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Danny Brown Wine Bar & Kitchen

Danny Brown Wine Bar & Kitchen

Danny Brown Wine Bar & Kitchen will close its Forest Hills location by the end of this year View Full Caption DNAinfo/Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska QUEENS — The landlord of famed Forest Hills restaurant Danny Brown Wine Bar & Kitchen, which is closing in December, said he wanted the eatery to stay, but its owners made it impossible for him to renew the lease.The restaurant, at 104-02 Metropolitan Ave., which until last year had been the only eatery in Queens to receive a star in the Michelin Guide, announced last month that it's closing its Forest Hills location by the end of the year after nearly a decade.“We didn’t want to leave, we did everything we could to stay,” Danny Brown said at the time. “But we weren’t able to come to an agreement and we were told that it would not be renewed as a result of that.” The landlord, Dee Arabian, who also owns nearby Dee's Brick Oven Pizza on Metropolitan Avenue, said he decided to speak up after some locals accused him of greed.”I was never looking to get rid of Danny Brown's,” he said. “My restaurant is very different, I've been here for 22 years, so I’m pretty well established at this point.” He also said he thinks the area “should have more restaurants,” because they “bring people to the neighborhood.” Arabian said he offered Danny Brown a “new 10-year lease with the same 3 percent yearly escalation as we’ve been doing for the last 10 years.”But he claims the restaurant did not want to commit to it.After several rounds of negotiations, Arabian said he offered the restaurant a 5- or 10-year lease with the same rental terms and with the option to sell, but he said he demanded the restaurant stay committed for at least two years. But the eatery, he said, would not commit to those terms either. At that point, he said, “we decided not to renew his lease,” Arabian said.But Audrey Brown, one of the owners, said the deal failed for an entirely different reason.“Our negotiations with the landlord were never rent based, they were never issues of how many years, I will be very clear on that,” she said in an email. “The issues were contract based and had to do with boiler plate commercial tenant protections that after 10 years in good standing, we felt we were entitled to.”Brown declined to go into specifics but noted that when the restaurant “would not budge on the contract, we were sent a letter saying that we were to be out on Dec. 31st.” Earlier this year, the restaurant, which also lost its Michelin star after five years and was not included in the 2016 Michelin Guide New York City, was planning to open another location in Long Island City, but the owners said that project did not work out. In the remaining three months, Danny Brown, which for years served a mix of Spanish and French cuisines, will offer a new smaller menu featuring contemporary French cuisine. The menu will change every month until its closing, the owners said.The owners said they are currently looking for a new location.
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Danny Brown Wine Bar & Kitchen

Description Danny Brown Wine Bar & Kitchen is a modern neighborhood restaurant located in Forest Hills, Queens offering a current slant on the classic European Wine Bar. With heavy culinary influences from France, Italy & Spain; Danny Brown combines epicurious flair in a smart, smooth & welcoming atmosphere. The diverse menu ranges from house made Charcuterie to re-conceptualized classic dishes with a strong focus on each season’s best products. With more than 30 wines by the glass and upwards of 150 wines by the bottle, Danny Brown offers an extensive wine program with a heavy influence on affordability, encouraging even the most novice of wine enthusiasts to be adventurous and discover.
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Danny Brown Wine Bar & Kitchen

Danny Brown Wine Bar & Kitchen is a modern neighborhood restaurant located in Forest Hills, Queens offering a current slant on the classic European Wine Bar. With heavy culinary influences from France, Italy & Spain; Danny Brown combines epicurious flair in a smart, smooth & welcoming atmosphere. The diverse menu ranges from house made Charcuterie to re-conceptualized classic dishes with a strong focus on each season’s best products. With more than 30 wines by the glass and upwards of 150 wines by the bottle, Danny Brown offers an extensive wine program with a heavy influence on affordability, encouraging even the most novice of wine enthusiasts to be adventurous and discover.
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Danny Brown Wine Bar & Kitchen

— Danny Brown Wine Bar — AKA the first Queens restaurant to get a Michelin star — is closing at the end of the year because the landlord is not renewing the lease. Flo Fab reports that chef/owner Danny Brown is going to close the restaurant from September 28 to 30 to make some tweaks to the space and the menu. He’ll reopen for the final three months of service on October 1. A few months ago, Brown mentioned plans to expand to Long Island City, but the space he was looking at didn’t work out. Brown and his team might reopen in a new space in Forest Hills.
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It may be perched on Forest Hills’ prewar Metropolitan Ave., but Danny Brown’s conveys an unmistakable Soho vibe. Chef-owner Brown, formerly of the now-defunct Cub Room, on Prince Street, has transplanted the gallery district’s artsy aesthetic to the neighborhood where he grew up. His elegantly spare corner bistro is hung with abstract canvases and fronted by an alluringly lit and inviting wine bar. Brown, a former sommelier, proffers not-the-usual-suspects by the glass and flight, along with a bar menu of fromage and house-made charcuterie such as a smooth, deeply porky pâté. The eclectic dinner menu ranges from pasta to salmon to salads (a luscious endive-watercress with lardons and blue cheese may scare yoga babes). Full-flavored entrées include a juicy organic half chicken roasted Tuscan-style under a foil-wrapped brick that presses the skin’s goodness into the meat. In fall and winter, Brown prepares his iconic version of braised short ribs: burgundy-marinated, fork-tender, and set on creamy polenta. His bravura burger, a hubcap of intensely beefy chopped sirloin deftly grilled to order and served with perfect fries, conjures thoughts of
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As a former Manhattan resident now living in Forest Hills, Danny Brown's can confidently compete with any Manhattan restaurant. The food, the wine, service and atmosphere are always excellent. As a wine bar, they are always very helpful in selecting the
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“We didn’t want to leave, we did everything we could to stay,” Danny Brown said at the time. “But we weren’t able to come to an agreement and we were told that it would not be renewed as a result of that.”
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“I was never looking to get rid of Danny Brown's,” he said. “My restaurant is very different, I've been here for 22 years, so I’m pretty well established at this point.”
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In the remaining three months, Danny Brown, which for years served a mix of Spanish and French cuisines, will offer a new smaller menu featuring contemporary French cuisine. The menu will change every month until its closing, the owners said.
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This is my favorite restaurant in New York. We've been here many times on special occassions. The place was small but cozy and nice. Excellent service, Excellent food and excellent wine. A good place to dine, for special occassions or date with your loved ones.
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Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile John m PoirierGreat place, wonderful ambience, excellent food. Service on a par with any 4 star restaurant. On of the best wine lists anywhere.Thank John P
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phoebenycNew York118Reviewed August 9, 2015 via mobile One of my favorite restaurant in New YorkThis is my favorite restaurant in New York. We've been here many times on special occassions. The place was small but cozy and nice. Excellent service, Excellent food and excellent wine. A good place to dine, for special occassions or date with your loved ones.Thank phoebenyc
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Reviewed August 9, 2015 via mobile One of my favorite restaurant in New YorkThis is my favorite restaurant in New York. We've been here many times on special occassions. The place was small but cozy and nice. Excellent service, Excellent food and excellent wine. A good place to dine, for special occassions or date with your loved ones.Thank phoebenyc

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