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?
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
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.
The hours are (I think) 7am-10pm. Props for the open early – open late.
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.)
I just noticed a new sushi restaurant opening on Fulton and Waverly called Wasabi 1. I wonder how they’ll stack up to our other nearby raw fish haunts. (For the record, my favorite is still Sushi D – D ROLL = YUMMY)
Things seem to be taking off down on Fulton – maybe a result of FAB?
Also, I thought I had seen a post on this on another local blog but now I can’t find it. So apologies to an original poster! Here it is on Brownstoner!
Just called the number on the awning and no answer, which I’m taking to mean it’s not yet open.
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
Reader Ursula just reminded me that Buka’s having its soft opening on Fulton. She says:
i don’t see anything about it on your blog yet, but Buka on Fulton is now (softly) open. i peeked inside, it looks nice, exposed brick, wooden floors & bar – it was all pretty bare on sunday…
i’m attaching a pic of menu & window… personally while we already have Joloff right on the corner of st.james/fulton (i was really hoping for something else…), and here’s yet another african restaurant, this one looks “classier”… so let’s hope it’s tasty and becomes a good dining/drinking option in this neck of CH.
I meant to give it a try late last week, but the focus on spicy on the menu dissuade me for the time being. The prices look really reasonable – bravo.
Have you been yet? What’s your reaction? I’ll try to go in the next few days.
Here‘s the coverage from B’stoner.
Bed-Stuy Blog tipped me off to this brand-new gastropub open on Bedford near Lafayette called Black Swan. The menu was designed by former Brown Betty chef Cynthia Walker. (more on Brown Betty in our next post). Man, this place looks amazing. Has anyone tried it yet?
I have some friends who lived near here in 2001 and I bet they’d be shocked to come back now.
Photo by bitchcakes
This has been covered extensively elsewhere, and it is awesome. Hot Bird is back! Well, not really “back,” but there’s a new venue called Hot Bird after the sign. Read more on the Examiner, Brownstoner and check it out at Clinton and Atlantic.
I’ve been having a problem with the CHB comments (meaning they’re not getting sent to my email), so I apologize if I am delayed in responding to anything.
But I just noticed a comment about a new wine shop on Atlantic, down near where the fresh fruit shop operated briefly. I’ll try to check it out this week, but if anyone has any details, please leave them in the comments.
UPDATE: Here‘s more info from the Village Voice.