09/21/15 10:35am
Photo: Sam Hornine

Photo: Sam Hornine

Fawkner, the latest addition to the Smith Street strip, is right up Boerum Hill’s alley. Jim Carden and Kevin Avanzato, who also co-own The Bell House, Union Hall, and Floyd, aren’t trying to re-invent the wheel with their new bar. Rather, Fawkner will elevate the somewhat threadbare casual dining and drinking options around the Bergen Street stop–expect thirsty locals to keep the 2300-square foot space pretty well-packed on weekends.

The rotating menu of about a dozen draft beers currently includes Peak Hop Harvest Octoberfest and Down East Pumpkin Cider. There are also basics like Narragansett and Tecate in cans. The speciality cocktails are experimental, perhaps more so than they need to be, but the unusual flavor profiles succeed in drinks like the Murder of Crows, which combines tequila, Campari, and ginger beer. If you’re partial to Old Fashioneds or Sazeracs you should try the Red Rooster, a blend of rye, Pimm’s, lemon and sugar. (more…)

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06/12/15 11:31am

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It’s a stupidly familiar story–Jesse’s Deli on Bond and Atlantic in Boerum Hill is being forced out the neighborhood by a rent hike of more than double the current rate. Locals have rallied to try and save the bodega, and their morning bacon, egg and cheeses, to no avail. According to Evan Vetere, the photographer who took these shots, the landlord (who DNAinfo reports as being Karina Bilger, of Bilger Design & Development) mailed back a petition that more than 1,000 neighbors signed, pleading for a more reasonable rent increase. Didn’t just throw it away and ignore it, mailed it back. Here’s a video from NY1, for more info on the neighborhood effort to keep the store open.

It seems that’s Jesse’s final appeal comes down to humor, with the help of a large format printer. Sign us up for all the brunch meats, please.

03/10/14 8:57am

Since opening in Carroll Gardens in 2008, Buttermilk Channel has been one of Brooklyn’s most consistently acclaimed eateries, winning best new restaurant awards, a star review from the New York Times, national media attention, and even visits from Beyonce and Blue Ivy. For most local restaurateurs, success like that would be carte blanche to start building an eatery empire (see Frankies, No. 7), moving on up to Manhattan (like Mile End and Brooklyn Fare), or expanding into everything from 10-course tasting menus to frozen pizza (that’s you, Roberta’s). But Buttermilk owner Doug Crowell and chef Ryan Angulo have been content to run the borough’s best neighborhood restaurant, a homey, comfortable outpost where the menu rarely changes but everything is always excellent. With that in mind, the focused team took more than five years to debut their follow-up restaurant, the just-opened French Louie.

Duck breast allard, with olives, potato & duck jus (Photo courtesy French Louie)

The duck breast allard, comes with olives, fingerling potatoes and a rich duck jus. Photo: French Louie

Set in the Atlantic Avenue space that was briefly home to Hopeland, French Louie is named for Louis Seymor, a 19th-century French-Canadian lumberjack who, as legend has it, ran away to the forests of the Adirondacks, periodically emerging from the woods to drink and paint the town red. This bit of folkloric flair points to the fact that the menu is “French-accented contemporary American fare,” or as one staff member explained it, “we wanted to open a French restaurant, but a Brooklyn-style French restaurant.”

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