The Castello Plan’s Natasha Pogrebinsky Will Open Bear in Long Island City


Earlier this month, Natasha Pogrebinsky announced she would be leaving the Castello Plan to open her own place. Although some assumed that Pogrebinsky would remain in Ditmas Park, where she helped open the Castello Plan in February 2010, she’ll instead be leaving Brooklyn for Queens.

According to a press release received by Ditmas Park Blog, Pogrebinsky will open Bear in Long Island City this fall. The 60-seat restaurant and bar will serve lunch, brunch, and dinner, and its menus will draw from “the vast culinary traditions of Europe” and incorporate “seasonal ingredients” and a “farm-to-table approach.”

Pogrebinsky’s menus, which are posted on the restaurant’s website, show a decidedly Eastern European influence, with appetizers that include herring marinated in a trio of zakusky, or Ukranian-style small plates. Entrées include slow-roasted duck with apples and house-made pork sausage braised in white wine, garlic, and ginger and served with a parsnip puree. A house pickle plate, a roasted beet salad, and chili oil anchovies with buckwheat honey on crostini all figure into the roster of sides and bar snacks. In other words, it looks like Brooklyn’s loss will be Queens’ gain.