Over the last six years, chef Rob Newton and his partner in business and in life Kerry Diamond have opened a handful of small, well-regarded Carroll Gardens restaurants, including Nightingale 9, Wilma Jean, and Smith Canteen. And now, Newton is debuting another restaurant a bit north of where he and Diamond have their mini empire. Black Walnut is located inside the Hilton Brooklyn on Schermerhorn near Smith Street in Downtown Brooklyn. The menu from this Arkansas-raised chef includes a few riffs on Southern staples, as well as some Asian elements. For dinner, Newton is serving flat bread topped with aged country ham, marinated fluke with sweet potato, confit pork with Szechuan peppercorns, black trumpet mushrooms with tofu skins, and an "East Coast fish muddle" with bacon. The breakfast menu has four types of egg sandwiches, lemon-ricotta pancakes, and warm quinoa with black beans and a fried egg.
Black Walnut is open for breakfast and dinner seven days a week. Take a look at the space and the menu below, and if you happen to stop by this week, please let us know what you think.