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The Long Island Restaurant Sign Is Back, Re-Opening In October

August 28, 2013

Toby Cecchini’s reincarnation of the Long Island Restaurant on Atlantic Avenue came one step closer to reality today as the eatery’s iconic sign has returned. It had been removed back in June for cleaning.

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Chopped Winner Joe Bayley Is Cooking At Veksler’s in Cobble Hill

August 13, 2013

So who is cooking at Veksler’s at 521 Hicks Street restaurant, which until last month was owner Robert Veksler’s hydroponic gardening store Brooklyn Farms? Looks like it’s Joe Bayley, who was a winner on the second season of Chopped in 2009 when he was at Cobblestone Foods.

Somehow, the folks there already knew that we had a soft spot for anyone calling that 140 character micro-blogging platform “the Twitter” Chef Joe announced his new gig:

And from just that one photo the food looks super-fantastic. Have you stopped by yet?

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Events, Food

Sacre Bleu! Sunday Is Bastille Day On Smith Street

July 13, 2013

Sunday (7/14) marks the 12th annual Bastille Day celebration on Smith Street from Bergen to Pacific. Why is this neck of the woods celebrating the end of France’s monarchy? As usual, the press release explains it all:

Our neighborhoods are so filled with French families that the public schools are French/English bilingual. One third of our 220 storefronts are Food & Drink establishments—Vive les gourmets!!! We have huge support from our local business partners, especially Bar Tabac to make this happen.

In addition, there will be live music, food, the largest petanque tournament outside of France, and, of course, crepes. The party starts at 10am, so set your alarm clocks, you dirty stay-outs!

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Food, Health, Kids

Yoga and Dining “Take Root” In Carroll Gardens

July 9, 2013

Photo credit Heather Phelps-Lipton

Last fall, Anna Hieronimus and Elise Kornack were all set to open their new restaurant/yoga studio, on a quiet, beautiful street in Carroll Gardens, awaiting only the final permit from the city. The Fire Department was scheduled to do the final inspections on October 29, but instead of the visit they expected, they got, instead, a visit from Superstorm Sandy.

“City officials were totally bogged down after that,” said Kornack recently from Take Root, which ended up opening in January. “We had to wait two and a half months to open.”

Located on Sackett Street between Henry and Hicks, Take Root’s warm, cozy dining room is designed, according to Kornack, to make guests feel as though they’re walking into Kornack and Hieronimus’ home—which is where their business began.

The two met three years ago and shortly thereafter moved in together (they’re now engaged and will be married this fall); a former sous-chef at Aquavit and winner on the Food Channel’s Chopped, Kornack became “obsessed” (her word) with the garden of their new apartment in Prospect Heights, and the two began holding dinner parties in their backyard for 10 to 12 people at a time. The dinners grew so popular they began selling tickets; after some neighbors complainted, they decided to open a restaurant that would replicate their homey dinner party experiences.


Hieronimus (left) and Kornack. Photo credit Heather Phelps-Lipton

At the same time, Hieronimus, whose mother ran a holistic health care center in Baltimore—“yoga and Ayurveda have always been a part of my life,” she said—was becoming a more serious practitioner of yoga, and several years ago underwent a teacher training program at Kripalu. Though she was teaching yoga privately, she realized that she really wanted to work with children, so behind Take Root’s dining room, just past the newly remodeled kitchen, is a yoga space for children, for toddlers to age six.  The classes combine traditional yoga moves with singing, dancing, and creative movement.   Hieronimus also offers yoga workshops for adults.

Take Root serves an $85 tasting menu on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, with one seating at 8 pm by reservation. Children’s yoga classes are held Wednesday through Saturday. On Saturday morning, Hieronimus hosts a children’s reading circle in the yoga studio, while parents and caretakers are invited sit in the dining room and chat and munch on Kornack’s home-made baked goods and sip coffee and lemonade. On Sundays, a small-plates brunch is served beginning at 11 a.m.

Take Root’s yoga program is currently offering a summer special: bring a friend or a sibling and get a 50% discount on the class. The classes are $12, with a $2 discount for first time visitors; the reading circle is $5 and designed, said Kornack, to offer a variety of price points for people in the neighborhood.

“Our goal is to create a small community,” said Kornack.  “I cook for people to hang out and eat.”


Photo credit Heather Phelps-Lipton

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The Eva Peron Cocktail Or Don’t Cry For Me, Krescendo

June 15, 2013

Krescendo on Atlantic Avenue is know for its great pizza and celebrity ex-chef Elizabeth Falkner. But another one of its founders is a well known and respected mixologist:

Papermag: Bi-coastal bartender Darren Crawford, who divvies up his month between San Francisco — where he’s the bar manager of speakeasy Bourbon & Branch — and Krescendo, first unveiled the concoction with a colleague as a special creation for a private party of Argentinians. “Argentina loves Fernet as much, if not more, than San Francisco.”

The Papermag piece serves up the recipe for the Eva Peron:


1 oz. Fernet Branca

1 oz. Carpano Antica

1 oz. Domaine de Canton

1 oz. lime juice

1 oz. ginger beer

Combine the Fernet Branca, Carpano Antica, Domaine de Canton and lime juice in an ice-filled shaker. Shake well and strain into an ice-filled Collins glass. Top with ginger beer and garnish with a lime wheel.

