With so many great cafes, restaurants and bars opening or reopening this spring, it’s hard to keep up. Here are some recent additions:
The short stretch between Ocean Parkway and Coney Island Avenue is the liveliest spot in Kensington and Ditmas Park, and yes, it’s a great new addition. The Moroccan restaurant run by chef-owners Raduone and Fatima Eljaouhari opened its doors two months ago and was just featured in Brooklyn Magazine.
- Ditmas Park: Nearby on Cortelyou Road, while Leah is being renovated following a fire, Sweet Lea opened across the street at the corner of Stratford Road, serving macaroon ice cream sandwiches.
- The Qathra Cafe around the corner has since become the Blue Bottle Coffee.
- Carroll Gardens: Aromi, a new Italian spot at 552 Court Street/9th Street launches ten different wood-fired pizzas, shares Infatuation.
- Brooklyn Heights: glitches, at 129 Atlantic Ave, officially reopened after numerous false starts throughout the pandemic.
- Pips is now a full restaurant by the folks behind Colonie and Gran Electrica, aiming to indulge you with coastal Italian fare.
- Bed-Stuy: Rodo Foods, a new West African take-out counter, opened at 420 Putnam Ave (corner of Tompkins Ave) last month. The short menu is salmon-heavy and includes joloff rice, sweet plantains and akara, only open Friday-Sunday for now.
- Bedroom: Royal Rib House at 303 Halsey Street is celebrating its grand reopening. The restaurant, which serves barbecue classics, opened in the 1960s and closed in 2020 after 50 years in business. Grub Street has beautiful writing.
- Bed-Stuy: oddly enough, a cocktail bar + small bites at 397 Tompkins Ave is open.
- Green Point: Greenpointers checked out gyros and kebabs at jewelry grid at 185 Norman Ave/Jewel Street.
- Williamsburg: laser wolf, an Israeli restaurant located on the rooftop of The Hoxton (97 Wythe Ave/North 10th Street), has a highly anticipated opening on Sunday, May 1. Grilled meats, whole fish and vegetables are the specialties, served with side dishes and pita bread.
- Williamsburg: Ensenada, a Mexican restaurant, opened above the Black Flamingo bar at 168 Borinquen Place/South 2nd Street.
- Williamsburg: Xolo, a Mexican restaurant upstairs during the day, is complemented by Bar Milagro downstairs at night, both of which opened this month. The space at 29 Dunham Place/South Sixth Street is the creation of Jorge Boetto of Mesa Coyoacan and Zona Rosa, artist Gigi Boetto and Willians Lopez, Eater reported.
- Prospect Park: Winner’s next outpost of the Seventh Avenue Bakery at Picnic House in Brooklyn’s backyard will feature wine, beer and cocktails on the menu, bringing booze to the northern half of Prospect Park for the first time, the Prospect Park Alliance confirmed to Patch.
Eater journalist Luke Fortney reviewed the Penne pasta pizza at Sicilian (229 PPW) at Windsor Terrace. “Do ravioli have a place on pizza?” He says: “Honestly, it’s not worth asking this unbalanced slice shop in Windsor Terrace, which serves ‘taco’ pies 24 hours a day and a better-than-you-think electronic playlist of remixes of Taylor Swift.” Still, he’ll be back for more of his triangular slices topped with penne and buffalo chicken.