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Billy Durney’s Acclaimed Red Hook Tavern Swaps Its Head Chef

Plus, bars serving mead are growing in popularity in Brooklyn — and more intel

The interior of red hook tavern with a low white paneled ceiling, wooden chairs and tables throughout
Red Hook Tavern has lost its chef less than a year after it opened
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Red Hook Tavern’s chef is moving on

The chef at Red Hook’s eponymous throwback tavern is moving on from her post less than a year after the Billy Durney-run restaurant opened in the neighborhood. Allison Plumer announced the news on her Instagram account writing last week was her last at the neighborhood joint. She did not share details about the reason behind her move nor about where she’s headed next. “I am so proud to have been a part of such an amazing team of people who will always have a huge place in my heart,” she writes. Eater has reached out to Plumer for comment.

Red Hook Tavern — the second restaurant from the man behind the neighborhood’s massive barbecue hit Hometown Bar-B-Que — opened last July as an homage to some of the city’s most iconic establishments including Peter Luger Steakhouse, McSorley’s, and Corner Bistro. While the restaurant serves up dishes like ham croquettes and brick chicken, it is perhaps best known for having one of the city’s most compelling burgers, which Times critic Pete Wells called a “mandatory” NYC burger. Johann Cottier, who’s been a chef at Red Hook Tavern since its opening, is now taking over as executive chef.

In other news

— Bars serving mead — otherwise known as honey wine — are popping off in Brooklyn in large part due to the drink’s prominence on the TV show Game of Thrones.

— A new pop-up store in Manhattan’s Chinatown is selling food-related merchandise in celebration of Lunar New Year. Items include Mission Chinese shirts, Chinese-American cookbooks, and dumplings and chicken wings made in porcelain by artist Stephanie Shih.

New York magazine critic Adam Platt heaped praise on the new Williamsburg restaurant from the Chez Ma Tante team. Platt singled out Le Crocodile’s bar program and wrote that the menu was “diligently executed.”

— 49-year-old Chelsea deli L & M Delicatessen and Catering is the subject of a new profile in AM New York.

— There are shockingly few restaurants offering birthday discounts or deals in NYC, Wall Street Journal reporter Charles Passy recently learned. A notable exception was 99 Favor Taste, which offered him the $26 hot-pot meal free of charge.

— Acclaimed London restaurant St. John, which holds a Michelin star, is doing a one-night-only pop-up dinner at Williamsburg’s Hoxton hotel on February 29. Tickets cost $78.

— New Yorkers expressed disappointment for the staff but were mostly happy about the shutdown of the Spotted Pig. The restaurant was on the decline following multiple accusations of sexual harassment against owner Ken Friedman.

Prince Tea House — the popular tea shop with six locations in NYC — is adding swanky, new locations in the East Village and Forest Hills.

— Excellent strategy:

Red Hook Tavern

329 Van Brunt Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231 (917) 966-6094 Visit Website

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