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"Modern Caribbean" BK9 Opening Any Day Now on Fifth 

A Caribbean restaurant called BK9 has been in the works for about a month and a half in the space on Fifth between Bergen and St. Marks that was last occupied by a decrepit storefront church. All the signage and fixtures are in place, and it looks like it should be opening any day now.

Owner Gary Casimir told Park Slope Stoop that the restaurant will serve the Carribean food that he and the eight other co-owners grew up eating, but with a "healthier, foodie-er" twist. Chef Jeremie Tomczak previously worked at Marcus Samuelsson's acclaimed Red Rooster up in Harlem, and his menu hews toward the traditional but has a decidedly cheffy angle. Traditional menu items like doubles, drum pan chicken, whole red snapper and fried sardine escovitch, oxtail, and curry goat are joined by less traditional dishes like pork belly sliders, quinoa fritters, a burger, and roasted root vegetables. All the hallmarks of Island cuisine, from jerk to callaloo, salt fish, stew peas, bammy, and Haitian griot, are represented.

The restaurant is nicely designed, with a bar that seats about 12, lots of windows up front, and Edison bulb lighting. These dishes, when done right, can be incredibly delicious (as anyone who's spent any time eating in Jamaica can tell you), and the pedigree of the chef seems to bode very well.

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It's been in the works for over a year, not a month and a half:

August 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEd

Real question is why go here, with its likely price point, compared to the many authentic Caribbean places strewn all around the borough.

August 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJbob

9 owners? I give it 6 months.

August 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterScooby Doosh


Absurd statement.

Briccolage just opened down the Street (Vietnamese) and it's not only priced about 10 times higher than any Vietnamese place you can find in other parts of the city, it's packed every night with a wait.

Maybe all these BBQ places should close too. I mean you can just fly to Austin and get better there.

Why eat at Moim when you can go to Koreatown?

Why eat Franny's when you can go to another part of the borough and eat at Di Fara.

Your comment is simply stupid. If the food is good, people will go. I'd say less than 1% of New Yorkers go scouring the boroughs on a nightly basis for cheap authentic meals not close to their home.

August 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRick

I don't eat Thai Food anymore in Park Slope because I can spend 2 hours each way on the train and get it cheaper in Elmhurst.

All Thai places will close in 6 months because of this.

August 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRick

I think Namaste is going to close too because who eats Indian in Park Slope anymore? I mean, Jackson Heights BABY! Cheaper and only takes up your entire evening to get there and back!

So stupid that anyone would open Indian anywhere round these parts.

Close Close Close Baby!

August 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRick

Even though the new Blue Bottle isn't opened, I bet it's already closing because there are much cheaper coffees around here already. Plus if I want REALLY want Blue Bottle, I can certainly take 2 trains to Williamsburg if I want one.

August 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRick

Menu looks great to me. Finally something new and not another pizza or burger place.

August 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

Rick... Your medicine. You forgot to take your meds!!!

August 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEinstein

Seriously Rick if you want to join the hordes going to mediocre overpriced restaurants go for it, I wont stand in your way. But you miss the point, most ethnic restaurants in Park Slope are average at best-you can go next door to Bed Stuy (a fifteen minute walk) and get amazing Caribbean food. If youre too lazy to do that by all means pay up for overpriced drinks and Americanized cuisine.

August 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJbob

Scooby - by "owners" I hope he means investors.

August 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRealParkSloper

Jbob - that rant coming from someone that thinks Calexico is great Mexican food is truly rich. You are an idiot.

August 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHank

By JBob's rules, no restaurant can open in Park Slope if there is a neighborhood that is known for that type of food somewhere else in Brooklyn. So what is allowed to open in Park Slope oh arbiter of all that is foodie in Brooklyn Mr. Bob?

August 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMommaBear

@Hank Calexico stinks which is why I go to Sunset Park for Mexicsn food - you probably hang out at the union st food truck and think you're cool- enjoy

August 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJbob

October 20, 2014 | jbob

Went there over the weekend-place was hopping with a wait. Bar looks good, and they were pouring strong drinks. Service was particularly good for PS. They should do well now that they have their liquor license.

August 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

I like the decor. I wish them well!

August 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSlopeSteven

Daisy's has the best Sushi in South Slope.

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