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Wednesday
Aug192015

"Modern Caribbean" BK9 Opening Any Day Now on Fifth 

A Caribbean restaurant called BK9 has been in the works for about a month and a half in the space on Fifth between Bergen and St. Marks that was last occupied by a decrepit storefront church. All the signage and fixtures are in place, and it looks like it should be opening any day now.

Owner Gary Casimir told Park Slope Stoop that the restaurant will serve the Carribean food that he and the eight other co-owners grew up eating, but with a "healthier, foodie-er" twist. Chef Jeremie Tomczak previously worked at Marcus Samuelsson's acclaimed Red Rooster up in Harlem, and his menu hews toward the traditional but has a decidedly cheffy angle. Traditional menu items like doubles, drum pan chicken, whole red snapper and fried sardine escovitch, oxtail, and curry goat are joined by less traditional dishes like pork belly sliders, quinoa fritters, a burger, and roasted root vegetables. All the hallmarks of Island cuisine, from jerk to callaloo, salt fish, stew peas, bammy, and Haitian griot, are represented.

The restaurant is nicely designed, with a bar that seats about 12, lots of windows up front, and Edison bulb lighting. These dishes, when done right, can be incredibly delicious (as anyone who's spent any time eating in Jamaica can tell you), and the pedigree of the chef seems to bode very well.

Monday
Aug032015

Pastificio Flora Coming to Eighth Avenue

A pasta-focuced Italian restaurant called Pastificio Flora is coming to the corner of Eighth Avenue and 11th Street. Many thanks to tipster Jeremy for sending the above photo of their logo in the window. Pastificio translates to "pasta factory."

While the owners have set up a website, a Facebook page, and a Twitter page, there's an oddly small amount of information actually published on those sites. The best I could find was the Twitter description: "Italian designer & his partners, leaving hometown in south Italy for make their dream come true: A real Fresh Pasta Restaurant in Brooklyn, NY."

That's honestly all the information I need to be intrigued.

Wednesday
Jul292015

Signage Up at Artichoke Pizza, Coming Soon to Fifth 

There was much rejoicing when it was announced that mini-chain Artichoke Pizza would be opening a location on Fifth Avenue between St. Marks and Bergen (in the space last occupied by prepared foods shop Luscious Foods), and now the pizzeria looks like it's getting closer to opening.

Signage has gone up at the storefront that's essentially identical to that of its other locations, also revealing that (as expected) there'll be plenty of beer. The menu will most likely be similar to that of its other locations as well, with unique pies with toppings including their cult favorite flagship artichoke pie (artichoke hearts, spinach, cream sauce, and cheese), crab, burnt anchovy, and twice-baked Sicilian. "Not Pizza" items include a stuffed artichoke, meatballs and ricotta, and homemade garlic breadsticks.

Thursday
Jul232015

Astoria's Namaste Indian Opening Second Location in Fifth Avenue Zito's Space

When Zito's Sandwich Shoppe closed its only remaining Park Slope location last month, owner Marcello Bucca assured me that a "fantastic Indian" restaurant would be opening in its place. Well that indeed seems to be the case: Many thanks to a tipster for sending the above photo, of signage that's gone up for Namaste Indian.

This will be the second location of the popular Astoria, Queens restaurant of the same name. Upscale yet still reasonably priced, the Halal Indian restaurant has four stars on Yelp with 300 reviews. It's known for its $10.99 lunch buffet as well as popular menu items like tandoori chicken (made in a real tandoor oven), goat curry, biryani, tikka masala, and homamade naan. The restaurant also regularly offers solid Groupon deals.

Solid Indian has been difficult to come by in these parts; Aarpan was on to something good but its replacement isn't as popular, and many other Indian spots have come and gone. This part of Fifth Avenue is also decidedly lacking in the Indian department, so this is an opening that all signs point to being most welcome.

Along with Williamsburg's popular Ramen Yebisu opening a second location up on Seventh, this could be the beginning of a trend. Hopefully Xi'An Famous Foods decides to pay us a visit next.

Monday
Jul202015

Williamsburg's Ramen Yebisu Opening Second Location on Seventh Avenue

Ramen Yebisu, the popular Sapporo-style ramen shop on North 6th Street in Williamsburg, will be opening its second location at 52 Seventh Avenue, between St. Johns and Lincoln. Temporary signage has gone up on the storefront, and a manager at the Williamsburg location confirmed that this will indeed be the same restaurant.

As opposed to pork-based tonkotsu ramen, which is by far the most popular style around these parts, Sapporo-style ramen (from Japan's northermost island, Hokkaido) involves a seafood-based stock. Other varieties available include miso-based ramen, shoyu (soy sauce-based) ramen, and shio (salt-based) ramen. Noodles are slightly larger and chewier than with pork-based (Hakata-style) ramen, and other options include chicken ramen, vegetarian miso ramen, and spicy ramen. A popular specialty is abura soba, soup-free noodles topped with a rich soy-based sauce.

The shop first started as a hugely successful stall at Williamsburg's Smorgasburg food fair, and Yelp reviews are largely positive. Along with hidden gem Sushi Katsuei further up the avenue and the East Village's Wasan opening on Bergen, this neighborhood is seriously upping its Japanese restaurant game.