Chef/Owner Joaquin Baca, grew up in a Foreign Service family, living in Colombia, Mexico, Portugal, the Philippines, Uruguay, and Bolivia prior to enrolling at The University of Texas, Austin. Holidays in South Texas with extended family cooking and grilling traditional Mexican dishes and Southern staples, inspired him to turn his passion into a living. He spent ten years cooking in the Southwest and another five in New York City with David Chang at Momofuku, before venturing out on his own to open The Brooklyn Star. The restaurant, named after his new home and his old one in the Lone Star State, closed due to a fire a few months later.
In 2011, Joaquin and friends rebuilt The Brooklyn Star (furniture and all) in the space formerly occupied by Williamsburg’s landmark restaurant, Crisci’s using mostly reclaimed materials. Guests can expect seasonal, new American fare with nods to his Tex-Mex roots, international upbringing and diverse kitchen experiences. Menus are designed to be enjoyed family-style accompanied by a thoughtfully curated selection of beer, wine, classic and house cocktails. He recently signed a lease to open his second Brooklyn restaurant slated for 2016.