When I first saw that the old Chinese restaurant on Franklin Avenue near Carroll Street–the kind that used to have bulletproof glass, styrofoam containers, and cheap plastic booth seating–was slated to become an “apothecary kitchen” otherwise billed, in the window, as a “hybrid space featuring healing food, acupuncture, naturopathy, Chinese herbs and classes,” my obvious first thought was: there goes the neighborhood. Mountain, which opened this fall, seemed like a particularly quick change of pace for Crown Heights, even on a stretch of Franklin Ave where a former Crown Fried Chicken outpost is now home to a cocktail and dessert bar. But I finally found my way into Mountain this week and I have to say this is not at all a cookie-cutter “New Brooklyn” spot, but a special place that’s not quite like anywhere else in NYC. (more…)
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