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River Cafe Reopening After Hurricane Sandy, More Brooklyn Survivors

While much of New York City quickly rebounded after the devastation of 2012’s Hurricane Sandy, a number of the city’s beloved restaurants, especially those on the waterfront, were hard-hit. But every month brings more good news —  most recently the imminent reopening of the River Cafe. Here’s a quick look at which Brooklyn restaurant doors have swung open after being shuttered or delayed by Sandy.

River Cafe
Under the Brooklyn Bridge, with unparalleled views of the lower Manhattan skyline, this DUMBO fine-dining destination had been a New York icon for more than three decades before Sandy struck. It suffered extensive flood damage during the storm, but owner Michael O’Keeffe tells Crain’s New York that the restaurant will reopen in August and will begin serving breakfast for the first time. Over the last nine months, he’s focused not only on rebuilding but also in ensuring that the structure is more resistant to future storms. 1 Water St., Brooklyn; 718-522-5200;

Court Street Grocers Hero Shop Red Hook

Court Street Grocers Hero Shop in Red Hook

Court Street Grocers Hero Shop
There’s a lot to love about Court Street Grocers in Carroll Gardens, with its hot sauces and condiments and snacks sourced from all across America, but it’s the sandwiches that have really earned the store its cult following. Unfortunately the store’s planned spinoff sandwich spot  in Red Hook was stalled by Sandy before it even got off the round. But in July, after a long delay, Court Street Grocers Hero Shop opened with sandwiches such as the Italian (mortadella, capicola, soppressata, Swiss, mozzarella, Pecorino Romano, arugula, red onion) wowing the neighborhood. 116 Sullivan St., Brooklyn; 347-529-6803;

Another restaurant in low-lying waterfront neighborhood of Red Hook, Home/Made was severely flooded by Sandy. The local favorite, friendly locavore came back on July 19th with dinner service. Full brunch (with its yummy truffled egg and Parmesan scramble) and lunch service (hello Really Good chicken sandwich) started July 31.  293 Van Brunt St., Brooklyn; 347-223-4135;

Caracas Arepa Bar
The Rockaways were hit like no other area of NYC in the hurricane, but many of the oceanfront establishments have managed to reopen for the busy summer season. Among them: Caracas Arepa Bar, the Rockaway outpost of the highly popular Caracas chain, specializing in the Venezuelan griddled corn cakes. Nothin’ better than a board in one hand and an arepa in the other. Surf’s up!  106-01 Shore Front Pkwy, Rockaway; 718-474-1709;

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