First, the bad news. Free Williamsburg favorite Potlikker has shuttered. Maybe it was the prices — they could be a tad spendy– but we loved the food and vibe. We hope Liza Queen (who previously ran Queen’s Hideaway in Greenpoint) finds a new home. We miss her food already.
The generally well-received Potlikker on Williamsburg’s Southside appears to be closed for good. The phone number for the Bedford Avenue restaurant is disconnected, Open Table is no longer facilitating reservations, the establishment was locked up tight over the weekend, and the reliable neighborhood Thai restaurant Khao Sarn has announced plans to relocate into the space in November.
Liza Queen, a talented chef and restaurateur known for her trailblazing Greenpoint restaurant Queen’s Hideaway, opened Potlikker in 2012 with high hopes and a 14 year lease. The reviews were mostly positive, though some felt the menu was overpriced. (It wasn’t cheap.) Queen has not responded to our email requesting comment about the closure, but this hilariously strange Yelp review suggests Potlikker’s been closed since July.
Le Fond, a so-called “Neo Bistro” (whatever the hell that means) is now open in Greenpoint. You can take a peek at their menu here. Urban Daddy has more pictures and we can’t wait to try it. Greenpointers was impressed:
The menu features good-looking starters such as marinated mussels with white beans, tomato confit and fennel, and rabbit terrine with apple mustard, hazelnuts and toast. Mains include a daube de bouef with red wine glazed vegetables, and hake with sherry caper vinaigrette and black lentils. There’s also a griddled burger with dill relish and French fries if you’re in line for something a little more American.
When I visited at the weekend I tried the skate with carrot browned butter puree, fennel and lemon parsley sauce. It was superb, with the anise flavor of the fennel playing deliciously against the sweet carrot and the slightly salty, perfectly cooked skate wings. I also had a beautifully moist almond cake with poached pears and a salted caramel sauce.
In other news, four Northside restaurants were awarded Michelin stars! It’s no surprise that Blanca is on the list, but we were surprised to see newcomers like Delaware and Hudson and Meadowsweet making the cut so soon after opening. Brooklyn Label, Roberta’s, Rye, Shalom Japan, Diner and Marlow & Sons should have stars of their own, but didn’t receive mentions.
Chef Daniel Burns’ Luksus at Torst, a seasonal food and beer-focused spot at 615 Manhattan Ave. in Greenpoint, was awarded a star after opening just last year — making it the first beer-only restaurant in the world to be on the list.
Delaware and Hudson, a regional American food restaurant that opened in April at 135 North Fifth St. by chef Patti Jackson, was awarded a star.
And Meadowsweet, a South Williamsburg spot helmed by former Michelin Star-winning chef Polo Dobkin, was awarded a star on Tuesday as well. The American restaurant at 149 Broadway, the former location of Dobkin’s old restaurant Dressler, opened in June.
Combine that with Peter Luger Steak House, and North Brooklyn is home to five of 10 Michelin Star restaurants in the borough.