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.
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.
Where: 150 Ainslie St., Williamsburg
What: The long-in-the-works sit-down restaurant from Yuji Ramen, the hit noodle operation that started at Kinfolk Studios and Smorgasburg, and expanded to two Whole Foods counters. At Okonomi, chef Yuji Haraguchi will serve Japanese street food, ramen, and omakase mealsin a snug space made with reclaimed wood.
Where: 98 North 6th St., Williamsburg
What: Ilan Hall is opening a version of his hit Los Angeles restaurant, The Gorbals, inside an Urban Outfitters concept store. The space looks great, and Ilan is promising a set of all new dishes.