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Kiwiana. Kicks. Ass.



I'm sorry for swearing (not really), but there's no getting around it. This new spot in the Slope is only a little over a month old, and already it's making a name for itself…and with good reason. Kiwiana is centered around Top Chef alum Mark Simmons' scintillating take on New Zealand cuisine, and the kitchen at this Union Street gem is turning out absolutely fantastic food.

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Last night, Kiwiana opened its doors to the Yelp Elite for an exclusive look at the magic Marko is making in the kitchen. Served up by the bubbly Bailey, Brooklyn's finest were treated to a constant stream of treats, starting with slow poached baby beets with lavender-infused goats milk ricotta and a scrumptious corn and crab chowder that warmed everyone up during what felt like the first fall chill.

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It's hard to say which dish stole the show with so many winners, but Matteo R insists it was "the kiwi burgers (delicious lamb meat served with a pickled beet and a quail egg on top). Or the fried oysters. Or the wonderful mussels with coconut curry. Or the amazing [horopito and buttermilk] fried chicken with truffle honey glazing." Kiwi cocktails were keeping all of this quality food company courtesy of 42 Below Vodka. Behind the bar, Paul was slangin' Moscow Mules with honeyed vodka, as well as a tasty take on sangria.

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A glimpse into Kiwiana's kitchen is all anyone would need to realize that not only is the staff talented, but they are having fun as well, which comes through in the flavor. Unique, delicious food in a warm, inviting atmosphere: this is the restaurant that Park Slope has been waiting for, and I know I'm happy it's finally here.

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Whether or not you made it out, be sure to check out the pictures and the reviews!

SYOY,
Peter D and the rest of the NYC Yelp Team

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