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Couleur Cafe to Open Tuesday

Couleur Cafe, the new French cafe coming to 435 Seventh Avenue (between 14th and 15th Streets) is looking good, and just about ready to open. Signage went up over the weekend (along with a coat of turquoise paint), and owner Murat Ozcan tells me that it's all systems go to open up on Tuesday. 

Ozcan hopes that the cafe, which will be run with partner Francois Ronget, will become a cultural gathering place for the community, a place where regulars can come to read the paper, have a pastry, and discuss events of the day with Ozcan and fellow patrons.

Coffee will be a custom blend designed by Ronget in collaboration with Brooklyn Roasting, and it will be cold-pressed, which "keeps all the nutrients in," according to Ozcan.


Download the Here's Park Slope App for iPhone and Android!

The long-awaited Here's Park Slope app for iPhone and Android has arrived!

The app features all the articles posted on this blog in real time, and also provides you with location-based listings for nearly every business in Park Slope. For example, if you're standing on the corner of Fifth Avenue and First Street and are looking for a good restaurant, you'll get nearby suggestions along with reviews from Here's Park Slope along with Yelp, Citysearch, and others to be added soon. You can also sign in to share favorite locations with friends and post to Facebook (other perks for members are soon to come).

You can download the app for Android here and iPhone here. Give it a shot and let me know your feedback!


A Salon for 479 Fifth Avenue

Some VERY exciting news coming down from construction workers at 479 Fifth Avenue (between 11th and 12th Streets) today: The next tenant to move into the space (which was formerly home to Sea World Fish Market) will be a hair salon. We will continue to follow this important development as details emerge; in the meantime here's a photo of what the storefront used to look like.


Blueprint Cocktail Bar Looking Good, Vintage

The facade has been installed and most of the fixtures are in place, and Rory Dwyer's newest venture, Blueprint, on Fifth between Union and Sackett, looks like it's almost ready to open. 

Dwyer, who also co-owns popular bars High Dive, Commonwealth, and Sharlene's (as well as the space's previous occupant, Long Tan), has created a simply appointed, no-nonsense cocktail and wine bar, with lots of wood, old-fashioned fixtures (including windows from The Stained Glass Store further down Fifth and tiles on the ground at the entryway with the street address), and a small back garden. 

Offerings will be heavy on craft cocktails, and there'll be a nice wine list along with a menu of elevated bar snacks like cheese and charcuterie. Dwyer told me last month that they were planning on opening May 20th, but judging by the interior it may be pushed back to June.


Open for Business: Dumplings and Things, 375 5th Avenue

Dumplings and Things, a Chinatown-style dumpling shop, opened for business yesterday in the former Bar Reis-owned space, on Fifth between Sixth and Seventh Streets. It's run by the brother and sister duo of Sam and Lorraine Li, and their menu is focused, inexpensive, and delicious.

The space is small, with one communal table and a small counter, so most likely most orders will be take-out (there's no delivery yet). 

The pork and chive dumplings (top, $2.50 for 5) were perfectly pan-seared and very flavorful, with a juicy filling and a wrapper that wasn't too thick.

Bao is a real highlight: pork belly (above) and sliced braised beef (below), wrapped in a soft steamed bun and topped with cucumber, cilantro, carrot, and peanuts. Both are "melt in your mouth," and seriously delicious. Best of all, an order of two is only two bucks. On the weekends Peking Duck bao will also be available.

Noodle dishes, soups, and spring rolls are also on the menu. Chalk this one up as another great addition to the neighborhood: It's easy, accessible, fresh, cheap, and best of all, tasty. It'll be open weeknights until 10 and weekends until 11.

Dumplings & Things, 375 Fifth Avenue Brooklyn NY 11215. 718-768-2200.