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Rona Davis had a dream and left her dusty job as some kind of assistant in the city to pursue it. The child of Guyanese immigrants, Davis is a lifetime striver and sits pleasantly, amicially inside her debut creation: a now year-old, 60-seat bistro on Knickerbocker Avenue called, with relieving frankness, 191 Knickerbocker. It is, perhaps, this side of Bushwick’s only real major thoroughfare. The restaurant is situated a few blocks shy of Maria Hernandez Park, a little past the flurrying bustle of discount retailers and closer to the rarely occupied record store that also sells graphic novels.

The food comes courtesy of her business partner, husband and kitchen chief, the pleasant Jesse Davis, who is serious about food but permanently relaxed. The dream of Rona and Jesse had begun when they met while she was bartending at a now shuttered Astoria joint called Locale, where he helmed the kitchens. In a life before then, he was chief chef at a spot called Wild Blue, among the modestly-reviewed restaurants that made up Windows on the World, situated on the 107th floor of the North Tower of the World Trade Center. “He was on his way to work that day,” Rona says.

The food comes courtesy of her business partner, husband and kitchen chief, the pleasant Jesse Davis, who is serious about food but permanently relaxed. The dream of Rona and Jesse had begun when they met while she was bartending at a now shuttered Astoria joint called Locale, where he helmed the kitchens. In a life before then, he was chief chef at a spot called Wild Blue, among the modestly-reviewed restaurants that made up Windows on the World, situated on the 107th floor of the North Tower of the World Trade Center. “He was on his way to work that day,” Rona says.

Time Out says

On the corner of Knickerbocker and Jefferson, you’ll notice a bold '191' standing out proud. This is one of the only defining features with which to spot 191 Knickerbocker. Unassuming from the outside, it more than makes up for it on the inside. Warm woods and characterful decor fills the cozy joint, which is run by a husband and wife team.

This Bushwick bar and restaurant is the ideal spot to seek out if you’ve got a hankering for comfort food. Be that a classic Reuben sandwich or mac ‘n’ cheese, some empanadas from Argentina or fritters from the West Indies – 191 Knickerbocker has got you covered. Their specialty is very much homely foods from all over the world.

Brunch is a popular time to visit on Saturday and Sunday, where you can dig into chicken ‘n’ waffles, eggs benedict and fried apple pie noon-4pm, and wash it down with yuzu mimosas or a hibiscus margarita. If the tipples are more your bag, head down Tuesday to Friday during happy hour (5-7pm) instead, where you can get a beer and a shot for $7. They’ve got brews from Blue Point, Coney Island, Montauk and more.

191 KNICKERBOCKER AVE

BROOKLYN, NY 11221

INFO@191KNICKERBOCKER.COM

929 305 3625

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