Recently Opened Restaurants

by Julie Besonen, 08/26/2015

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  • Grand Army
    336 State St., 718-422-7867, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn
    Just south of Downtown Brooklyn, Boerum Hill is a pleasant residential enclave with brownstone-lined streets good for picturesque strolls. When you need a break, head to this corner spot, outfitted with big picture windows, a curvy bar and banquettes in back. Expect strong cocktails, well-chosen wines, craft beer, a raw bar and snacks like burrata with smoked salmon, Surryano ham with bread-and-butter pickles, and a soft poached egg with fava beans, clam broth, bacon and brown butter. At happy hour (weekdays from 5pm to 7pm), oysters are $1 each. Brunch holds its own pleasures, including toast topped with lobster and saffron mayonnaise, and a bloody mary platter that matches drinks with oysters, chilled crab and shrimp cocktail. Behind the operation is the all-star team of Noah Bernamoff (Mile End), Julian Brizzi (Rucola), Damon Boelte (Prime Meats) and photographer Daniel Krieger (whose work has appeared on nycgo.com). Chef Jon Bignelli, formerly of WD~50, conceived the menu.

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