Brooklyn Sandwich Society To Evolve into Full-Service Restaurant, 'Martha'

By Janet Upadhye on July 29, 2013 9:32am 

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 Martha is American only in sourcing and pan-influenced in technique.
Brooklyn Sandwich Society to change to "Martha"
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FORT GREENE — Goodbye sandwiches, hello field greens with crispy pig ear and radishes with fermented shrimp butter.

The Brooklyn Sandwich Society is closing down and in its place owners Andres Valbuena and Melissa Gorman are opening Martha, a full-service restaurant with a seasonal menu and open kitchen.

"If the kitchen's listening to dancehall, that's what you'll hear," the owners said in a statement. "If sunchokes are in season, you'll have them five ways before they're gone."

Valbuena and Gorman once ran a supper club out of their home in Bed-Stuy. Valbuena, originally from Caracas, had cooked in restaurants like Mugaritz in Spain and The French Laundry in Napa Valley and paired with Gorman, a visual artist and designer, their dinners parties were a success.

After outgrowing their home space, they opened the Brooklyn Sandwich Society on Dekalb Avenue in the fall of last year. Now the two are set to launch Martha with a revolving menu and food that is "American only in sourcing and pan-influenced in technique."

Chef Tobias Womack will join Valbuena in the kitchen. From a small fishing town in northern coastal Oregon, Womack has worked in restaurants all over the country including Zuni Cafe in San Francisco and Mission Chinese Food in New York City.

Some highlights from the opening menu include Hawaiian ceviche with seaweed chips, duck liver mousse with pickled cherries, cast-iron pancake with smoked ricotta and banofee pie made with toffee, banana, and coffee-infused whipped cream.

Martha is named for the patron saint of hospitality and will open Aug. 6.

For more information and a full menu visit the Martha website.

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