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Friday
Feb272015

Cyprus Avenue and Black Sheep Pub May be Closed for Good

Since Monday, both Cyprus Avenue, on the corner of Fifth and Bergen, and Black Sheep Pub, around the corner on Bergen, have been closed. A tipster let me know that they've also not been clearing the sidewalk in front of their storefronts, and all signs point to them being potentially closed for good.

A call to Cyprus, the cozy Irish pub that's been open since 2009, revealed that the number had been disconnected, never a good sign. And nobody's been answering the phone at Black Sheep Pub, the no-frills local bar that has the same owners (and kitchen) as Cyprus and has been open for even longer.

Both bars have surprisingly minimal internet presences. Both Black Sheep and Cyprus have never posted anything to their Facebook pages, and neither have websites or Twitter handles, so it's always been very difficult to get in touch with the owners (in 2012 Cyprus closed unexpectedly for about two months for "minor renovations," and no explanation was ever offered). Because the owners are essentially impossible to contact, we'll just have to wait and see whether the bars re-open. I'll keep on it, but considering the fact that both of the bars are closed at the same time for the first time ever, the odds of them opening exactly as they were appear to be slim.

Wednesday
Feb252015

A Peek Inside the New Fifth Avenue Buttermilk Bakeshop, Opening Saturday

Buttermilk Bakeshop, the super-popular bakery on Seventh Avenue near Ninth Street, closed on Monday in order to transfer their kitchen equipment up to their soon-to-open second location, on Fifth Avenue between Garfield and Carroll, in the space last occupied by Trois Pommes Patisserie. The Seventh Avenue location will be closed until later this week.

The owner, pastry chef Katie Rosenhouse, posted a photo to Facebook yesterday (above) of the interior of the new location, which is slated to open on Saturday. It looks like the layout will be similar to Trois Pommes, with a display counter (and ice cream) up front. Classes will be held in the back area, and all the baking will also be done on-premises.

Tuesday
Feb242015

Carnem Steakhouse Coming to Alta Voce Space on Fifth

A new steakhouse is in the works, and should be opening in April on Fifth Avenue between Second and Third Streets, in the space that until recently had been occupied by Alta Voce. Called Carnem, it looks like it'll be a fairly straight-ahead American steakhouse, with a chef who's logged hours at restaurants including Blaue Gans and Wallse and a cocktail program spearheaded by a veteran of Pegu Club and PDT.

Owner Jacob Krumgalz, who previously owned pizzeria Blue Planet Grill in the Financial District, sent out a press release yesterday announcing the new restaurant. "As its name suggests, Carnem, (literally "meat" in Latin) will feature the finest U.S.D.A. Prime and Certified Angus Beef products available in the U.S., as well as organic and grass-fed cuts," the release reads. "To complement the steakhouse fare, this chef-driven New American restaurant will feature fresh seafood and creative interpretations of familiar favorites."

The chef, David DiSalvo, graduated from the French Culinary Institute (now the International Culinary Center), and in 2007 he moved to Southern California, where he worked at Mille Fleurs and from 2011 to 2014 was chef de cuisine at the acclaimed West Steak and Seafood in Carlsbad.

Top quality beef? Check. Solid chef and mixologist on board? Check. The choice of location is interesting considering the fact that the area's only other steakhouse, Benchmark, is only two blocks away, but from what I can tell so far, Carnem sounds pretty promising.

Photo via Warren Lewis Sotheby.

Wednesday
Feb182015

Ollie & Ry Now Open in Bageltique Space on Fifth

A new bagel and sandwich shop with a cheffy twist opened last week in the space that was last occupied by Bageltique, on Fifth Avenue between Carroll and President Streets. It's called Ollie & Ry, and it's owned by two chefs who named the restaurant after their young children.

The the northern half of the double-wide storefront is a coffee bar selling a nice selection of coffee drinks, the southern half is a seating area, and like Bageltique orders are placed at a counter in the back. Just about everything is made in-house: there are two varieties of lox, one made from salmon and the other trout; bacon, roast beef, and pulled pork are all fresh-made; and bagels (which sell for $1) are made locally by one of the owners' friends.

You can get all the familiar bagels and toppings here, as well as breakfasts like eggs and pancakes and sandwiches including roast beef with Korean barbecue sauce and kimchee slaw; pulled pork with Chinese five-spice, hoisin, and cabbage slaw; pulled chicken with chimichurri, lettuce, tomato, and mayo; top round roast beef melt with melted cheese and onions; chicken salad; and even grilled cheese with Spam. There are also several salads and fresh-squeezed juices.

This restaurant elevates your usual bagel shop a bit; the bagels are tasty, the sandwiches are well-prepared, and the housemade bacon and cured salmon are definitely a nice touch.

Friday
Feb132015

Piccola Uva Moves into Tutta Pasta Space, Taqueria Las Rosas Grill Replacing It

Italian restaurant Tutta Pasta was put on the market last month, and the space has been snatched up by the same owner. There's some shuffling afoot on Seventh between First and Garfield; wine bar/ pizzeria Piccola Uva has moved across the street into the Tutta Pasta space, and a new taqueria called Las Rosas Grill will be moving into the former Piccola Uva space.

The owner of Tutta Pasta, Martino Pisani, opened Piccola Uva in November 2012 at 161 Seventh Avenue, serving pizza, pasta, and other Italian dishes, and he told me that while he quietly up and moved across the street earlier this week, some renovations are in store for the coming weeks.

As for the former Piccola Uva space, real estate agent Jeffrey Kessler passed along the tip that it has been leased to the owners of long-running neighborhood favorite Las Rosas Bakery, a 24-hour Sunset Park institution that specializes in tortas, tacos, tamales, pupusas, and baked goods like tres leches cake. Because of the small size and the name change to Las Rosas Grill we can assume that the bakery element will probably not be following them to Park Slope, but by the looks of it, this is going to be a welcome (and somewhat surprising) addition to the neighborhood.

An old-school lunch counter that's been in business for decades (it used to go by the name Lisette's), Las Rosas has a loyal following and is about as classic as it gets. We can only assume that many of the same menu items will be on offer here, adding some much-needed variety to a neighborhood whose only solid traditional taqueria is the Tacos Morelos truck on Union Street.

Bottom photo via Yelp