Brooklyn’s first dinner boat, The Water Table, will officially open for business on December 6. The World War II-era ship will be serving up seasonal New England cuisine and is taking reservations for Friday and Saturday nights in December. Dinner will be a prix-fixe three-course menu that costs $75, not including beverages, taxes, and gratuity, and cruises generally last from 7:30 to 10 pm. They’ll be pouring bitters-inspired classic cocktails from the ’40s and offering Brooklyn Brewery beer. The wine list will feature small, organic wineries, and there will be a “sipping rum” list. The boat, which docks at India Street Pier in Greenpoint, hopes to expand its service in early 2014. And you can make reservations for New Year’s Eve! Reservations and the December menu are available on The Water Table’s website.
It looks like Flatbush Farm owner Damon Gorton is opening another restaurant in the old Sister’s Hardware storefront in Clinton Hill. Sister’s Hardware closed its doors at 900 Fulton Street in May 2012 and the space has been vacant ever since. We don’t know what type of restaurant it will be, but we do know Gorton applied for a full liquor license last month.
A sign has appeared for Black Forest Restaurant, a German restaurant that’s moving into the former medical office building at 735 Fulton Street in Fort Greene. The restaurant applied for a full liquor license in August, right after renovations began on the one-story red-brick building. GMAP
It looks like a new restaurant is moving into 219 Dekalb Avenue at Adelphi Street. Alteration permits were approved in mid-September to install new restaurant equipment in the space, formerly a Moroccan cafe called Kif, which closed earlier this year. Does anyone know more? GMAP
The owner of Woodland in Park Slope is opening a new restaurant at 271 Adelphi Street at Dekalb Avenue in Fort Greene, where Cornerstone closed in July. He applied for a full liquor license two weeks ago at a meeting of Community Board Two, where he said he expected to close by 2 am most nights.
The restaurant will serve seafood. There will be a bar in the front that can seat 10, and the whole restaurant can fit 66 people. There is an outdoor courtyard, which will also stay open till 2 am. The restaurant is slated to open in December or January. GMAP
Emily and Matt Hyland built their restaurant careers working at Brooklyn Central in Park Slope and Smorgasburg’s Pizza Moto, and now they’re ready to open their own pizza place at 919 Fulton Street in Clinton Hill. They’re going to offer pizzas, American fare, and an array of small plates from salads to more robust dishes. The space’s previous occupant was The Wallace, a seasonal American restaurant that closed after only a year in business. The Hylands just signed their lease on September 1 and expect to be open by early December. GMAP
A sit-down Texas and Southern BBQ joint with a full bar called G. Lee’s Smokin’ BBQ will soon open east of Franklin. The menu will range from Texas-style barbecue to catfish and shrimp Louisiana po’ boys, Carolina pulled pork and fried okra. The restaurant is going to project old black-and-white westerns on the ceiling and host live music a couple of times a month. The rest of the time they’ll be playing honky tonk, blues, and soul. G. Lee’s Smokin’ BBQ has completely finished its renovations and already has its liquor license. The owners say they’re planning to open by the end of September or early October. The restaurant, located at 813 Nostrand near Union, will join a handful of other sit-down spots east of Franklin and has room for 70 people, including at the bar. Think it will be a nice addition to the neighborhood? See more photos of the interior after the jump! GMAP(more…)
We were grabbing some takeout from Choice last night and noticed lights and activity in the long-shuttered storefront at 285 Grand Avenue formerly inhabited by Dakar restaurant. Upon our approach, camera in hand, a very friendly proprietor popped her head out to let us know that they weren’t officially open yet, despite the number of happy-looking diners inside. “The name is Marietta,” a sign in the window informed us, “and we’re a fun-loving American restaurant with Southern influences.” Indeed, a profile already up on Menupages reveals treats like Tennessee Brown Jam Smoked Pork Shoulder and Extra Fancy Memphis Fried Chicken. Great news for Grand Avenue! GMAP
Big news, burger lovers: Grub Street is reporting that Shake Shack, the popular Danny Meyer fast food chain, is planning to open its second Brooklyn location at 170 Flatbush Avenue, just steps from the Barclays Arena. “Our second Brooklyn location will be directly across from the Barclays Center and plant us firmly within walking distance of several neighborhoods from Park Slope to Fort Greene,” said Randy Garutti, Shake Shack CEO, in a press release printed in full below. “New York City is our hometown, and the Shack will be the place where New Yorkers can come together to celebrate the best of Brooklyn’s thriving culture, sports and entertainment.” Any guesses what rent they are paying? In other news, the last Blockbuster in Brooklyn is closing. GMAP (more…)
In the most encouraging sign yet that the Clinton Hill stretch of Fulton Street might have a culinary future, a new joint called Three Letters has opened at 930 Fulton Street at the corner of St. James. Eater took note of its opening last week but we only noticed the signage up over the weekend. Helmed by Pip Freeman, formerly of The Grocery, the new spot will be serving up French comfort food like pork bourguignonne and seitan fricasée. Sign us up! Have any readers been yet? GMAP
Grimaldi’s hasn’t suffered from its half-block move last year to 1 Front Street. Crowds still line up mid-morning for its legendary pies. But starting later this month, the famous pizza restaurant will face some stiff competition from its own namesake, when Patsy Grimaldi opens Juliana’s in the old Grimaldi space at 19 Front Street. (A contractor told us the space would be ready to open “in a couple of weeks.”) Today, the New York Post reported the owner of Grimaldi’s has sued Juliana’s to prevent them from firing up the old coal oven, saying it would create “unfair competition.” Will there be enough tourists to go around? Grimaldi’s Brick Oven Battle [NY Post] GMAP
Popular Stuyvesant Heights restaurant Peaches is opening a café on the corner of Decatur and Lewis, to be called The Pantry. The Southern-food empire now takes up the entire block and includes the original restaurant, a bar that serves food in the old Bread Stuy space, catering, and a private dining room for parties. Meanwhile, farther down Lewis, between Macon and Halsey, the Tin City ice cream and soda fountain has closed. And, as noted at the time by readers in the Forum, Beso bar and restaurant opened in March, serving Latin fusion cuisine such as guava-glazed shrimp with plantains and coconut rice and grilled steak with chimichurri sauce.