Recently Opened Restaurants
by Julie Besonen, 09/02/2014
Photo: Driely S.
The Gorbals Brooklyn
98 N. 6th St., 718-387-0195, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Short of sand and crashing waves, hanging out on the rooftop of the Gorbals is like being at the beach, complete with boardwalk flooring and scattered driftwood. Booths resemble breezy cabanas. Minimally clad pretty people lean over the bar, calling out orders for beer and tequila shots, and seem truly relaxed, not just anxious to decamp for the next hotspot. On warm nights it's hard to think of a better place to be, especially since Ilan Hall, season 2 winner of Top Chef, is at the helm. The Gorbals, named for a Glasgow neighborhood (Hall is part Scottish), began in Los Angeles; the Brooklyn concept is housed on the top two floors of Urban Outfitters' Space Ninety 8. Indoors, on the third floor, a global menu is served, from bacon-wrapped matzo balls (Hall is also part Israeli) and falafel-crusted veal sweetbreads to banh mi poutine with thrice-cooked fries. A whole pig's head is for sharing, if you dare. On the rooftop the menu is limited, but there is enough to satisfy hunger, and it beats anything you'd find at a beachside concession stand.