Recently Opened Restaurants
by Julie Besonen, 11/18/2015
Photo: David Handschuh
Bill Baker's Restaurant and Bar
364 Grand St., 718-734-8890, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
From one end to the other, Williamsburg's Grand Street is a parade of quirky shops, cool restaurants and offbeat bars. At its eastern end, hugging the entrance to the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, is a new saloon with a beer-club-worthy list of drafts and rare bottles, an impressive stash of bourbons and ryes, and the sort of compelling comfort food that's already made it a young chefs' hangout. Partners and co-chefs Nels Benton and Adam Randisi (the restaurant is named for his revered grandfather, Bill Baker) focus on shareable finger food like pigs in a blanket and Hudson Valley duck confit stuffed in pierogi to be swabbed with fiery chili oil and dark purple buttons of huckleberry miso. You might want to keep the awesome Philly pork hero with provolone, peppers and broccoli rabe all to yourself. Time your visit for happy hour (from opening till 7pm), when oysters are $1 each.