Grand Street tapas staple Cadaques has quietly shuttered. In its place is a new French-Algerian cafe called Bar Omar, which opened earlier this month:
Bar Omar, a new addition to Williamsburg’s bubbling culinary landscape, is a French-Algerian restaurant that forgoes the stereotypical Moroccan-style lamps and ornamental plates in favor of what co-owner Yasmina Guerda says is a “Brooklyn aesthetic”: natural wood paneling, a well-stocked, speakeasy-type bar, and a window-paneled front looking out onto Grand Street.
The week-old restaurant, in the former home of Cadaques, functions as a sort of homage to Yasmina’s father, who owns a well-known Algerian restaurant, Chez Omar, back home. “My dad is Algerian and he immigrated to France when the Independence War was happening, and he opened one of the first North African restaurants in Paris,” she told us…
Bar Omar also specializes in classic cocktails with punny names. “Aaron is all about the puns,” she said with a laugh. The Omartini is a gin-based martini with orange notes and Aperol; the Margarissa is a play onharissa, a popular North African and Middle Eastern chili paste.
Yasmina’s father flew all the way from France to attend the opening of the restaurant last week. “My father is very happy and honored. These are his grandmother’s recipes, and they made it to Brooklyn.”
188 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11221
Monday through Friday: 4 pm — midnight; Weekends:
11am — 1 am