A Roundup of Brooklyn Food News

March 22, 2012 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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By Dennis Holt

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

BROOKLYN — For the rest of this week and until March 29, Brooklynites and others will have the opportunity to “Dine in Brooklyn” at 175 different restaurants and pay only $20.12 for three-course lunches and $25.00 for three-course dinners. This has become an annual affair, and this year has more participating restaurants than ever before. Most of them are in Park Slope or Bay Ridge.

Whole Foods is back in the Brooklyn news. It had no sooner won the right to open a large store in Gowanus, its first here, than it announced that it is also coming to Williamsburg. The new store will be within an apartment complex at Bedford Avenue and North Fourth Street. A New York Sports Club will also be part of the development.

Reports say the plan for the Williamsburg store will include 9,000 square feet on the ground floor, with another 30,000 square feet below ground. This will not be as large a Whole Foods as the one planned for Gowanus.

In restaurant news, Brooklyn’s only Michelin three-star winner — the highly coveted Brooklyn Fare, hidden in the back of a supermarket on Schermerhorn Street in Boerum Hill —is expanding to Manhattan .

This is a reversal of the usual practice of Manhattan restaurants relocating or expanding to Brooklyn. In fact, the only example we remember of a Brooklyn restaurant actually  moving to Manhattan is Hubert’s, a French bistro that was located where the Brooklyn Inn now stands.

Brooklyn Fare, on the other hand, will stay in Brooklyn — and the name of its new Manhattan restaurant will also be Brooklyn Fare. It will be located on 39th Street between Ninth and 10th avenues.

Unlike the Brooklyn location, no reservations will be needed here, and it will be a la carte. There will be 60 seats in an 18,000-square-foot space, and as in Brooklyn, the restaurant will be within a grocery store.

Probably the most unusual of the new eating places in Brooklyn is also in Boerum Hill and bears the strange name of Maimonide, with no ‘s.’ The owner, a well-known Parisian named Alain Senderens, hopes that people will call it M.O.B., Maimonide of Brooklyn. It is strictly a vegetarian eatery with the promise of unusual dishes.

The restaurant is on Atlantic Avenue in the shadow of the new sports arena, but one suspects the owner does not anticipate mobs of basketball fans. It goes without saying that this restaurant has no connection to Maimonides Medical Center.

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