We mentioned that Fornino was opening a new restaurant on 291 Kent Avenue. They’ve been open for a few weeks now in the former home of Cow & Clover and their original restaurant on Bedford Avenue has closed. The new space is enormous and has a slightly larger menu.
Also in Williamsburg, Belly opens today with a focus on Korean-style bacon, or bacon omakase.
the tasting menu here is less about a breakfast strip than about pork belly, cured and uncured, and given a strong Korean accent…. [Belly] serves a nine-course menu ($45) for 20 seats at a bar and communal table. Among the dishes are bacon carpaccio (sliced, cured pork belly with truffle oil and shaved Parmesan); bacon sushi seared tableside and served over rice; pork jowl (a kind of bacon, too) with chive kimchi; a chunk of pork belly glazed with gochujang; and pork belly schnitzel with forceful Korean mustard. The finale is a sweet kimchi-iced doughnut served with bacon fat whipped cream… There’s a takeout window that opens onto the street. There’s also Beats, a karaoke bar on the lower level.
219 Grand Street (Driggs Avenue)
In other news, Molly’s Milk Truck is now open in Bushwick. Hoda Mahmoodzadegan has a food truck in Hoboken, but opened a brick-and-mortar location in mid-May. The overall reception has been very positive:
Spun off from a food truck, this Bushwick cafe serves breakfast items, grass-fed beef burgers and spicy chicken sandwiches, along with salads and sides like beer cheese fries in a turquoise-splashed space. Housemade ice creams and desserts are also a draw, and the kitchen’s open late on the weekends.
Molly’s Milk Truck
214 Knickerbocker Avenue (at Troutman Street)