Coming soon to Greenpoint and Williamsburg: the most anticipated restaurant openings of 2014

bacon-wrapped matzoh balls at The Gorbals

Bacon-wrapped matzoh balls at The Gorbals

Brooklyn Based has compiled a great list of anticipated 2014 Brooklyn restaurant openings. Here are the ones they’re excited about in Greenpoint and Williamsburg:

Umami Burger Williamsburg
California’s upgraded answer to Shake Shack has been impossible to get into since opening its first East Coast location in Greenwich Village last year, and soon Brooklynites won’t have to cross the river to see what all the fuss is about. Bedford Avenue and North 4th Street will reportedly be the site of Umami’s new Williamsburg location, serving truffle-glazed burgers later this year. Opening date unknown.

Budin NYC
This holdover from our fall restaurant preview is just about ready to open its doors in Greenpoint. Scandinavian coffee-lebrities Tim Wendelboe and Koppi Helsingborg promise to deliver NYC’s most exciting java experience yet, with specialty roasts complemented by Norwegian snacks and–pending approval–beer and cocktails. Opening January 2014.

Polo Dobkin Project
Another of 2013′s most-missed restaurants is Dressler, the popular, Michelin-starred Williamsburg restaurant that shut its doors in June. But Polo Dobkin, who served as chef at Dressler for several years, will reportedly return to open a new eatery in the same southside space, along with his wife Stephanie Lempert. Opening spring 2014

The Gorbals
Top Chef alum Ilan Hall plans to bring an offshoot of his popular L.A. restaurant to Williamsburg this spring. While few details have been released yet, the original Gorbals focuses on what Hall calls “Scottish-Jewish” small plates, with mouthwatering oddball dishes like bacon-wrapped matzoh balls, duck latkes and cilantro ice cream. Opening April 2014.

The Parm Williamsburg
With their high-end, playful takes on Little Italy classics like meatball parmesean, fried calamari and baked ziti, Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi’s The Parm is, IMHO, one of the best NYC restaurants to open in recent years. It can also have an ungodly wait time just for a seat at their retro, diner-style counter, so it’s good news that Parm will soon be expanding with a second location in Brooklyn. Opening date unknown.

Meat Hook Sandwich Shop
The Williamsburg butchers of The Meat Hook have won plenty of fans for their high-low mix of classy charcuterie and “trashy sausages,” featuring options like bacon cheeseburger and buffalo chicken. Next up: These butcher boys will bring said meats to a stand-alone sandwich shop on Lorimer Avenue, with roast pork subs, grilled ham and cheese and daily specials. Opening winter 2014.

We’re also excited about Dirck the Norseman. Though no official opening date has been announced, TimeOut says they’ll open by January 15:

Dirck the Norseman – A blazing wood stove, church pews and repurposed-keg chandeliers decorate this rustic Brooklyn brewpub, from suds pro Ed Raven (Brouwerij Lane). Peer through glass windows into the adjacent brewery, where Raven and partner Chris Prout turn out ten house sips (Tupelo honey IPA, rhubarb saison). Rounding out the steel bar’s 16 taps are six imports, including Gaffel Kölsch and Dentergems Brown Ale. On the food menu, find hearty dishes such as house-made chipolata sausage with onion gravy, and pulled-turkey confit with cranberry sprinkles. Beer makes its way onto the plate in items such as lager-steamed mussels with bacon and leeks. 7 North 15th St at Franklin St, Greenpoint, Brooklyn (718-389-2940)

Check out the rest of Brooklyn Based’s picks here. Time Out has a solid list too, which includes many Manhattan buzz spots set to open this month.


  1. Looking forward to that Meat Hook Sandwich Shop on Lorimer AVENUE.

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