Francie debuts in Williamsburg

December 8, 2020, 6:55.22 pm ET  

Francie debuts in Williamsburg

Francie is now open on the corner of Broadway & Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg. The Brooklyn brasserie is the first collaboration between chef-owner Chris Cipollone (Piora) and owner-operator John Winterman (Bâtard).

Francie debuts in Williamsburg
John Winterman (L) and Chris Cipollone (R)

The European-influenced menu features progressive sections including snacks, and shellfish. Think oysters, littlenecks and prawns. First courses include Cipollone’s beloved market salad, handmade pastas and indulgent main courses.

Francie debuts in Williamsburg
Lasagna with Local Mushroom, Sunchoke and Black garlic

Look for things like Pumpkin Cacciatore with porcini, cipollini onion and wild oregano, and Duck Rillettes with apple, buttermilk and buddha's hand. Homemade pastas include Ravioli with lobster, saffron and tarragon, as well as Bucatini with rosemary and amatriciana. There's also lasagna with mushroom, sunchoke and black garlic. Larger plates include Heritage Pork, Halibut "Almondine" and honeynut squash Pithivier in a hazelnut curry. Dinner for two brings Dry-Aged Crown of Duck and Côte de Boeuf. 

Francie debuts in Williamsburg
Dry-Aged Crown of Duck

There are refined desserts by pastry chef James Distefano. Veteran bartender Marcie Andersen helms a bar program focused on classic cocktails while wine consultant Raj Vaidya (La Paulée) lends his expertise to an approachable list that represents both benchmark and contemporary producers. 

Francie debuts in Williamsburg
Sundae for 2

A custom mural depicting Francie’s namesake character from “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” welcomes guests into the timeless space, accentuated by design elements such as olive green banquettes, warm wood finishes and mosaic floor tiling. The open kitchen beckons both neighbors and guests from afar for dinner, with takeout to debut later in the month. 

Photos: Pete Herron                                                                                                

Francie is located at 134 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY (718) 218-7572 | @franciebrooklyn l Tues-Sat, 5-10pm

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