Photo: Papermag

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Don’t Freak Out: The Long Island Restaurant Sign Is Being Cleaned

June 8, 2013

CHB pal and neighborhood racounteur EJ Cory tweeted Saturday morning that the Long Island Restaurant’s iconic neon sign had disappeared from the corner of Atlantic and Henry.

Don’t fear friends. The Brooklyn Paper reports that the sign will return soon:

Brooklyn Paper: Permits on the building say the sign was removed so it could be cleaned, but one of the building’s owners only promised that the greasy spoon, which served hungry Brooklynites from 1951 until 2007, would reopen next month, then promptly hung up the phone.

Eater reported last year that veteran restaurateur Toby Cecchini will be involved in the spot’s reincarnation.

Lost New York: The long-dormant inside—the interior of which is a perfectly preserved 1950s-era bar and diner—had been undergoing a renovation for the past few months. I have no first-hand information on the undertaking, but my understanding is that the new proprietors intend to preserve the look of the place, including the signs. (Indeed, one of the stipulations of the Alperin family, which has long owned the building, and used to run the restaurant, is that anyone who occupied the space wouldn’t be allowed to change a thing about the decor. This led to may would-be tenants being shot down over the past five years.) That said, I suspect the signs have been taken down for restoration. Maybe we’ll be the first generation in decades to see that cursive neon lit!

Photo: Lost New York

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Krescendo Announces New Chef Replacing Elizabeth Falkner

June 5, 2013

Last month, Krescendo’s Chef Elizabeth Falkner announced she was leaving the Boerum Hill eatery. Today, Eater reports that a successor has been named:

Eater: According to a release sent out by a Krescendo rep this afternoon, the new chef is Robert Moorman, an alum of North End Grill and Riverpark, plus a handful of New Jersey restaurants including Restaurant Nicholas in Red Bank.

According to the release, Moorman will be introducing some Southern Italian staples like a calamari salad and spaccatelli with sardines. There will, of course, still be plenty of Neapolitan pizzas in addition to the new Southern dishes.

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Carroll Gardens’ Good Food Closing After 85 Years

April 6, 2013

At the end of this month, Italian Superette Good Food will shut down after 85 years in business. Located in Carroll Gardens at 431 Court Street (between 3rd and 4th Place), the store has supplied fresh mozzarella, Italian sausages, olives and other Italian delicacies, along with a deli and meat counter. Good Food also carried everything from canned goods to cleaning products and everything in between.

Pardon Me For Asking blog adds that the business first belonged to the Bruno brothers, relatives of NY City Office Of Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph Bruno. Then brothers Mike and Allegrino Sale bought the supermarket and the building, and have managed it for the past 35 years.

Pardon Me—which interviewed the owners—also reports that representatives of Investors Bank have made the brothers “an offer they could not refuse” for the property. The Jersey-based bank will open a branch at the location.

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Park Slope Baking Up New Outpost For Historic Leske’s

January 30, 2013

The beloved Leske’s Scandinavian Bakery in Bay Ridge will be opening a second location in Park Slope, at 588 5th Avenue, a space last occupied by Sweet Treasures Bakery. Leske’s has been a Brooklyn institution since 1961, and has 5,700+ Facebook followers, reports the South Slope News.

The bakery is renowned for traditional Scandinavian baking, Danish, B&W cookies and Brooklyn blackout cakes. According to its Facebook page, the South Slope location will open before Valentine’s Day. (Photo: South Slope News)

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Better Than Flavortown! Pete Wells Gives Krescendo Two Stars in NYT Review

January 23, 2013

New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells, who wrote the brilliant/infamous takedown of Flavortown -TV food star Guy Fieri’s Times Square restaurant – takes on Boerum Hill’s Krescendo today. In a good way. Wells gives the eatery – which teams up San Francisco culinary luminaries Elizabeth Faulkner, Nancy Puglisi and cocktail expert Darren Crawford – two stars.

NYT: The menu seems to revert to the ordinary. There are pizza knots, rice balls and meatballs, a few salads and a handful of simple pastas including spaghetti with tomato sauce. Then there are the pies, including three under the heading Pizza Napoletana. This might have stood out a decade ago. Today, it puts Krescendo among a herd of brick-oven strivers.

But here, under Pizza Italiana Classica, is a flash of lamé: Finocchio Flower Power.

What is on top of the crust is mainly fennel, but to call it a topping would imply that it is interchangeable with some other item. It is not. This pizza is an essay on the theme of fennel. Ms. Falkner stews the bulb to draw out its mellow sweetness, spreads out some raw fronds for their fresh, herbal flavor and calls on the seeds in fennel sausage for their licorice snap. The vegetable’s candylike tendencies are kept in check by sharp aged provolone and powdered red chiles from Calabria.

Krescendo in Boerum Hill – Tale of the Tweets

Storified by Brooklyn Bugle· Wed, Jan 23 2013 17:47:34

Restaurant Review: Krescendo in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn: An unassuming neighborhood pizza spot proves worthy of a … Times Popular
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‘Like boarding the morning commuter train from Mount Kisco and discovering that you are sitting next to RuPaul.’ SOLD. rathe
A pizza love letter to @cheffalkner pizza from @pete_wells. I must know more about "crumb structure." Reith
Krescendo looks great and I always loved Falkner’s pastries in SF, but man, what a terrible name for a restaurant. Sounds like a sleazy spa!jane lerner
Damnit @pete_wells, now I’ll have to battle for a seat at my new obsession-level-favorite pizzeria. Lam

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