The week got started with some pretty big news: An owner of Thistle Hill Tavern will be opening up a "modern Asian" restaurant on the corner of Seventh and 11th, and the head chef will be none other than Dale Talde, who helmed Buddakan and also appeared on Top Chef (and Top Chef Masters). Kulushkat, The new "gourmet falafel" restaurant, also opened on Dean Street near Fifth, and is damn good.
On Tuesday I wondered if this neighborhood really needs a "night watch," which was suggested by a Brooklynian poster after his bicycle seat was stolen. If you agree with him, feel free to drop by the meeting he's scheduled for Sunday at PS 321.
Wednesday brought confirmation that Kohzee Cafe, the "blazingly mediocre" diner on Sixth Ave and Seventh St., finally shuttered for good after being shut down, repeatedly, by the DOH for offenses including live mice. The owner just kept peeling the sticker off and re-opening, apparently because he loves paying fines. Also, the Five Guys burgers headed to Flatbush Avenue near Seventh got some plywood.
The building that's been getting a gut reno on Fifth and St. Johns lost its scaffolding on Thursday, and Tenko Sushi, another blazingly mediocre restaurant up the avenue by St. Marks, closed for good.
And on Friday Faros, the new Greek restaurant, finally opened for good on Seventh near Union (sorry, no more free food!). Also, I had a chance to chat with the owner of Purbird, the restaurant coming to Sixth and St. Marks, and it's all chicken, all the time.