Chef Charleen Caabay, who won the 2017 New Year’s Eve episode of Chopped, has added some Filipino influences to the Craft & Spoon menu from her now-closed restaurant Kainbigan. Lunch items include a grain bowl with yellow adobo and a “Filipino style” panini made with tocino, a sweet cured chicken. But Kainbigan 2.0 this is not.
“People are like, do you have the garlic noodles?” Caabay says — and no, she doesn’t. Instead, Craft & Spoon’s menu is a collaboration with co-owner Aima Paule, and it’s simple in part because there isn’t (at least yet) a full kitchen in the space, which was formerly home to Uptown Juice. “That’s not stopping us,” Caabay says, but it did guide the team toward lower-cost, healthier items, which should meet the demands of lunch crowds.
The four co-owners, a cadre of queer entrepreneurs, are Caabay, Paul, Michael Schlieke, and Christine De La Rosa. The Craft & Spoon space will also serve as an incubator for their other projects, such as Paule’s Kombucha brand, Hey Bü Kombucha.