Brooklyn Fireproof (120 Ingraham Street, Brooklyn) made its primetime premiere on Bravo TV’s “Top Chef All Stars.” The creative haven invites artists of all kinds to use its galleries, workspaces and studios to create and display their works of art. The café/bar attached is a low-key, comfortable place to relax after an imaginative day or gear up for inspiration to hit. The Bravo execs also saw it as a great place for this season’s cast of “Top Chef All Stars” to unwind from a long day of cooking, judges table and a double elimination.
Bravo to the network for choosing this bar, hidden in a quiet (some might say “shady”) bit of Williamsburg. Easy to walk past without noticing, such an oversight would be seriously regrettable. The mix of exposed brick walls and wooden tables, chairs and stools is sleek while unpretentious. The outdoor area, equal in size to the indoor part of the café, is an alley well disguised as an understated beer garden.
Every part of this venue is available to be rented out. There is also free WiFi, making it a great place to write, research, create or stalk people on Facebook. The whole place screams creativity with local art covering the walls; movies old and new, popular and unknown often playing on the projector screen in the back of the bar; and background music that changes styles from song to song, let alone hour to hour.
I hope the “Top Chef All Stars” got to try the buffalo burger or spicy grilled cheese from the abbreviated menu. I may not have the most refined palette, but I’d order either dish any day of the week.