Trading Up: James, part II, updated

More on my new boyfriend, James (from Eater)

UPDATE: Here’s their press release…

James
605 Carlton Avenue (@ St. Marks Avenue)
Brooklyn, NY 11238
718.942.4255
Owners: Deborah Williamson & Bryan Calvert
Chef: Bryan Calvert
Designers: Deborah Williamson & Bryan Calvert
Opening: Tuesday, June 24th
www.jamesrestaurantny.com

Tonight, husband-and-wife team Deborah Williamson and Bryan Calvert, owners of the events company Williamson Calvert, will open James, a restaurant in their neighborhood of Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Recognized for producing stellar events for the likes of Vanity Fair, Chanel and Allure, the duo is now setting their own stage in a century-old brownstone, where an inspired yet approachable menu is fused with a stylishly casual setting and warm hospitality. Bryan, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and veteran of Bouley and Union Pacific, offers a selection of seasonal American dishes that reflect old world European influences. First courses such as semolina-crusted zucchini blossoms stuffed with peekytoe crab and crispy sweetbreads with rhubarb-honey glaze lead to a list of main courses that includes pine nut and rosemary-crusted rack of lamb with summer bean stew and a grass-fed beef burger with Cotswald cheese on brioche with herb fries. With the intention of honoring the building’s history, Deborah and Bryan embraced the imperfections of the authentically aged space, which features pressed-tin ceilings, exposed brick wall and original plaster. Oversized mirrors from the original Plaza Hotel and a custom chandelier sourced from the Netherlands add to the restaurant’s charming atmosphere. In addition to the 30-seat dining room, James offers 15 seats in the bar area where guests can sip inventive renditions of classic cocktails.

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