Apollonia opened this week in East Williamsburg. We love Walter Foods so we have high hopes for this one. You can check out their menu here.
Apollonia is a new East Williamsburg cafe by day and restaurant by night from Danny Minch and Dylan Dodd, the duo known for operating Brooklyn neighborhood restaurants Walter Foods in Williamsburg, Fort Greene’s Walter’s and the adjacent izakaya Karasu.Apollonia offers a Mediterranean-inspired menu that lends itself to flexible dining and sharing, with dinner launching this week (as of 6/11) and weekend brunch to come. Chef Jordan Heissenberger is a vet of Rucola, Faun, Vinegar Hill House and Buvette, who has also worked and studied throughout Italy. He’ll apply his unstuffy approach to vibrant, ingredient-focused food that feels at home in the laid back setting. Their short, thoughtful wine list emphasizes the Mediterranean coast including affordable natural wines, each of which are offered by the glass, carafe and bottle. During the day, Apollonia operates as a counter service cafe until dinner begins, serving Counter Culture Coffee and pastries from Nick & Sons Bakery, with breakfast and lunch dishes coming soon.
The 1,500 square foot airy corner location, designed by Space Exploration Design and Staci Dover Design, was inspired by the feel of a classic New York loft with southern Mediterranean touches. The white, minimalist and somewhat raw structure is flooded with natural light during the day. Industrial elements like exposed conduit and copper accents are balanced by warm earthy details and organic touches. In addition to 45 seats and another 12 at the bar, a sidewalk cafe with 30+ seats is expected to open in late summer.
Separate from its front door on Meserole St., the Manhattan Ave. entrance leads to a small annex space, used as a showcase for local artists and makers that will change regularly. For the opening, it is a cozy seating area designed by Staci Dover called The Reading Room @ 150.
East Williamsburg, Brooklyn 11206