Sigmund Freud-themed bar launches in Greenwich Village
Greenwich Village’s Austrian cafe Freud has reopened as Bar Freud, with chef-owner Eduard Frauneder tapping Austrian bartending brothers Albert and Jakob Trummer to develop a cocktail program “intended to reflect the unique experience of being in Sigmund Freud’s Therapy Room,” according to the menu. Albert Trummer previously ran pharmaceutical-themed bars and bar programs at Apothéke, Sanatorium, and Three Pillars. For Bar Freud, the Trummers have come up with cocktails like the “waiting room,” a tequila- or mezcal-based drink made with cherry tomatoes, bail, balsamic reduction, and habanero. “Foam,” “essence,” and “elixir” pop up all over the drink menu. There’s also a revamped food menu featuring mostly small plates and a few entrees like hanger steak, spatzle, and wiener schnitzel.
New Japanese restaurant and bar planned for Williamsburg
A Kickstarter campaign was launched for Kitsune, a proposed 50-seat Japanese restaurant and bar in Williamsburg focusing on traditional omusubi and bento lunches, including vegan variations. Omusubi are Japanese rice balls stuffed with vegetable-, seafood-, or meat-based fillings. At night, Kitsune will offer Japanese small plates and sushi. The menu will be put together by consulting chefs, Macao Trading Co. executive chef Erica Ohrling and Bondst executive sushi chef Shigeru Mikami. Shin Ikeda of B-Flat and Angel’s Share will oversee the bar and cocktail programs. The owners are seeking $90,000 on Kickstarter and have so far raised just under $1,000.
Brooklyn pop-up restaurant is back for a month-long residency in LES
First launching in Brooklyn in 2016, the pop-up Oxalis comes from chef Nico Russell of Daniel and Mirazur and features a European bistro menu with drink pairings. The pop-up is hitting the Lower East Side, hosting dinners every weekend of March at Colors Restaurant. Tickets, available here, are $95 per person, which includes the set menu (five to seven courses) and drink pairings. Limited walk-ins are also accepted.
A fundraiser to support Brownsville food advocacy
The Brownsville Community Culinary Center, co-founded by Claus Meyer, is throwing its first fundraising gala on March 8th to support the center’s mission to provide meaningful culinary training to residents of Brownsville and Central Brooklyn as well as offer healthy, fresh food options to the area. The fundraising event will feature a dinner made by chefs Anita Lo, Gunnar Gislason, Jerome Grant, and Pierre Thiam. Tickets can be purchased here.
Closings and a coming attraction
Galerie de Café in Tribeca is currently closed due to “unforeseen construction,” and a re-opening date has yet to be announced. The H. P. Lovecraft-inspired bar Lovecraft has not been open lately, and the restaurant’s phone number is no longer in service. EV Grieve reports that liquor bottles and other equipment have been seen being removed from the space. Meanwhile, the space that formerly housed La Gamelle at 241 Bowery is set to relaunch as a Greek restaurant some time next month.