Prospect Heights Gets Restaurant Upgrade

The bar at James, pre-antiquated and ready to go. Photo: Photo courtesy James

James, a seasonal-American restaurant with “old-world European influences,” will open in Prospect Heights on June 24. Owners Deborah Williamson and Bryan Calvert (the latter a Bouley and Union Pacific veteran) found a 100-year-old brownstone on St. Marks and Carlton avenues for their new venture, but don't expect the menu to be aged. Look for crispy sweetbreads with rhubarb-honey glaze, rack of lamb with summer-bean stew, a grass-fed burger with Cotswold cheese, and so forth. The bar will feature the rejiggered classic cocktails that are de rigueur in these retrofitted old spaces. Expect James to be busy from night one. That area of Brooklyn hasn't really had a restaurant quite like this before, with apologies to Flatbush Farm.

James, 605 Carlton Ave., at St. Marks Ave., Prospect Heights, Brooklyn; 718-942-4255