The Hippest Michelin Star

“How many hipsters does it take to change a lightbulb?”

“Some obscure number, you’ve probably never heard of it.”

Maybe the joke is already passé—I’m no judge of what’s hip.

But I did eat recently at one of the hippest restaurants in Brooklyn!

We started at the bar in front named TØRST, which is the Danish word for thirst.

TØRST serves only beer, mainly in draft form, and most of it is obscure!

Check out the list.

Torst beer menuWe had the Steeped Emperor’s Lemon Saison, the Cuvee Des Jacobins Rouge, and the Duet. All were unique, but the Cuvee was quite sour, more than expected.

As for the bar, the décor was classic barnboard, equally at home in Denmark, Maine or Brooklyn. Behind the bar were 21 beer taps, with the beer names written on a mirror behind them, where they could be easily changed.

Having wet our whistles, we were ushered through a back door to LUKSUS, a restaurant so cool it has no sign on the door. LUKSUS, of course, is the Danish word for luxury.

But this was not luxury in the usual sense.

The décor, in fact, was the same as in the bar, barnboard. There were eight small tables, a small bar that seats six, and a view of the kitchen staff—all young and hip.

And here’s what they served!

Luksus menuThere was no choice; the restaurant serves only a prix fixe menu.

But everything was delicious, if often unfamiliar. There were also amuse-bouches between courses, as well as two desserts course, not listed here.

And we washed it all down with more beer—because there was no choice! Well, there was water, but there was mainly beer. My last was a Yin & Yang, quite good.

And here’s a surprise. LUKSUS, which has been open two years, has a Michelin star—the first (and only) in the world given to a restaurant that does not serve wine or liquor!

If you like new beer, and you’re in the neighborhood, give it a try!

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