Black Walnut: The American South, by Way of the World

December 24, 2016 2:14 am Last Updated: March 8, 2018 5:23 pm

Located in downtown Brooklyn, Black Walnut is the latest restaurant from chef Rob Newton, located in downtown Brooklyn. 

With roots in Arkansas, Newton has been inspired in his cooking by his travels. At one of his Carroll Gardens restaurants, Nightingale Nine, he explores the intersection of Asian cuisines with the American South. “I enjoy finding commonalities,” he said.

(Courtesy of Hilton)
(Courtesy of Hilton)

At Black Walnut, which he views as an organic next step, Newton infuses global influences into Southern culinary traditions. For example, he steams and then fries shishito peppers so they’re crispy, then adds raw fennel, crushed sunchoke, artichoke, and “black dust” (a mix of black Persian limes, black sesame seeds, and dehydrated fermented black beans), among other ingredients.

Breakfast includes sandwiches and dishes such as Lemon-Ricotta Pancakes with maple-butter, candied pecans, and powdered sugar.

Open daily for breakfast and dinner.

Black Walnut
At the Hilton Brooklyn New York
140 Schermerhorn St. (at Smith Street)