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Hot Dining: Ambitious Upgrade

King Street stalwart Brassaii has spruced up for spring with a new chef and an updated interior. The restaurant’s vast, historic warehouse space remains an exemplar of the industrial-chic aesthetic, but now offers a front-of-house café area—perfect for enjoying a morning coffee and fresh-baked Danish—plus such welcome decor enhancements as antique doors from Egypt, a reclaimed barn-wood accent wall, and a lighting feature made of old fire extinguishers. For lunch and dinner, the large open kitchen, now helmed by chef Bruce Woods (formerly of Centro), serves up a compelling mix of familiar elements and modern flair in such dishes as lobster ravioli ($24), roast ostrich ($32) and black cod with spiced mango coleslaw ($29).

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