Went to Kitchenbar last night in the South Slope. It's near the corner of 20th St. and 6th Ave. next door to Bar BQ. They've been open about two weeks now.
Started at the bar with a Brooklyn Manhattan, essentially Jim Beam with a dash of blood orange syrup in it. And yes, they make the blood orange syrup in house.
The menu is a half and half mix of small plates and large plates so you can mix and match as much as you see fit. We had the cheese plate which contained three large blocks of cheese with candied walnuts and honey. Next we shared the homemade grilled sausage which was excellent and the creamed spinach which was cooked whole spinach leaves and whole roasted garlic gloves in a bowl of cream. Finally, we shared the large platter of mussels which were the largest, freshest mussels I've had in ages.
Prices are pretty good (sausage and spinach were $5 each, mussels were $16) and the portion sizes definitely make it worth the money. But the cheapest thing by far is the wine. They have a list of about 30 bottles of wine, and at least 2/3 of them are less than $20.
I was also surprised the service was as good as it was considering it's such a new place. Everyone was nice, attentive and friendly, though I will say they weren't overly knowledgeable about the menu and/or the wine. This is fine with me, but you'll be disappointed if you're the type who wants to know details about everything and its origins.
The restaurant was completely full by dinner rush on Friday, so hopefully this means it's going to stay around for a while. I know I'll be back.
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