The Brazilian-inspired Cozinha Latina opened this week in the former Red Star space inside the Pencil Factory building. We miss the wings at Red Star already! That said Cozinha Latina looks promising:
Shanna Pacifico earned her nose-to-tail bona fides under Peter Hoffman at Savoy and Back Forty, where she butchered whole animals in the basement. Then, at the short-lived Pacifico’s Fine Foods in Crown Heights, the Brazilian-American chef took inspiration from her own heritage — an approach she’ll reprise at Cozinha Latina, her new partnership with (among others) Josh Cohen, the Brooklyn restaurateur behind Anella. Other Latin American influences pervade the menu, but Brazil makes its presence known with a collard greens salad, pão de queijo, a picanha steak, and the telltale trail of farofa crumbs. (Weekend feijoada parties are planned for the upstairs bar, opening later this year.) To drink, there is the compulsory caipirinha, plus Planter’s Punch on draft and a coconut cocktail served in the shell with two straws.
37 Greenpoint Ave., at West St., Greenpoint;
Brooklyn, NY 11222
We mentioned Cassette back in May, a new restaurant on Franklin Street partially owned by Kickstarter founder Perry Chen. (Their offices are next door so hopefully it won’t become the exclusive cafeteria for the tech bros at Kickstarter.) Cassette’s menu will feature French-Catalonian fare with an emphasis on seafood, veggies, and regional wines. Cassette’s website says their grand opening is tonight, but when we walked by yesterday they were already serving dinner. Here’s what we know:
Rucola, June, and Fitzcarraldo co-owner Henry Rich has been working on a Greenpoint restaurant for two years, and early this summer, the 100-seat space will finally open its doors on Franklin Street. Rich says he and his team are “trying to open the perfect neighborhood restaurant for Greenpoint.” That team includes Rucola chef Joe Pasqualetto and Kickstarter founder Perry Chen.
The restaurant still doesn’t have a name (though it’s incorporated and listed on a job board under the placeholder Clouet), but the concept is set: affordable French-Catalonian. Drawing on the roots of that seaside region, Pasqualetto’s menu will focus heavily on seafood and vegetables that can be paired with regional wines. “The main thing is, we want it to be healthy and affordable enough for diners to go a couple times a week.” Like Rucola, the restaurant will be open all day, so neighbors can come for breakfast, to work with their laptops, or for a meal or cocktail, explains Rich.
113 Franklin Street, at the corner with Kent Street
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Whiskey Burger also opened this week on Manhattan Ave. With three big TV screens behind the bar and a very literal name, this burger joint has an impressive bourbon and single malt selection. Think of it as a sports bar for the whiskey aficionado.
1025 Manhattan Ave
Greenpoint, NY 11222
b/t Freeman St & Green St