Finally, the raw bar the kids in Williamsburg have long demanded! Balthazar bartender Danny Minch and Barrio Chino owner Dylan Dodd have opened Walter Foods at 253 Grand Street. Justin Ernsberger, formerly of Clinton Street Baking Company and Aqua Grill, brings his love of sea creatures to the menu — lobster appears in five dishes. This is good news for anyone on the L train looking to score some clam chowder this fall; if you’re not, there’s a burger and fried chicken and some steaks for you. Given Minch’s former life as a bartender, it’s no surprise that the cocktail menu is more robust, if not a little old-timey: See Sling, Singapore for details.
More info on Walter Foods here.
Also, for those of you who miss the Brick Over Gallery (we sure do), its former owner just opened a new joint called Kenny’s Trattoria. Here’s what the owner has to say:
Kenny’s Trattoria is an Italian restaurant with a menu offering homemade pasta dishes, including a homemade ravioli of the day, and several chicken, pork, beef and seafood dishes. Patrons of Brick Oven Gallery will recognize some of the dishes such as the Brooklyn Caviar, Brick Oven Shrimp, Orichietti and the same over sized salads.
More info on Kenny’s Trattoria here.
On another note, a new brick oven restaurant called Motorino opens on Friday. It’s on the corner of Graham & Ainslie. And speaking of brick oven pizza, we’ve been addicted to Barosa. It’s just a block away from Motorino on Graham and it’s definitely worth a visit. Stick to the basics–eggplant parmesan, pastas, the sausage pizza is heavenly–and you’ll be delighted.