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Restaurant Openings

Week of December 7, 2009: The Loading Dock and The Norry at Kampuchea.


The Loading Dock
170 Tillary St., nr. Gold St., Downtown Brooklyn, 646-355-7518
California transplant Forrest Cole started selling fish tacos this past summer at Brooklyn Flea (under the name Choncho’s Tacos), and this week he expands his street-food enterprise to a former garment factory’s loading dock. Part café, part gallery, the space has been winterized with wood-burning stoves and canvas flaps, and will be open from 8 a.m. through 3 p.m. weekdays for Mexican-style eggs, tacos made with tortillas from Corona’s Nixtamal, and Gorilla coffee. A limited morning menu is available weekends, and dinner and brunch should arrive by January.

The Norry at Kampuchea
78 Rivington St., at Allen St., 212-529-3901
The name isn’t the only thing that has changed at Kampuchea (formerly known as Kampuchea Noodle Bar). Owner Ratha Chau now goes by his full surname, Chaupoly, and he and partner Scott Burnett have expanded into an adjacent space with a barroom they’re calling the Norry. On the pub-like menu: “numpang” sandwiches like oxtail with tamarind and honey, fried chicken with spiced fleur de sel, and catfish crêpe tacos. That frees the main restaurant to focus on its restructured menu of more refined fare, like steamed striped bass with fermented cauliflower, sweet breads, and poached chicken in chile-lime broth. More new additions: Stumptown coffee and dessert.


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