Café Aion is what most Brooklynites wish they were going to for a night out in Williamsburg. It is set right off the strip on campus with a vibe that is anything but. The exposed red brick walls are balanced by nice industrial exposures in a layer of white properly touched.
The furniture and bar has nice hardwood tabletops in a quaint room that is reminiscent of a large family at a few tables for a holiday dinner. The pleased faces of those seated are noticed by all of those arriving for dinner or a quick drink.
The drinks are handled with a masterful touch and tended with perfection from a bartender that would just as soon spend his holidays at the restaurant, as he would discuss in detail the menu items with every visitor he has. The food can be hit or missed, but going a day or two after a big date night can cause a few items to be 86ed.
The sustainability scene comes through with water offerings from steam cleaned wine bottles that goes over well with a clientele that takes pride in the local source, as most of their spirit offerings are from Colorado and the West Coast with every base spirit having one state owned option.
Some items come with certain flair and others miss their mark. The fried cauliflower is just that and mighty flavorful, while the braised octopus is more chickpeas and red sauce with a delicious flatbread. The highlight of the meal was short ribs that liken to a top chef style variety that melt like butter on the palate.
Café Aion has cool vibe that would be best served for drinks among friends that wanted to share a small bite. A would recommend an off night so that the friendly personalities of the staff can be enjoyed while you spend some time enjoying your company.