Freek’s Mill Fortifies The Gowanus Dining Scene With Seasonal Small Plates

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The Gowanus Canal’s stunning transformation from terrifying cesspool to trendy destination(though the cesspool’s still got it) has meant the proliferation of new bars, restaurants and flashy karaoke lounges to the area. These days, the smells emanating from the neighborhood are more likely to be pleasing ones from the beer-making process or the wood-fired oven at Freek’s Mill, one of the newest eateries to make its home near the historic body of water. In its pre-canal days, the then-creek boasted a lively oyster population and the surrounding area was mostly farmland, a bucolic landscape difficult to imagine in the era where a three eyed catfish is not inconceivable.

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