stansell III and Timothy Welsh of Emporium Design have reinforced the bar's welcoming and relaxing feel by effortlessly combining clean industrial style with rustic whimsy. From the outdoor garden to the fully-operable glass and steel bi-fold windows along the sidewalk, perhaps the most impressive element is the long 19th century butcher block bar, salvaged from an abandoned packaging plant. All of ba'sik's elements working in concert create an atmosphere that makes it a welcoming neighborhood option for drinks, a light yet satisfying meal or a late night snack.