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Monday
Apr162012

Open for Business: Dizzy's on Fifth, 230 Fifth Avenue

The second branch of the super-popular neighborhood institution Dizzy's opened for business at 7:00 this morning, on the corner of Fifth Avenue and President Street. It's a well-laid out space, very similar to the original, which has held down the corner of Eighth Avenue and Ninth Street since 1998.

The corner, which was most recently home to Comida, has been called "cursed" because of the sheer number of eateries that have come and gone from here in recent years. Before Comida, there was Playa, then Lookout Hill BBQ, then Biscuit BBQ, then Night and Day, then BiBi's. Before that it was Ralph's Dry Cleaners (Ralph died on-premises, so maybe it's really cursed after all).

Something tells me, however, that this place won't have any trouble staying open. The truth is that the former occupants of this space just weren't very good, and the Dizzy's on Eighth has been full just about every day since it first opened. The menu at this location will be the same as the other, with no-frills comfort food classics, a great brunch, and a solid kid's menu.

Dizzy's on Fifth, 230 Fifth Avenue Brooklyn NY 11217. 718-230-5551.

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RIP Curse. How quickly can we get there?

April 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterParkPlace

Suspect this is one opening we can all agree on...it's good for Fifth Ave., it's good for hungry people.

April 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlEinstein

I will now be going to Dizzy's, never really went to the one on 8th Avenue, this one is closer to me.

April 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterParkSlopePerson

Well let me start by saying that corner must be cursed and the diner on 4th and Union has absolutely nothing to worry about in terms of competition from Dizzy's. Now, granted today maybe the first official opening, so I'll excuse the horrible service and the ridiculous head wear on all the servers, who are more concerned with checking themselves out in the mirror than serving you anything. But then there's the food- How do you screw up a BLT? Well if you're Dizzys you put together 2 slices of tasteless and questionably fresh sour dough bread along with some bacon the consistency of shoe leather and the taste of salted cardboard, and 2 meager slices of tomato. The bacon was so bad that I didn't mind the fact that there was actually hardly any in there at all to begin with. Next, you take 25 minutes to bring it to you where it then arrives luke warm along with a smattering of cold french fries and some supermarket deli counter coleslaw, and there you have it. I was really looking forward to having this place in the neighborhood but I'll be sticking to a regular diner that knows how to make a sandwich, brings it out quickly and at 1/2 the price. Stroller moms will love the space, anyone else would do their best to avoid this like the plague. Cursed corner indeed.

April 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBob

'Bob' owns the diner at Union and 4th Avenue.

Dizzy's was PACKED when I just walked by....all the outdoor seats were filled as well. I've never had anything but great food at the one on 8th and your "review" sounds fake to me. What exactly do you expect of a BLT? I certainly won't be "avoiding it like the plague" and I'm not a mom nor do I own a stroller. I also don't think the crowds on the corner were avoiding it either or the crowds who go to the other Dizzy's after its 14 years in business.

You sound like someone who works for the diner on 4th and making it sound like you're a real reviewer.

April 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterprospectpark

A real reviewer (or at least a sane one) doesn't go to a place on opening day, order a BLT and then tell people to avoid the place like the plague. Especially when the owners are respected business people who have been running a very successful similar operation on the other side of the neighborhood for many, many years. Your jig is up, 'Bob'

April 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterprospectpark

Well actually prospect park, this may come as news to you but- A real reviewer goes to an establishment, eats there and then makes a comment based on the experience. Clearly this is an alien concept to you, since you on the other hand seem to believe a real reviewer to be someone who reviews other peoples blog comments. Perhaps you should actually consider eating there before you give us your 2 cents?

April 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBob

We've been eating there for......ten years, Bob. We know what it tastes like. Take your trolling somewhere else.

Stroller moms? They have taste buds as well.

April 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterParkPlace

I'm going to assume that "Bob" also posted as "Billy G" on Park Slope Patch. I look forward to "Benny" trashing the place on Brooklynian, and "Bonnie" on FIPS.

April 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterParkPlace

So, Bob, if you are a real reviewer, then the honest thing to do is admit you own the place at 4th and Union,

April 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterParkSlopePerson

Hey, look! "Bobby J" posted the same garbage on Brownstoner! Can't make stuff like this up....

April 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterParkPlace

And, why the need for the swipe at 'stroller moms"? sheesh

April 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterParkSlopePerson

That's impressive- You've been eating at a restaurant for 10 years that's only been open for one day! This may come as a surprise, but just because a Big Mac tastes the same in New York as it does in Japan, it doesn't actually work that way with just about any other restaurant you could care to mention. Nobu Tribecca, Nobu 57 case in point. Frankly, you're free to waste your money on what ever lousy food you want- that's your prerogative. What you can't do is "review" a restaurant that you haven't in fact eaten at.

April 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBob

For someone who's been trolling around various websites posting the same garbage all day, could you at least spell "TriBeCa" correctly?

April 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterParkPlace

you people are hilarious. but it does seem weird that the reviewer on park slope patch (who is obviously the same person) would go by "bob" here and "billy g" there. I totally had your back to begin with, but now I'm not so sure.

April 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdecentcup

I will never go to the diner at Union and 4th again, that's for damn sure. This guy is a loon.

April 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterprospectpark

Since stroller moms restaurant knowledge is primarily based on whom ever can feed their screaming children chicken fingers and french fries the fastest - That's why the swipe at stroller moms, now please let me get back behind the register 4th Avenue diner that I own, we seem to be especially busy tonight.

April 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBob

Just ate there, just an ordinary restaurant. Honestly I thought the food at Comida was more inventive than what is served here. Maybe I have to try some other items on the menu.

April 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertheodore

This is the post on Brownstoner, from a "Bobbyj" :

So yes, the post is a shill for another diner and an outright LIE!!!!!! and yet he accuses ME of lying even though I've been eating at dizzy's on 8th for 8 years. So now you should SPREAD THE WORD TO EVERYONE TO STOP GOING TO THE DINER AT UNION AND 4TH. Anyone who would show up on EVERY blog to talk sh*t about a brand new business is a SICK SICK INDIVIDUAL. And here is his post:

"Wow, where to begin? Well let me start by saying that corner must be cursed and the diner on 4th and Union has absolutely nothing to worry about in terms of competition from Dizzy's. Now, granted today maybe the first official opening, so I'll excuse the horrible service and the ridiculous head wear on all the servers, who are more concerned with checking themselves out in the mirror than serving you anything. But then there's the food- How do you screw up a BLT? Well if you're Dizzys you put together 2 slices of tasteless and questionably fresh sour dough bread along with some bacon the consistency of shoe leather and the taste of salted cardboard, and 2 meager slices of tomato. The bacon was so bad that I didn't mind the fact that there was actually hardly any in there at all to begin with. Next, you take 25 minutes to bring it out, where it then arrives luke warm along with a smattering of cold french fries, and some supermarket deli counter coleslaw- And there folks you have it. I was really looking forward to having this place in the neighborhood but I'll be sticking to a regular diner that knows how to make a sandwich, brings it out quickly and at 1/2 the price. Stroller moms will love the space, anyone else would do their best to avoid this like the plague. Cursed corner indeed."

April 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterprospectpark

Maybe he really didn't like his BLT.

April 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterIcecube

Hadn't thought of that one. :)

April 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterParkPlace

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