Brooklyn, N.Y., is a hotbed of ultra-trendy restaurant concepts, and one of the more recent dining trends filling hungry hipster bellies is the single-dish restaurant. Taking a cue from spots like The Meatball Shop in Williamsburg, two new shops opened up this weekend — The Empire Mayonnaise Co. and That Tot Spot.
The Empire Mayonnaise Co. gained notoriety when the chef and mastermind behind the brand, Sam Mason, started selling his mayo products at Smorgasburg, the Brooklyn Flea food market. The brick-and-mortar shop opened in Prospect Heights this Sunday, selling items such as deviled eggs in celebration of Easter. The store will carry more than 40 homemade flavors, plus a new weekly addition. Some of the innovative mayos include black garlic, vadouvan, yuzu chili, and smoked paprika.
That Tot Spot also debuted this past weekend. The geniuses behind this concept clearly did their research — they've opened a deep-fried, homemade tots-serving shop right smack in the middle of Williamsburg. If there's anything drunk hipsters love more than meatballs, it's tater tots. An order includes one spice and one sauce option; the seasonings include bacon, Cajun, and crab spice mixes; and the sauces include bourbon-spiked ketchup, Red Island Sauce (a mix of Thousand Island dressing, blue cheese, and hot sauce), and Crabby Sauce (a mix of mayo, crab spice mix, and hot sauce).
Call us when the egg-and-cheese sandwich joint and the relish emporium launch next month.