Michelin-Star-Winning Chef Opens New Eatery in Former Dressler Space
WILLIAMSBURG — One of Brooklyn's Michelin-starred chefs debuted his new restaurant Wednesday in a familiar home.
Polo Dobkin, who earned the coveted award while serving as executive chef of of South Williamsburg's now-shuttered fine-dining pioneer Dressler, is opening Meadowsweet in the home of his former restaurant at 149 Broadway.
Dobkin's new restaurant features an American menu with dishes like Colorado lamb loin and rib confit with swiss chard and cranberry beans, as well as cavatelli with braised rabbit, according to a restaurant spokeswoman.
Among the items on the dessert menu — overseen by Jared Rubin, previously of Bouchon Bakery, Dover and Batteresby — are a basque cake with rhubarb sorbet and milk chocolate semifreddo with horchata, rice krispies and cajeta.
Dobkin helped open Dressler in 2006 but left two years ago to pursue other projects. Before he left, he became just the third Brooklyn chef to earn a Michelin star.
Dressler closed last year due to its lease renewal falling through.
Since then, the space has undergone a gut renovation and is now bright and more "airy," according to the restauraunt's spokeswoman.
Dobkin launched Meadowsweet with the help of his partner and wife, Stephanie Lempert.