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Jul162014

Melt Owner Opening "Rare Earth" in Same Location

For those who had high hopes that the dearly departed City Sub would be re-opening in the storefront next door that was last occupied by Melt (which closed "for renovations" last September and never re-opened), some unfortunate news: a new restaurant called Rare Earth is opening in the space (on Bergen Street just off 5th Avenue), and it's from the same owner as Melt, Muguette Siem A Sjoe.

Siem A Sjoe told Park Slope Stoop that the restaurant, which posted a menu in the window, will be open shortly, in as soon as a week.

The menu (click for a larger version) is divided into separate sections, Ocean, Earth, and Land. "Ocean" includes oysters with a watermelon mignonette ($15), fluke crudo ($12), and peekytoe crab raviolo ($20); "Earth" includes heirloom baby beets ($12), garden grilled flatbread ($10), and buckwheat cavatelli with corn and dendelion greens ($19); "Land" includes porchetta ($12), a short rib burger topped with Jack cheese, tomato jam, and caramelized onions ($14), and braised brisket ($22). Each section is separeted into what appears to be appetizers and entrees.

There's also a brunch menu with options including shredded beef and eggs, baby Dutch pancakes, and chicken and waffles; a kids menu; and a few desserts. The menu also notes that the food is made with "wholesome, fresh, naturally grown ingredients, served at its peak harvest time," which basically every new restaurant is saying at this point.It will be open until midnight during the week and 1 AM on the weekends, with lunch coming soon.

I'm approaching this with cautious optimism; the menu looks creative if a bit conventional ("naturally-grown ingredients" aren't much of a selling point anymore; neither is the segmented menu approach). Utimately it will come down to the skills of the chef, and whether or not the same issues that plagued Melt (high chef turnover, alleged poor management, high price point, side-street location) will affect this one.

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Reader Comments (15)

So where the heck is City Sub going? Or is it not coming back? I miss my weekly visits there!

July 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterYasmin

All I want to know is where City Sub is going.

July 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterOmm2L

I sure hope it's better than Melt was. Went once and never again.

But I will join the chorus in saying, who cares WHERE IS MY CITY SUB????

July 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRick

City Sub is nothing special0theres plenty of better places for sandwiches both old school and new. Good riddance.

July 16, 2014 | Unregistered Commentereddard

I don't agree. City Sub was the best. There is no other place in Park Slope that had a line out the door everyday starting at 11:30am like they did. So clearly I wasn't the only one who liked it.

I see the troll came back out of his cave.

July 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTim

Don't enage! Don't enage!

July 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterYo

Engage, even! Hahaha.

July 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterYo

I don't understand what's unfortunate about this being a high-end restaurant, and not a sub shop whose time had passed. City Sub was a relic from the days when Bergen Beat occupied this space and Mos Def was still working at a bookstore where Flatbush Farm is.

My only concern here is that they let another failure, the Melt guy, have another shot. That guy should be banned from ever opening in the neighborhood again. Give the space to the Bogota guys. They'll know what to do with it.

July 16, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterrare eddarth

Considering that at the end of Melt's run they brought in a DJ who blasted out the neighborhood till all hours, it's a bit troubling that the 'new' place (same owner who didn't care about neighbors in the past) will be staying open till midnight during the week.
City Sub wasn't exceptional, but it sold good quality sandwiches for considerably less than the other sandwich places in the neighborhood.

July 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEdgar Bergen Street

Personally I liked City Sub, not every place has to make a top ten list for it to be an enjoyable asset to the hood. Honest sandwich shops that give good portions without overcharging are very much disappearing. Zitos is long gone now. Weve still got Defontes (the best!) but how often can you make it to a desolate stretch of red hook? Off the top of my head I can think of Russos in the south slope as the only other option.

July 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJbob

Once again, Park Slope gets ANOTHER mediocre (and I'm being generous here) restaurant that already seems doomed to fail. Why is it that every other neighborhood has people with more creative ideas? This menu looks like it's right out of 2004.

July 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay

Can the owners please remove the graffiti that is constantly on their facade. Melt always looked like a total dump to me, this does not sound much better.

July 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterUma

Uma- youre such a saucy temptress

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October 7, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHanudin

nice arcticle,,,

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