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Friday
Nov302012

Open for Business: Yung Laundromat, 394 Fifth Avenue

A long-in-the-works laundromat opened recently in the space last occupied by Chinese restaurant Food Chow (before it moved across the street). It's been in the works since July, inspiring one tipster to call it the "BEST. NEWS. EVER."

It's certainly a run of the mill laundromat, but if it allows you to not have to schlep your dirty clothes any further, then this can certainly be great news. And after over two years of vacancy, it's nice to see a little life breathed back into this space.

Yung Laundromat Inc, 394 Fifth Avenue Brooklyn NY 11215. 718-788-8688.

Wednesday
Nov282012

Open for Business: Banhmigos, 178 Lincoln Place

A new Vietnamese sandwich shop called Banhmigos opened over the weekend in a tiny storefront on Lincoln Place just east of Seventh Avenue, right next to the new Leaf & Bean. Called Banhmigos, it's a charming little shop serving up a pleasing variety of Banh mi, salads, spring rolls, and bubble tea.

Located right across the street from the Berkeley Carroll School, it's in a prime spot to cater to kids on their lunch break. There are only a few seats, so it's clearly a "grab and go" kind of place.

The full menu can be found here, in my write-up from last week before they opened. One thing that stands out is the quality of the bread, which is baked by a local Brooklyn bakery but adheres to a proprietary recipe provided by the shop's owners.

And its name is great.

Banhmigos, 178 Lincoln Place Brooklyn NY 11217. 718-399-3812. Free Delivery.

Wednesday
Nov282012

Japanese Coming to 847 Union Street

It was just a couple days ago that I noticed that a restaurant is in the works in the space right next door to Kiwiana, on Union Street just west of Seventh Avenue. I did a little more digging and was able to get confirmation from landlord Nick Kotsonis that the space, which was previously home to a nail salon, will soon become a Japanese/ sushi restaurant.

Nick added that the owners also have a location on the Upper East Side, but didn't elaborate further. One thing's for certain, though: these guys are entering a very crowded competitive landscape.

Tuesday
Nov272012

What to Expect: The Crab Spot, Opening Soon on Union Street

Back in August I received word of a short New York Times article that mentioned (without embellishment) that a new restaurant called something along the lines of "Crab's Pot" would be opening in the space last occupied by PSbklyn, and before that Bussaco, on Union Street just west of Seventh Avenue. That restaurant, actually called The Crab Spot, has been under construction for a few months now and should be opening within a couple weeks.

I had a chance yesterday to sit down with the restaurant's chef, Ignat Kostov (who was previously chef at Flatbush Avenue's Piquant), and he filled me in on all the details.

The Crab Spot is owned by two brothers, Steve and Alex, whose are related to the owners of Brighton Beach boardwalk standby Volna (there's no connection between the two restaurants, though. It'll be "a casual restaurant with casual prices" according to Kostov, with a menu focused on (you guessed it) crab. Lobster and Dungeness, King, and Snow Crabs will all be shipped directly from Alaska with no middleman to keep prices down, and they'll be served in creative combinations out of pots brought directly to the table. "We'll have a wide variety of combo pots with all different types of seafood, and it'll be a lot of fun," said Kostov, who's been a chef in the city for over 12 years."Most shellfish is overpriced and fried. Ours will be healthy and affordable."

It's certainly a novel concept, and a completely unique style of restaurant for the neighborhood (Kostov told me that a custom freezer was built in the basement to keep the shellfish on ice during the off-season). This space has been home to several failed restaurants in recent years, but this approach will most likely bring plenty of curious townsfolk. They've removed the odd barrier that PSbklyn's owners installed between the front and back rooms (as well as the child-centric theme), and now it's just a large space with a bar, plenty of booths and tables, and a vaguely nautical theme to go along with mural-painted faux-brick.

The liquor license has already been acquired (it came with the space), and the first shipment of shellfish will be arriving on December Fifth. They hope to be open by then.

Monday
Nov262012

Open for Business: Poppy, 217 Fifth Avenue

The second location of popular Nolita boutique Poppy, which has been in the works since August in the space last occupied by Bob and Judi's Coolectibles, opened earlier this afternoon on Fifth Avenue between Union and President Streets.

The Nolita outpost, which has been on Mott Street since 2003, is well-known for its rotating, well-curated selection of casual women's clothing. This location takes the same approach, showcasing predominantly lesser-known designers and introducing some new ones. The racks are still in the process of being stocked (and the sign has yet to go up), but there's certainly enough there to get a good idea of the quality of the merchandise.

Poppy, 217 Fifth Avenue Brooklyn NY 11215. 347-599-1793.