The folks behind well-known sushi temple BondSt on Bond Street in Manhattan are set to open a new Japanese restaurant at 138 North 8th Street in Williamsburg this week. Cherry Izakaya started serving invite-only guests Tuesday and plans to open to the public Friday.
The contemporary menu will include small and large plates such as donburi escargot with miso béchamel, short ribs, and stuffed calamari with chorizo black rice. There will be sake, beer and and shochu-based cocktails. GMAP
The folks who run Mayfield are busy with renovations at their next venture, a bar with Mexican food truck in Bed Stuy. We wrote about the popular Crown Heights eatery’s plans for 323 Franklin near Clifton back in April. (more…)
The fast food hub at the corner of Nostrand Avenue and Fulton in Bed Stuy is getting a Burger King. The little storefront at 1297 Fulton sits between a Metro PCS and a supermarket. It used to be a home goods store. This corner is already home to Checkers, Golden Krust and KFC. Click through to see a drawing of the future Burger King storefront. GMAP
Starbucks will open its first Williamsburg location Monday, workers told us when we stopped by earlier today. The coffee shop will be located on the ground floor of the Karl Fischer-designed rental building at 405 Union Avenue, as we reported earlier. Looking forward to this? GMAP
A casual French restaurant with a bakery at 272 Flatbush Avenue looked close to opening when we passed by recently. We deduce from the awning and the help wanted sign on the door that Graine de Paris will be something like a diner but with French food, including espresso drinks, chicken and baked goods.
A sign on the door said they were hiring “a barista, chicken help, and experienced servers.” GMAP
Ample Hills will open its new, more ample headquarters at 305 Nevins Street next week, workers told us when we stopped by yesterday. The sprawling complex will serve as the ice creamery’s factory as well as events space and store. (more…)
After months in the making, Emeline’s Diner plans to open July 18, one of the managers told us. The restaurant at 373 Lewis Avenue in Bed Stuy will serve breakfast and lunch from 7 to 4 pm every day. At a recent private party, the menu included egg sandwiches, biscuits with fried apples, crab cakes, coconut French toast, buttermilk pancakes, and omelettes. (more…)
A Juice Generation store seemed poised to open at 210 Bedford Avenue when we passed by last week. We think the exterior looks decent, or at least inoffensive. The 16-year-old chain has 11 other locations, all in Manhattan. In addition to juice, they also sell vegan soups such as lentil and raw food dishes. We suppose the demographics of Williamsburg are now pretty similar to those other locations, in terms of density of foot traffic. Do you think Williamsburg could use a place like this? GMAP
After only five months in business, Bushwick restaurant 1 Knickerbocker is closing up shop, to be replaced by older Bushwick bar Kings County. Both have the same owner.
The restaurant 1 Knickerbocker opened in late January with “Old New American” cuisine inspired by turn-of-the-century New York City restaurant menus and pre-Prohibiton cocktails. But when we stopped by last week, co-owner Aimee Arciuolo was painting the walls of the front bar black, and had already finished repainting the entrance at the intersection of Morgan, Johnson and Knickerbocker Avenues. (more…)
The owner of Choice Greene, the Clinton Hill grocery store and sandwich shop at 214 Greene Avenue, is transforming the space into a seafood restaurant. There will be a raw bar with oysters, crab rolls, lobster, charcuterie and fancy cheeses, salads, sandwiches and a full bar, according to new neighborhood blog Fort Greene Focus. The space will seat 49 inside and 20 in the backyard, which will sport a wall-mounted herb garden.
Community Board 2 voted in favor of supporting the restaurant’s liquor license application Monday night. Sister businesses include nearby Dough and Choice Market, which will handle all the cooking since 214 Greene lacks adequate ventilation. No word yet on when they plan to open. Above, the shop in February. Are you excited for this?
The sleepy Columbia Street Waterfront is getting a new casual dining option with Orchard Cafe, a farm-to-table restaurant opening a week from Friday. The spot at 257 Columbia Street doesn’t have a finalized menu yet, but they plan to focus on locally sourced veggies, whole fish, lean meats and freshly squeezed juices.
Owner Julie Solovyeva also wants to serve beer, wine and spirits from Brooklyn and elsewhere in New York, as soon as the cafe’s liquor license is approved. Orchard will open next Friday, July 11, and plans to operate seven days a week from 7 am to 11:30 pm.
Click through to see what the interior looks like!