Equipped with a rotisserie and a Kickstarter-funded doughnut-making robot (yes, really!), City Bakery alums Ilene Rosen and Sara Dima are almost ready to unveil their Prospect Heights canteen and mini-mart, 606 R, named for its address and owners initials. Dinner service begins next weekend, Wednesday through Sunday to start, and weekend brunch will feature dishes like Grandma Lucys puffy pancake and a Hartmanns hot dog with fresh kraut and Polish mustard. Evening options include chicken egg drop soup with butternut squash, dandelion, and mustard greens, and braised lamb shank with prunes and black garlic, plus vegetable sides that reflect Rosens haute-salad-bar roots.
The rotisserie will be employed not only for chicken, served by the half or whole, but also for drippings-basted cauliflower, and rotisserie toast topped with Bentons bacon. Grandaisy bread and Saxelby cheese are among the gourmet groceries sold up front, where the full bar dispenses kombucha on tap and reconceived classic cocktails like the parsnip-syrup-sweetened Odd Fashioned. Here's a look inside.
606 R & D, 606 Vanderbilt Ave., nr. St. Marks Ave., Prospect Heights; 718-230-0125