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Tuesday
Dec162014

A Peek Inside Bricolage, Opening Soon in Brooklyn Fish Camp Space

About two months ago I first reported that a "modern Vietnamese gastropub" from veterans of one of the country's best Vietnamese restaurants would be opening at 162 Fifth Avenue (between St. Johns and Lincoln), in the space last home to Brooklyn Fish Camp. The restaurant has been given a name, and construction is moving along at a rapid clip.

A notice in the window revealed that Bricolage will be the name. The word means "a construction or creation from a diverse range of available things," which most likely reflects the philosophy. Not much in the way of details are currently available, but the duo behind the restaurant, Lien and Edward Lin, spent most of their careers with one of San Francisco's best modern Asian restaurants, The Slanted Door.

Construction was been moving at a brisk pace for the past several weeks, with workers inside the space on a near-daily basis. A look inside reveals that the layout appears to be similar to that of Fish Camp before it, with a narrow bar in front and dining room in the back. The color scheme is low-key, with lots of exposed brick and dark wood.

This restaurant's impending arrival has remained under the radar, but judging by the provenance of the chefs, I have a feeling that we're in for something good.

Thursday
Oct092014

Two Boots Coming to Terroir Space on Fifth

Terroir Park Slope put its space up for rent about five months ago, and when it closed in August we knew that a new tenant had been lined up, but not who it would be. Well, now we know: Two Boots is coming back to the neighborhood.

A reliable source who asked to remain anonymous confirmed the rumors that have been swirling for weeks, and not only is the Manhattan-based Cajun-style pizza mini-chain moving into the space on the corner of Fifth and First, the owners are hoping to open next month.

Before Two Boots closed its location on Second Street just east of Seventh Avenue (after 25 years there) back in November of last year, the owners -- minus founder John Touhey -- vowed to re-open in the same space after some "big changes." Those never came to pass, and the space is still for rent for an insanely high sum of $16,000.

This one will be much smaller than the Seventh Avenue location, which leads me to believe that the menu will be closer to what's offered at the East Village spot than the way it was before: about a dozen specialty pizzas, a couple dozen topping options, and a handful of po' boys and salads versus a full menu of Cajun entrees, pastas, and burgers.

Wednesday
Sep172014

Luke's Lobster Finally Makes it Official on Fifth

It was a little over a year ago when Luke's Lobster, one of the city's most popular spots for lobster rolls, first told me that they were planning on opening a location in the neighborhood, and seven months since they confirmed that they were heading to 237 5th Avenue, between Berkeley and Carroll. Little to no work has actually taken place inside the space since then, however, leading some to believe that the deal had fallen through, but now the plywood has come down and Luke's-branded construction paper has gone up in the windows.

A rep for the company told me a couple months ago that the holdup was due to permitting issues, much like the ones that plagued Calexico (which still doesn't have a liquor license), and that as soon as the permits went through the buildout could take as little as a month. Last night he confirmed for me that the papers are indeed all in order, and that an opening date will be set soon.

Photo via Jay S.

Wednesday
Sep032014

Burger Village, Organic Burger Joint, Coming to Cheeburger Space on Seventh

Out with the old burger, in with the new burger. The second location of Great Neck-based organic burger restaurant Burger Village will be opening in the space last occupied by Cheeburger Cheeburger, on Seventh Avenue and Third Street. Many thanks to a tipster for sending the below photo of a sign that's gone up in the window.

Burger Village's offerings seem to be about as high-quality (and high-minded) as it gets, with a whole page devoted to explaining the virtue of the ingredients. All meats are organic, grass-fed and cage-free, the produce is local and organic, breads are all-natural and handcrafted, the dairy is from grass-fed cows, the beverages are sweetened only with natural cane sugar, and so on. Not to resort to stereotypes, but this place is perfect for Park Slope.

It's not just beef on the menu, either; there are also six-ounce bison, turkey, elk, ostrich, wild boar, salmon, and lamb patties, with grilled chicken sandwiches, a BLT, and a hot dog rounding out the meat options. There are also several "un-meat" burger options (mushroom, black bean, and veggie patties, all vegan), as well as sides like fries, onion rings, wings, and chicken tenders, salads, and shakes.

Burgers range from $10 (beef) to $13 (ostrich), with salads averaging $10 and vegan burgers costing $9. These prices are also taken from the Great Neck location's website, so they may change.

If all this sounds vaguely familiar, that's probably because it is: Bareburger is only two blocks away, and has a very similar menu, even down to the six-ounce patty size and meat options. Bareburger's menu is a bit more creative and expansive, but at the end of the day it appears as if their offerings are more or less identical, with a similar price point as well. Interesting decision to open a location so close to such obvious competition, but it could certainly attract some overflow from what's one of the most popular restaurants in the neighborhood.

Monday
Aug252014

Nunu Chocolates Coming to Caramello Space at 179 5th Avenue

Nunu Chocolates, the successful Brooklyn-based chocolatier whose offerings are sold nationwide, will be opening up a cafe and shop in the space on Fifth between Lincoln and Berkeley last occupied by cannoli shop A'Putia, and before that Caramello.

I ran into Andy Laird, who runs the company with partner Justine Pringle, and he told me that the new shop will feature a wide selection of truffles and caramels, a cafe, and 10 different craft beers on tap. There's another brick and mortar location, on Atlantic between 3rd and 4th, which is also their flagship and factory.

Nunu Chocolates are a staple at specialty stores citywide (locally, they're available at Annie's Blue Ribbon, Blue Apron, Bierkraft, The Ploughman, and Union Market), and has a stellar reputation. Each (addictively good) chocolate is made by hand, and the single-origin cocoa comes from a sustainable family-run farm in Colombia. Their salt caramels are super-popular, along with absinthe, raspberry, and hazelnut ganache-filled chocolates, and their hot chocolate. 

The Chocolate Room is in the process of moving into a larger space a half-dozen blocks away and has a similar business plan, but something tells me that there's plenty of room for Nunu in the neighborhood, especially with such a stellar reputation.

If everything goes to plan, Laird told me, the cafe should be open within a month.