The doorman at Muguette Siem A Sjoe’s condo can probably expect a decent holiday bonus: He introduced Siem A Sjoe, a clothing designer and aspiring restaurateur, to her business partner, veteran restaurant consultant Cenk Fikri; together the two have created a Park Slope café, Melt. The inside looks like a West Elm display: chocolate and white walls with C-shaped cutouts and serpentine bottle shelves. Chef Andres Valbuena aims for creative American cooking that will stand out among the neighborhood’s typical bistro fare such as Berkshire pork tenderloin with polenta and crisp enoki mushrooms, and roasted chicken with pickled ramps.
440 Bergen St
|Cross street:||between Flatbush and Fifth Aves|
|Opening hours:||Daily 11am–midnight|
|Transport:||Subway: 2, 3 to Bergen St|
|Price:||Average main course: $17. AmEx, Disc, MC, V|