“The original Freek’s Mill, in 1784, was located at what is today the corner of Union and Nevins streets,” so says the website for this restaurant, which happens to be located in exactly the same spot, adjacent to the Gowanus Canal. “The name Freek’s Mill references a time when people in the area not only knew where their food came from, but also where it was processed,” it continues. “Like most marketing, this should not be taken too seriously,” wrote Pete Wells in his two-star review in the Times, in 2016. “Freek’s Mill is hardly a return to preindustrial living. But after two months in business, it is already a swell place to spend a night in a postindustrial zone.” And boy, was he right. I took the missus there for an anniversary dinner shortly after it opened. The server mixed up the cocktails, and we ended up with an extra something special that made wandering along the warehouses and empty streets after dinner much more of a joy that it should have been. Nice folks over there. Do pay them a visit. (285 Nevins St., Brooklyn. 718-852-3000.)
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