It's time for another edition of the Thursday Opening Report. Spot a new restaurant that's open in your neighborhood? Please let us know. The tipline is always open.
[All photos by Marguerite Preston]
1) Gowanus: A former warehouse in Gowanus is now The Bahche, a Turkish cafe with a massive outdoor courtyard. The restaurant serves things like hummus, tabbouleh, and a traditional Turkish breakfast platter, but you can also get a burger and fries. An employee tells DNAinfo that the place is meant for lingering, whether with a book or on a laptop. Status: Certified open. 191 7th St., Brooklyn, 718-422-0800.
2) Park Slope: Fonda's Roberto Santibañez just opened his new spot, La Botaneria, right across the street from the Brooklyn Fonda. It's a tiny restaurant, with just a few high tables and a menu of small plates to match. There are dishes like smoked trout salad and a Spanish tortilla, plus beer, wine, and cocktails. Status: Certified Open. 427 Seventh Avenue.
3) Fort Greene: A bar called The Great Georgiana opened recently in the space that once housed the coffee shop Tillie's, a beloved old Fort Greene standby that closed a couple of years ago. The bar's owner, Australian music producer Dominic Tracy, tells DNAinfo that he plans to roll out a cocktail menu soon, and he will also hire a chef to serve "meats, cheeses, dips, quince paste, and small plates from all around the world." Status: Certified open. 248 DeKalb Avenue.
4) East Village: A new Sichuan restaurant opened up on East Sixth Street earlier this month. Owner Wilson Fu tells Bedford + Bowery that he decided to open Red Pepper after being disappointed by most of the Sichuan places he'd tried in Manhattan. The menu is a long list of traditional Sichuan dishes like spicy fragrant crab, chili oil dumplings, and hot oil beef tendon. Status: Certified open. 324 East Sixth St., 646-370-5112.
5) Crown Heights: A couple has opened up a little cafe on the ground floor of their house, just off of Franklin Avenue. Cafe Allegria has house-made bagels and house-smoked ham, and some outdoor seating in the driveway. While the weather's still warm enough, I Love Franklin Ave. reports that there's also a backyard with an herb garden and a croquet set. Status: Certified Open. 547 St. Marks Ave, 917-589-8418.
6) Williamsburg: The team behind LES spot Chloe 81 recently opened another bar, Kingsland, in Brooklyn. Owners Brooke Smy and M Kouger say they want it to be an "unpretentious dance club." They're serving various beer and shot combos, classic cocktails, and food like cheese-stuffed burgers and fried chicken. Status: Certified open. 524 Grand Street.
7) Upper West Side: Coffee roaster Oren's Daily Roast has opened another location on Broadway. Along with coffee, tea and espresso drink, they're selling pastries from Balthazar and Doughnut Plant, plus a range of coffee making equipment and accessories. Status: Certified Open. 2303 Broadway, 646-442-5885.