Cesar Ramirez's Downtown Brooklyn tasting counter recently received four stars from Eater critic Ryan Sutton, along with three sparklers from Michelin and the New York Times before that. It's one of the toughest reservations to acquire in America, and it's arguably the most acclaimed restaurant in Brooklyn, ever. But now it looks like Ramirez and his crew are gearing up to move the tasting counter to the two-year-old outpost of Brooklyn Fare on West 37th Street.
Previously, Ramirez and Brooklyn Fare owner Moe Issa had announced plans to open a different restaurant in the Manhattan location of their grocery store, but the space is still empty. The tipline has recently been flooded with reports about the move. Some tipsters hinted at plans to move the restaurant to the forthcoming Brooklyn Fare grocery store on Greenwich Street. But today, an employee at Chef's Table confirmed the plans to move the restaurant to the Hell's Kitchen space.
"We are moving locations to a second location, but we actually do not have a set date for the move," the employee told Eater. Apparently, the new West Village location of Brooklyn Fare will not have a restaurant. A liquor license application for the 37th Street restaurant notes: "This will be a first class restaurant similar to owner's other restaurant by the name of Brooklyn Fare." The CB2 archive does not have a liquor license application for the Greenwich Street space.
Ramirez and the Brooklyn Fare team have not made any official announcement about this move yet. When asked about the rumored move recently, a rep for the restaurant had no comment. Word on the street is that the original Brooklyn Fare space will become a more casual Mediterranean-themed restaurant. Stay tuned for more details about the future of Brooklyn Fare as they become available.