The Colonie team, comprised of Tamer Hamawi, Emelie Kihlstrom and Elise Rosenberg, took root in 2011 on a tree-lined block of Atlantic Avenue, two blocks from the East River, perched on the edge of Brooklyn Heights. Drawing inspiration from the history and beauty of the surrounding historic neighborhoods, Colonie strives to support the New York food community by using as many local farms as possible, while providing our neighbors with a comfortable, inviting spot to drink and dine. Our bar features a curated selection of natural and sustainable wines, along with regional craft beers and fresh, inventive cocktail featuring artisanal spirits and local ingredients.
We are thrilled to have Chef Jared Braithwaite as our Executive Chef! A Canadian of Jewish descent, Chef Braithwaite started cooking at a young age learning how to make matzoh balls, kugel and more from his grandmother for large family dinners. Turning his passion for food into a career, Jared attended CIA and graduated Summa Cum Laude and went on to work at Michelin-starred Public and other lauded NYC establishments before returning home to Toronto. While working in Canada, Jared worked at Modus Ristoronte, igniting a passion for Italian cuisine and traditional pasta-making techniques. Jared found his way back to NYC with a newfound love for Italian cooking and landed a job at Vic’s, working under the mentorship of Hillary Sterling, before joining Colonie as Sous Chef. As Executive Chef at Colonie, Jared continues to embrace Colonie’s local and seasonal ethos while maintaining relationships with small, local farmers and producers, and brings a fresh Italian-influenced perspective to the menu. Relying on technique and sensibility, Jared transforms beautiful produce and herbs into clean, naturalistic and flavorful dishes that highlight the integrity of the ingredients.