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New wine bar on Union....Bussaco

Looks like the Tea Lounge is obtaining a new neighbor. A new wine bar is opening up almost next door on Union close to 7th ave. Scott Carney who assisted with Gotham Bar and Grill is opening it up.. Anyone been yet?

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  1. this is from the NY Times today: "BUSSACO Scott Carney, a master sommelier who has managed Gotham Bar & Grill, the Tonic and many other places, is opening this new wine bar, with a first growth not just in the bottle, but also in the oak of a communal table made from a tree that came down in Prospect Park. The American food will be by the chef Matthew Schaefer. Above, his Hawaiian prawns: 833 Union Street, (Seventh Avenue), Park Slope, Brooklyn, (718) 857-8828. Sept. 26."

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      1. Has this opened yet? Anyone been?

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        1. re: di82

          From Brownstoner.com (10/1/08):

          Coming Soon: Bussaco
          833 Union Street at Seventh Avenue, Park Slope; (718) 857-8828
          The NY Times says it's set to open on Friday, and Time Out New York offers some details: "Sommelier-turned-restaurateur Scott Carney (Gotham Bar & Grill) brings a bistro embellished with homegrown oak salvaged from Prospect Park to the Slope. Matthew Schaefer (Le Bernardin) is in the kitchen, turning out entrées including slow-roasted pork with hominy succotash."

          So, look for a soft opening on Friday. As with any new place, give it a little while to hit its stride. The credentials of those involved are impressive. The question is: does the Slope need yet another restaurant like this? And will it survive in this economic environment?

          1. re: famdoc

            yeah, opens tomorrow. Met the chef and owners, really nice people. They served the pretzels at the free food fest which are enough to get me there even if it is just for a drink. Looking forward to it.

            1. re: famdoc

              "...does the Slope need yet another restaurant like this? And will it survive in this economic environment?"

              Unfortunately you can ask this same questions on myriad restaurants in the Slope and elsewhere.

              1. re: MShapiro

                Honestly, if someone else wants to put their money on the line, I'm not going to complain about having another choice. If the food is good, it will do well. I have no interest in creating buzz (because it just means its harder for me to get a table-ie 45 minute waits at Al di la). I just get bored with the same options even if there are a lot of them, so its nice to get something new without having to treck into the city.

                1. re: di82

                  If the food is good, it will do well.

                  Agreed. But, at some point, don't we reach saturation? The denominator, despite all the building going on in the neighborhood, is limited. So, each new place is fighting to fill tables in the midst of an economic crisis. You gotta believe that even in the high-flying Slope, people are going to be more cautious about dropping $200 on dinner and drinks. I wish this guy luck and hope it is truly distinctive, but I'm glad it's his money on the line and not mine.

              2. re: famdoc

                Good question. Certainly the economic considerations of any restaurateur are great, especially when we've had these two horrible weeks in the market. However, it doesn't seem like business is slowing down at all for the other places in the Slope that aspire to this market. Doesn't matter what time of the day or week it is -- every time I walk by Al Di La and Blue Ribbon, they're PACKED. Has anyone -not- seen the same thing recently?

                I got a sneak peek at the menu and it looks like the prices at Bussaco are lower than their counterparts in the neighborhood. And from the looks of the menu, the food will certainly rival the other great places in the Slope -- can't wait to go try it out this weekend. I'm sure the wine list will be fantastic too.

                1. re: jillysp

                  I got a sneak peek at the menu and it looks like the prices at Bussaco are lower than their counterparts in the neighborhood. And from the looks of the menu, the food will certainly rival the other great places in the Slope -- can't wait to go try it out this weekend. I'm sure the wine list will be fantastic too.

                  watch out...or you'll end up on eater.com as a shill-of-the-day!
                  i haven't seen the menu, but expectations should be high, given the lineage of those involved (Gotham/LeBernardin). I think it could be exciting.

                  1. re: famdoc

                    I went on Friday to check it out and while I didn't have a full meal it was enjoyable and I plan to go back. The place is spacious and there is a huge entrance way. The bar is gorgeous and where I sat an snacked on the "freshest mozzarella" plate, a rather delicious interpretation of tomatoes, basil and mozzarella. Wine is priced between $7-11 a glass and the restaurant prices are similar to that of James, Rosewater and Flatbush Farm with entrees in between $18-28. I'll be back and I hear their bar menu, complete with lobster rolls and burgers will be up in a few weeks. My only gripe, they didn't have those pretzel nuggets from the freed food fest a few weeks back! Oh well.I'll make it back soon to try more out I'm sure.

                    http://always-eating.blogspot.com/200...

                    1. re: ginsbera

                      I went on Saturday and also tried the mozzarella to start -- you're right, it was really nicely done. For mains, I had the pork / hominy succotash and my friend had the sweet potato tortellini with maitake mushrooms and brown butter. The pork was fantastic and the hominy was a really interesting pairing -- the tortellini portion size seemed too small, but was complex and flavorful.

                      We tried the caramel apple bread pudding for dessert and it was enjoyable -- especially the homemade vanilla ice cream.

                      I think the pretzel nuggets are supposed to be on the bar menu when it comes?

                      1. re: jillysp

                        On "Slice" website Bussaco is mentioned as one of the few places in NYC to get a clam pizza:

                        http://slice.seriouseats.com/archives...

                        I looked at Bussaco's menu online and didn't notice any mention of pizza (clam or otherwise). Do they have clam pizza? Has anyone tried it?

                        1. re: boccalupo

                          they just opened so the menu isn't all up yet. They have a bar menu coming out and I'm guessing that's where the pizza will be. Should be out this week.

                          1. re: boccalupo

                            Manila Clam Pizza ($10): six whole manila clams in their shells atop a nicely garlicky pie with fresh herbs, coarsely grated cheese and salt. Watch for a review on slice soon. Didn't notice Ray Davies, or any other "Kinks" tonight.
                            Plenty of servers, attentive service.

              3. I went last night with two friends (one of whom is from a NYC restaurant "family") and thought the food and wine were delicious. Especially memorable were the octopus, salmon tartare (both apps) and the beef/sweetbreads entrees. Portions are not super generous, but since I'm trying to do a portion-control diet, they were fine. Without tip, and with about seven glasses of wine and two desserts, the bill was about $160, but I really felt it was good value since everything was so fresh and tasty. It wasn't crowded and service was very good.

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                1. re: Susan Hope

                  A $160 check for all the trappings mentioned sounds pretty damn reasonable..
                  Busacco here I come!!!( In a month or so)
                  thanks Susan.

                2. Read a short review of this place recently. I'll give it a month or so to work out its Kinks, and i'll give it a try.
                  Of course you can have dinner and wine @ Bussaco and then follow that up with Chocolate and more wine @ "The Chocolate Room"..
                  I don't live in the slope,. but a lot of my hard earned dollars are spent there on food. And its all worth it.