In 2014 Luksus became the world’s first beer-exclusive eatery to earn a coveted Michelin star — a feat that’s all the more impressive considering chef Daniel Burns's restaurant had been open barely a year. His philosophy is as simple as it is ambitious: "We wanted to bring the idea of pairing beer with food in a fine-dining environment to people's consciousness," he says. In that vein, Burns offers an innovative $95 tasting menu built around seasonal ingredients enhanced by superb suds that straddle a spectrum of flavors and regionality. The menu is in constant flux, but certain staples remain (beef tartare with pickled jalapeños on a black-pepper cracker, and lobster relish with hazelnut mayonnaise on a seaweed biscuit are mainstays of the half-dozen snacks preambling four larger courses to follow). The fare features more vegetables and less protein, and Burns strives to bring bright, clean flavors to the plate (along with ample quantities of smoked fish with dill, a reflection of his time spent in Denmark). Tender pork neck served beside a dish of creamy cornmeal polenta infused with ground pork and house-made ricotta — of such creations memories are made. The beer is equally impressive, and it receives equal billing: To enter the intimate, modern dining room, one must first navigate through Tørst, an adjoining beer bar run by Evil Twin Brewing's Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø. And if $45 for a supplemental beer pairing puts a hurt on your wallet, choose among the extensive à la carte options (including several $5 craft cans). Luksus won't be the last place to earn kudos for partnering haute cuisine with gourmet beer. But like many great things, it’s an idea that came out of Brooklyn.
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