PROSPECT-LEFFERTS GARDENS — A new Tiki-themed bar is now open in the neighborhood, bringing Caribbean rum drinks and novelty bar snacks to a Flatbush Avenue space that opened quietly earlier this month.
Flatbush Zombie House — named for the Tiki drink, not the hip-hop group, the owners said — opened the first week of September at 734 Flatbush Ave. with a focus on great rum, its co-owner Jazmin Ali said.
“We are a Tiki rum bar and the idea was to bring primarily Caribbean rums into our predominantly Caribbean neighborhood,” she said.
The menu reflects many flavors of the islands, including the Jerk Pork cocktail ($10) made with Creole Shrubb and “bacon wash” rum, the “Bend in the River” ($11) with Trinidadian rum, chaat masala and mango chutney and several rum-based punch drinks sold by the glass ($11). The bar also serves beer, wine and sangria.
They have a short list of snacks perfect for late-night drinking, including White Castle sliders, Totino’s pizza rolls, S’more Pop-Tarts, jerk-flavored jerky, popcorn, and patties.
But Ali said patrons don’t have to rely on their menu for a bite to eat; the bar encourages customers to bring in food from neighboring eateries, particularly Peppa’s famous jerk chicken restaurant, located right next door.
“We found that we could support some of the food business around us,” she said.
Flatbush Zombie House is open seven days a week, from 4 p.m. to 4 a.m. Monday through Thursday and 12 p.m. to 4 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Several new restaurants have opened in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens lately, or are slated to open soon. Take a look at the list below to find your new favorite spot:
► Creme and Cocoa Creamery
1067 Nostrand Ave.
Husband and wife team Omar and Astrid Thorpe have been serving small-batch, handmade ice cream at this combination creamery and event space on Nostrand Avenue since July. Creme and Cocoa serves cups, cones and pints of a rotating menu of flavors with “Caribbean-based influence,” Omara said, that can include rum raisin, sorrel sorbet, passion fruit and dark chocolate stout. The couple opened the shop after Astrid’s father, who ran a grocery store in the space for more than 30 years, decided to retire.
The creamery also sells soda, floats and espresso drinks. The Thorpes are also gearing up to do a brunch menu on weekends with sweet and savory waffles.
The versatile space is also set up for events (a gallery exhibition is currently on view there) and Omar wanted to open it up to local artists or “anybody interesting in an art-driven event,” he said. Creme and Cocoa is open from 1 to 9 p.m. every day except Monday.
1146 Nostrand Ave.
This new Italian restaurant from the creators of Clinton Hill’s Locanda Vini e Olii opened Sept. 19, serving cuisine from Rome including “pinsa,” which is a Roman street pizza made on a crispy crust. The menu also includes pasta, fried chicken, roasted goat and plenty of drinks; according to Gothamist, the eatery was named for Count Camillo Negroni, who according to legend, invented the Negroni cocktail.
701 Flatbush Ave.
This fast-casual French rotisserie has been in the works since last year, built and designed from scratch by chef Boris Ginet. And the restaurant isn’t quite done yet. Ginet originally hoped to open by Sept. 18, but pushed that back to the end of the month, according to updates about construction he posted to the neighborhood’s Facebook page.
When it opens its doors, Risbo will serve roasted meats of all kinds with flavors from all over the world, he told DNAinfo New York last year.
Customers will sit at long tables with a communal feel similar to Parisian cafes. Prices will range between $12 and $15 for dinner.
We're close to opening and we can see you, the Brookyn family, here for dinner, in line putting in your order, at the communal tables, on the Parisian chairs, chilling on the poufs, the open kitchen bustling... It's getting real!! At night the vision keeps us awake; by day we build the dream. Wishing you a good day as you do the same! #risbobk #comingsoon #flatbush #brooklyn #prospectleffertsgardens #restaurant #fastcasual
2122 Beekman Pl.
Open since mid-summer, this restaurant tucked into a corner of Erv's on Beekman serves up Vietnamese noodle dishes and summer rolls from chef Fred Hua, formerly of Williamsburg's Nha Toi. From the tiny kitchen, Hua combines fresh and pickled vegetables with a rotating list of proteins, including cured salmon, braised pork and fried tofu, depending on the day. Quynh is open every day from 6 to 11 p.m.
Quynh at Erv's on Beekman in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens serves Vietnamese rice noodle dishes and summer rolls. (Photo credit: Courtesy of Quentin Regos)