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Monday
Sep172012

David's Tea Coming to Grecian Corner Space on Seventh

It's been well over three years since Grecian Corner, the diner on the corner of Seventh Avenue and Fourth Street, closed up shop, and it's sat largely undisturbed since (until recently the menu was even still on display in the front window). Well all that appears to be changing, as a plywood shed has been constructed around the facade, indicating that a major reconstruction is imminent.

A rep from David's Tea, the Montreal-based tea shop, confirmed that an outpost will be opening up in the space. There are currently two David's Tea Shops in the city, one in the Village and another on the Upper East Side (the chain has over 50 Canadian locations, but only three in the US; the other is in San Francisco).

The sleek shops are becoming renowned for the unique varieties of loose-leaf teas for sale, available in tins as well as fresh-brewed. They also sell just about every tea-related accessory imaginable, as well as gift packs and sampler collections.

Tuesday
Sep112012

Open for Business: Impeccable Attire, 172 Fifth Avenue

A new upscale clothing shop called Impeccable Attire opened up last weekend in the space last occupied by Fifth Eye Optix, on Fifth between Degraw and Sackett.

Run by London native Wayne Fortune along with partners Martin Fagerlund and Andrea Jenkins, the minimalist, signless shop is laid out as more of a gallery, providing ample space to display the focused selection of merchandise designed and manufactured by Fortune and his team.

"We all have backgrounds in music, the arts, and street culture, so we wanted to create something we'd want to wear ourselves, something mature and fashionable," said Fortune. "It's adult-oriented and classy, something you can wear in the evening."

The flagship item is a t-shirt emblazoned with the phrase "Brooklyn Bloke," a nod to both Wayne's heritage and the borough that's embraced him. "It's about recognizing my fellow man in Brooklyn," he said. "Brooklyn is undergoing a cultural revolution, and the borough been good to me."

You can check out the rest of the merchandise on their website, along with some of their other artistic endeavors. Prices are similar to other contemporary luxury brands: T-shirts are $40, and the rest of their collection includes hoodies, jackets, hats, and accessories.

Impeccable Attire, 172 Fifth Avenue Brooklyn NY 11217.

Monday
Sep102012

A Look Around Terroir Park Slope, Opening Soon

I had the opportunity over the weekend to take a tour of Terroir, the "elitist wine bar for everyone" from chef Marco Canora and sommelier Paul Grieco that's slated to open within a week on the corner of Fifth Avenue and First Street. It's a well-designed space, one which takes its cues not only from the four existing Terroirs but also from the the history of the building itself. 

The exterior of the one-story building has only been given a minor sprucing-up; old windows were re-installed along First Street and guests will enter through a glass doorway on Fifth (the current front will soon be replaced by a garage-style door that will roll up on nice days). The exterior walls haven't been repainted in an effort to honor the history (terroir?) of the building. 

Walking in, there are two communal tables up front that seat ten each, and past those is a 15-seat bar flanked by several smaller tables that each seat six. Sixteen beers will be available on tap, as well as two wines from Gotham Project. Obviously plenty of wine will also be available by the glass and bottle, and you can preview the (unformatted) food menu here

Further back, adjacent to the small exposed kitchen, is another communal table, this one lower down to the ground to accommodate those with kids and those who prefer to not sit on high stools. All told, the space should seat about 65.

Aside from preserving the exterior paint job, a couple other touches are holdovers from the space's time as dive bar Great Lakes: exposed ceiling beams and, surprisingly, (only) the graffiti on the walls in the bathroom, which certainly give the place that "lived in" feel. A second restroom has been constructed for those who would prefer a graffiti-free experience. 

Management is waiting on the final go-ahead from the city, but once they do (could be as soon as this weekend) it'll be open for business. They'll be open from 5 until midnight Monday to Wednesday, Until 1 AM on Thursday and 2 AM on Friday, from noon to 2 AM on Saturday, and from noon to midnight on Sunday. The kitchen will be open until 11 nightly, midnight on weekends. 

Wednesday
Sep052012

Open for Business: Kahawa Cafe, 557 Fifth Avenue

The coffee shop that's been in the works on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 15th Street quietly opened for business last month. It's a simple, no-frills place, serving up quality coffee, free wifi, and solid baked goods. 

Kahawa (Arabic for coffee) is run by the same owners as the Park Slope Gourmet Deli directly across 15th Street. They're known for their friendliness, and that welcoming spirit is on display here too. 

The cafe seats about 20 and is simply appointed with some tables and chairs and a few display cases. Coffee is from Illy, and the pastry selection is pretty much what you'd expect, the usual assortment of croissants, scones, danishes, cakes, lemon tarts, and biscuits. Lots of the items on offer are made in house, including red velvet and almond Twinkies. 

Kahawa Cafe, 557 Fifth Avenue Brooklyn NY 11215. 347-879-3617.

Tuesday
Sep042012

Open for Business: Pinto Express, 447 Seventh Avenue

A smaller outpost of popular West Village Thai restaurant Pinto has opened on Seventh Avenue between 14th and 15th Streets, in the space last occupied by Thai restaurant Fueng Far. 

Pinto Express is a very small space, with only a few seats, so their primary business will be in the form of takeout and delivery (they deliver down to Union Street, west to 4th Avenue, and up to 26th Street). The menu is very similar to that of the larger Manhattan location, which is located on Christopher between Bedford and Bleecker Streets (and is very well-reviewed on Yelp, with many loyal devotees). The reviews are beginning to come in for this place as well, and they are nothing short of stellar, with several claiming that it's up there with the neighborhood's best. 

The noodles in particular seem to be a favorite, with several raving about the Pad Thai, which incorporates smoked tofu and also is available "crispy." The pumpkin curry, PCU noodle, and spicy basil lo mein also appear to be standouts. There's also a solid $8 lunch special. The whole menu can be found here

Pinto Express, 447 7th Avenue Brooklyn NY 11215. 718-788-3610.