The Finch in Clinton Hill. Photo via The Finch

In New York, it’s not just the people who evolve: our restaurants, too, are ever changing, especially when looking at a multi-century timeline.

Native New Yorker Victoria Flexner, co-founder of the Brooklyn-based “historical supper club,” research lab and test kitchen Edible History, is giving a Brooklyn Brainery lecture on the history of New York’s restaurants from the early 19th century on. (more…)

The owner of a Bed Stuy lounge plans to spice up the desolate area around the Manhattan Bridge in downtown Brooklyn by opening a restaurant that serves West African, Trinidadian and American food. After a decade of running Amarachi on Franklin Avenue, Joseph Adewumi wants to bring that Bed Stuy feel to an eatery called Amarachi Prime, in the ground floor space at 189 Bridge Street.

The 2,500-square-foot restaurant will serve typical American fare like pancakes, waffles, burgers and salmon, as well as Caribbean staples like oxtail stew. Adewumi hopes to open by July 4 and serve breakfast, lunch and dinner into the wee hours. (He plans to stay open until 4 am Fridays and Saturdays.) Community Board 2 approved his application for a full liquor license  last week. GMAP

The Classon Social Club opened its doors last Friday on the corner of St. Johns and Classon, offering live blues and jazz and classic American comfort food. The bar and restaurant serves up homey dishes like mac and cheese, chicken pot pie, shrimp and polenta and sorghum glazed porchetta.

The western Crown Heights joint has a small stage outfitted with a drum kit and piano, and there are several blues, tango and jazz acts lined up for later this month. Check out the full food and alcohol menu here. The Classon Social Club is located at 807 Classon Avenue and open from 5 pm to midnight every day except Sunday.

Click through to the jump to see an interior photo. GMAP


The new Hill Country Barbecue Market celebrated its grand opening at 345 Adams Street Tuesday with a party. A reader sent us a photo of the festivities, which you can see after the jump. The sit-down restaurant opened a few weeks ago and serves Texas-style smoked meats, prime rib, cornbread, banana pudding and PB&J cupcakes. The 11,000-square-foot restaurant also has a 130-seat music venue where roots, Americana and alt-country acts can perform.

The restaurant’s fried-chicken-serving sister and takeout joint Hill Country Chicken opened at the same address in late December. Fried chicken, a variety of pies, and sides like cheesy fried mashed potatoes are all on the menu. Shake Shack is across the street.

Huge BBQ Joint Coming to 345 Adams Street [Brownstoner] GMAP



Kimchi Taco, the successful Mexican and Korean fusion joint that began as a food truck and then opened a storefront in Prospect Heights, is opening a second location on Smith Street in Carroll Gardens, DNAinfo reported. Founder Philip Lee will soon be serving up Korean barbeque tacos and kimchi at Kimchi Grill at 478 Smith Street. Just like the Prospect Heights restaurant, the new outpost will be small and cater mostly to take-out orders, but still serve Bloody Marys, mimosas, margaritas, soju and beer to customers while they wait.

The little spot at the corner of Smith and 9th streets, shown above in 2012, will serve a similar menu to the Washington Avenue location, including beef short ribs, spicy pork, tofu edamame falafel and vegan kimchi. Community Board Six’s permits and licenses committee recommended approving a full liquor license for the venue Monday night, and Lee expects to open in the next two months.

Kimchi Grill to Dish out Korean Barbecue and Booze in Carroll Gardens [DNAinfo]
Photo by Pardon Me For Asking

Tennessee-style BBQ joint Humo Smokehouse is hosting a ribbon-cutting to announce their official opening Wednesday on Myrtle Avenue in Fort Greene. The restaurant at 336 Myrtle Avenue offers brisket, pulled pork, ribs, pork belly and sausage, which have been smoked in-house and brushed with a custom dry rub. Humo also serves classic southern sides like chili, smoked black beans, potato salad and cole slaw. Owner Raul Perez and his team get their produce and meat from several local farmers through Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership’s Farm to Neighborhood program.

Although the restaurant held a soft opening earlier this month, it finally has its liquor license and is ready to welcome its Fort Greene neighbors. And the Yelp reviews are promising. The ribbon-cutting will happen Wednesday at 4 pm. GMAP

Photo by Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership