Look for homestyle Mexican dishes and large-format drinks
Another pastry chef is opening a Mexican restaurant — this time in Brooklyn. Bob Truitt, who left Altamarea Group after six years, will join Meaghan Montagano and managing partner Daniel Ortiz de Montellano to open Casa Pública today: A Mexico City-inspired spot at 594 Union Avenue in Williamsburg, a block from McCarren Park.
Truitt — whose experience includes working under the Adria brothers at El Bulli and Stephen Starr at Morimoto — is focusing on regional Mexican home cooking with an opening menu of small plates like esquites, ceviche, tacos, and dishes like stuffed squash blossoms. Large plates include pozole verde and roast chicken with chile adobo.
Montagnano — formerly at Extra Fancy and La Sirena — is heading up front of the house and overseeing a cocktail selection that’s heavy on micheladas, frozen drinks, and cocktails for two or more.
The space points to inspiration from art deco in Mexico City, with seating for close to 90 in a mocha/eggshell/pale blue space with floor-to-ceiling windows. Look for communal table seating, traditional tables, and an 18-seat bar. Dinner is served until midnight weekdays and 2 a.m., Thursday through Saturday. Take a look around and let us know what you think.