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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.


Blueprint Bar Facade Looking Good 

It's been a little while since we last checked in at Blueprint, the cocktail/small plates bar in the works from Rory Dwyer, owner of other local bars Sharlene's, High Dive, and Commonwealth.

Hard to tell from the outside how the interior is coming along, but the exterior facade is complete, along with custom glasswork from the Stained Glass Store.

The bar, on Fifth between Union and Sackett (in the former Long Tan space), should be open by the end of the summer, according to Dwyer.


Street Corn Rises Again on Sterling Place

It was almost a year ago that I noticed large stalks of corn rising from the sidewalk on Sterling Place between Seventh and Flatbush, and it inspired me to re-start this blog, which I had taken a yearlong hiatus from. Now, like clockwork, the street corn is back! As it's directly behind the back door of Flatbush Avenue's D&Y Natural Land, something tells me that it might be a side project by the organic market's employees.

This obviously begs the question: Would you eat this corn?