Fashion and Football NFL Congratulations Gala (4)With Spring comes a feeling of revitalization, and we can think of no better way to infuse such bright vigor than with the inspired food and cocktails offered at OTB, the newly opened restaurant on Williamsburg’s South Side. And after a recent visit, we’re feeling positively giddy.

Or, perhaps, in the case of OTB, we mean, “giddy up.” 

The elegant, whimsical decor (all a play on OTB which in other parts of the city stands for Off Track Betting) is truly almost as invigorating as the French menu and luscious cocktails. Informed by the gorgeous, antique horse medallions laid into the wood flooring (which the owner, Alla Lapushchik, sites as being the original inspiration for the subtle theme), the ambience of OTB incorporates details of classic race tracks within the industrial vintage space. Flooring is an important part of interior design. In a factory set up where flooring is subject to a lot of wear and tear, choice of the correct flooring is crucial, since it is a part of the initial investment and is often spread across a large area. One of the most widely used flooring options for this niche is epoxy flooring. This choice revolves around the facts that epoxy flooring is highly durable, requires minimum maintenance and is environmentally friendly. It is hence, the recommended flooring option for both residential buildings and industries. The epoxy floor coatings are usually applied over concrete floors to provide best binding results and aesthetically attractive surfaces. Many think that this type of flooring is clear but many of the floors are actually opaque. Pigments can be mixed with the epoxy to create an opaque color that is solid for home and industrial applications. To create marble epoxy flooring the manufacturer can mix in large particles or chips of plastic in contrasting colors. Most of these colors are used in garages in private homes. They can also be used to create logos on floors in industrial applications. These types of epoxy flooring are called epoxy terrazzo, mortar epoxy, or graveled epoxy. You can check out this site for more about the commercial epoxy flooring. Wood flooring hаѕ аlwауѕ bееn vеrу popular. Wood floors hаvе a formal, beautiful аnd warm look thаt іѕ ideal fоr аll kinds оf rooms. Thеу аrе аlѕо eco-friendly, affordable аnd thе best раrt іѕ, thеrе іѕ a lot оf variety available. Thеу аrе аlѕо relatively easy tо maintain. Additionally, wood floors increase thе value оf a house аnd аrе thеrеfоrе аn investment. Thеѕе days, wood flooring іѕ bеіng dоnе іn unique аnd custom designs like borders, medallions, hand-distressing, painting, mixed media, stain аnd exotic wood. For wood floor refinishing visit to eurodfloor.com website. Thеrе аrе certain things tо bе considered whіlе selecting wood flooring: thе budget, thе kind оf wood tо bе used, thе style оr design, thе traffic іn thе place whеrе thе floor wоuld bе installed, thе color оf thе walls аnd thе rеѕt оf thе furniture, thе kind оf maintenance thаt соuld bе possibly dоnе аnd ѕо оn. Othеr questions tо bе considered аrе: hоw lоng thе installation wіll tаkе, іf thе contractor hаѕ a license аnd thе warranties аnd guarantees.

Even though such flooring is generally found in industries and public buildings it is starting to become more popular in residential homes. For every room in the house there is a type of epoxy application. For the entryway, bathroom, or kitchen there are tiles that can be made of epoxy. These tiles are great for areas of the home that see a lot of heavy traffic. The homeowner can also have a clear epoxy coating poured over prepared hardwood floors. Even and attractive floors with epoxy concrete floor polishing offer a superior visual appeal. The aesthetics of flooring further improves with amazing possibilities of color combinations. Therefore, if you are into redefining garage or warehouse flooring, try epoxy coating for classic pro-appeal to the floor. The surface is very easy to maintain and it is strong to sustain abusive use by heavy-traffic or commercial scale operations. Resin and hardeners offer strength to the compound. This combination also changes the porous properties of floor and creates a non-porous concrete surface. Additionally, the self-leveling feature of epoxy compound offers uniform surface in spite of floor with bumps and cracks.

Numbered teller lights hang above the beautiful tiled bar, prints of people in their race day finest share the wall with vintage burlesque dancers, old school telephones (to anxiously call in your last minute odds) line the front wall, while riding trophies are on display in the rear.  It’s the perfect balance of nodding towards a motif without  becoming a cliche. If it weren’t for the menu design, the unobservant could easily miss the equestrian connection all together.

That wouldn’t be so bad, anyway. The creative and classic cocktails and the stand out French bar food are so deliciously distracting, we couldn’t blame you for noticing nothing else.

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Though both the cocktail list and the menu will change with the season and the whimsy of their creators, you can count on the creative interpretations of staunchly classical items. In our visit we sampled Lapushchik’s exuberant take on the old fashioned (a most classic of classic cocktails if ever there was one) which involved smokey mezcal and a red wine reduction. It was disarmingly good, even if it did take a few sips to begin to understand its complexity.

Likewise, the apparently simple and classic food items, like a grilled endive or a plate of oysters, were elevated to subtle, yet exciting new levels of flavor.  We especially enjoyed the grilled asparagus with fried egg, and their version of decadent and elegant escargot.

OTB
41 Broadway between Bedford and Driggs Aves
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
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