Tink’s Restaurant, Elsewhere Espresso Ready to Welcome You Into the Fam

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A couple of family-run joints are new to the neighborhood. First, Elsewhere Espresso, the coffee shop owned by three siblings, opened this morning, as you can see from the balloons at right. It’ll be open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., seven days a week.

Just a block north, Tink’s Restaurant, which we first told you about in January, will finally open next Thursday. It, too, is a family affair, as Isabella Aqel will run the spot with the help of four sisters, a brother, and her parents.

“If I didn’t have them, there’s no way I’d be able to do this,” Ms. Aqel, 25, told The Local today at the restaurant on East Seventh Street, where her twin, Sophia, her brother Alex, 23, and her 52-year-old mom, Jenny, who runs a family sheet-metal business in East Harlem with her husband, were helping put some finishing touches on the place. She hopes her restaurant will be “a sit-down place you can bring your boyfriend or girlfriend, a romantic, date spot.”

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The modest space (rent is $5,200 per month) boasts mementos from what Ms. Aqel, a French Culinary Institute graduate, has joked is her “ethnically confused” family. “My dad is Jordanian, and my mom’s Irish. We’re so diverse with everything, including our food,” she said. Large metal plates hanging between sconces were a gift from her family in Jordan. And her brother Alex, an iron worker, designed the front windows. The chandeliers, which cast a cozy glow, were bought at an Indian store on Bowery, and the huge mirrors gracing the brick walls were snagged from a going-out-of-business auction at Rocco Restaurant in Greenwich Village.

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Though the menu, below, is mainly American, Ms. Aqel said she will eventually incorporate dishes reflecting her family roots. “I’m thinking about adding something like an Arabic dessert,” she said. “It’ll break my dad’s heart if I don’t.” On the current menu are rabbit pot pie with coconut cream and green curry spices; baked potato soup with bacon bits, broccoli and cheddar; truffled macaroni and cheese with garlic bread crumbs; and jumbo lump crab sliders with kimchee mayonnaise, fried egg, and Bibb lettuce. Appetizers will most likely run from $8-$14 and entrees, $16-$28.

Tink’s, which is awaiting a liquor license, will be open from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. during the week (closed Monday), and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends, when brunch will be served until 2 p.m.

Jumbo Lump Crap Sliders
-Kimchee mayonnaise, fried egg, Bibb lettuce

“Baked Potato” Soup
-Bacon bits, broccoli, cheddar

Manchego Cheese Tempura
-Buttermilk Ranch, pickled onions, arugula

Citrus Cured Hamachi
-Soy citrus, avocado, fried shallots

Gnocchi “Seafood Chowder”
-Shrimp, little neck clams, bay scallops

Foie Gras “PB&J”
-Hudson Valley Duck Liver, peanut butter bread pudding, concord grape jelly

Rabbit Pot Pie
-Coconut cream, green curry spices

Pretzel Crusted Fried Chicken
-Sweet potato hash, Orleans mustard

Blackened Monk Fish
-Creamy grits, white cheddar

Grilled Pork Loin
-Celery root, mango chutney

Dry Age Sliders
-Stilton, shitakes, balsamic – onion mayonnaise

Pepper Tuna
-Grilled Treviso, Mangalitsa lardo

Midnight Moon Mac n Cheese
-Garlic bread crumbs

Baked White Beans
-Duck Confit

Roasted Brussels Sprouts
-Honey glazed bacon

Spaghetti Squash
-Candied Almonds

Spinach Gratin
-Salvatore Brooklyn ricotta

Warm “Snickers”
-Flourless chocolate cake, peanut brittle, salted caramel ice cream

Glazed Donuts
-Nutella cream, coffee ice cream

“Elvis Presley”
-Peanut butter bread pudding, caramelized bananas, bacon chantilly

Sheep Milk Panna Cotta
-Exotic fruits, vanilla syrup

Baked Brie
-Fennel- red grape compote

Tink’s Restaurant, 102 East Seventh Street, near First Avenue; (646) 833-7844

Elsewhere Espresso, 335 East Sixth Street (between First and Second Avenues); (646) 476-3173