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Basil NY owner to open Brooklyn restaurant called "Meat" in Fall 2014

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koshergourmetmart Feb 12, 2014 10:20 AM

from Great Kosher Restaurants International
a casual yet refined restaurant simply called "Meat" is set to to open after the summer. Owner Daniel Branover, who also owns Basil Pizza & Wine Bar in Crown Heights has bought the building just 5 blocks away from the dairy restaurant at 115 Kingston Avenue (off Bergen Street) and will be bringing Southern comfort food style with him, including the hottest trend in the kosher market, smoked BBQ fare.

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    rockycat RE: koshergourmetmart Feb 12, 2014 10:43 AM

    Crown Heights, meet Williamsburg. I have a sneaking suspicion, though, that not many Southerners would recognize whatever the owner will choose to define as "Southern comfort food style."

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      DevorahL RE: koshergourmetmart Feb 12, 2014 12:00 PM

      Love the idea, LOVE the location, but the name? Meat? Really? I can see that working in some nose-to-tail, trendy Williamsburg place, but I think they could have done better.

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        helou RE: DevorahL Feb 12, 2014 05:57 PM

        Near Bergen Street? Brooklyn must have changed a lot. Bergen Street was a pretty sketchy place for a Jew, or anyone, back when I was girl, when the dinosaurs still roamed the Earth.

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          follick RE: helou Feb 12, 2014 06:17 PM

          It still is. I wouldn't want to walk there at night. And there's no parking other than street parking that I know of.

          It's a really strange choice for a location. I can't imagine they'll get any significant number of customers from Williamsburg to drive through Bed-Stuy to get there and it's well outside the Jewish part of Crown Heights. How will people get there if they can't park? It's 5 blocks from the C train and 7 blocks from the 3.

          On the other hand, if they're trying to attract the people who live in that neighborhood then southern comfort food and BBQ might be a good choice. You have to think though that if it's Kosher it's probably going to be too expensive to attract a lot of non-Jewish customers who live there.

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            AdinaA RE: follick Feb 12, 2014 06:40 PM

            Helou is right, this part of Brooklyn is changing so fast it would make your head spin. 115 Kingston is on the edge of the new Historic District where brownstones go for a million $$ and up - way up - as gentrification sweeps across Crown Heights North and Bed Stuy.

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              DevorahL RE: AdinaA Feb 13, 2014 07:55 AM

              I live near that area...it is changing very, very quickly. The Jewish Crown Heights community has moved north beyond Eastern Parkway in recent years...there are now Jewish families nearly as far as Bergen Street, if not all the way there. Plus, this location is right around the corner from the Brooklyn Children's Museum, so there may be a market of people looking for lunch/dinner after the museum. There are many quiet, leafy blocks with brownstones that are being snapped up by yuppie families that would be able to handle paying the kosher premium if the place is nice (people like that come to Basil all the time, because the nearest yuppie-friendly sit-down place is a mile away at Franklin Ave.) Finally, places like Mason & Mug and Pardes are doing ok outside of traditionally Jewish neighborhoods by positioning themselves as "destinations"--maybe this new place can do the same.

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                follick RE: DevorahL Feb 15, 2014 06:24 PM

                http://crownheights.info/crown-height...

                I wouldn't want to walk here at night. Basil's is about as far North of Eastern Parkaway as I would want to go. Gentrification may very well reach here eventually, but it's not here yet.

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                  cheesecake17 RE: DevorahL Feb 17, 2014 10:29 AM

                  If it's kid friendly and near the museum, it's a great location for me! I could totally convince husband to go to the museum....as long as a good meal follows

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          PotatoPuff RE: koshergourmetmart Feb 12, 2014 09:34 PM

          We really need a kosher southern style BBQ place in NYC.

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