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Thursday
Nov132014

Hungry Ghost Opens New Location in Prospect Perk Space

Hungry Ghost, one of the most popular and well-respected coffee shops in the area, has opened a new location a couple blocks further up Flatbush Avenue, in the space last occupied by Prospect Perk just off the avenue on Sterling Place.

While it may seem like Prospect Perk closed and Hungry Ghost moved in, in fact it's more of a rebranding, as both cafes have the same owner, Murat Uyaroglu. Hungry Ghost currently has three additional locations: on Flatbush and Sixth (the two year-old flagship), in Fort Greene, and in the BRIC Arts Media House.

The small space has gotten a remodel and gray paint job to match the other locations, and the menu matches to boot. There's a nice selection of pastries and baked goods made at the Flatbush Ave. location's production kitchen, as well as coffee from Stumptown, sandwiches including egg salad and tarragon chicken salad, and panini filled with things like roasted mushrooms, smoked mozarella, spinach, and sundried tomatoes; chicken, fontina, arugula, and pesto mayo; and ham, brie, and mango chutney. Hale & Hearty soups are also available.

The space is small and there are only a handful of seats, and while it's not as charming and cozy as Prospect Perk, both the coffee and food offerings are upgrades.

Tuesday
Nov042014

Open for Business: Nuteria, 82 5th Avenue

The business originally known as Nutelleria, which has been in the works for the past couple months on Fifth between St. Marks and Warren, opened last weekend with a new name: Nuteria.

It's a small shop with counter service and just a couple tables, and the decor is mostly exposed brick and jars of Nutella. The original signage has been taken down because of the name change, but another one is probably on the way. The name change certainly didn't come as any surprise; the owners were apparently the last ones to realize that it's not exactly legal to name a restaurant after a trademarked food product.

In keeping with the theme, just about every menu item contains Nutella in one form or another. Crepes, waffles, croissants, toast, panini, pound cake, and peanut butter sandwiches all come loaded with the Italian chocolate hazelnut spread, and add-ons include fruit, nuts, and Nutella whipped cream. If you like, they'll also sell you a spoonful right out of the jar for a buck. Coffee, espresso, and cappuccino are also for sale, as well as Nutella hot chocolate. There's no website or social media presence yet, and the one Yelp review wasn't exactly positive.

The legality of this place is still questionable, but for now it's a cute and unique to Brooklyn homage to an undoubtedly delicious and versatile product. Heck, any place that sells Nutella by the spoonful is all right in my book.

Tuesday
Aug122014

Open for Business: Shake Shack, 170 Flatbush Avenue

                                                                                                           Shake Shack

About a month after Shake Shack revealed its newly-restored facade and familiar signage on Flatbush between Dean and Pacific, the third Brooklyn location of Danny Meyer's super-popular burger chain opened on Sunday.

The restaurant, which is located directly across from the Barclays Center, is constructed largely with recycled and sustainable materials, including energy-efficient equipment, lumber certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, and tabletops made from reclaimed bowling alley lanes. There's also free wifi, a handful of televisions, outdoor seating, and a custom mural by Brooklyn street artist SP.ONE.

                                                                                                    Park Slope Stoop

This is the first Shake Shack to open since the company announced on Friday that they were reverting back to their original pre-frozen crinkle-cut fries, and indeed there are no handcut fries in sight. Like all other Shake Shack locations, the menu offers a handful of new concretes that are custom-tailored to the area:

Nothin’ But NETS (unique to this location): Chocolate and vanilla custard blended with marshmallow sauce, crispy crunchies and chocolate sprinkles.

Fudge-eddabouitit (from the Downtown Brooklyn location): Chocolate custard blended with fudge sauce, Baked chocolate cloud cookies and Mast Brothers Shack-blend dark chocolate chunks, topped with chocolate sprinkles.

Brooklyn Pie oh My (from the DUMBO location): Vanilla custard blended with a slice of seasonal pie from Four & Twenty Blackbirds.

The Flatbush Avenue Shake Shack is open daily from 11am - 11pm.

Shake Shack, 170 Flatbush Avenue Brooklyn NY 11217. Phone: 347-442-7711.

Tuesday
Jun102014

Open for Business: Park Chemists, 164 5th Avenue

A new pharmacy opened on Sunday in the space last occupied by vintage store Odd Twin, on the corner of FIfth and Degraw. Called Park Chemists, it's a nicely designed spot with a decent selection of pharmacy staples and some higher-end items.

The exterior has a classy all-black old-school look, and the design carries over to the interior, with exposed brick, chandeliers, and light woods. There's a substantial perscription department, and the merchandise covers most household items as well as some upscale hair/skincare products and gifts.

In short, it's a nicely appointed neighborhood pharmacy, and something that's been needed on this stretch of Fifth Avenue. There's certainly a market for it.

Park Chemists, 164 5th Avenue Brooklyn NY 11217. Phone: 718-393-5555.

Sunday
Jun082014

Open for Business: O Live, 140 5th Avenue


O Live Brooklyn, an artisanal olive oil and balsamic vinegar shop, opened as expected over the weekend on 5th Avenue between Douglass and Baltic, in the space last occupied by E Lingerie. It specializes in literally just that: super-premium oil in flavors including blood orange, harissa, butter, tuscan herb, and wild herb and sage, and balsamic flavors like black fig, blackberry ginger, strawberry, cinnamon pear, and vanilla. Other offerings include white balsamic vinegar, salts and peppers, and household items made from olive wood.


The first location opened near the Williamsburg Bridge in 2012 and has been doing quite well, and there's no other shop in the city that's selling literally dozens of high-grade oils and vinegars. With all the offerings proudly displayed, it's also a hands-on museum of sorts; you're welcomed to sample as many as you like.

if the Williamsburg shop (and the online store) are any indication, then this is a business plan that works. While the offerings are certainly luxury items, there are most likely enough curious food-lovers in the area to sustain it.