I am not sure if this place is open yet -- they said it would be ready in late Feb or early March -- but I still had to post about such a friendly, tasty restaurant.
We went to visit Chickenbone after seeing a (premature) writeup in Time Out about this restaurant offering "Brooklyn Fusion" food -- it talked about how they get a lot of their food locally and described some kind of polish-sausage bruschetta that looked really interesting, so we thought we'd give it a try.
I turned out that they hadn't opened yet, but they invited us in anyway and gave us, gratis, glasses of wine and tastes of some of what the chef was cooking up. The food was just totally fantastic -- little salmon sandwiches on beautiful pumpernickel, and a gourgeous chicken-bone thai broth stew thing that made me so happy. It turns out the chef used to work at the French Laundry, and lived for a while in Thailand.
This place is definitely worth a visit. It's a bit of a hike from the Bedford stop on the L train -- between Driggs and Roebling on S. 4th -- but absolutely so totally worth the walk, for the wonderfully friendly vibe and the great drinks and food.