The most anticipated spring & summer restaurant openings of 2014 – North Brooklyn edition

[Littleneck Outpost plywood photo by Greg Morabito]

[Littleneck Outpost plywood photo by Greg Morabito]

We’re excited about The Well, which opens in June in Bushwick. Otherwise, Eater has thrown together a great list of openings slotted for New York very soon. Here are the North Brooklyn picks:

Arrogant Swine
Where: 173 Morgan Avenue, East Williamsburg
When: July or August
What: The very first restaurant from Tyson Ho, the proprietor of the Hog Days of Summer pop-up series. At this massive new Morgan Avenue restaurant, Ho will be focusing on west Carolina-style whole hog barbecue and country ham. The barbecue buff recently told Serious Eatsthat he wants to establish the restaurant as “a church of pork.” You can track Arrogant Swine’s progress on Ho’s Instagram.

Littleneck Outpost
Where: 128 Franklin St., Greenpoint
When: Early May
What: Aaron Lefkove and Andy Curtin (AKA the Littleneck dudes) expand to Greenpoint with a cafe that will serve lobster rolls, clam rolls, and other sandwiches, plus breakfast items and La Colombe coffee in the morning. Littleneck Outpost will also offer specialty grocery items, kitchenware, and picnic boxes to go.

The Meat Hook Sandwich
Where: 495 Lorimer St., Williamsburg
When: Early May
What: A sandwich shop from Tom Mylan and the crew from Williamsburg’s beloved four-and-a-half-year-old butcher shop The Meat Hook. Expect an Italian sub stuffed with house-made charcuterie, a grilled ham and cheese sandwich, a Cubano filled with lard-poached carnitas, and a gyro made with grass-fed beef. [Read more…]

Popular East Village staple Max is now open on Driggs

Photo: Daphne Wester

Photo: Daphne Wester
Max is located at 740 Driggs Ave. (at South 2nd) 347-987-3645

From DNA:

The eatery has spent more than a year in flux, after electricity issues caused by Hurricane Sandy forced its longtime home on Avenue B to shutter prior to its lease ending, explained owner Luigi Iasilli.

Then, after signing a lease on the South Williamsburg address in late 2011, problems with that building required repairs that didn’t allow Iasilli and his team into the space until this past October, he said.

With the real estate snags behind him, the native of Potenza in southern Italy is ready to serve the patrons he followed to Williamsburg as part of their collective exodus from the East Village, Iasilli said.

“Our customers were asking us, please, move to Williamsburg, move to Bushwick,” said Iasilli, who told the Wall Street Journal that his East Village traffic had become “slow.”

They haven’t updated their website, but will be serving the same menu and are open for lunch and dinner.

Favorite Ethiopian pop-up restaurant Bunna is now open in Bushwick with its own space


Well this is good news:

After two successful years spent as a pop-up restaurant and Smorgasburg vendor, Bunna Cafe is finally getting more permanent digs: a brick-and-mortar restaurant at 1084 Flushing Avenue. While Ethiopian food is far from a novel concept, Bunna Cafe will serve a completely vegan menu, the first of its kind in the city. Inspired by the cuisine served during the three fasting months required by the the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, you can expect to dig into flavor-packed, vegetable-heavy plates like gomen (steamed kale with carrots, ginger, and garlic) and misir wot (red lentils cooked with a spicy berbere sauce), alongside plenty of injera — a spongy sourdough flat bread. Bunna Cafe, the first part of which translates to coffee in Amharic, will also offer a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony, live music, and, soon, glasses of an Ethiopian honey wine known as Tej.

More information in our listings.

1 Knickerbocker – lovely new gastropub now open in Bushwick

1 Knickerbocker Bar, credit: Gothamist

1 Knickerbocker Bar, credit: Gothamist

This looks like a great addition to the ever-expanding Bushwick culinary scene. They just opened on the Morgan L stop:

The eatery is the pet project of Jesse Levitt and Aimee Arcuiolo, veterans of fellow Bushwick spot Kings County Bar; it’s modeled, as required by law, in the style of a turn-of-the-century speakeasy, a nod to the address’s storied past as such, in addition to stints as a dance hall, brothel and textile factory. The restaurant is spacious and offers two rooms, with an elegant bar and intimate tables up front in addition to an area with more dining space in the back. [Read more…]

El Born – a new Tapas joint is now open in Greenpoint

El Born credit: Eater

El Born, credit: Eater

And no, we didn’t say “topless.” From Eater:

A few weeks ago, restaurateur Elena Manich and chef Diego Gonzalez opened El Born, a contemporary Spanish restaurant on Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint. Gonzalez, formerly of Socaratt Paella Bar, has put together a tapas menu that’s heavy on the vegetable dishes, but you’ll also find lamb chops, foie gras with quince, quail with chocolate, and crispy rabbit. El Born is now open for dinner, and the team hopes to kick off lunch and brunch soon.

Greenpointers paid them a visit too: [Read more…]

Updated: Our favorite places to eat in North Brooklyn 2013



There have been dozens of openings in recent months, and sadly some closings as well. (We miss you Dressler). Many new Bushwick restaurants even got mentions in the latest Michelin guide. With all this local activity, it was time to update out Best Restaurants guide. Here are our favorite Greenpoint, Williamsburg, and Bushwick restaurants, Fall 2013 edition.

Bushwick gets multiple mentions — including one Michelin star — in new guide

Dear Bushwick

Dear Bushwick

Falansai, Mominette, Dear Bushwick, Northeast Kingdom, El Mio Cid and Roberta’s all made the cut, with Blanca receiving a Michelin star. Dear Bushwick should get one JUST for their amazing pork chop:

The best French “puff pastry filled with tender roast duck infused with wine and tart cranberries,” Vietnamese catfish with “ambrosial broth,” and “perfect warm triangles” of Spanish tortillas are all within a few blocks in the neighborhood — the latest Michelin Restaurant Guide says so.

The 2014 guide, released Wednesday, includes a host of new Bushwick eateries, including three that have opened in the last year. [Read more…]

Nolita restaurant Parm may be coming to Williamsburg

parmItalian-American Mulberry St. staple Parm may be opening a new location in Williamsburg. From Grubstreet:

An item for “PARM WILLIAMSBURG” appeared on the docket of last night’s CB1 Brooklyn meeting, and underlying LLC information indicates that Brooklyn’s first Parm is likely headed to 162 North 4th Street. When asked about the plans, Zalaznick only confirmed that the partners are working on a number of possible Parm projects.

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