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Thursday
Feb092012

Blue Ribbon Sushi to Close, Move Next Door

Some big changes are in the works in the cluster of one-story buildings at Fifth Avenue and First Street. First, we've got Terrior moving into the space last occupied by the Great Lakes Bar, and today word is getting around that Blue Ribbon Sushi, hailed by some as the neighborhood's best, will be closing up shop on March 1, after 10 years.

According the sign they posted in their window, the lease is up and they've decided not to renew. But don't despair, it also looks like they'll be merging with the Blue Ribbon Brasserie next door.

With Terroir moving in next door to that, and a new restaurant from the Talde guys opening up across the street, whoever moves into this location could potentially really put this Restaurant Row over the top. What type of restaurant would you like to see replace it?

Reader Comments (10)

Yikes!! I'm not sure how this is going to work. They are both almost always full - how will it be possible to ever get a table?? I hope they don't change the vibe of the brasserie - it's one of the best restaurants in the Slope, and certainly the best service at just about any restaurant I've ever eaten at.

February 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGreta

Isn't there a "Blue RIbbon Grill & Sushi" in Manhattan? it may mean a slight concept change, but it should work just fine. Will make for some interesting dinner combinations, that's for sure.

February 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterParkPlace

No big deal. Too bad one of those 3 BBQ places opening up on the same block couldn't take this spot. One story building perfect for venting the smoke, too. Ah well. There's always Fette Sau 2.0 if they want to expand!

February 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersterling

Yes, this is going to make the wait for a table at Blue Ribbon even longer than it is now, and we love this place. MMMMM, raw oysters.......................

February 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterParkSlopePerson

Big BR Sushi fan. This is very sad news.

February 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoe Frazier

It's not sad, it's becoming a Blue Ribbon Sushi and Grill JUST LIKE the blue ribbon's in Manhattan.

February 10, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersterling

Like a combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell?

Maybe they'll bring out one of them stern grills for my wings and Unagi.

Sorry, it's just not going to be the same.

February 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoe Frazier

And,, it's going to be mega packed! Blue Ribbon Grill without the sushi part in it is packed to the rafters all the time, now you are going to throw the sushi people into the mix. OY!

February 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterParkSlopePerson

I love how people are ignoring the fact that BR already does a brasserie/sushi concept in Manhattan.

February 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterParkPlace

Disaster. They've gutted the sushi menu. All those great specials are gone. The great sake selection is gone. The omakase is gone. All the other great non-sushi Japanese dishes are gone. The Blue Ribbon Sushi staff, who had great knowledge of the fish, are replaced with clueless waiters. That great Tokyo-style room is gone. This has gone overnight from being a really fantastic sushi place to middling. The best restaurant in Park Slope and they killed it.

March 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersushi slope

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