Careful followers of the NYC dining scene may have found it strange when César Ramirez, the Bouley and Danube vet who most recently earned two stars for his work at Bar Blanc, turned up as the chef at Brooklyn Fare, a new gourmet grocer in Downtown Brooklyn. But hey, everyone's gotta make a living, right?
Word comes from a Brooklyn Fare employee that chef is making the most of it. He's now serving five course tasting menus out of the kitchen where he spends most of his days making prepared meals. Bonus No. 1: it's also set up like a cooking demo so diners can interact with the chef. Bonus No. 2: it's BYOB. Bummer: It's $70—but they claim to use ingredients like Kobe beef, Hudson Valley Foie-Gras, and the like. It's curious indeed, so perhaps the fastidious folks over at eGullet can start a thread and let everyone know if it's a total waste or the best kept secret in Brooklyn. For more information, call (718) 243-0050.
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