Robert Newton is the chef and owner of Nightingale Nine, Wilma Jean. At Nightingale Nine, Newton looks to both his years of travel throughout Asia and his Arkansas roots to create memorable dining experiences that feature his distinct and locally sourced interpretations of the diverse cuisines of Asia and the American South. Wilma Jean, a casual Southern spot named for his grandmother focuses on Southern staples while mixing in playful interpretations of classics. Both are located in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. Newton is also the consulting chef for the newly opened Black Walnut in Boerum Hill, also in Brooklyn.
Newton and his restaurants have been featured in The New York Times, Vogue, The Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine and Garden & Gun and on The Barefoot Contessa. He has earned a reputation for supporting Brooklyn greenmarkets and tri-state area farms and for championing American wines, especially those from New York and Virginia.
Newton, who believes a commitment to local includes community involvement, is a supporter of the student vegetable garden program at P.S. 58 and of Carroll Park, both located across the street from his restaurants. Among the special events he has participated in are the Southern Foodways Alliance Symposium, Blackberry Farm’s Taste of the South, Le Fooding, Bon Appetit’s Grub Crawl, Charleston Wine + Food, and the NYC Wine & Food Festival.