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Tuesday
Dec202011

New Bar in the Works for Fifth Avenue Near 15th Street

A bar is coming to 545 Fifth Avenue, between 14th and 15th Streets, in a storefront last occupied by a bodega (and before that, Gerry's Meat Market).

I met the owner, an Irishman named Colin, yesterday, and he told me that even though construction started early this year, it's progressed very slowly due to being shut down by the DOB for five months. They haven't settled on a final "theme" yet, and construction still has a ways to go, but he assured me that it would be "a great bar." It's a big space, too. Stay tuned for more details as they emerge.

Thursday
Dec152011

Lobo Shuttered by DOH

The city is wielding quite the hammer this week! On the heels of the closure of Gran Castillo, Oshima, and Los Pollitos II, Tex-Mex themed bar Lobo, on Fifth and Sackett, was shut down by the DOH yesterday. Many thanks to a tipster for letting me know that the infamous yellow signage has struck again.

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Thursday
Dec082011

A Walk Through Talde, Inching Closer to Opening

I stopped in earlier today and had a chat with restaurateur David Massoni and chef Dale Talde, the masterminds behind the much-anticipated "modern Asian" restaurant coming to the corner of Seventh Avenue and 11th Street, and while photography is still verboten (Massoni allowed me to take the above photo through the front window), the restaurant has certainly come together and is nothing short of gorgeous.

As an homage to its distant past as Rattigan's Bar, the front room will boast a sumptuous bar area, with the centerpiece above looming over the proceedings. The main dining room will be mostly taken over by booths, some which seat six and others which will seat four. There's a step up leading into the back room, which will feature additional seating (also doubling as a private party area), as well as an open kitchen with counter seating for an up-close view of the Top Chef alum and his team in action.

The smart layout would have been great unto itself, but the real showstopper here is the antique woodwork. Yes, that's right: antique woodwork. From out of left field comes one of the most gorgeous interiors of any restaurant to open in the neighborhood in a while, all thanks to some fortuitous antique hunting.

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Thursday
Dec082011

Checking In On (The Restaurant Formerly Known As) M. Helen

It's been a little while since we broke the news that a new restaurant from Greg Yerman, the owner of Burrito Bar, would be coming to the corner of Park and Flatbush Avenues, and Patch got its hands on a few more details about what we can expect.

First, and most importantly, Its no longer called M. Helen, which was Yerman's grandmother's name. It's now called Carlton Park, which (no offense to his grandma) is a much better choice, in my opinion. It's a classy, pleasant-sounding name, and the fact that it's also the names of two of the streets it abuts makes it a no-brainer.

Second, it looks like they're going full-steam ahead with the farm-to-table, fresh, seasonal approach. Some examples: salt-roasted red-and-yellow beet salad with toasted hazel nuts and burrata to start, and Long Island duck breast with port wine reduction, caramelized Brussels sprouts and sautéed spaetzle as a main. Entrees will average $15-22. Breakfast will also be served (with some grab and go items to pick up on your way to the subway), and a juice bar is in the works.

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Monday
Dec052011

Blueprint Launches Brunch Menu

Since opening in July, Blueprint, the cocktail bar on Fifth Avenue near Union Street, has quietly become one of the best spots in the neighborhood for a well-crafted cocktail. The brainchild of owners Rory Dwyer (High Dive, Sharlene's, Commonwealth) and Regina Christiansen (Long Tan), it's a really elegant space, and has that "classic cocktail bar" look that doesn't really exist elsewhere in the neighborhood.

They've been slowly expanding their food menu ever since opening, and have recently added brunch to their offerings, available Saturdays and Sundays from 12-5. Here's the menu:

Well-thought-out, and surprisingly affordable. There are also several brunch-centric cocktails available, like three takes on the bloody mary (one classic, one with basil vodka, and one with chipotle tequila), the Kickstarter (rum, espresso, turbinado sugar, and coffee bitters) and the classic Corpse Reviver #2, a potent mix of gin, Cointreau, Cocci Americano, lemon, and Ricard.

Blueprint, 196 Fifth Avenue Brooklyn NY 11215. Phone: 718-622-6644.