Pomme de Terre About to Open, But Maybe Lower Your Hopes a BitWe’ve seen delivery trucks pulling up to Pomme de Terre, and the Ditmas Park bistro has a working Website. But what exactly will the food be? Tom Kearney, the chef at the nearby Farm on Adderley who is helping develop the menu, tells us it won’t be regional or seasonal, if that’s what you were hoping for; look instead for a “familiar” bistro menu: “If you’ve experienced or read the menu of L’Express, Pastis, Balthazar, or Le Bateaux Ivre, then you know what to expect in mini-version.” Kearney will not be cooking himself at Pomme de Terre; a line cook will be executing the chef’s recipes. “After this opens I’ll be dedicating myself to the day to day back at the Farm,” he says. Whatever Pomme de Terre serves, it’s got to be better than the options provided by its predecessor, a roach-infested bodega.
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Ditmas Park Bistro Has a Name and No Official Permit YetPomme de Terre, the just-named bistro on Newkirk Avenue announced here and written up recently in the Times, is just a couple of weeks from opening in Ditmas Park. The name is even on the door! This is the first middlebrow eatery to penetrate what was previously the no-restaurant’s-land of Newkirk Avenue, home only to Pakistani bodegas, laundromats, and (at times) even a few stray bullets. “We are ready,” co-owner Gary Jonas tells us. “We could set the tables and start cooking tonight, but we just need to get signed off by the Buildings Department.” Customers at Jonas’s other area restaurant, the Farm on Adderley, are all wondering when Pomme de Terre will open. “It’ll be packed on the first night,” Jonas predicts. Of course it will. Where else are Ditmas Park residents going to eat?
Pomme de Terre, 1301 Newkirk Ave., nr. Argyle Rd., Ditmas Park, Brooklyn. No phone yet.
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