Popina, Cobble Hill, New York
The Facts
NAME: Popina
IT'S: No-nonsense Italian and Southern fare

30-08-2017

OPENED: August 30th, 2017
WHO'S BEHIND IT: USHG Alums Chris McDade and James O’Brien
LOCATION: Cobble Hill
ADDRESS: 127 Columbia Street, Brooklyn
CLOSEST SUBWAY: Bergen Street
OPENING TIMES: Wednesday-Saturday, 5:30-11pm; Sunday, 4pm-9pm
WEBSITE: Visit Site
CONTACT: 718-222-1901
INSTAGRAM: Visit Instagram

Popina

OPENED86 DAYS AGO

A new neighbourhood restaurant has taken up residence in Cobble Hill this week, looking to strip away the ‘noise’ that comes with dining out to offer an usual marriage: the tastes of Italy and the American South.

Named after the casual wine bars of ancient Rome, Popina is the latest venture by Chef Chris McDade (formerly of Maialino, Café Altro Paradiso, and KR Steakbar) and James O’Brien (Maialino, Tabla) and offers a stripped back menu and extensive wine list.

The Spot

Nestled on Cobble Hill’s waterfront, Popina’s interior is a continuation of Southern/Italian influences and hospitality. The space is kept understated with a large chalkboard menu and traditional dining at wooden tables, while the backyard area offers guests a more casual space for drinks, snacks, and a quick game of bocce. For larger groups, Franca’s table is placed under a large photograph of an Italian nonna sitting outside her Barian home making pasta; while there are generally no reservations at the restaurant, groups of 5-7 can nab this table for a chef’s choice communal meal.

The Food

Chef Chris McDade’s menu is shaped by his belief that the simplest things, made with love and care, are often the hardest to make – but are also the most satisfying. Reflecting this ethos, the curated selection makes the most out of fresh, innovative Italian/American combinations: burrata with tomatoes, corn bread, and pistachio pesto; clam bruschetta with Calabrian chilli, green olives and herbs; and swordfish with creamed lettuce, bottarga, lemon and cashews are just a few of the exciting options.

However, the main focus, naturally, is the handmade pasta – fettuccine with guanciale corn, jalapeno and pecorino, cavatelli with tomato, nduja and ricotta… we’d recommend coming back to try them all.

The Drinks

Popina’s extensive wine list showcases the best of winemakers from Italy and the US, with a robust range of reds, whites, and rose. As well as a detour to France, thanks to the cellar selection of James O’Brien, the selection is supported by a full bar service focusing on classic cocktails.

The Damage

Dishes cost between $7-24, with drinks setting you back at $15 per glass of wine and $12 per cocktail.

In A Nutshell

Popina offers an unmissable combination of cultures at reasonable prices – the Southern-style pasta is worth the trip alone – and is set to be a solid neighbourhood spot. We’ll meet you there for a game of bocce.

 

Photography by: Blake Notes

The Facts
NAME: Popina
IT'S: No-nonsense Italian and Southern fare

30-08-2017

OPENED: August 30th, 2017
WHO'S BEHIND IT: USHG Alums Chris McDade and James O’Brien
LOCATION: Cobble Hill
ADDRESS: 127 Columbia Street, Brooklyn
CLOSEST SUBWAY: Bergen Street
OPENING TIMES: Wednesday-Saturday, 5:30-11pm; Sunday, 4pm-9pm
WEBSITE: Visit Site
CONTACT: 718-222-1901
INSTAGRAM: Visit Instagram
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