Soho’s Cendrillon gave up the ghost this weekend, but the owners have not abandoned plans to open a new Filipino-accented restaurant called Purple Yam in Ditmas Park by April, according to their website. With exposed brick in the dining room recalling the old Soho spot, plus a garden with bamboo lights, the space adds credence to Marty Markowitz’s notion that Cortelyou Road is the new Smith Street. More details on the eclectic menu after the jump.
From the Cendrillon website:
“Perry, our resident artist here at Cendrillon will make new lights for the booths which will lead to the garden where he will make a wall of bamboo lights. A new window to the right of the doorway will be built to bring in more light into the dining area. Our construction crew was able to chip out the old plaster on the right wall to bring out an elegant brick wall -- a reminder of SoHo Cendrillon.
The concept of the new Purple Yam is to re-create a kitchen-centered home harking back to the Asian values of hospitality and generosity. Many of you have asked us what the new menu would look like. To tell you the truth, we still do not know. We will keep old favorites like lechon kawali, adobo, kare kare. But Romy and I are at the stage of our lives where we will just do the food that we love, that we find delicious and comforting. It will be eclectic and span the experiences of our lives. One thing I am sure of, we will serve new and exciting dishes that you will never get anywhere.”
Purple Yam, 1314 Cortelyou Rd., nr. Argyle Rd., Ditmas Park; 212-343-9012
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