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Six and a half years in the making, All Hands is finally about to open. It started as a dream from founders Craig Shillitto, Jay Lehman and myself, Gideon Klein. We wanted create an intimate dining experience in the neighborhood where we live. 

The goal was to make exceptional food with impeccable service, in a custom designed environment, allowing our guests a unique dining experience. So in 2011, we decided to start the project, and found the perfect location, in South Williamsburg – a neighborhood that wasn’t saturated with restaurants or gentrification yet. Craig knew this neighborhood and building very well. After three long years of lease negotiations, we embarked on a challenging renovation. During this process, we added two very important members to our team: Executive Chef Peter Lipson, (formerly of Northern Spy Co.) and General Manager Sadie Roncelli (from Alta Linea and L’Artusi.) Craig would handle the deign and architecture, while Jay and I would help to raise the money for the project. And now, two and half years after we signed the lease, we’re almost at the finish line. We need additional capital to help open the doors.

Executive Chef, Peter Lipson
Executive Chef, Peter Lipson

Peter Lipson’s food is beyond compare. The menu he’s developed for All Hands is seafood focused, using local ingredients and globally influenced flavors. Personally I was sold as soon as I tasted Peter’s tuna pastrami. But his other dishes like Grilled Octopus and Passatelli pasta with littleneck clams are pretty amazing too!  

Passatelli pasta with littleneck clams, calabrian chili and smoked pecorino
Passatelli pasta with littleneck clams, calabrian chili and smoked pecorino

The neighborhood of South Williamsburg has undergone a dramatic transformation over the course of this project. The sheer volume of inhabitants is increasing exponentially. 

There’s really no other place in New York City like All Hands. The location is in a fabulous old building - previously a carriage house and metal workshop. The character and soul of the building has been maintained throughout the renovation. The restaurant has two distinct floors and dining experiences. Upstairs, the original wood floor has been restored and offers three external exposures with dramatic views of the Williamsburg Bridge and East River. 

Downstairs features an open kitchen, bar, lounge, and dining area that emote a distinct speakeasy feel. It’s also designed as a perfect place for private dining events. 

Set of Coasters
Set of Coasters

Opening a restaurant in NYC isn’t easy. One could say it’s getting almost impossible unless you have corporate backing, very deep pockets, or are part of a large restaurant group. Just look at all the vacant storefronts in Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn. We knew renovating an old historic building and changing its use into a restaurant was going to be a challenge. We were prepared for many potential stumbling blocks. However, many of the City’s building rules and procedures have changed over the past two and a half years. There have also been unforeseen issues with the age of the building that have created a more complicated filing process as well as additional construction and renovation costs. The resulting delays have been difficult for a small restaurant group to absorb. It has put us in a position where we are reaching out to our friends and the Kickstarter community to help us move past this last hump, and open-up. 

That’s why we need your help. 

All Hands is positioned to meet the need of the growing population, while staying true to the character of the original neighborhood. We’re almost there but we’re looking for support from friends, family, and the Kickstarter community to help us open with the best chance for success. We’re offering some special reward packages which are detailed to the right. 

We firmly believe All Hands will be a great asset to the neighborhood, to the community, and to the NYC restaurant scene at large. We’d love for you to be part of the All Hands family.

Limited Edition Framed Illustrations
Limited Edition Framed Illustrations

 

Kysa Johnson - 302 Blowup / Mollusks
Kysa Johnson - 302 Blowup / Mollusks

 

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    Postcards with Special Chef Recipe

    A beautiful postcard with a special recipe from Executive Chef Peter Lipson

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    One Dozen Oysters

    12 delicious oysters from our raw bar. Choose from Montauk Pearl (Long Island, NY) Shigoku (Washington State) or Peter's Point (Washington State). Oysters subject to change based on seasonal availability.

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    Postcard and set of coasters.

    A set of 7 beautiful All Hands coasters. Also includes a postcard with a special recipe on the back from Executive Chef Peter Lipson.

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    Limited Edition Ship Illustrations

    A Limited Edition print of 2 ship silhouette illustrations. These prints and more are on display at All Hands Restaurant.

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    Food Credit

    Receive a $150 food credit for only $100 at All Hands Restaurant. Offer non-transferable, has no cash value and is redeemable only for food. beverages.

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    Special Brunch Seafood Tower

    A special seafood tower for two served only during brunch. Includes oysters, clams, lobster, and other market driven items. (Not ordinarily available.)

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    Cooking Class for 2

    In the afternoon take a cooking class in our kitchen with Executive Chef Peter Lipson. Followed by a 4 course meal where you can enjoy the dishes you helped prepare. (Full details will be available prior to making reservation.) (tax and gratuity not included.)

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    Chef's Special Tasting Menu for 4

    Special 6 course meal from Executive Chef Peter Lipson with beverage pairing. This exclusive meal for a party of 4 will feature items not on the regular menu. Also includes VIP treatment and concierge booking with the GM. (Tax and gratuity not included.)

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    VIP Status for 1 year

    Guaranteed reservation for up to 8 (with 24 hours notice), VIP treatment and a $500 food credit.

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    Private Party for 6

    Full All Hands dining experience in one of our private rooms for 6 people. Includes a 6 course meal with beverage pairing and full VIP experience. (Early or late seating available.) (Tax and gratuity not included.)

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    Painting by Kysa Johnson

    Blow up 302, by Kysa Johnson. Black board paint and chalk on panel 18"x 14" A hand painted replica of the work that hangs in All Hands Restaurant. Description: Mollusk filtration systems and the molecular structure of environmental the pollutants triclocarban, nitrogen and copper sulphate.

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    Private Party for 15

    Full All Hands dining experience in one of our private rooms for 15 people. Includes a 6 course meal with beverage pairing and full VIP experience. (Early or late seating available.) (Tax and gratuity not included.)

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