The Brooklyn “thing” has spread so far in so many directions as to even have made Bushwick into something of a fine dining destination (Faro, Mominette, Blanca). But this autumn, the liveliest buzz will be back in that reliable hipster stronghold of Greenpoint. Indeed, the former River Styx space has been smartly transformed into the more edifyingly monikered 21 Greenpoint.
The story? All around impresario of fun Homer Murray and partner Sydney Silver have just subtlely remade the bi-level space (vintage wallpaper, candlelit bar, intimate “dining nooks”) and brought in Brooklyn Magazine “30 Under 30” chef Sean Telo (formerly of Williamsburg’s Extra Fancy), with a focus on small plates and an intentional sharing culture – meant to cultivate something of a party atmosphere. Telo is serious about local-sourcing, and so ingredients will come from a plethora of New York area purveyors, the likes of Catskill Provisions, Hudson Valley Cattle Company, and Ronnybrook Farm Dairy.
Murray says of Telo, “He’s exceptionally talented and can elevate the most unassuming of ingredients to create spectacular dishes.”
Coming for dinner? Bring friends and get a few orders of steak tartare on roasted marrow bone, as well as the Hudson Valley foie fried rice for the table. Need a drink? The apple brandy based Honorable Judge is a fall classic in the making; and the intriguingly titled Smokin’ Peaches combines mezcal, tequila, peach, lime and, well, habañero shrub.
Expect a sort of anti-glam celeb factor here, as well. Murray’s father is actually beloved actor Bill – who soft opened the place last weekend by getting behind the bar and pouring drinks for the punters. Regular sightings are likely.