Clinton Hill duo opens new eatery in Domino Building in Williamsburg
Daniel and Alicia Mekelburg, known for their namesake basement-back patio restaurant in Clinton Hill, opened a new Mekelburg’s restaurant on the ground floor of 325 Kent St., the first of four buildings expected to be built within the former Domino Sugar Refinery complex in Williamsburg.
The new Mekelburg’s has already received rave reviews, especially for its “Mek at Night” menu that begins around 8 p.m. Gothamist, for example, said the new dishes are “imaginative and smart, generous and decadent, everything executed with flair.”
Gothamist spotlighted the Croque Monsieur sandwich made with fatty porchetta and Gruyere cheese, then smothered in bechamel sauce and topped with cracklings. The online publication also gave a thumbs up to the Surf and Turf hero, made with wagyu roast beef, panko-fried shrimp, sliced tomatoes, shredded lettuce and pickles.
For dessert, patrons can have bite-size balls of cinnamon babka soaked in sweet cream and rolled in cinnamon sugar, served warm with a crock of cream cheese.
Recently, there has been some fallout after it was revealed that David Mekelburg’s sister is Amy Mek, a far-right blogger whose tweets include a picture of a bearded, turban-wearing Muslim man being barbecued on a spit and a description of former President Barack Obama as a “dope-smoking bastard born in Kenya.”
The Mekelburg restaurant couple have made a statement that they don’t share Amy’s views.