Brooklyn's famous for its quaint brownstones, big-hatted Messianic Jewish community, and pizza. But now, if quaint, bearded men want the latest, greatest Brooklyn pie, they'll have to come to Manhattan: Cronkite, officially opening Monday.
Cronkite's the latest venture from Michael Ayoub, the #1 man on the Grimaldi family's hit list after critics tapped his Williamsburg joint Fornino as the Borough's best pizza. The new spot's setting is extremely LES (a low-ceilinged cavern lurking beneath Norfolk St), but the menu'll be blessedly similar to Fornino: 25 pies featuring tomatoes flown in from Italy, herbs organically grown in Ayoub's own greenhouse, and hogs organically whacked in Canada. Alcohol's beer/wine only but includes a 75-bottle vino list created by Red Cat alum Raoul "Canned By Red Cat For Drinking 75 Bottles" Segarra.
Since there's never a bad time for hog/cheese/dough, the restaurant'll stay open from 5pm-2am on Fri-Sat. A sampling of what you can devour early or late: