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Michelin-Starred Bâtard Owner Is Opening a Modern Brasserie in Williamsburg

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John Winterman and Chris Cipollone are teaming up for a European brasserie with housemade pasta

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A European brasserie from a very acclaimed team is headed to Williamsburg.

Michelin-starred Bâtard co-owner John Winterman and former Piora chef Chris Cipollone have teamed up for the unnamed restaurant at 134 Broadway, at Bedford Avenue, Food & Wine reports. They’re planning a menu that’s a return to traditional appetizer, entree, and dessert format. Dishes run from housemade pastas to fish and meat entrees, such as bucatini cacio e pepe with kale; agnolotti with lobster and tarragon; côte de boeuf for two; and roast chicken. Wine will focus on Europe and the U.S., alongside a full bar with a classic cocktail list and a non-alcoholic one, too.

The word brasserie comes in more in the vibes of the space than a French menu. Winterman told Food & Wine he wants it to be “egalitarian” with a “convivial, lively atmosphere.” It’s on the ground floor of an office building, and architect Glen Coben is designing the space, which used to be a bank. Expect a 70-seat dining room with leather banquettes, a semi-open kitchen, exposed brick, and a lot of light from the corner location.

Winterman has had a long, successful career in New York hospitality. He’s most known for being the operator of fine-dining Tribeca restaurant Bâtard — where he’ll continue — but before that he also worked at the Daniel Boulud empire for nine years. He teamed up with Cipollone through mutual friends. Cipollone was at the head of the now-closed Piora kitchen, which earned a Michelin star when it was open.

The restaurant is expected to open in April 2020; stay tuned for more.

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