Weekend bombshell: the Wall Street Journal reports that chef Cesar Ramirez and the owners of Brooklyn Fare are opening a new version of their critically acclaimed restaurant/grocery store in a space on 39th Street between 9th and 10th avenues in Manhattan. Ramirez's tiny chef's table is one of the great restaurant success stories in recent memory: after opening to little buzz almost three years ago, it has grown into one of New York's premiere destination restaurants. In the last year, it received three stars from both the New York Times and Michelin, and reservations are basically impossible to come by these days.
The new location will feature a chef's table that will offer a fine dining-style menu just like at the Brooklyn original, although the space will only seat about ten guests (as opposed to 18), and there will be fewer courses on the menu. Ramirez plans to split his time between both restaurants.
The new project will also feature a gourmet grocery store, and another restaurant which will have an a la carte menu of small plates including several seafood dishes. That space will seat about 60 guests, and it will operate on a no-reservations policy. One of the owners notes: "It's a supermarket and restaurant but not the same concept....We're in the middle of planning."
There's still no word yet on the exact location of Brooklyn Fare Manhattan, although it should open by June or July of this year. The owners have made it clear that they have no intention of closing the original Brooklyn Fare.