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The Habitat Brings Greenpoint Its First Cuckoo Clock

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Employees must wash hands in the old-time sink.Photo: Daniel Maurer

Ahead of its grand opening tomorrow, we stopped into the Habitat, a little nook in Greenpoint that pretty much resembles the interior of a Big Buck Hunter lodge. The bar was built from scratch (witness construction shots on its Website) using wood from Maine and from Williamsburg's own Moon River Chattle. The conversation piece: a German cuckoo clock! The happy hour, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., features a $9 sangria-and-empanada special (beef or Cuban), $4 macaroni and cheese, and a two-for-one on select beers (among the dozen drafts, normally $6, are Coney Island Lager, Captain Lawrence Liquid Gold, Reissdorf Kolsch, and Mother’s Milk Stout).

A few entrées, such as mussels fra diavolo and jumbo lump crab cakes ($15), are served till 10:30 p.m. Late night, when the soundtrack consists of LCD Soundsystem and Radiohead, $2 empanadas and waffle fries are served. First-time owner Nicole Orlando says she spent a lot of time on the bathrooms, and it shows: In addition to the old-school sink you see here, there’s also a framed photo of sinks on the wall. We’re thinking this place’ll do well—knock on wood.

The Habitat, 988 Manhattan Ave, nr. Huron St.; 718-383-5615

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