FiDi gets hit today with an Asian steakhouse from two seasoned restaurateurs, one behind clubby classic Philippe Chow. Brooklyn Chop House, at 150 Nassau St. between Spruce and Beekman streets, serves standard steakhouse fare such as steaks and burgers, plus the addition of Chinese dumplings and entrees.
Stratis Morfogen runs operations here, and it sounds a lot like his short-lived Upper East Side Asian steakhouse Jade Sixty. Morfogen has made his name on clubby Asian venues — he was a founder at Philippe Chow and owns Jue Lan Club — and Brooklyn Chop House has a similar DNA.
The menu, in full below and remarkably similar to Jade Sixty’s old menu, has chophouse classics such as a wedge salad and dry-aged porterhouse and ribeye, as well as sushi, beef and broccoli, fried rice for two, and various dumplings. There’s also a three-course $24.95 lunch deal and $10 mixed drinks for the thriving FiDi working crowd. The space seats 150 with two private dining rooms and 35 at the bar. The look is inspired by the “romance, youthfulness, and nostalgia of Brooklyn,” which apparently means exposed brick and floor-to-ceiling velvet curtains.
The restaurant has already previewed itself this summer with a Hamptons pop-up, where it was fairly buzzy. Music industry exec and prolific Ihop owner Robert (Don Pooh) Cummins is the owner, and his close personal friendship with Biggie Smalls was an original inspiration for the decor, but is no longer an element. Cummins has the power to potentially pull in a very influential crowd, having worked with the likes of Mary J. Blige, 50 Cent, and Sean Combs.
Brooklyn Chop House is now open weekdays from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and weekends until midnight.