Greenpoint Gazette

The Knitting Factory Gives North Brooklynites a Taste of its Cooking Chops


One of Williamsburg’s most popular music venues is expanding its reach beyond its musical inclinations.

The Knitting Factory has opened a restaurant next door to its Metropolitan Avenue location, focusing on experimentation and locally sourced food.

For the venture – the Federal Bar – Knitting Factory Entertainment (KFE), the parent company of the venue, has roped in the talents of Chef Brendan Doyle, whose illustrious cooking background includes stints at Dale Talde’s Pork Slope and private events at the Humboldt and Jackson American Tasting Room.

The menu at the new restaurant includes a veritable list of original productions and twists on classic favorites. Some of its delicacies are Beef Heart Poutine with duck fat potato, demi-glace and curds; Mac & Cheese with Orecchiette, broccoli and fried panko; the Metropolitan Dog with Hudson Valley duck sausage, Dr. Browns root beer onions, brown mustard and tomato jam, Spicy Hozon Roasted Cauliflower with charred greens, faro, and parsley & almond gremolata; and a Braised Pork Shank with sweet and sour peppers and stone fruit slaw.

“We think it’s a little different and appropriate to the neighborhood, rebellious as it may seem elsewhere,” said Doyle. “On the other hand, there’s a certain whimsy to the way I create dishes, and I work to try and create dishes that are not part of a typical culinary combination. It’s a fun way to approach something that too many people take too seriously.”

The drinks, in particular the beer, are receiving similar treatment with several hyper-local craft beer and small batch options. Of the 14 draft lines available, 9 are from New York, including seven from breweries in Brooklyn including Greenpoint’s Warflag and Williamsburg’s Brooklyn Brewery.

The cocktails too follow that inventive spirit with selections like Vieux Carre –made with rye, brandy, sweet vermouth, Benedictine and bitters; and the Good Morning Frankfurt – made with Buffalo Trace bourbon, cold brew, coconut water and coconut milk.

The restaurant seats just under 50 people, with a design that is loosely modeled on its namesake on the West Coast. KFE owns and runs three other Federal Bars, in addition to its other musical and film venues.

“We’ve had great achievements with other bars, restaurants and concert houses around the country,” said Morgan Margolis, CEO of KFE. “The Federal Bar Brooklyn is another chance for us to grow our hospitality family and bring together the elements that our company was founded upon and those born of our 28 years in entertainment.”

 The Federal Bar, 367 Metropolitan Ave, Ph: 347-529-6696


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