Table Scraps: 2010 Off to a Delicious Start


It’s time again for Table Scraps, the occasional feature where we follow up on the restaurant gossip we hear while eating out in around Brooklyn and pestering chefs with our never-ending questions. Expansions and close-to-openings in Williamsburg, big plans in Bed-Stuy, and dining deals in Park Slope and Carroll Gardens.

Buttermilk Channel in Carroll Gardens is now open on Mondays, serving a special $25, three-course menu that includes vegetarian options, fried chicken, bacon wrapped brook trout, fresh noodles from Caputo’s and a miniature version of their famed pecan pie ice cream sundae. They’ve also added a special oyster section to their menu.

We know not everyone loves the Roebling Tea Room. We’ve held countless BB meetings there, and can’t get enough of Dennis Spina’s weird brand of brilliance, so yes we’re Brooklyn biased. One thing that is indisputable though, is the sheer insanity of the ratio of the kitchen size to the dining room. Smallest. Kitchen. Ever. It’s boggles the mind that they can crank out as many covers as they do each night. Come the end of January though, the Tea Room’s kitchen is getting a makeover and expansion. We can only imagine what those pirates will whip up cooking in a proper galley.

Robbie Richter, the pitmaster at the helm of Fatty ‘Cue, the Fatty Crab’s Brooklyn barbecue outpost on South 6th between Bedford and Berry, reports that they could open in as soon as a month. He didn’t want to make any promises, as delays have prevented them for opening for more than a year now, but he did give BB this tidbit: “I said that when we were about to open I’d go back to my old place, Hill Country, and get this vintage BBQ sign I have hanging there. Well, I went and picked it up this past weekend.” Promising. Screw the Super Bowl, we’re taking bets on whether Fatty ‘Cue or Pies ‘N’ Thighs opens first.

In Bed-Stuy, the owners of Saraghina, which has one of the coziest rooms in Brooklyn thanks to the wood-burning pizza oven in the front of the restaurant, are working on opening a new place nearby. The focus? Fish.

Park Slopers can thank the recession for Melt‘s nightly specials menu: Five entrees, each under $10, Sunday through Thursday. Last Thursday’s menu featured king prawns with massaman curry, fried chicken (turns out, people like fried chicken) with truffled honey, bangers and mash, BBQ braised pork ribs with brussels sprouts and seafood with homemade linguini. Worth riding the G train from the northside, or even hiring a babysitter.

Sent by Annaliese. Photo courtesy of Buttermilk Channel, video courtesy of Liza de Guia, via vimeo.

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