Photo by Gothamist
New Restaurants for Red Hook
Gothamist asks: "Will Van Brunt Street be Home to a New Restaurant Row?" It's a question that the press has been asking for a long time, but now Gothamist shares photos of 5 restaurants that are in the works in Red Hook, including Radio Free Red Hook at 365 Van Brunt Street, pictured above. The story also notes the progress at Delightful Coffee Shop (219 Van Brunt), Barrone Ristorante (the old 360 space), Grindhaus ("The sausage and suds HQ is scheduled to open next month at 275 Van Brunt"), and Anselmo’s (the brick oven pizzeria at 351 Van Brunt).
African Eats in Fort Greene
Ligaya Mishan for the New York Times admires the "fusion of West African flavors and French technique" at Abistro, and calls the flatbread at Fulton Street's new Ethiopian spot, Bati, "the real thing, dusky in color and springy to the touch." Mishan also recommends the Moroccan dishes at Kif: "In the chicken tagine ($16), presented in its namesake clay pot, the slow-braised meat is mixed with fleshy green olives and heady with preserved lemon."
This Week's Openings
Time Out New York says that Brooklyn Public House (247 DeKalb Ave at Vanderbilt Ave, Fort Greene) is opening this week: "Back in the 1950s, the space was occupied by a bar called Eric’s, remembered by locals for its Skip and Go Naked cocktail (vodka, gin, beer, lemon and sugar). Try this revived drink, plus 16 beers on tap—including gems such as Twisted Thistle and Belhaven Stout." TONY also reports that Mast Brothers Chocolates (105 North 3rd St between Berry and Wythe Sts, Williamsburg) is opening a "weekend-only retail store."
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