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Friday
Jun172011

Prime Six Facade Almost Finished

Say what you will about the motivations behind sports lounge/steakhouse/club/whatever Prime Six, which will be opening soon in the former Royal Video space on Sixth and Flatbush, but it looks like they've installed a pretty classy facade. The final windows were installed over the past week, and we're now beginning to get an idea of what the finished product will look like.

Those windows will let in a lot of light, and the rest of the exterior facade will be wooden. Still waiting on seeing what the plywood up above will give way to.

Friday
Jun172011

Open for Business: Pony, 69 Fifth Avenue

One more vintage shop thas opened up on northern Fifth Avenue. This one, called Pony, opened earlier this week in the space last occupied by Indian-inspired clothing store Ashaveza, between St. Marks and Prospect.

According to the store's signage, it will specialize in "cute, freshly laundered second-hand women's clothing." Most of the merchandise appears to be of the relatively high-end variety: nice blouses, knitwear, dresses and eveningwear.

Pony, 69 Fifth Avenue Brooklyn NY 11217. 718-622-7669. Ponyshopnyc.com

 

 

Friday
Jun172011

Friday Foodporn: Faros, Now In Soft Open Mode

Spanakopita

Faros, the long-in-the-making Greek restaurant on Seventh Avenue between Union and Berkeley, has soft opened. Until they open for good (most likely next Wednesday or Thursday) a limited menu will be available free of charge. After dropping by last night, I'd seriously recommend taking advantage of the offer.

The service was surprisingly on-point for a soft open (refilling water glasses, changing silverware in-between courses), and owner Peter Livanos (who also owns several buildings in the neighborhood) and the manager kept close tabs on the proceedings but were never overbearing. The bi-level space is well-designed, and there's a nice bar in the back that is sure to stay busy once the liquor license comes through.

But on to the food. I had the spanakopita, pork souvlaki, and baklava, and was seriously impressed. The spanakopita was light and flaky, the souvlaki was tender, juicy, and well-seasoned, and the baklava was on-point. Livanos told me that his surprisingly authentic menu was designed by his two chefs, who he flew over from Greece for the job. "Around here, there's lots of quantity and not much quality," he told me. "Here, we only use the highest-quality ingredients and let the food speak for itself."

The full menu is below, and is full of pleasant surprises. The appetizer list is quite lengthy, and can probably be enjoyed like tapas (grilled halloumi cheese, charcoal grilled octopus, and homemade pork sausage look like standouts). There are many seafood options, including grilled whole Lavraki and Orata, and entrees include the classics like chicken souvlaki, mousaka, and pastichio as well as some intriguing dishes like braised lamb casserole. There's also a smattering of vegeterian options and side dishes.

If what I experienced last night is any indication of things to come, I think we might have a winner on our hands.

Here's the full menu (a limited version is currently available):

Thursday
Jun162011

Then and Now Thursday: Fifth and Dean, 1914

I love these photos, because they show a close-up of street life in the far North Slope from nearly a hundred years ago.

In this photo, Iovino's barber shop and "electric massage" parlor shares an entryway with a seafood-oriented restaurant, which advertises boiled lobsters, clam chowder, and fish cakes. The sign above the doorway says "Take home a fry in a box." Beyond that, two people chat in front of a dry cleaner's and Isaac Seebol's paint store.

Pulling back a little, we get a better view of the intersection, looking southwest across Fifth from Dean Street. The elevated tracks would be a constant presence on Fifth until the 1940s, and across the street we can see Nyeboe's Hunte Pharmacy, and next door to that the Iona Dining Room.

The two storefronts pictured above are today the Anneris Beauty Salon, and the soon-to open Kulushkat falafel restaurant.

All of the buildings in the 1914 photos are still standing (including the barely-visible Immanuel Church further down Dean), but the ones that housed the pharmacy and dining room have been altered beyond recognition with a new facade of white brick. Triangle Sporting Goods peeks out from the far right.

Source: Brooklyn's Park Slope, Merlis and Rosenzweig. 1999.

Thursday
Jun162011

Mango Thai Not Closed for Good, Re-Opens After DOH Shutdown

Oops! Mango/ Remixed, the Thai restaurant on Seventh Avenue that for all intents and purposes appeared to have shuttered for good last week, re-opened this morning, none the worse for wear. Looks like it was shut down by the DOH last week, and cleaned up their act. Welcome back!