While Brooklyn and Manhattan’s dining exchange program has generally followed the pattern of the latter’s restaurateurs colonizing Williamsburg, Park Slope is leading the reverse charge into Manhattan.
Per Zagat, Chiles & Chocolate is the latest Park Slope restaurant to open a Manhattan outpost: Located at 155 Eighth Avenue in Chelsea, the Oaxacan restaurant’s second location will apparently be a good deal larger than the Brooklyn original, which is located on Seventh Avenue.
Chiles & Chocolate follows the lead of Beer Table and Toby’s Public House, which have both put down stakes across the East River. Earlier this month, the former opened Beer Table Pantry in Grand Central Terminal, where it sells bottles and growlers of its eponymous brew. Toby’s Public House, meanwhile, is in the process of expanding from the South Slope to Kenmare Street; the new location is expected to open soon.
Both were preceded in their westerly expansion by South Brooklyn Pizza, which last April added to its Carroll Gardens storefront with a place in the East Village, and Shachi’s Arepas, which recently swapped its Williamsburg storefront for one in Midtown. And they may be joined in the future by the likes of Mile End and Roberta’s, both of which have signaled they’re sniffing around Lower Manhattan.
So it seems that Manhattan isn’t quite the money pit that rent-conscious Brooklyn restaurateurs once held it to be, and that contrary to what more chauvinistic types would have you believe, the Brooklyn food “movement” can in fact be exported to — and even appreciated by! — the drooling philistines across the river. Perhaps this means we can all get along. Or at least cease and desist with the name-calling.