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Carmellini Plans Wood-Fired Southern Italian Restaurant for William Vale Hotel

The chef will focus on "coastal cuisine."

A man in a chef’s apron sits in front of a row of warm lamps. He points a finger off-screen.
Andrew Carmellini
Daniel Krieger

The hitmakers at Noho Hospitality Group — Andrew Carmellini, Josh Pickard, and Luke Ostrom — are gearing up to open two new venues in the forthcoming William Vale Hotel on Wythe between North 12th and North 13th streets in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The main restaurant, called Leuca, will feature Southern Italian fare from Andrew Carmellini. The chef will cooking with wood fire, and the emphasis will be on "coastal cuisine," so expect some seafood on the menu. Leuca is slated to open in early fall 2016. And over the summer, the Noho team will debut Westlight, a rooftop bar serving craft cocktails. This space will have 360 degree views of the city.

The Noho team already operates two successful New York hotel restaurants — Little Park and Locanda Verde — plus downtown hot spots LafayetteThe DutchBar Primi, and The Library at The Public.  Leuca and Westlight will be Noho Hospitality's first Brooklyn projects.  The team will also be in charge of room service and the food and beverage for the William Vale's event spaces. The 23-story hotel is now taking reservations for a projected opening in June.

2016 is shaping up to be a great year for Williamsburg restaurants: Another A Voce veteran, Missy Robbins, is earning rave reviews for her restaurant Lilia, and in a few months, Fredrik Berselius will debut the follow-up to his Michelin-starred Nordic establishment Aska near the Williamsburg bridge.

Stay tuned for more details on the opening of Leuca and Westlight as they become available.