The menu items at Brooklyn restaurants have become as predictable as the spaces they are consumed in: kale salads paired with hanging Edison bulbs, artisanal sodas in mason jars, and charcuterie plates served on reclaimed wood. But at Sisters in Clinton Hill—the latest addition to this small-plate scene—design firm hOmE has bucked the borough’s aesthetic trend with custom-built features and a rich palette of materials. This starts with Sisters’ wood, glass, and masonry facade that is centered around a prominent, street-facing clock.
Inside, the restaurant is separated into two dining sections, both of which have banquet seating and elegant, curving bars. In the front, globe lights hang from beech wood beams that are set underneath a peaked skylight some 22 feet up. A tiered back bar, which is stocked with liquor bottles and plants, climbs the room’s east-facing wall.
In the back eating and drinking area—past the kitchen and bathrooms—there is a DJ booth and small stage. “We are always trying to evolve and push the envelope,” said Oliver Haslegrave of hOmE. “Our stated goal is to draw from a lot of sources and create something familiar and surreal.”