Smile to Go, Serving Mediterranean-Style Prepared Food, Opens a Branch in Dumbo

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Melia Marden, left, and Matt Kliegman at Smile to Go in Dumbo, Brooklyn, the second takeout location of their full-service restaurant, Smile. It is set to open Monday.

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SMILE TO GO Three years after opening the Smile, their NoHo restaurant, in 2009, Matt Kliegman, Carlos Quirarte and the chef Melia Marden added Smile to Go, a tiny spot for prepared food near Chinatown. Now they are establishing a bigger, more impressive version of Smile to Go in the new Empire Stores complex in the Dumbo section of Brooklyn. “We felt this was a great neighborhood for what we do,” Mr. Kliegman said. “There is still lots of room for more food choices here.” A large open kitchen with a self-service counter fills about half the space. In the middle of the dining area and against a rustic stone wall, a group of tables seats 20. The menu, featuring Mediterranean-style food prepared by Ms. Marden, changes daily and on a given day may include salads like green kale with plums or roasted rainbow carrots with ginger and sesame, some served from vintage Dansk paella pans. Other choices may be turkey kefta with yogurt sauce, rotisserie chicken and fusilli with vegetables. An array of treats, like chocolate-lavender brownies, chocolate-halvah cookies, cinnamon sticky buns and scones, baked from scratch, will be available. (Opens Monday): 49 Water Street (Old Dock Street), Dumbo, Brooklyn, 917-909-0200, smiletogonyc.com.

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