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Thursday
Jan222015

Open for Business: Miti Miti Taperia, 138 Fifth Avenue

The owners of the popular Bogota Latin Bistro have quietly opened their latest venture, Miti Miti Taperia, on Fifth Avenue between Butler and Douglass, in the space last occupied by bar Voodoo Lounge.

The cool and colorful front room is dominated by an undulating bar on one side and a funky mural on the other, and the back dining room has a fair amount of seating, with mismatched chandeliers, exposed brick, and a turquoise banquette. It's definitely a funky space, and when it gets dark out the magenta lights come on.

There's a nice assortment of cocktails ranging from $11-13, sangria, and a handful of beer, cider, and wine.

Onto the food. The opening menu is still limited (smart while the kitchen is still getting up to speed), and is devoted to small plates intended to be shared. There's a predominantly Spanish influence, but there are also some Asian and Middle Eastern-inspired options. Bar snacks include pan con tomate, deviled eggs with bacon, guacamole, shishito peppers, and frito mixto; tapas options include tortilla Espanola, garlic chorizo, lamb meatballs, and Korean pork belly tacos; there's a small selection of cheese and charcuterie; as well as a few salads and desserts. Bar snacks average about $6, tapas ranges from $5-16. "Paellas, seafood, lamb, rabbit, steaks, and vegetables" are all on their way, according to the website.

If time has told us one thing, it's that the Bogota team knows what they're doing; that place is hopping just about every night. While the design of Miti Miti channels some of that spirit, it's a much smaller space with a different energy, but something tells me that this "taperia" should have no trouble drawing a similar crowd.

Miti Miti Taperia, 138 5th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11217. Phone: 718-230-3760

Photos via Facebook.

Friday
Jan162015

Elberta Restaurant & Bar Seized by Taxman

Elberta, the New American restaurant on Flatbush Avenue opposite Seventh that opened in July 2012, was seized by the state for nonpayment of taxes last night. The restaurant was run by the same owners as previous occupants Heights Coffee and the short-lived Velvet Peach Cafe, the husband-and-wife duo of Erica Phillips and Irwin Caesar.

The restaurant had loyal clientele, but may have overextended itself; it expanded into the adjacent space last year as a private party room but closed that down after a "grand closing party" on New Year's Eve.

Wednesday
Jan142015

Loki Lounge Reopens in Half of Previous Space

Loki Lounge, the bar that's been on the corner of Fifth Avenue and Second Street since 1999, closed up shop a couple months ago, about eight months after the owners put the space on the market. They didn't close for good, however; while about two-thirds of the space (facing Fifth Avenue) is still for rent, the remaining space, accessible via a staircase around the corner on Second Street, has reopened with a brand new concept.

The cozy new space, above, is certainly an improvement from the rather dour previous one, and the owners probably should have given it a new name to separate it from its past. There's plenty of exposed brick, a working fireplace, and light woods, with a bar that seats eight and a handful of tables. There's a solid selection of craft cocktails made with fresh-made juices, as well as a food menu of small bites and sandwiches that looks pretty good: dishes include soy-glazed chicken wings, bay scallop tacos, BBQ pork sliders, lamb flatbread with olives and gryuere, a burger, a shaved Italian beef sandwich, fried baby chicken, and cheese and charcuterie, topping out at $13.

The new bar is a little difficult to find, hiding behind a small door with no sign, but it's hard to argue that it's not an imprevement from its previous incarnation.

Tuesday
Jan132015

Tutta Pasta Space on Seventh is For Rent

Tutta Pasta, one of those restaurants that always seems to have people in it even though nobody ever admits to going there, has been put on the market. The 3,000 square foot space, on Seventh between First and Garfield, is for rent for a negotiable rate that's "currently $45 PSF below market," according to a listing that Park Slope Stoop first spotted.

The no-frills red sauce joint has served standard Italian fare, heavy on the olive oil, cheese, and fried stuff, for well over a decade, and was apparently doing well enough that the owners opened a (now closed) second location in Hoboken and a pizza spot, Piccola Uva, across the street. While the restaurant is certainly a dependable standby for some, it's not exactly breaking new culinary ground, and you'd be hard-pressed to find many people surprised by the news.

With seating for 140 plus sidewalk seating, a full bar, and a liquor license, this is a prime spot for a deep-pocketed restaurateur who's looking to make their stamp in Park Slope. I could see Sarabeth's doing quite well in this spot.

Tuesday
Jan062015

Blue Bottle Coffee Coming to 203 Seventh Avenue

Happy New Year, Park Slope! Some good news to report for coffee lovers: Blue Bottle Coffee will be opening a location at 203 Seventh Avenue, between Second and Third Streets, in the space last occupied by Ocean Fish Market.

Eater is reporting that the Oakland, Calif.-based roaster, which opened its first New York location in 2010 after developing a rabid following on the West Coast, will be opening in the spring with a food menu, and that they'll also be taking advantage of the small outdoor space on the corner of Third Street.

Blue Bottle focuses on single-origin beans brewed within 48 hours of roasting, and they're fiercely dedicated to brewing coffee properly, and there are currently seven New York locations.

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