PARK SLOPE — A steakhouse that won't break the bank is opening in Park Slope this spring.
Carnem, opening in April at 318 Fifth Ave., will serve "the best of the best" 32-ounce steaks for roughly $50 to $60, but the menu will also include smaller cuts such as 6-ounce steaks for less than $20, said owner Jacob Krumgalz.
The restaurant's meat will come from two of the city's best-known suppliers, Pat LaFrieda and Master Purveyors, Inc., which provides steaks for Williamsburg's Peter Luger steakhouse. But that doesn't mean customers can only eat at Carnem on payday.
“The best beef is very expensive,” Krumgalz said. “When you go to a respectable steakhouse, you have to pay big money to get good steak. In our case, we’re going to have steaks that are affordable to everyone.”
The menu at Carnem, which means "meat" in Latin, will also include seafood and pasta, as well as a few favorite dishes such as paella and fish tacos from Krumgalz's previous restaurant, Blue Planet Grill. That Mediterranean-focused restaurant was in business for three years in the Financial District but closed in January after its building was sold.
For Carnem, Krumgalz is teaming up with chef David DiSalvo, who studied cooking at the French Culinary Institute under Jacques Pepin and has worked at the New York restaurants Blaue Gans and Wallse. Artemio Vasquez, who was the mixologist at Blue Planet Grill, will select Carnem's wines and cocktails, Krumgalz said.
In a nod to Park Slope families, the 70-seat restaurant will also include a children's menu, but Krumgalz said it won't be limited to just macaroni and cheese and chicken nuggets.
“We believe that children should have the best quality food, same as adults do,” Krumgalz said.