Four area restaurants double down, Bed Stuy loses brisket, and Carroll Garden’s builds a better burger in this week’s scrumptious serving of gossip.
The grass-fed patties peddled at newcomer Burgersmith (which quietly opened for business a week ago on the corner of Baltic and Smith Streets, in the old Faan space) are enough to make you melt. The cow is ground daily at nearby butcher shop Paisanos and griddled on a cast iron flat top, before being slapped on special Portuguese muffins from Cape Cod. Vegans and pesco-pollo vegetarians will also find their perfect patty — turkey, quinoa-nut-veggie and seared rainbow trout options all grace the highly customizable menu.
Another top-tiered Manhattan joint (see Vanessa’s Dumpling House, Meatball Shop, Loreley, and Mama’s Food Shop before it) is setting down roots in the flourishing foodie haven of Williamsburg. The Wall Street Journal reports that Max, an established East Village favorite for simple, affordable red sauce Italian, is shuttering its original Avenue B spot and bringing penne and polpetti to Driggs Avenue this spring.
In other expansion news, cozy Cobble Hill café Ted and Honey has opened a spacious new eatery called BLDG 92 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center. They now have a full-fledged catering division as well — Parker Red Culinary Events — which exclusively supplies food to the 8,000 square food event space. Caramelized banana and maple oatmeal for everyone!
3rd Ward’s bygone Goods truck, a restored 1946 trailer that briefly peddled burgers, dogs, and fried green tomato sandwiches on the corner of Metropolitan Avenue and Lorimer Street, will see new life as an art deco-styled Mexican eats truck called Zona Rosa. According to dnainfo.com, the owners of Mesa Coyoacan will serve tacos and margaritas to Williamsburg revelers late into the night.
Brownstoner reports that Slope fave Stone Park Café is expanding into the shuttered Pizza Rustica space next door, opening a catering hall for scheduled, special events. We presume that doesn’t include emergency brunches for four at 12:30 pm on a Sunday morning.
Our friends at The Local (hey there, Kuntzman!) report that the DeKalb Market will boast a brand new wine-and-beer license when it reopens this spring. Cheeky Sandwiches, Robicelli’s cupcakes, indie designer duds and now craft suds too? Forget the Fulton Mall, come April, we’re not leaving Willoughby Street.
It’s a sad day for sliced meat: Fork in the Road reports that 1970’s-era deli, David’s Brisket, has closed. It was a true Brooklyn original — where else can you find exemplary pastrami, corned beef, and yes, brisket on rye, in a traditional Jewish deli run alternately by Jamaicans and devout Middle Eastern Muslims? Only in New York, my friends, only in New York.