About US


 Brooklyn Allied Bars & Restaurants 

In 2010 we created an alliance of NYC bars, restaurants, venues and cafes working to navigate the needs of our industry & advocate for better policies. Our network of local owners & operators help each other with the day- to-day issues of running their business. Our group also brings the industry together for advocacy and meaningful local charitable giving. Together, we have gained representation on local community boards and convened with city agencies and elected officials whose decisions impact our businesses.



We appointed the NYC Nightlife Advisory Board and co-founded the OutSmart campaign to improve safety awareness for our guests. We have also organized panels on topics such as the no-gratuity movement, plastic bag bans better ecological waste management, best practices for sustainable food operations, and alternatives to high credit-card fee processors.



BABAR has donated over $500,000 to local nonprofits that are working on building a community cultural center, improving open spaces & the environment, supporting affordable housing, and feeding our food-insecure neighbors. These organizations include :The Firehouse–North Brooklyn Community Center, Taste Williamsburg Greenpoint Festival, North Brooklyn Angels and their mobile soup kitchen, and Churches United for Fair Housing.

About our Leadership team

Dave Rosen


Dave  Rosen, a Brooklyn and Queens bar and restaurant owner, formerly sat on  Brooklyn Community Board 1, and graduated the NYPD Citizen's Police  Academy. Dave formed the Brooklyn Nightlife and Restaurant Coalition  with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.Most recently, Dave was  appointed by City Council to serve on the NYC’s first Nightlife Advisory  Board to advise elected officials and city agencies on nightlife  related policy matters.In 2015, Dave created OutSmartBK, a social media  based public safety campaign which solidified a working partnership  between the NYPD and North Brooklyn nightlife industry. Based on the  success of the Brooklyn campaign, OutSmart LGBTQ was launched by the  NYPD during the summer of 2016 and OutSmartNYC is scheduled to begin  anti violence and early intervention training for nightlife  professionals in the coming months.Dave has worked with numerous local  non profits and community organizations, including Churches United for  Fair Housing, NYC Together, Neighbors Allied. For Good Growth (NAG), The  Northside Townhall, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement  Executives (NOBLE), and The Greenpoint Chamber. He is the proud father  of 3 children and magna cum laude graduate of Duke University.

Felice Kirby


Felice Kirby, co-founder. 
Owner,  managing partner Teddys Bar & Grill since 1987; sold business in  2015. Currently helps direct the non- profit North Brooklyn Angels,  a  Soup Kitchen. Felice is a powerhouse and has a decades-long background  in community organizing & sits on the Board of several organizations  including North Brooklyn Neighbors, The Firehouse Community Center, The  North Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce & The L Train Coalition.

Raffaello VanCouten’s


Raffaello VanCouten’s love of food started in his grandmother’s  kitchen assisting her with prep, cooking and packaging. This love tiered  into training at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA). Keeping to a  family promise, VanCouten graduated from Law School, but quickly after,  decided to chase his true passion, hospitality. With 19 years in the  industry, VanCouten has climbed the ladder and held such positions as  Corporate Mixologist, Service Educational Director, Sommelier, Brand  Ambassador, Bar Consultant, Assistant General Manager, General Manger  and now Restaurant Owner. VanCouten also teaches at the Institute of  Culinary Education in NYC (ICE NYC). VanCouten has worked alongside such  notable chef as Michael Blaine, “CIA,” Thomas Keller, “Per Se and  French Laundry,” Alexandra Guarnaschell,i “Iron Chef and Kyle Knall, “30  Under 30 Winner.” He has been involved with and headed projects such as  Atlantic Grill,Blue Water Grill, Blue Fin, Per Se, 675, Bunker,  Maysville Restaurant, Butter Restaurant and 1 Oak. VanCouten’s years of  experience have driven him to Restaurant Ownership of MIDNIGHTS  Restaurant and most recently the launch of a Coffee Brand and Coffee  Shop, “Eleva Coffee.”Give customers a reason to do business with you.

Dhruv Chopra


Dhruv  Chopra grew up partially in Mumbai, India and partially in Connecticut,  USA, playing jazz saxophone and guitar. He studied economics at Yale  University and for many years worked in investment management, with a  focus on sustainable investments. He’s always been an avid member of  NYC’s vibrant music scene, particularly in the worlds of indie rock,  techno, and jazz. 

Dhruv  is one of the three owners of the live music organizer, PopGun  Presents, and one of the Founding members of the Bushwick venue,  Elsewhere. He heads up Operations for both. Together, the companies seek  to shift emerging culture in NYC by showcasing and developing emerging  musical talent across genres, in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and beyond.

Jess Tabac


] Jess  Tabac, has been a participant in the beer world, for the past ten   years in different facets, ranging from sales, logistics, and brewery   management. She has been with Brooklyn Brewery for five years, and is   currently the General Manager  of the Tasting Room. Come on by for a beer.it here.

Andy McDowell


Andy  McDowell opened Pete’s Candy Store, Williamsburg’s first nightly live  music venue, in 1999. Prior to opening Pete’s, he worked as a Production  Designer in film and television. He has lived in Williamsburg and  Greenpoint since 1990, raising a family and occasionally getting  involved in community and industry affairs.

Esther Bell


Since  2010, Esther Bell is the founder & owner of THE WEST named after  her favorite Brooklynite, business woman, director, writer, producer  & entertainer, MAE WEST. The WEST is place that has cultivated a  friendly everyone is welcome vibe that opens at 7am as coffeehouse w/  breakfast & lunch & evolves into a full bar with snacks till  2am. Before, Bell wrote and directed several independent feature films  that were praised in the NY Times,Variety and later distributed by  Sundance & Showtime, she also produced/directed for MTV, CBS, NBC,  Current & IFC. Ms. Bell is also featured in several books called  ‘The Last Bohemia’ by Robert Anasi (a book mostly written in the West).  "One Breath", Adam Skolnick, &"Girl Director" Andrea Richards.

Josh Cohen



Katherine Buenaflor


Charley  Ryan was raised in Michigan, and was a league bowler at age 12 and an  All-American swimmer at 16. Upon graduation from Dartmouth College,  Charley worked in the financial market. Later he move applied his  worldwide contacts and knowledge of market mechanics to establish an  independent brokerage. Mr. Ryan shifted his focus to restaurants  (Cowgirl Hall of Fame restaurants, Global 33, and Aunt Baba Jean’s) and  venues, including Wetlands Preserve, where he and Peter engineered a  renaissance of the legendary club. Following Wetlands’ closure in 2001,  they jointly developed the concepts that became Brooklyn Bowl.  Charleyhas served as an elected Councilman and Police Commissioner in  his adopted home of Leonia, New Jersey and currently is on the Board of  the Open Space Alliance, a parks advocacy group in Brooklyn, as well as  the Board of the North Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce..

Katherine Buenaflor



Erin Gerken


Owner-Operator  at Cafe Colette, 
Past: The Box NYC and La Esquina 

Studied Dance  & Choreography at Virginia Commonwealth University

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