Domo Taco just opened today at its new location at 733 Franklin Avenue in Crown Heights, according to a post on the company’s Facebook page. When we stopped by a few days ago, it looked close to opening.

Domo started as a taco truck. This is its first permanent location.

A liquor license is coming, according to a sign posted in the window. The menu is by no means straight-up Mexican but includes an asian twist, with items such as fish tempura, five spice pork, lemongrass chicken and teriyaki steak. (more…)


After an arson fire in May 2014 forced it to close its bucolic cafe and farm stand in a Stuyvesant Heights stable and garden, Bread Love moved east. It opened July 4 at 1933 Fulton Street in a more conventional storefront — but there is still outdoor space in the backyard.

The hours and menu have expanded to include dinner as well as breakfast, lunch and brunch. Menu items change daily and prices are reasonable — a recent dinner was $12, including sides.

As before, there are grocery items, including free range eggs and organic produce from nearby farms, as well as house made baked goods. New is soft serve ice cream. (more…)


Mon dieu. As we teased in our recent post on Paris Baguette, Downtown Brooklyn is about to get another French bakery. Maison Kayser, the artisanal “authentic Parisian” boulangerie, will open at 57 Court Street — the last vacant retail space at the base of the Brooklyn Municipal Building — in late September.

Brownstoner has the first renderings of the interior of the store, which will feature a 108-seat cafe “reminiscent of a Parisian bistro” in addition to a bakery counter with a selection of to-go items. Kayser’s famous bread will be hand-kneaded, shaped and baked on site.

“We wanted to bring the Maison Kayser experience to Brooklyn, a community rich with artisans and an appreciation of authentic cuisine,” a spokesperson for Maison Kayser told Brownstoner. (more…)


MacDonough Cafe opened on the dividing line of Bed Stuy and Ocean Hill Tuesday, in a space that had been empty for years. The menu at 83 Saratoga Avenue includes light fare such as avocado toast, pasta, and cheese and fruit plates.

The space had been under renovation for more than a year, and before that was shuttered for about a decade.

It joins a handful of other recent newcomers within a few blocks of Saratoga Park in East Bed Stuy, such as Butch & CoCo and Grandchamps. It will be open from 7 to 6, the owner told us.

Renovations at Long Vacant Storefront on Saratoga Avenue [Brownstoner] GMAP
Photos by Steve Sherman (more…)


A very large and potentially impressive cafe from the folks behind artisanal bodega Brooklyn Standard is under construction at 810 Washington Avenue in Prospect Heights. The extensive space is hidden behind a tall construction fence covered in eye-catching murals, just a block from beloved Brooklyn institution Tom’s Restaurant.

The name of the cafe is Longevity, according to a construction worker we spoke to when we stepped inside. The now-raw space has been gutted and takes up the entire ground floor of the building — 2,700 square feet in all, according to PropertyShark. There are at least three rooms and a couple of old brick fireplaces without mantels.


Trader Joe’s — the affordable grocery favored by hipsters and normals alike — is on its way to Williamsburg, according to Crain’s. The store just signed a lease on an 18,000-square-foot space, part of a mixed-use development to be built at 206 Kent Avenue, between North 3rd Street and Metropolitan Avenue.

The area has few major grocery stores at present, although a Whole Foods is on the verge of opening just three blocks away from the newly announced Trader Joe’s.

The lot at 206 Kent (pictured above), which is currently vacant, was purchased by Alliance Private Capital for $18 million in January 2014. Alliance and its CEO Mike Kohn are no strangers to Brooklyn. (more…)


Anticipated to be Bed Stuy’s first sit-down Mexican restaurant with a full bar, Tepache Mexican Grill was open for business Sunday afternoon at 361 Halsey Street in Bed Stuy when we happened by, and we were intrigued to see how it turned out.

It was fairly busy, considering the late afternoon hour, with at least three full tables and curious passerby stopping to peer inside and check out the menu posted on the window. (more…)


A new ice cream shop is coming to 115 Montague Street, almost directly across from the country’s first Haagen Dazs. Emack & Bolio’s is a rock-n-roll themed chain originating in Boston.

They’ve taken the space that was vacated by Connecticut Muffin earlier this year after the rent got too d*mn high. Curious peepers can see purple-painted columns above the brown paper. (more…)


A wave of new dining options is hitting Bed Stuy, and tomorrow, the neighborhood will gain a new Haitian restaurant. Grandchamps is set to open Tuesday at 197 Patchen Avenue on the corner of Halsey, in a former bodega space.

It will also serve as a cafe in the mornings and it will sell groceries. We chanced by over the weekend and saw workers inside and a welcoming sign out front. The venue will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. (more…)

Food Truck Rally

Some of the best food trucks from around the city will gather at Grand Army Plaza for a Food Truck Rally later this month. Some of the trucks participating include DUB Pies, Carpe Donut NYC, Toum, Kimchi Taco Truck, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Milk Truck, Phil’s Steaks and many more.

If you can’t make it Sunday, June 28, no need to worry. The event, with a rotating cast of trucks, continues through the fall on July 12 and 19, August 2 and 16, September 20 and October 4 and 18. (more…)


Longtime Clinton Hill residents Alicia and Daniel Mekelburg are prepping to open a gourmet grocery and eatery with a full bar and a backyard in the basement of an apartment building at 293 Grand Avenue in Clinton Hill. They’re aiming for this Sunday, June 14.

There’s nothing quite like Mekelburg’s in the neighborhood — or, for that matter, in Brooklyn. It most closely resembles Eataly, we think, but it’s more of a neighborhood place because it’s much smaller (about 3,000 square feet). (more…)