Biggie Smalls, steak, and dim sum come together at Brooklyn Chop House
A chophouse honoring Brooklyn rapper Biggie Smalls is coming to Manhattan in September.
Brooklyn Chop House, which will combine traditional chophouse fare with dim sum, is the brainchild of Robert “Don Pooh” Cummins, a former music exec and close friend to the late rapper. The 5,000-square-foot restaurant will be decorated with Biggie Smalls lyrics, as a “tribute,” according to Stratis Morfogen, the seasoned restaurateur Cummins has brought on board to run the place.
This will not be Morfogen’s first experiment with Asian-steakhouse fusion. Jade Sixty, his last project, served a similar menu, but closed after six months for renovations and, according to Eater, may not return after those renovations are complete.
The new chophouse will open at 150 Nassau St. next month in an 1896 Beaux-Arts building, in a spot that had potentially been slated for a new Denny’s before “the board of the building stopped that from happening,” a source told the New York Post. Brooklyn Chop House’s new location, though in Manhattan, is steps away from the Brooklyn Bridge. The proximity to the bridge is “part of where the name comes from,” said Morfogen.
Cummins and Morfogen have opened a pop-up location in the Hamptons, where curious foodies and Biggie Smalls fans alike can try it out at the Capri Hotel in Southampton until Labor Day.
Update: A PR firm representing Brooklyn Chop House said Morfogen misspoke, calling it “an error.” It has yet to be decided if Biggie Smalls’ lyrics will be posted on the wall of the restaurant.