Brooklyn Public and Other Openings
Fort Greene's new (really, I would say the neighborhood's only) gastropub, Brooklyn Public House (247 DeKalb Avenue, Brooklyn), had a soft opening last night. I had a peak in earlier today and the space is quite lovely with exposed brick, tin ceilings, repurposed woods, and beautiful, vintage red leather booths in the dining area. Co-owner Chris Morgain says they're still toying with the menu, but he's intent on oysters.
The East Village has a new, Texas-themed spot in Marfa (101 East 2nd Street). The tex mex menu features such delicacies as mini corn dogs, macaraoni and cheese spoons, and something called the Marfarita, "essentially a spicy grapefruit marg."
Marco Britti, owner of Cubana Cafe, is fusing his love of Brazil and Cuba with his new joint, Favela Cubana (534 LaGuardia Place). The menu includes both Cuban and Brazilian takes on a half chicken, as well as lots of seafood.
Queens is getting the Milk & Honey treatment in Dutch Kills (27-24 Jackson Avenue, Queens), a new Long Island City bar shedule to open in the coming weeks. Proprietors Sasha Petraske and Richard Boccato say the 1890s-esque saloon will serve classic cocktails along with spirits, liquers, cordials, wine, and beer. There will also be a small pub menu provided by the nearby kitchen, Sage General Store (20-24 Jackson Avenue, Queens).