It’s the ultimate antidote to endless hurricane coverage — a windfall of local restaurant gossip! Change is definitely brewing in Bay Ridge … talk about a perfect food storm.
Down by the bay: Bay Ridge has a fantastic restaurant scene — it just usually isn’t fertile ground when it comes to gossip about openings and closings. Well, move over, Williamsburg; Yellow Hook is on the leader board this week, with a steady stream of hopping food news. For a taste:
• Relief for residents complaining about late night bar noise! The Village is out on the corner of 79th Street and Third Avenue, and come September, Giacomo’s — a casual pizzeria and Italian eatery — is in.
• New red-sauce restaurants may be no great shakes in the Ridge, so that’s why the mid-September opening of Ho’Brah — a Hawaii-inspired fish taco shack on 86th Street and Third Avenue — is sure to make waves. Locals will especially groove on the fact that the eatery is being opened by a pack of neighborhood firefighters. Hang 10!
• Bring on the seafood! According to tipsters at Bay Ridge Talk, a fish, chips and more spot called Little Kitchen will open on Fourth Avenue between 92nd and 93rd Streets in September.
• Ivy Bakery, a gourmet sweet shop, is abandoning its 87th Street and Third Avenue spot and hauling its sticky buns to Soho.
Hot in Williamsburg: Nary a week passes in this nabe without news of a monster restaurant opening (or two, or three). Isa, a new Taavo Somer spot (the restaurant impresario behind Peels, Freeman’s and the Rusty Knot in Manhattan), has just opened on Wythe Avenue at S. Second Street. The quirky menu — which has been self-described as “modern primitive,” natch — includes Travesio salad with cashew nut cream cheese ($14); pig tail ($5) and fried sardine skeletons ($6).
Cheesy goodness: Noorman’s Kil, a new bourbon and grilled cheese haven (oh, another one of those!), has just opened in the old Art Land space on Grand Street near Lorimer Street in Williamsburg. The drinkery boasts more than 220 whiskies and schmantzy toasted cheeses like the Maefred (with double-creme brie, local mushrooms, and rosemary on ciabatta) and the Betsy (with chevre, apricot jam, honey and thyme). The bar’s name comes from a creek that once flowed through northern Brooklyn.
Souk it up: Eater reports that after almost 30 years in business, Café Mogador, Manhattan’s seminal Morroccan spot, is readying for a BK expansion. Billyburger’s can expect to chow down on bastillas and tangines by the end of September in a Wythe Avenue space between N. Seventh and N. Eighth streets.