The Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare, one of America’s most acclaimed fine dining restaurants, moved from Downtown Brooklyn to Hell’s Kitchen earlier this week. Chef César Ramirez didn’t tell anyone about the move, except for his staff and his guests, but now the three Michelin-star tasting counter is up and running in a space attached to the 37th Street location of the Brooklyn Fare grocery store. Last night, an employee explained that the move happened on Tuesday and that the Downtown Brooklyn restaurant was "temporarily closed." Diners who made reservations for this week received calls explaining the relocation just a few days ago.
Last January, Eater critic Ryan Sutton awarded four stars to The Chef’s Table in its original Brooklyn location. Sutton wrote:
Give Ramirez credit: he's turned his Tasting Temple by Cesar into something larger, a proper restaurant that's less about the chef and more about the guest, and a venue that still feels as relevant as ever as its strengths switch from the cutting edge (which it still embodies) to the classic (which it's becoming). That's aging with grace. That's your four-star replacement for Per Se.
Rumors about the move started bubbling up last February. César and his crew have not said anything about what will happen to the original Chef’s Table space, but word on the street is that it will eventually reopen as another restaurant from the team, possibly one with a Mediterranean slant.
A tipster who dined at Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare last night sends word that the space has 18 seats at a counter, plus four tables for small parties. The meal is comprised of 13 courses — 11 savory and two sweet. Here’s a glimpse at the new counter and kitchen:
Chef's Table at @BrooklynFare - 3 Micheline Stars *** Words cannot begin to explain how amazing every single dish of this 20 course meal was. Every bite of this French inspired Japanese food felt like an all around emotional experience. It's easy to see, taste & feel exactly why Chef Ramirez and his entire team have earned 3 Micheline Stars. Everything was prepped, cooked, plated and served to us with precision. Thanks again Chef Ramirez for having @susiecws and i, it was the most wonderful experience. #ChefsTableBrooklynFare #ChefsTable #BrooklynFare #MichelineStar #FrenchCuisine #JapaneseFood #NewYork
And here’s a rundown of the dishes that were served last night:
Trout roe, trout pâté in shell
Uni with black truffle and brioche
Kaluga caviar w/ egg sabayon
White truffles over rice
King crab with Granny Smith apple and Bartlett pear
Sorbet with finger lime
Frozen soufflé with red beans
Lobster with radish and kelp
As you may recall, several years ago Ramirez and partner Moe Issa announced plans to open the Manhattan space as a more casual restaurant with French and Italian influences, helmed by Colorado expat Jared Sippel. The project withered on the vine and Sippel moved onto a new restaurant, Italienne.
If you happen to stop by the new Brooklyn Fare, please let us know what you think.