There are plenty of crappy Chinese takeout joints in Williamsburg, and a small handful of slightly higher-end Asian joints (M Shanghai and Samurai Mama come to mind), but overall, the area is seriously lacking in quality Chinese food. That's where the newly-opened Brooklyn Wok Shop steps in.

Run by a husband-and-wife team who live in the neighborhood, BWS serves [pdf] noodle soups with house-made noodles and broth; small dishes including fried chicken wings with a cinnamon-soy glaze, and entrees like orange-spiced hangar steak and chicken with broccoli topped with a fried egg. Owner Melissa Har told us that she and husband Edric source all of their hormone and antibiotic-free meat from Pino's Prime Meats in Soho, and their goal is to "upgrade Chinese food a little. It's not your typical takeout."

Edric is a ten-year veteran of some of the city's finest dining establishments, including working the lines at Veritas, Cru and Le Bernadin, and Melissa's family owns several Chinese restaurants in Florida. The couple calls their Cantonese-influenced fare "Chinese food 2.0." Right now, the restaurant is in soft-open mode, so they're only open for dinner (6 to 10 p.m. daily), complete with a wine and beer license, though Melissa told us they hope to launch a dim sum brunch in January.