Bar Beau is the latest project by Claire Chan (of West Village café The Elk), where cozy coffee shop vibe meets trendy bistro-style bar…Moving away from a menu with small, medium and large plates, Bar Beau encourages bistro-style dining with a variety of shareable dishes. Helmed by chef Gemma Kamin-Korn (previously of Lalito), options include shishitos with Kewpie, Thai basil and romesco; udon served in shisho pesto and lemon; and asparagus with toasted bonito flakes and tonnato. Daytime fare is all about Brooklyn, offering fresh pastries from local vendors Bien Cuit, Sans Bakery, Ovenly and Ra Bliss Balls.
Bar Beau; 61 Withers Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211; Williamsburg
Rum, called Kill-Devil when it was banned by the state of Connecticut in 1654, is a passion of ours and we intend to share that passion with you. Kill Devil House of Dark Spirits boasts one of the country’s best lists of sipping rums, a world-class cocktail program, and a well curated list of craft ales. Leveraging our years of experience behind the bar, fresh ingredients, superior ice, and a sincere love of our craft and community–we intend to make Kill Devil your new favorite watering hole.
Kill Devil House of Dark Spirits; 292 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249; Williamsburg
Williamsburg now has it’s very own Shake Shack. The Williamsburg branch has paired with a few local restaurants to create some exclusive new menu items:
We’re thrilled to open the doors of our first Williamsburg Shack on 160 Berry Street, at the corner of North 5th. In addition to the Shack classics, the menu features Williamsburg-exclusive items in collaboration with local purveyors. Our three frozen custard concretes feature mix-ins from Du’s Donuts, Mast Brothers Chocolate and Four & Twenty Blackbirds.
Shake Shack Williamsburg, 60 Berry Street, at the corner of North 5t Street; Williamsburg
Bushwick’s Momo Sushi Shack has a sister now called Momo Chicken Shack:
The ever-popular Momo Sushi Shack in Bushwick has spawned a sister restaurant not too far from its origins. At the corner of Starr Street and Wyckoff Avenue lies Momo Chicken Shack, which opened in late July. Smartly taking note of how much customers loved munching on karaage or Japanese fried chicken thighs at Momo Sushi Shack, business partners Tito Cabrera and Chance Johnston decided to expand the concept into a full restaurant with modestly-priced fare (the karaage is only $9). But perhaps the real star behind Momo Chicken Shack is general manager Valerie Boyle, who helped craft the menu along with Momo Sushi Shack’s chef Izzy Alvarez.
Momo Chicken Shack; 247 Starr Street, Brooklyn, NY 11237; East Williamsburg/Bushwick
We told you that Roberta’s had plans to open a branch in the Domino Sugar complex. It’s official and they plan on opening next year:
The famed Bushwick pizzeria that helped turn the industrial area into a dining destination has signed on for a space at 260 Kent Ave., part of the sprawling Domino development along the South Williamsburg waterfront. Developer Two Trees had said that the deal was close to being finalized earlier this month.
The seminal wood-fired pizza restaurant will open in fall of 2019 on the ground floor, along with the rest of the 42-story building. Roberta’s co-owner Brandon Hoy says in a statement that his team sees it as “an incredible opportunity to be a part of a vibrant and dynamic community’s continual evolution,” similar to the way that Roberta’s played a role in transforming Bushwick when it opened a decade ago.
Located at 164 Graham Ave. at Montrose Avenue, Win Star will focus on counter-service breakfast, dinner, and packaged take-out meals. Soy milk made in-house is a major part of the breakfast service, with salty and sweet options alongside coffee and espresso. As for morning food, dan bing, or a rolled pancake-omelette hybrid, and sandwiches like a bacon, egg, and cheese will be available.
Later in the day, dinner time will bring a full bar and savory dishes such as fried jojos with shrimp spice, bamboo salad, and cold marinated vegetables. A takeout, six-piece dark meat fried chicken bucket will center the dinner menu, and packaged milk bun sandwiches will also be available on the go… The space is just a block away from Win Son, taking over 1,350 square feet for about 35 to 40 seats. The projected opening is February.
Win Star; 164 Graham Ave. at Montrose Avenue; East Williamsburg/Bushwick
We miss Brooklyn Star, which was one of our favorite restaurants in Williamsburg. They closed earlier this summer to our disappointment. That’s why we’re happy to hear about Teo, a new restaurant from the chef at Brooklyn Star that will be opening some time this month:
Chef Joaquin “Quino” Baca pulls from his early days at Noodle Bar for Teo, a 45-seat restaurant at 321 Starr St. between St. Nicholas and Cypress avenues. Expect a few noodle dishes, lots of meat skewers, and a few composed plates. The petite space doesn’t have any room for storage, so Baca plans to switch things up quite a bit day-to-day, he says.
It’s a plan he’s had for a while now, before he knew that his eclectic comfort food restaurant Brooklyn Star would close. He likes to cook Japanese food in general, but he mostly knew he enjoyed the format of izakaya-style dining…Teo is expected to open in August. Stay tuned for more.
Teo; 321 Starr Street; Brooklyn, NY 11237; Bushwick
A lot of the dishes are a twist to foods that Teran grew up with and loves as a Cuban American. Several of his earlier businesses with his brother, like their food truck Bongo Brothers sold Cuban food. And thanks to the success of his other businesses, Teran has been able to go back to his roots.
He said that one of his goals was always opening several location dedicated to his culture and his family.
The entire menu has new “elevated” twists to Cuban food and even has a bowl, sandwich, or salad option that’s then paired with different proteins.
Millie’s Cuban Cafe; 151 Wilson Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11237; Bushwick
Finally, another ramen joint has opened in Greenpoint. If the lines are too long at Di and Di, Ramen Mafia is now open just a few blocks away.
Ramen Mafia; 208 Franklin St, Brooklyn, NY 11222; Greenpoint