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Blind Barber has a formula: offer dudes reasonably-priced cuts, fades, and shaves, throw in a free drink after their appointment is over, lead them through the barbershop to a speakeasy, and watch them come back—friends in tow. But owners Jeff Laub, Josh Boyd, and Adam Kirsch are trying something new in their Williamsburg location—a full menu.
The Brooklyn outpost is a bit more laid-back than the original Blind Barber on the Lower East Side (meaning there are no bouncers in sight). So it's fitting that the food—all of which is under $12—is equally low-key. There are egg sandwiches with toppings like applewood smoked bacon and kale for the morning freelance crowd, small bites including cauliflower gratin and Sriracha almonds, and ice cream donut sandwiches. But the real star of the menu is the grilled cheese lineup—with combos like brie, honey, and walnuts and pastrami, apricot and Swiss.
Jeff told us that the idea for Blind Barber came about after he realized that women's salon appointments often came with perks like champagne. "They'd have this relaxing experience and leave feeling beautiful, and I was like, 'I want guys to feel beautiful!'" he said, maybe-jokingly. But if Jeff's vision of beauty involves reasonably-priced haircuts, free drinks, and cheese wrapped in carbs—consider us on board.
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· Blind Barber Picks Williamsburg for Its Second Location [Racked NY]