Photos by Carnsmedia
The gist: Celebrity chef Anne Burrell unveiled her long-awaited, first-ever restaurant in NYC, Phil and Anne’s Good Time Lounge, just before Memorial Day weekend in Cobble Hill. The Food Network star (she hosts Worst Cooks in America and Secrets of a Restaurant Chef) has teamed with friend Phil Casaceli, owner of West Village favorite, Daddy-O, on a new Italian-inflected menu in the former Char No. 4 space on Brooklyn's Smith Street. It marks Anne's official return to a restaurant kitchen since 2008 (when she left now-shuttered Village spot, Centro Vinoteca). The chef previously worked at Lidia Bastianich's Felidia and also competed on dozens of episodes of Iron Chef America as Mario Batali's sous-chef.
Dry-rubbed rib-eye steak with potato bacon fontina cake and grilled broccoli rabe
The food: While much of Burrell’s menu skews Italian, there are a few global dishes thrown into the mix to keep it interesting. The spot offers its own take on the small plate trend, instead favoring “appetizer” portions for sharing. The menu is divided into light, medium and heavy sections. On the lighter side look for a kale Caesar salad, roasted cauliflower with mushroom ragu and a poached egg or focaccia with housemade ricotta. There’s also a grilled pizzetta with spicy sausage and pickled hot cherry peppers, Korean short ribs and a bucatini pasta rounding out the medium section. Heavier entrees range from a housemade burger to a brined pork chop with polenta, pancetta and broccoli. Check out the full menu here.
The drinks: Phil Casaceli’s cocktail menu is as playful and diverse as Burrell’s. There’s an updated “sex on the beach” with Mathilde Peche Liqueur and Tito’s vodka. There are plenty of gin cocktails too, like the Ma Parker mixing Dorothy Parker gin, Chartreuse and fresh pineapple and lime juice. Casaceli’s eye for bourbon and scotch (which are the big focus over at Daddy-O) have all extended here too with the cocktail using Compass Box the Peat Monster scotch, elderflower liqueur and fresh lemon. There’s a smattering of beer and wine too.
The design: This place may be small, but it's as funky as the chef's trademark spiky blond coif. Look for neon orange wallpaper, a funky green banquette and sizeable wood bar, plus a bathroom decked with retro wallpaper.
The details: 196 Smith St., Brooklyn; 929-337-7752; Monday–Sunday, 6–11 PM