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Tuesday
Apr142015

Hugo & Sons Restaurant Coming to 367 Seventh Avenue

The storefront at 367 Seventh Avenue, on the northeast corner of Eleventh Street, has been vacant for years. But like several of the other long-vacant storefronts on Seventh in the past several months its been rented, and the new occupant, an Italian restaurant called Hugo & Sons, is moving in.

The sidewalk shed is down, and the new facade keeps many of the existing architectural details (including some great tilework down by the sidewalk) while adding some new ones, like lettering at the top.

Judging by a preliminary menu posted online (the owner told South Slope News that the pricing is subject to change), this looks like it's going to be a more or less classic "red sauce" Italian joint, but elevated. Appetizers will include Sicilian meatballs and crispy artichokes; Eight pizzas will be available including the Mina (tomato, mozzarella, prosciutto, parmesan, and greens), Fiamma (tomato, mozzarella, sopressata, jalapeno, and pesto), and the Mara (crab, shrimp, gremolata, parmesan, and mizzarella); Pastas will include strozzapreti Genovese (with braised brisket and ricotta), crab linguine, a maccheroni "dome" (wiht meatballs, ham, tomato, and bechamel, wrapped in puff pastry), pappardelle with italian sausage and fennel, and baked gnocchi with tomato and mozzarella; Secondi include chicken Milanese, garlic shrimp, and pork braciole rolled with bread crumbs, pine nuts, raisins, parsley, parm, and hard cooked egg.There's also a children's menu and a brunch menu that's definitely worth checking out.

Considering the care given to the buildout, menu design, and skill that will be required to execute this menu, the odds of this being an opening worth looking forward to are pretty high. While there's no shortage of old-school Italian in the neighborhood, this could potentially rise above them if, for example, the pastas are made fresh, the pizzas are executed properly, and high-quality ingredients are used. For now, though, all signs point to this being a winner.

Photo via South Slope News

Thursday
Apr092015

Fresh Bite to Replace Magic Deli on Fifth and Degraw

Magic Deli, the unassuming bodega on the corner of Fifth and Degraw previously known as Degraw Deli Grocery, closed up shop all the way back in January, and a lengthy renovation has been taking place since then. When it reopens it will be called Fresh Bite, according to a new sign on the sidewalk shed, and it will specialize in "Coffee. Bagels. Salads Grill. Subs. Organics."

The previous incarnation, along with the usual bodega staples, sold a surprisingly expansive (and tasty) array of tamales, tortas, and other Mexican specialties (and even the occasional cow's feet soup), which was very popular with local workers on their lunch break. I've reached out to the email address on the "Now Hiring" sign for more details, and will update if I hear back.

UPDATE: I heard from the owner, Moe, who also owns two similar shops in Manhattan: "We are not the same owners of Magic Deli. We have 2 locations in the city under the name of "The Best Of NY Food." This is our first experience in Brooklyn. What we offer in our stores are the best food products from salads, sandwiches, bagels, and others. We are bringing a place where anyone can go to grab some good fresh food. Although my main focus will be at the food area, I will  carry  all type of healthy organic  snacks."

Thursday
Apr022015

New Taqueria Papi's Grill Posts Menu Online, Opening Soon on Seventh

Papi's Grill, the forthcoming Mexican spot from the same owners as the Sunset Park institution Las Rosas Bakery, looks like it's getting ready to open on Seventh between First and Garfield in the space last occupuied by wine bar/ pizzeria Piccola Uva. Signage is up, and the menu has been posted on their Facebook page (click for larger versions).

In short, this place looks like it's going to be awesome. The menu closely resembles that of the original, and is similar to what you'll find at taquerias all over the city, but not in Park Slope and other pricier neighborhoods. Tacos, tortas, tostadas, cemitas, burritos, huaraches, picaditas, tamales, pambazos, and breakfast items will all be available; Meats include steak, chorizo and egg, spicy pork, ham, chicken, spicy pork leg, chiicken tinga, carnitas, and goat. And to top it off, tres leches cake (which is very popular at Los Rosas) will be available for dessert.

For those who have been clamoring for a traditional taqueria (no offense to the Tacos Morelos truck on Union Street), this is a welcome and surprising addition to the neighborhood, especially on the north end. Not only that, it's something that's actually needed, and is from the owners of a much-respected institution no less.

Monday
Mar302015

Open for Business: The Estaminet Brooklyn, 107A Seventh Avenue

A new French cafe called The Estaminet has opened on the corner of Seventh Avenue and President Street, in the space last occupied by eyeglass shop Spectacles on Seventh.

“A hug in a mug, coffee, and more” is the shop's tagline, and the small space only fits a counter and a handful of tables. The coffee menu includes espresso, ristretto, macchiato, afogatto, Americano, cappuccino, latte, mocha, hot chocolate, and frappe. Prices range from $2.50 (espresso) to $6.50 (large hot chocolate).  There's also a selection of savory and sweet crepes averaging about $8, juices ($5-9), and yogurt and oatmeal for breakfast.

Unfortunately there's no Facebook or Twitter page and the website is inexcusably bad (95 percent of it still seems to be a generic "cafe" template, complete with lorem ipsum text), but at least the shop itself seems to be well-planned. There are several other places in that general area to get a cup of coffee (including Cafe Dada and Cafe Regular du Nord), and the small space doesn't really invite hanging around with your laptop, so it'll be interesting to see if another grab-and-go coffee shop will do well here.

Friday
Mar272015

Al Seabu, "Malaysian Fusion and Seafood Restaurant," Coming to Chip Shop Space

Chip Shop vacated its space on Fifth Avenue near Sixth Street on December 24th of last year, after 13 years of serving fish and chips and other British fare. Many thanks to tipster MaryAnne for sending the above photo of what will be its replacement: a Malaysian fusion and seafood restaurant called Al Seabu.

There unfortunately isn't much more information available online about the restaurant; a search only reveals an empty Facebook page for an "Alseabu Parkslope" and a State Liquor Authority contact sheet that lists the restaurant's address as 381-383 Fifth Avenue. Both of those storefronts (381 was Corner Burger) were up for lease, and shuttered, at the same time, so it's surprising that this one looks like it'll only be taking over Chip Chop's space. Perhaps the owners have a second concept in store for the corner space?

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