Clinton Street’s forever in-motion restaurant row is going through another rebirth. Within the last few months it has added Speedy Romeo slinging St. Louis style pizzas, Galeria with Brazilian healthy-ish food, Boba Guys upping the bubble tea game, and next week, a new burger joint to rest our weary tastebuds.
Apparently Sincerely Burger doesn’t believe that you have to be the Jolly Green Giant, Paul Bunyon, or Giganta (the only not-horribly-creepy female giant character I could find) in order to consume a five-pound cheeseburger in its entirety whilst glugging down a half-gallon milkshake. Nay– you just have to be brave. And have $99 to spare.
For a moment, it might have seemed like Dear Bushwick, the Michelin-recognized “English country kitchen and bar,” had gone by the wayside. Julian Mohamed, who ran the place with Darren Grenia, told us the restaurant was closed for about two weeks. But with the expansion of the duo’s Bushwick empire to include Yours Sincerely– a new cocktail bar with on-draft potables and, briefly, its very own resident tax attorney– a Dear Bushwick closing seemed unlikely. Yesterday we received an email from the restaurant, clearly sent out to silence some of the whispers. “You may or may not have heard some rumors, regardless we haven’t closed,” Mohamed wrote. “But we have changed things up… a lot.”
Whiskey Burger serves exactly what you’d expect– whiskeys and burgers– and at the Greenpoint restaurant’s grand opening tonight, they can be yours for freeeeeee.
That’s right, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., they’ll be giving away the store. Come early and sip a Paloma or a Pickett’s Mule (Icelandic vodka, ginger beer and lime juice) while stuffing your face with quarter-sized bites of the house burger, boldly named The Whiskey Burger. “It’s an angus burger with cheddar cheese, fried bacon and shallots, served in a brioche bun with a whiskey-infused barbecue sauce,” says chef Richard Krause, who’s done time at Casimir & Co. and Cafe Luxembourg. According to a poster, there’ll also be free salmon burgers, mac and cheese, nachos, grilled cheese, and banana bread pudding.
The owners of the Munchie Mobile (um, not the same one that belonged to the Workaholics crew…) have ditched their wheels for a former warehouse. The Deep End, as the two friends Jon Gneezy and Jorge Mdahuar are calling their burgers-and-beers-and-performance establishment, has a home inside Rockwall Studios, a massive warehouse of nearly 57,000 square feet that’s been converted into upscale artist studios along the Bushwick-Ridgewood border (they boast a “famous heavy metal band” as one of their tenants). The guys already had somewhat of a cult following. Serious Eats defied everyone’s expectations and described the Munchie Mobile, which Jon and Jorge have taken off the road, as a “stoner food Mecca” with “outlandish burgers,” while the food truck’s Twitter followers have implored them to bring back their deep fried fare.
If you were a fan of longtime watering hole Barramundi and its upstairs speakeasy, 2nd Floor on Clinton, we’re afraid you missed last call. The pair of bars had their final hurrah last night, but the good news is the space won’t stay vacant for long if all goes as planned for Tim Gashi (Rocky Slims). The restauranteur plans to open a Criff Dog style hamburger joint/speakeasy combo that he’s hoping will help revitalize the LES block.