All Nick Suarez, founder of the wildly popular Food Experiments, ever wanted to do was hang out in a backyard, wear shorts and grill stuff. And now he’s living that dream every Thursday through Sunday night behind a Williamsburg pub.
Suarez has quietly launched “Backyard at Iona,” a charm-filled shanty with a tin ceiling, running water, walls that double as chalkboards and a utensil rack attached to a tree. The grill menu may change weekly depending on the chef’s mood, but he’ll always offer the basics: burgers, brats, sausages, and side salads, like potato and cucumber.
Oh, but these aren’t just any brats and burgers. Suarez got here only after leaving a career in the wine world, going to cooking school at night, working at a highfalutin kitchen, beating Bobby Flay in a hot-dog cook-off, then starting his own cook-off series as well as a catering company.
Information and directions to Iona here.