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Jack: my occasional restaurant

This is my secret project, unveiled.

Dave and I are starting an occasional restaurant named Jack at the Brooklyn Lyceum here in Park Slope, Brooklyn, NYC.

Our first dinner will be on April 12, 2008.

We are open for one seating per night at 7pm on Saturday nights, every other week or so. Our fixed multi-course tasting menu changes each time. Menus and dates are posted in advance on the Jack website, BYOB, and reservations are absolutely required. Our cuisine is eclectic, innovative, and very tasty – well, if you read this blog, you know that part already!

The Brooklyn Lyceum is a miscellaneous arts space in what used to be Public Bath #7, which now houses theatre, opera, a batting cage, gallery space, aerial silk and yoga classes, and more.

It’s this huge, crazy, magnificently insane sort of a building. We are using the upstairs space for the restaurant, which is a giant floor-through room which often houses theatre, open mics, and the batting cage.

We’ll be creating an intimate space in that hugeness by way of theatrical lighting to create the dining area, letting the rest of of that marvelous room just fade away into darkness all around.

Our tasting menus will each have 5 announced courses, but there will generally be a few extras thrown in as well, of course.

Now that we’ve gone live, I’ll probably update here whenever we post a new menu, and after each dinner to let you know how it goes. And of course, I intend to share some of our recipes here after we serve them as well. I won’t let this blog get stagnant, I promise.

So, please go check out Jack: an occasional restaurant, join us for dinner, and spread the news!

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25 Responses to “Jack: my occasional restaurant”

  1. Kitt says:

    How fun! Congratulations!

  2. Alanna says:

    Way very totally completely exceptionally magnificently – perfect. Aii to be 1000 miles closer.

  3. Aran says:

    oh my goodness, what a fantastic idea! i wish i lived in nyc so i could go try your menu!

  4. Moriah says:

    Congratulations! How exciting that some of your readers will finally get to share your creations in the flesh.

  5. Rivka says:

    I had an inkling! Congrats to you and Dave — how very exciting! Love the logo, and can’t wait to try it the next time I’m in NYC, which should be soon. What’s the situation re: reservations, pricing, etc? Can’t wait to drag my favorite foodies to Jack!

  6. Yvo says:

    Congratulations again Danielle, I am so excited for you! I’m sad that I will probably miss the first tasting… but I will drag someone there!

  7. Susan says:

    How exciting! I hope the next time I’m in New York will be one of your open nights.

  8. Ginny says:

    Congratulations! That is so exciting! I’ll let my friends in NY know and hopefully make it up there sometime!

  9. Mrs.W says:

    That’s so huge! I know you’ll be wildly successful–congrats on a fantastic new adventure!

  10. brilynn says:

    That sounds amazing, I wish I could come! I know it will be awesome.

  11. Congratulations, Danielle! What an exciting new venture. I’ll definitely make the trek to Brooklyn for this.

  12. Your logo is very impressing and I liked it very much. Its very exciting and would like to share it with my friends. At the most I pray for your sucess.

  13. kate says:

    hey thats just superb !!! Congrats ! I’d love to come to your restaurant . Just its toooo far away !

  14. missginsu says:

    J. and I are signed up for opening night! Looking forward to seeing this concept in action!

    Miss G

  15. Danielle says:

    Thanks, everyone! I really appreciate all the excitement and support!

    MissGinsu – That’s great, I can’t wait to meet and feed you! Please do remember to say hi and tell me who you are when you show up, or else I’ll have no way to match your real name and face to the you I know. ^^

  16. Jen says:

    I don’t live in NYC, and my next visit to the NYC office of the company for whom I work won’t be until mid-June. But I’m hoping one of my work visits will coincide with the restaurant schedule eventually.

    In the meantime, I’ve forwarded the website and info to my friends in the NY office, and some friends in Brooklyn, so hopefully they’ll make reservations.

  17. Lisa says:

    Holy crap you opened it! squeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!! I’m so happy and excited for you guys! Congrats!


  18. Zsofi says:

    How exciting,Danielle!!! Congratulations! I hope to make it to NY later this year, now I know where to make the first reservation. this is really fantastic!

  19. jubliant cerise says:

    Good luck with Jack… or is it break a leg? ;) Wish I could be there! It reminds me of a local occasional restaurant here – Victoria, BC Canada – called La Cucina. It seats maybe 10 people, including outside, and has a fixed menu. I’ve only ever eaten there once, the owner only opens when she feels like it, or so the story goes. I had the most wonderful lamb dish there and am sorry I had no room for the sculptured curl of chocolate ice cream that I saw another table have.

  20. Anticiplate says:

    My friends live very close to Park Slope. I will tell them about this wonderful idea! Maybe I will take them next time I visit!

  21. Danielle says:

    Jen – Thank you, I really appreciate that!

    Lisa – Your enthusiasm just made my day!

    Zsofi – That would be great! In any event, I’d really love to see you when you’re in town.

    jubilant cerise – That sounds like a magnificently fun sort of restaurant.

    Anticiplate – Thank you! I hope to see you then.

  22. Stephanie says:

    Danielle and Dave: CONGRATULATIONS! What fantastic, exciting and wonderful news. Good for you!!! I will be keeping posted to see how it goes.

    Danielle, if you have a moment, please email me off-blog, I have a question for you.

    May you seduce many tastebuds and make every diner swoon with new-found tastes and pleased palates.

  23. Gabi says:

    Wow I’m thrilled for you and for the people who’ll be lucky enough to become your patrons.
    I am in awe -I mean I knew you were completely energetic and passionate about so many things but to have the energy to take this on as well… whoohoo!
    Best wishes for it to be all you envision!
    x x x

  24. Christie says:

    What a fabulous idea, Danielle! I hope it all goes well for you. I wish I lived closer so that I could eat there!

  25. Tartelette says:

    As we would say “Youpie!” ….!!! That is awesome, I am so excited for you!! One more important reason to go to NY soon!!

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