Friday, September 28, 2012

The Barclay's Center is Opening Tonight!

If you live in the 5 boros, unless you live under a rock (but really even then too) you should be aware that the Barclay's Center is opening tonight!!! YAY!  So excited for Jay-Z to be around - and even more exicted for a glimpse of Beyonce and Baby Ivy!  As a child of the 90s, Destiney's Child holds a special place in my heart.

Anyway, you are not here to read about my love of Beyonce! The Wallace just finished its week #2, YAY! The reception has been great and we are so glad that everyone really seems to be enjoying what we are doing.  It was a little slower then we would have ideally liked, but steady and I really can't ask for more than that -- well, yes I can... if you haven't come down, and are thinking about it  -- now is a great time!!!  If you want to check out the Barclay's Center and need a meal somewhere close, we open for dinner at 5pm and seat people for dinner all the way until 11:30pm (Fri/Sat).

We have a few specials working now: an entree special - Panko Crusted Eggplant, stuffed with house made ricotta cheese and served with a carrot sage sauce and an arugula salad.  For dessert, we have a double layer chocolate cake with vanilla marscapone and raspberry sauce.  

For you oenophiles, I feature one wine from our All-American wine list a day, check it out on our FB and Twitter.

This weekend is the Clinton Hill Arts Blockparty, from 12pm-6pm on Clinton Ave between Atlantic and Fulton Street.  We will be open for brunch! So stop by the block party and come over for some home made english muffins, house made sausage, and house cured salmon, plus lots of other yummy things!

Oysters Oreganata
Also on the horizon - $1 oysters everyday from 5-8pm.  We are getting our raw bar up and running - more details on that soon.  Also - I have gotten wind of a steak special for the weekend - details on that will be on our FB page. 

All is well at The Wallace and we hope to see you soon!  Really soon!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Life At The Wallace After Week #1

Yesterday marked our first full week of service at The Wallace!   The reception from the neighborhood has been awesome – we so appreciate the support.  It’s been a long week – I won’t lie, and when Monday came and the restaurant was closed, I took a 5 hour nap and ate a bowl of Goya yellow rice (don’t judge, it’s salty and fantastic!) 

The Wallace Kitchen Team, from left: Brandon, Jon, Ashaun, Ashley
We did have a few hiccups along the way – yesterday our bathroom door handle broke and while a server was trying to fix it he locked himself in the bathroom!  He had to take the door off the hinges to get out – oops! We fixed the door by 6:30 – but I was a little nervous (OK, I was freaking out and had to pee so bad I ended up at Hanson Dry (an awesome bar) next door).  I also was up Sunday at 5AM washing napkins for Sunday service – we were out and our laundry doesn’t deliver on Sunday! It was me and the homeless people, who were totally checking me and my restuarant napkins!   Also, our meat grinder broke yesterday so our sous chef Ashaun had to hand grind ever burger that was sold on Wednesday (thx Ashaun, you are the best!).  I also couldn't balance my books for about three days and had a come to Jesus moment with my Quickbooks - but, I whipped out my old accounting textbook (yes, I kept it) and figured it out! 
 There were also the good things, like Jon’s brother and sister surprising us on opening night and his niece downing her cheese smothered broccoli, someone telling me that the pork chop was in the top 5 they had ever eaten, seeing someone come back two times in one week… I could go on and on.  

The Wallace Burger & broccoli
Happiness at The Wallace

 This weekend we are starting brunch at The Wallace! Saturday and Sunday from 10am-3:30pm!  Come down and get a Wallace Bloody Mary – house made Bloody Mary mix with Brooklyn Vodka – YUM or our homemade English Muffins, or duck confit hash.  

Duck Confit Hash
Eggs Benedict with house made English muffins

House-Smoked Salmon Platter
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter (TheWallaceBK)-- I announce our specials, new wines and cocktails, post pictures and videos, and other fun things on there.

Jessica & Jon
So as we head towards the weekend, we are finding our stride, and we invite all those, near and far, to come down to The Wallace and hang out with me and Chef Jon.  We are always there!  

Also - I just got wind that a new French place called The Three Letters is opening up a few blocks down at Grand and Fulton.  We are excited that there is another restaurant opening in the area and they seem to share my sentiment for good service (aka no hipster service)!  Excited for the neighborhood!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Grand Opening - The Wallace TONIGHT!!!

The Wallace grand opening is TONIGHT - Sept 13th! Everone who joins us gets a free glass of sparkling wine! We  hope to see you there.

Jessica & Jon