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Wednesday
Mar112015

"Perfect Potato" Coming to 172 Fifth Avenue

A new restaurant called Perfect Potato is in the works at 172 Fifth Avenue, between Degraw and Sackett. With the motto "French fries for everyone!," it certainly seems like it'll be a welcome addition to those who are fans of fries.

Signage has gone up in the storefront's doorway, and photos posted to the Facebook page reveal that constuction, while still in its very early stages, seems to be progressing nicely.

"Gourmet Belgian fries with a wide range of unique sauces, delicious varieties of poutine, baked potatoes, all natural ice cream shakes and sodas" will be on offer, the owners posted.

Thankfully, it looks like this spot will be a lot more Pommes Frites than Potatopia.

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

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.

Tuesday
Feb242015

Carnem Steakhouse Coming to Alta Voce Space on Fifth

A new steakhouse is in the works, and should be opening in April on Fifth Avenue between Second and Third Streets, in the space that until recently had been occupied by Alta Voce. Called Carnem, it looks like it'll be a fairly straight-ahead American steakhouse, with a chef who's logged hours at restaurants including Blaue Gans and Wallse and a cocktail program spearheaded by a veteran of Pegu Club and PDT.

Owner Jacob Krumgalz, who previously owned pizzeria Blue Planet Grill in the Financial District, sent out a press release yesterday announcing the new restaurant. "As its name suggests, Carnem, (literally "meat" in Latin) will feature the finest U.S.D.A. Prime and Certified Angus Beef products available in the U.S., as well as organic and grass-fed cuts," the release reads. "To complement the steakhouse fare, this chef-driven New American restaurant will feature fresh seafood and creative interpretations of familiar favorites."

The chef, David DiSalvo, graduated from the French Culinary Institute (now the International Culinary Center), and in 2007 he moved to Southern California, where he worked at Mille Fleurs and from 2011 to 2014 was chef de cuisine at the acclaimed West Steak and Seafood in Carlsbad.

Top quality beef? Check. Solid chef and mixologist on board? Check. The choice of location is interesting considering the fact that the area's only other steakhouse, Benchmark, is only two blocks away, but from what I can tell so far, Carnem sounds pretty promising.

Photo via Warren Lewis Sotheby.

Friday
Feb132015

Piccola Uva Moves into Tutta Pasta Space, Taqueria Las Rosas Grill Replacing It

Italian restaurant Tutta Pasta was put on the market last month, and the space has been snatched up by the same owner. There's some shuffling afoot on Seventh between First and Garfield; wine bar/ pizzeria Piccola Uva has moved across the street into the Tutta Pasta space, and a new taqueria called Las Rosas Grill will be moving into the former Piccola Uva space.

The owner of Tutta Pasta, Martino Pisani, opened Piccola Uva in November 2012 at 161 Seventh Avenue, serving pizza, pasta, and other Italian dishes, and he told me that while he quietly up and moved across the street earlier this week, some renovations are in store for the coming weeks.

As for the former Piccola Uva space, real estate agent Jeffrey Kessler passed along the tip that it has been leased to the owners of long-running neighborhood favorite Las Rosas Bakery, a 24-hour Sunset Park institution that specializes in tortas, tacos, tamales, pupusas, and baked goods like tres leches cake. Because of the small size and the name change to Las Rosas Grill we can assume that the bakery element will probably not be following them to Park Slope, but by the looks of it, this is going to be a welcome (and somewhat surprising) addition to the neighborhood.

An old-school lunch counter that's been in business for decades (it used to go by the name Lisette's), Las Rosas has a loyal following and is about as classic as it gets. We can only assume that many of the same menu items will be on offer here, adding some much-needed variety to a neighborhood whose only solid traditional taqueria is the Tacos Morelos truck on Union Street.

Bottom photo via Yelp