The new restaurant that’s taken the place of LouLou – Dino – is now open, and last night I checked it out with Kath Hansen of PUPS.
I had only been to LouLou a few times, but Kath remarked on the “great reno job” on the inside.
The back yard was small and cute, clean and simple.
The bread had one of the most delicious dipping bowls I have ever encountered. The olive oil was enhanced with mashed olives, along with tiny pieces of orange rind for extra flavor.
Kath had the chicken, as she says “you can judge a restaurant by its chicken.” She gave it two thumbs up, for both quality and portion size (she took half of it home with her).
I had the rigatoni, also delicious and a generous portion.
And the icing on the cake: the staff overheard Kath mention that she was taking me out for my birthday and they brought me a gigantic piece of tiramisu on the house.
Service was wonderful- friendly and helpful staff, a great sounding selection of seasonal cocktails (we opted for the rose, which was crisp and great for summer — but we think this place would be worth stopping in to for a fancy drink!), they already have liquor license and take credit cards (which is not so common for new restaurants in this neck of the woods). Pricing was “around the same as LouLou,” per Kath, but “better than LouLou.” Simply put from me: delicious food, great staff, and they have their sh*t together.
(Sorry, I didn’t have my nice camera with me!)
222 DeKalb Ave
Thanks to all the readers who emailed me this super intriguing story from Daily Intel about a group of Russian spies, recently arrested, who used to meet at Tillie’s for vent sessions.
Did you ever see them hanging out there? More importantly, if you were a spy, which local coffee shop would you go to?
Years after closing, the former Cellars bar space is available for rent.
What do you want to see in this space? Personally, I think it would be cool to have a bar there with a similar vibe.
There’s been a lot of internet chatter both here and on the Local about how the neighborhood now has “too many pet stores.” I don’t disagree necessarily, but I don’t want to wish failure on the new guy just because I’d rather see something else in the space. Plus, as someone who often buys heavy pet care items (cat litter), and has both a cat and a dog, I’m all for competition if it means the prices, stock and service gets better. Not to mention an option close-by.
So which store is the best overall? I decided to stop at every local pet store (and a few grocery stores) to compare prices on some of the items I buy most to see which shop was Top Dog.
Here’s what I was looking for:
- Wellness dry food, small (47 oz) or medium (6lb)
- Feline Pine cat litter, 7lb bag
- Wee Wee Pads, 50-count
On Saturday, I happened past the mysterious new store on DeKalb, once home to Urban Spring and Picnic, two failed eateries. I had heard rumors that it was a shoe store, but that clearly wasn’t the case once inside. The store, called Feliz Brooklyn, celebrated its opening that day and offers a small selection of shoes for kids and adults, jewelry, aprons, Tocca candles and lotion, greeting cards, home decor, antiques and more. Owner Lilly Genevieve said that the store will carry some items year-round, while other items will be sole seasonally (sandals, umbrellas, etc). Her husband, from Argentina, built all of the display shelving.
The store was bustling with people, and most passers-by stopped in to take a peak. Maybe people were curious as to what was next for the space. Or maybe retail, and not food, is the right fit for this particular storefront.
185 DeKalb Ave
Just noticed today that Andy’s Clinton Hill Restaurant at 245 DeKalb Avenue has been replaced by “Mega Bites.” When the heck did this happen?
The menu looks pretty similar, but I am assuming there’s a new owner or management.
The fun hat store on DeKalb closed recently, and a pet store will open in its place. The merchandise has been loaded in over the last week. No idea yet what it will be like, but this past weekend I could see a whole selection of cat trees / scratching posts in the window.
Will this be an outpost of the ABC Pet Supply on PPW in Windsor Terrace? (I’ve never been there – just did a quick Google search).
Negative points for the unimaginative name; positive points for the hearty supply of scratching posts. What do you think?
(Aside – I remember when there was at most one pet store nearby. I think perhaps we’re reaching our saturation point of pet services.)
I recently received this menu under the door:
Normally I wouldn’t pay much attention, but the name of this place is truly awesome. A Google map search says this place is located near the park. I know there’s a pizza place there, but I had no idea it had such a kick-ass name! Have they recently changed their name, or has it always been Luv-n-Oven? I’m sure I’ll get a few comments of the “What, are you some newcomer that you don’t know about this place?” variety, but I’ve been spending the last six years ordering from the equally-awesomely-named Not Ray’s on Fulton. NR’s does NOT offer Buffalo wings, while LnO does. Maybe I’ll give them a try? (And speaking of that, I have on my to-do list a review of all of the Bflo wings in the nabe.)
So, what’s up with Luv-n-Oven? How are the pies?
April 2010 Events
Tillie’s of Brooklyn
248 DeKalb Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11205
Special Silent Auction to benefit victims of the earthquake in Haiti
Presented by Pratt Institute’s Community Engagement Board
One evening only: Monday, April 19th
6 – 8 p.m.
All artwork is done by Pratt Institute faculty, alumni and students. Bidding will start at 6:00pm and will end at 8:00pm. Whoever bids the most by 8:00 p.m. will take their work of original art work home. Money raised will go towards relief efforts in Haiti through Unicef.
April 20 – May 22, 2010
Lucy Durand Sikes is known to many as “The Brownstone Artist” because of her many portraits of homes and landmark buildings in the neighborhood.
Less known are her paintings of landscapes and clouds.
She came to Brooklyn to study graphic art and illustration at Pratt Institute in the 1950s, when whole blocks of houses were abandoned and being torn down in the name of urban renewal. With her late husband, Bill Sikes, she became dedicated to brownstone preservation. Together they helped found the Brownstone Revival Committee, which started the Back to the City movement and worked with the Pratt Area Community Council, and later the Clinton Hill Society, to preserve the houses of the neighborhood. Though she created scores of brownstone portraits, Lucy Sikes never abandoned her love of landscape painting.
Recently received this April promotion for $10 classes at Lucky Lotus Yoga on DeKalb. I’ve actually caught a few classes here recently and liked it a lot. And check out a post on Lucky Lotus from the Local here. (No, I have not done “death yoga.” Not my bag. But the non-death yoga classes have all been enjoyable!)
WHAT: $10 Yoga Classes at Lucky Lotus Yoga
FOUR WAYS to GET LUCKY – The Lucky Lotus 4 Leaf Clover:
· Every Day one $10 Class is Offered on the Schedule
· APRIL: Stop in to LuluLemon Brooklyn and pick up a $10 Lucky Lotus Card for ANY Class
· APRIL: Bring in your April receipt from LuluLemon to Lucky Lotus and attend ANY class for $10
· APRIL: Attend a FREE CLASSES at LuluLemon Brooklyn, taught by a Lucky Lotus teacher, and you next class with that teacher is $10.
WHEN: The Month of APRIL
WHERE: Lucky Lotus Yoga in Ft. Greene
203 Dekalb Avenue (btwn Carlton & Adelphi)
Brooklyn, NY 11205
C to Lafayette Avenue
G to Clinton/Washington
N/R, B, Q to Dekalb Avenue