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In Williamsburg, a performance-space-cum-eatery is as common as a Chinese restaurant in Chinatown. But My Moon is more than brick walls and cement floors. Opened in May by Bener Bilgin, the vast 246-seat space functions as a gallery with works by local artists changing every six weeks; a performance space with a different act each night, including Wednesday’s belly dancing with a live band; and a restaurant with an eclectic Turkish-Mediterranean menu.

It took over a year for Bilgin’s team to gut a factory boiler room and transform it into the high-ceilinged, multi-windowed space with unusual booth seating: the former plant’s water tanks are now banquettes (pictured).

Doors in the back of the restaurant open to a spacious courtyard lined with wooden tables romantically framed with bright curtains in Christo-like "Gates" saffron.

You can build a meal with small plates of chef Fernando Echeverri’s hot and cold offerings such as the red Spanish peppers filled with rice, sausage, and manchego cheese in a green sauce or tuna tartar topped with beets and toasted almonds.

For hungrier appetites, there are entrees like the braised lamb served in a clay casserole with Swiss chard, figs, roasted shallots and vegetables.

As befits an art/perfor­mance/rest­aurant space, the specialty cocktails outnumber the wines, three to one.

My Moon (184 North 10th St. between Bedford and Driggs avenues) accepts American Express, MasterCard and Visa. Entrees: $13-$18. The restaurant serves dinner daily. Brunch is available on weekends from 11 am to 4 pm. For reservations, call (718) 599-7007. For a list of upcoming performances, visit www.mymoonnyc.com.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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