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Thursday
Mar052015

Henri on Fifth Launching Brunch This Weekend

If you haven't yet checked out Henri on Fifth, the new neighborhood spot on the corner of Fifth Avenue and First Street, you should make a point to get over there. The menu is a lot of fun, the food is solid and creative, the price is right, the cocktails are good, and it's clear that owner Binh Douglas, who lives nearby and has a long history in the hospitality industry industry, knows what he's doing.

The restaurant, which opened in January, has so far been opening at 4pm, but starting this Saturday it will be opening at 11am and serving brunch until 4. The menu, which is below (click a larger version) has a nice mix of salads and sandwiches, egg dishes, toasts, oatmeal, lemon ricotta pancakes, and banana French toast. The unique fusion of the dinner menu certainly carries over into this one; the breafast bao (bao buns stuffed with eggs, cheese, and bacon, duck prosciutto, or pancetta) sounds tasty, as do croque monsieur and madame; avocado toast with lemon zest, chile flakes, and garlic oil; and steel-cut oatmeal with coconut milk, chia seeds, coconut milk, and agave (top). The sriracha deviled eggs, a highlight of the dinner menu, also makes a welcome reappearance here. Drink options also sound quite intriguing; I can't think of any other restaurant that will serve you a magnum of sparkling wine with three mixers for $41.

The previous occupant of this space, Aperitivo, was consistently busy during the brunch rush even though the menu was decidedly nothing special. Henri appears to be primed to pick up right where Aperitivo left off, albeit with a far more intriguing menu. 

Top photo via Facebook

Wednesday
Mar042015

Two Nail Salons Coming to Seventh Between Union and Berkeley

I first reported back in November that a nail salon called Latoue would be coming to the long-vacant space last occupied by Chiles & Chocolate, at 92 Seventh Avenue between Berkeley and Union. The awning has gone up, and it looks like it should be opening relatively soon.

Directly across the street, another nail salon is slated to open in the space that was until recently home to an ill-fated Subway, and before that Leaf & Bean. Park Slope Stoop noticed that a sign announcing the impending opening has gone up in the window, but no more information (except for the fact that it's going to be a nail salon) is available.

The neighborhood is absolutely saturated with nail salons at this point, and even though Latoue looks like it'll be high-end, these places really add nothing to the overall culture of the area. Hey, at least we can say that we're living through a golden age of Park Slope nail salons!

Photo via Park Slope Stoop

Friday
Feb272015

Cyprus Avenue and Black Sheep Pub May be Closed for Good

Since Monday, both Cyprus Avenue, on the corner of Fifth and Bergen, and Black Sheep Pub, around the corner on Bergen, have been closed. A tipster let me know that they've also not been clearing the sidewalk in front of their storefronts, and all signs point to them being potentially closed for good.

A call to Cyprus, the cozy Irish pub that's been open since 2009, revealed that the number had been disconnected, never a good sign. And nobody's been answering the phone at Black Sheep Pub, the no-frills local bar that has the same owners (and kitchen) as Cyprus and has been open for even longer.

Both bars have surprisingly minimal internet presences. Both Black Sheep and Cyprus have never posted anything to their Facebook pages, and neither have websites or Twitter handles, so it's always been very difficult to get in touch with the owners (in 2012 Cyprus closed unexpectedly for about two months for "minor renovations," and no explanation was ever offered). Because the owners are essentially impossible to contact, we'll just have to wait and see whether the bars re-open. I'll keep on it, but considering the fact that both of the bars are closed at the same time for the first time ever, the odds of them opening exactly as they were appear to be slim.

Thursday
Feb262015

Caviar Adds Talde, Franny's, 20 More Brooklyn Restaurants to Delivery Roster

If you thought making a call or ordering Seamless were the only ways to get delivery from local restaurants, there's a new player on the scene that's very cool, called Caviar. The San Francisco-based startup, which launched in Brooklyn three months ago, has just nearly doubled the amount of Brooklyn restaurants that will deliver food to you, and many of those 40 restaurants have never offered delivery before.

Restaurants and shops including Talde (above), Franny's, BKLYN Larder, Asia Dog, Littleneck Outpost, and Ramen Burger will now deliver (or, more specifically, a Caviar courier will deliver your food for a $4.99 fee), and lots of the restaurants on board will deliver far outside of the usual delivery radius. You can also place your order up to six days in advance.

There are also plenty of promotional specials: From Feb 25 - March 4 you can get three pizzas from Franny's for $30; until Feb. 28 all Talde orders are $10 off; and on March 1 a $110 full duck dinner from 2 Duck Goose is going for $55.

Other restaurans you can order from include Bar Corvo, Briskettown, Blue Ribbon, Frankies Spuntino 457, Mile End, No. 7, Motorino, Prime Meats, and The Meatball Shop. You can find the full list (as well as photos of all the available offerings) here, and can place orders through the website or app.

Photo via Caviar

Wednesday
Feb252015

A Peek Inside the New Fifth Avenue Buttermilk Bakeshop, Opening Saturday

Buttermilk Bakeshop, the super-popular bakery on Seventh Avenue near Ninth Street, closed on Monday in order to transfer their kitchen equipment up to their soon-to-open second location, on Fifth Avenue between Garfield and Carroll, in the space last occupied by Trois Pommes Patisserie. The Seventh Avenue location will be closed until later this week.

The owner, pastry chef Katie Rosenhouse, posted a photo to Facebook yesterday (above) of the interior of the new location, which is slated to open on Saturday. It looks like the layout will be similar to Trois Pommes, with a display counter (and ice cream) up front. Classes will be held in the back area, and all the baking will also be done on-premises.