Built in 1871, our unique European Style building originally housed The Monsch Hotel. In those days, the prosperity of a city was determined by the quality of its hotels, and New Albany was prosperous. The facility operated as a hotel through 1994, under numerous owners and at least ten name changes. These walls contain a lot of history, and we wanted to incorporate that historic hotel feeling into our design with a sleek, modern spin.
Brooklyn and the Butcher is a modern steakhouse that features small plates and big steaks. We are both polished and rugged – a mishmash of old school New York interior with a Brooklyn exterior. Our menu features both modern and classic dishes, which you can enjoy at one of our large butcher-block tables. Our rotating small plates menu emphasizes the use of local products and purveyors, as well as fresh seafood and interesting modern cuisine. On the big steaks side, we offer a wide variety of prime cuts.
Brooklyn and the Butcher features:
The bar is a throwback to the original Monsch Hotel lobby bar, our lower level Lantern Room features a New York style speakeasy and the outdoor courtyard contains the buildings original three story brick walls and exposed fire escape, reminiscent of a setting right out of Brooklyn.
The Lantern Room, our lower level speakeasy, can accommodate 35 people and features live jazz on the weekends.
We spent a year and a half renovating the building, including the 12 apartments located on the second and third floors. Everything was completely overhauled. Our back bar came from an old, neighboring tavern that was torn down last year, and the front bar façade is the original counter from Woolworth’s Department Store, which was once located on Main Street in downtown New Albany. The original hotel check-in wall was repurposed as the backdrop to our concierge check in desk. White hexagon tile was used in the foyer and wainscoting detail, specific to the original era of the building. In the Lantern Room, 145-year-old wood beam trusses were exposed as well as classic brick detail, which includes a non-working fireplace. We love that our restaurant and bar feature so many pieces of New Albany history.