If you don't mind the noise from the trains thundering over the Manhattan Bridge, dining along the DUMBO waterfront affords some pretty sweet views, and 2017 brought us a boatload of new options for becoming intimately familiar with the skyline across the East River. The latest to join the lineup is Celestine, an Eastern Mediterranean eatery run by a restaurateur supergroup that's debuting Thursday in the One John Street development perched practically on the water.
Noah Bernamoff of Mile End and Black Seed; Garett McMahan formerly of Perilla; Joe Campanale, the restaurateur taking over the former Franny's space; and Julian Brizzi, who owns Rucola and co-owns Grand Army with Bernamoff are the faces of the restaurant, with McMahan running the kitchen. Matthew Maddy and Nico Arze, who designed spots including Lilia and Grand Army Bar, outfitted this space with floor-to-ceiling windows to take advantage of the vista, reflecting the blue of the water and the bridge back into the space with turquoise tiles throughout the space.
The menu, which will be released in full on Thursday, offers a large selection of mezze, including a baked hummus with sumac and brown butter ($5) and baba ghannouj ($6) with house-made flatbread seasoned with za'atar ($3) for scooping up. Starters offered are Calabrian Fusili with eggplant, fennel pollen and white anchovy ($18) and Short Rib Turkish Manti ($17), a type of dumpling in a yogurt sauce. There will also be mains like a Mushroom Tart with feta ($28) and "for two" proteins including a Whole Grilled Market Fish (MP) and a Duo of Lamb ($52).
To pair, wines curated by Campanale, plus cocktails designed by Bar Director Kevin Baird, also of Grand Army.
1 John Street, (718) 522-5356; celestinebk.com