Category Archives: dining

Deep Fried Pizza?

I haven’t had the time to actually check this out in person yet, but the description sounds intriguing:

Hi, I just wanted to tell you about a new pizza place that is on Myrtle right off Classon. I think it’s called Vino’s, though I don’t quiet remember right now…you should probably double check that…It’s in the same spot that another pizza place used to be but it’s a new name / new owners and unlike the last spot, this one is actually really good. Not sure if I can say it’s better than il porto pizza, but they do have deep fried slices and I doubt any other clinton hill spot has that….

Deep fried pizza!  I’ve never heard of this period, never mind just in Clinton Hill!  Might be worth a trip back to the Hill to check this out.

Have you tried it?

CHB Reviews: Dino

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.

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The back yard was small and cute, clean and simple.

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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.

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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).

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I had the rigatoni, also delicious and a generous portion.

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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.

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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!)

Dino
222 DeKalb Ave

Beny’s Delice Opens on Fulton nr Clinton

Welcome to another new business on Fulton!  A new bakery’s opened on Fulton between Vanderbilt and Clinton, on the same strip with Chance, Olivino, Bar livino, Just Taste It, etc.  I think this might fill a big void for folks on the way to the C train at Clinton-Washington.  Have you been in early yet?

I stopped in quickly after work for a chocolate croissant ($2.25, smaller and non-greasy, bready), but I’m due for a longer visit in the morning when the selection’s fresh and full.

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The hours are (I think) 7am-10pm.  Props for the open early – open late.

Wasabi: OPEN

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Wasabi, the new Japanese place on Fulton at Waverly, is open for business!  For now, they’re offering 10% off of a meal to celebrate grand opening.

Sorry I didn’t get better shots, but it was a snap decision to dine when I saw the flags heralding the open doors.

Mr. Lesterhead and I enjoyed sushi there last night.  First impressions: very friendly service, good prices, some tasty special rolls.  We split the spicy roll combo and two special rolls (Birthday roll and Christmas roll). Wasabi offers several roll combos- 3 rolls with soup AND salad for around ten bucks (this is a lot of food for $10!  Who else gives both soup AND salad?).  The combo rolls were on the small side, but tasty nonetheless.  The Christmas roll was fine, but the Birthday roll was excellent (shrimp tempura with some other delicious ingredients).

The space is small but nice- maybe 3-4 booths and a few small tables.  For both of us who left stuffed – sushi and green tea – the bill was under $30.

I was surprised more people weren’t there, but I wonder if being in between the two C train exits means not as many people walk past?  Maybe it just opened last night?

If you happen to live down this way, definitely check it out.

(I did not look closely at the check to see if they had taken 10% off.)

The Quest for the Best Chocolate Croissants

The chocolate croissant: my most favorite breakfast pastry!  And these days, readily available in the neighborhood and nearby Fort Greene.

Lately I’ve been on a bit of a choc croissant bender, and so I decided to compare the local offerings to see which establishment offers the best one.  Under consideration: price, fluffiness, appearance, the grease factor, quantity of chocolate.  Over the next few days, I’ll share my findings.

I’ll be highlighting five offerings.  I probably won’t be able to try them all, but feel free to share your favorites in the comments!

CHB Visits Black Swan

(I’m not going to label this a “review,” since I went to dinner to catch up with friends and wasn’t there in the mindset to be thinking critically about it.  But it was tasty so I thought it deserved a post!)

A few weeks ago, Mr. Lesterhead and I met up with friends who live just across the CH / BS border.  They had been raving about Black Swan on Bedford Ave, saying they’d been there “almost every night” since it opened.  It’s just over the neighborhood border and the photos we’ve seen have look great, so we decided we’d check it out.

The place is gorgeous!  Great inside decor, a nice outdoor seating area, a great selection of beers on tap (milk stout, which someone recommended in an earlier post, is indeed delicious).  On the night we dined I tried the evening’s special, which was fish and chips. I love the standard F+C fare, but this was a special interpretation.  The fish was fried in what almost seemed like a light tempura and was wonderfully seasoned.

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We split the coconut flan and the apple tart for dessert.  This is the latter – delicious.

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Mr. L’s only critique was the booth’s wood benches, which were just a little too shallow to sit totally comfortably (and I wouldn’t have noticed on my own).

Overall, a great new addition to the neighborhood!

Black Swan
1048 Bedford Ave @ Lafayette

A Bistro: YUM

Abistro on Carlton in Fort Greene is one of the tastiest restaurants in the area.

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Hidden behind a simple white gate, you might have just passed by without noticing.  Don’t let the exterior fool you.  This tiny, cozy space offers some of the most interesting food around, not to mention  some of the friendliest service. It’s a family affair – chef and co-owner Abdoul Gueye mans the kitchen, while his wife serves patrons.  The couple’s young daughter is often on hand, too.

It’s also BYO, which helps save some cash, and communal table often spark discussion between diners who didn’t arrive together.

I’ve recommended this place to many locals and people visiting from other neighborhoods who are looking for a unique dining experience. What’s your favorite dish?

Abistro
154 Carlton at Myrtle

Senegalese Summer at Le Grand Dakar

Le Grand Dakar chef Pierre Thiam is getting all sorts of acclaim these days – in addition his cookbook, he’s making an appearance on Iron Chef America opposite Bobby Flay!

In celebration, Le Grand Dakar is throwing a celebration on Thursday, June 24.  Attendees will enjoy unlimited food/sangria and live Afrobeat music, including Jojo Kuo’s band (he’s a Cameroonian drummer who recorded with Fela back in the day).  Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.  Sounds like a good way to spend a summer evening, and support a local business on Grand Avenue.

Clinton Hill Blog is giving away a free ticket to the event! Want to enter?  Email us and tell us why you want to attend.  The best entry will be posted on CHB and the winner will enjoy a free evening of food and drinks. (email your entry to clintonhillblog-at-gmail-dot-com).

CHB Finally Visits Urban Vintage

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I know, I slacked big time on this one.  I missed their small preview and then hadn’t made time to go check them out after the grand opening.  But I finally made it last weekend and boy am I glad I did!  Urban Vintage is GORGEOUS!  I love the combination of merchandise and retail.  The bright, spacious shop is stylish and comfortable, and the owners Elizabeth and Emily Hazelwood couldn’t be any nicer.

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Urban Vintage is closed on Saturdays, which seems like an odd choice given the crowds just down the block at Choice (and the limited seating there).  However, they’re closed so they can host private events on Saturdays.  And let me tell you, I would have loved to do my bridal shower there had they been open last summer.  Keep it in mind.

I didn’t check the prices of all of the home furnishings, but the stuff I looked at was surprisingly reasonable.  Like this cute clothespin-inspired garbage bag holder for less than $30:

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What an awesome way to re-purpose a small plastic bag as a garbage bag and make it look cool!  I’ll be back for this, for sure.

The Local’s covered it here and reviewed some of the food.

Urban Vintage
294 Grand Avenue