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Closed for Business: 'sNice, Bageltique, Fish and Sip

The last couple weeks of the year always see a flurry of business closures, and this year is no different. 'sNice, on Fifth Avenue and Third Street; Bageltique, on Fifth between President and Carroll; and Fish & Sip, on Flatbush near Bergen, have all closed for good.

'sNice was shuttered by the Department of Health on December 8, and the owners reportedly decided that it was impossible to reopen having had its reputation take such a hit. A rep from the Fifth Avenue BID told me that the landlord was doing work in the building, which caused mice to infest the restaurant right as the DOH decided to pay a visit. The owners cleared out the space last week, reportedly after hearing passersby say that they'd never return. 

5th Ave Bageltique Cafe, the dependable double-wide bagel shop, shut down on Friday. It may not be gone for good, however, as it's re-opening under new ownership at some point next month, according to a notice in the window. No word on what kinds of changes will be in store.

FInally, Fish and Sip, the Mediterranean-inspired fish-oriented restaurant, closed as planned last week as well, as its owners have decided to convert the space into a Mexican restaurant called Don Chingon and reopen sometime this winter. No details about what to expect are forthcoming, except for the fact that they've been granted a liquor license.

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That's actually a shame about Bageltique. Yeah, their bagels were meh and the cold, awkward layout wasn't inviting. But the owners and staff were very nice people, and they seemed to serve a loyal crowd of construction and civic workers. Not shocked they closed, but sad nonetheless.

December 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCoop Monkey

The only place to get a bagel in Park Slope is Bagel Hole.

December 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBill

Bageltique has been a stain on the community for years. Bagels were inedible, service was rude and the place was disgusting. I'm not sad to see them go.

December 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJbob

Bill, I disagree. Bagel Pub on 9th is pretty good as well.

December 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterYo

Bageltique was lacking and the space could have been better, but it certainly filled a need and did it pretty well. Hopefully it won't be replaced by a super expensive spot without much seating. Everything in the neighborhood doesn't need to be a super organic crunchy experience. Sometimes you need a cheap cup of coffee and a place to eat breakfast with the kids without worrying about them causing a scene.

December 22, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterpresidentresident

Bagel hole is great, but all the way on the other side of the slope and their menu is very limited. Bagels are great, but that's about it. And talk about a weird and uninviting, dirty space with stoop sale garbage everywhere. Nobody can complain about the inside of Bageltique and rec Bagel Hole at the same time :)

December 22, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterpresidentresident

la bagel has signed a lease for bageltiques space

December 22, 2014 | Unregistered Commenternancy

"Tis a good month I say!!!... "Tis a good month"

2 of my most hated businesses, Apertivo & S'Nice shut down in the same month.

Just all round gave me fucked up looks as I went into their establishments which was a real turn-off for both places that had great food but occasional rude staff.

SO, good riddance to both!


December 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJust Slopin

FIrst of all the above poster was not me. More importantly, one think obth businesses had in common (along with many other closings this year) is that they were tired. You used to be able to get away with that in PS. But the high rents, tighter competition and more demanding newbies moving into the neighborhood means you have to be fresh, exciting and interesting all the time.

December 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJbob

jbob, this is true. Bageltique had a certain non-park slope charm to it that I grew to love over the years.

December 22, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterpresidentresident

Why woulda anyone go anywhere other than bagel hole? It's the best bagel in all of New York City. Le bagel is crap!

December 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEd

bagel hole and Beygl are the only 2 park slope bagel joints with going to. The rest are for Midwestern transplants who think bagels are supposed to be fluffy like a stale roll.

December 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterIna

@ina true but I agree with YO that I'd add Bagel Pub on 9th despite its unfortunate name

December 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJbob

add chip shop on 5th ave to the list. Last day is today

December 23, 2014 | Unregistered Commentertl

Bagel Pub for sure belongs on any top bagels of park slope list

December 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCrunchy Jon

Terrace Bagels, while not technically in the Slope, has been the best bagel store with the absolutely best bagels in NYC for the last 30 years. give them a shot. blows La Bagel away.

December 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterScooby Doosh

Gotta say that I'm loving Beygl. I don't love their system of making you wait 10 minutes when all you are doing is picking up some bagels, but still I really like it.

December 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJbob

Beygl started cutting corners a few months ago. Nothing major but every other visit results in a messed up order. Their sandwiches used to be exceptional and now they are bodega quality. Bagel Pub has a terrible name but it is the best bagel south of 7th ave in the neighborhood.

December 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterStephen

Fish 'n' Sip was modest but I always found it delicious and excellent value (especially for breakfast) and pleasant enough service. And they served GREAT coffee. Went there pretty often but was usually the only one, or just one other party seated.

Agreed with presidentresident, not everything needs to be damn artisanal and organic and pricey. Those of us who eat out a lot need basic stuff too!

December 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJon

Fifth Ave is way past it's prime. Shame.

December 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterZit Wich

Bageltique Cafe used to be solid before the original owner sold to current owner. Back in the 90's and early 2000's, it was open 24 hours and I remember standing on line after a night out at 3 or 4 am for freshly made bagels. It went straight downhill after the ownership took over.


December 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJim

true that jim.

January 2, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterno-permits

Glad to hear that Bonnie's isn't closing. New ownership will take over in 2015.

January 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterStephen


are you referring to Bonnies Grill?

January 5, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJim

No more fish + sip? But where will I get my daily fish + coffee fix?

January 6, 2015 | Unregistered Commentereddie

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