Roberta’s asserts its hipster cred and gets props from Danny Meyer, and Park Slope says “Guten Tag” to a new Austrian sausage joint in this week’s dose of neighborhood food news.
Sirloin saturation: Will chain-burgers find their way into every gossip column from now until the foreseeable future? The answer is yes, if Five Guys Burgers and Fries has anything to do with it. According to Brownstoner, D.C.’s meaty mega-monster plans to stake its claim on another Brooklyn address, 266 Court St. in Cobble Hill. A few more of these, and we definitely won’t be lovin’ it.
Schnapps and sippy cups: Café Steinhof will soon have a competitor in the weinerschnitzel arena. Our friends at Here’s Park Slope noticed that a new Austrian eatery, Der Kommissar, is almost ready to open in the Fifth Avenue space formerly occupied by Borin Queya 2. The official website for the beer and brats joint promises “a taste of Vienna with a Park Slope vibe.” We’re assuming that means valet stroller parking.
Soul survivor: Clinton Hill’s revamped Caribbean Soul restaurant (formerly Soule International), reopened last weekend, reports Eater. The resto now boasts a packed calendar of in-house events, including live jazz music, poetry slams, and yes, even karaoke, but jerk chicken and oxtail stew aficionados will be relieved to find that the West Indian menu remains essentially untouched.
Constant cravings: Sometimes you just need a quinoa and lentil veggie burger at five in the morning. Luckily, Anytime’s late night comfort food delivery service has Greenpoint and Williamsburg residents covered. There’s even a new, special deal for light-of-wallet insomniacs: $12 will buy a sandwich, side, dessert and drink, delivered right to your door. Although not part of the prix fixe, Anytime is also happy to send cigs along with the sandwich. Where was this place when we were in college?
Rebel Yelp: The velvet-blazered and skinny-jeaned have officially woven their way into Brooklyn’s cultural and culinary fabric. Our sister publication, the New York Post, discovered a new category in Yelp’s restaurant ambiance search; Hipster. Not surprisingly, Williamsburg boasts the lion’s share of hipsterific eateries, with Roberta’s, Fette Sau, The Commodore, and DuMont Burger all receiving the dubious distinction.
It’s a bird, it’s a plane: It’s a superhero breakfast at Jamie Lynn’s Kitchen! The Bath Beach bistro is welcoming friendly neighborhood Spidermen for a special $10 brunch buffet on April 10. Kids of all ages (or young-at-heart parents) are invited to dress up as their favorite superhero, get their face painted, and fortify themselves with a healthy and hearty meal before setting off to fight supervillians. Holy bacon and eggs, Batman!
He likes us, he really likes us: Celebrated restaurateur Danny Meyer’s food empire may be uptown, but a recent Grub Street interview reveals he might just be a BK boy at heart. “I’m in awe of the entire borough,” Meyer says. “If I could spend three nights a week eating in Brooklyn, I’d be a very, very happy person. I get so much inspiration there.” Thumbs up went to Roberta’s in Bushwick, Franny’s in Park Slope and Anella’s in Greenpoint. But despite all the love, Meyer admits that Shake Shack will be his only Brooklyn venture. What, no Eleven Prospect Park?
Pizza, the sequel: Park Slope Patch reports that Giuseppinas, sister restaurant to the uber-popular Lucali, is finally open for business. Make that brother restaurant; Chris Iacono, bro to Lucali’s Mark, owns the South Slope pizzeria. Let’s hope that the ability to make properly crisp, wood-fired crust runs in the gene pool.
Beastly brew: Six Point Brewery has joined forces with the Chances with Wolves radio show to create a brand-new beer. “The Knockout Punch” is a Hawaiian Red Ale infused with — what else? — Hawaiian Punch! The silly suds were debuted at Beer for Beasts, a food and drink event held at the Bell House to benefit the Humane Society of New York City. Drinking beer + helping puppies = win/win situation.