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Before Cheryl Smith, owner of Global Soul Cheryl settled in a nearby residence, only a few blocks from the Brooklyn Museum, he had almost all the jobs in the food industry: selling homemade sandwiches in Soho from a basket, while walking uphill. from dishwashers to executive chefs at Manhattan’s Marion’s Restaurant and even host Melting Pot on the Food Network. But in 2006, he finally reached his goal of opening his own place.
“Everything is to open up what I imagined to be an environmental place … it is the backbone of so many regions and environments. Residents rely on places to go regularly and feel very much at home,” he said.
Cheryl’s Global Soul is just that. This is a cozy restaurant hung with Christmas lights and displays the work of local artists. In the spring, a park opens again, and on Thursday nights, Smith provides live music for visitors, sings and plays guitar.
Food is pure warmth. The kitchen cooks comforting food from all over the world, like Creole barbecue shrimp and sour roast chicken for dinner, and salmon hash for brunch. Through this pandemic he offers a special menu, with favorites including jerk pork, burgers and salmon sake.
Business is struggling, but this is not the first time Smith has suffered a setback. The Great Recession hit just two years after he opened the door, and then came a devastating storm, Sandy. Still the locals kept the door open, and Smith’s decades of experience helped the operation to survive. “We get a little better every day … I was there to jump when it was busy at night. I’m out there doing deliveries. “
And while times are hard, he believes his cooking will be a source of comfort: “You will eat the dish and feel comfortable.”
Cheryl Global Soul
Address: 236 Underhill Avenue, Brooklyn, New York
Telephone: (347) 529-2855
Suggested dishes: Bowl of grilled jerk pork, Moroccan vegetable tagines, sake-filled salmon, burgers and fries, crispy fried chicken sandwiches.
Price range: $ 11 to $ 30 per person