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Spice Park Slope Will Be Opening Tomorrow

The state of Thai food in the North Slope is about to get a lot more interesting. Brooklyn's first outpost of popular Manhattan-based chain Spice Thai will open for business at 4 PM tomorrow, in the former Lemongrass Grill space on Seventh between Berkeley and Lincoln.

This will be the restaurant's ninth location; the first one opened in 1997 on the Upper East Side.

Here are some photos of the menu:

Spice Thai Park Slope, 61A 7th Avenue Brooklyn NY 11217. Phone: 718-622-6353.


Zito's Sandwich Shop Taking Shape on Seventh


An Italian sandwich shop is in the works in the old Peek a Boo Kids space on Seventh Avenue between 7th and 8th Streets, and its antique-style facade, which has apparently been reclaimed, is just about complete. The shop, to be called Zito's, is a joint venture between the owners of Crespella Crepe & Espresso Bar and Smiling Pizza, who are cousins.

FIPS learned that the restaurant will offer thirteen "classic" Italian sandwiches, with ingredients sourced from local old-school favorites like Faicco's, Ottomanelli's, Salumeria Biellese, and Bensonhurst's Il Fornaretto Bakery. Beer will come from Sixpoint.

The high glass windows in the front will open to a high-ceilinged space, with a backyard out back for some al fresco sandwiching.

Down on Fifth we've got M&S and Bierkraft for quality sandwiches, but on Seventh, especially on this end of the Slope, it's pretty slim pickins. Needless to say, this is worth getting excited about.


Picasso Asian Fusion/ Tenko Folks Hope Third Time's a Charm, with Shinju Sushi

First, it was Picasso Asian Fusion. Then it became Tenko Sushi and Thai, complete with a shiny new sign. Now, after being closed for about the past month, the restaurant, on Fifth between St. Marks and Prospect in the North Slope, has re-opened and re-branded once again as the more straight-ahead Shinju Sushi. Apparently they've learned that the whole "fusion" thing just doesn't bring the crowds like it used to.

Like Ginza up Fifth Avenue, they're attempting to get back in the game by offering half price sushi and sashimi. Unfortunately, sushi is one of the only foods that doesn't really jibe with a 50% off deal; we're used to paying a premium because a higher price usually means higher quality fish (see Taro).

Either way, I hope the third time's a charm for these guys!

Shinju Sushi, 75 5th Avenue Brooklyn NY 11217. Phone: 718-638-0888.


Get Your Free Bark Hot Dog Today from 4-7!

Free things are good. Free hot dogs from Bark are very good. If you're one of the first 150 people to drop by the restaurant, on Bergen between Fifth and Flatbush, today between 4 and 7 PM and write up a review on Google Places, you'll walk out with a free Classic dog. Here's the full writeup from Facebook:

"Google Places wants to buy you a hot dog! Come out to Bark Hot Dogs on Wednesday, July 13th, 4-7pm. Download or show the Google Places app on your smartphone, do a review on the spot, and you'll get a free classic hot dog! Easy as that. If you don't have a smartphone, we'll also have computers on hand for you to write a review.

Google Places is a local recommendation search tool where you can rate and review places you've been to and discover new places you'll love. Bark Hot Dogs is a place we love.

(While supplies last. The first 150 customers will be eligible.)"


Someone's Unhappy About Beer Table's DOH Rating

Not sure of there's a connection here, but someone really did a number on Beer Table's front window, right over their "A" grade. I wonder if this was caused by a fist.