After months of delays, Carlton Park, the on the corners of Park Place, Carlton and Flatbush, will open by Friday.
Owner Greg Yerman, who also owns Burrito Bar down the street, had hoped to open in January, but given the (and the nature of contractors), it’s not surprising that construction took longer than planned.
The 42-seat eatery adds yet another local, seasonal and organic restaurant to the neighborhood. It will also have a full bar, and Yerman on Carlton and Park.
The restaurant will serve three meals a day, seven days a week, with a more casual tone during lunch and especially breakfast—where commuters can get take-out lattes and biscuits on the way to the train.
Dinner will be more upscale with a farmer’s market-focused menu that changes weekly and an extensive cocktail menu with a focus on seasonal fruit and herbs.
The kitchen will be headed by Bill Kooper, who worked as sous chef for Danny Meyer for six years at Blue Smoke and The Modern.
The opening menu includes such standards as grass-fed beef burgers and roasted chicken, but it also has such interesting offering as salmon tartar with poppy seeds, chive crème fraiche and a sunny side up quail egg; plancha seared squid and a protein bowl of quinoa, vegetables, almonds, raisins and a yogurt sauce, which can be topped with shrimp, tofuf, salmon or chicken.
Entrée prices range from $12 (for the burger) to $27 for Colorado spring lamb.
While the seasonal-local theme is nothing new to the neighborhood, the restaurant’s carefully designed décor stands out. The tri-cornered space are two curved counters where customers can eat, one overseeing the open kitchen and the other at the bar (the restaurant will have ). The walls and doors are decorated with reclaimed wood from from the demolished interior walls and two windowed garage doors can be opened in the summer onto Park Place.
The restaurant also has tables designed by Yerman that have plexiglass windows onto shelves underneath. The shelves can be used to keep keys, cell phones and other essentials off the table, while the plexiglass is there to make sure patrons don’t forget them.
Carlton Park, 636 Carlton Ave. at Park Place, 347-915-2222. Open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until midnight Friday and Saturday.