Outside, dusk falls over pillared Victorian houses and spotted sycamores, their leaves starting to curl and drop with the season, but inside the bar, everything's awash in a yellow glow and flickering candlelight. Three men walk in.
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Some of Lucius' best shows have been born from the most obnoxious, pain-in-the-ass circumstances, the kind that rear their meddling heads at the most inopportune moment. Just before playing a sold-out show at the Bowery Ballroom a few months ago, one of their cars got towed--with a bunch of gear i ... More >>
Ditmas Park will get a new bar and music venue on Cortelyou Avenue. Bar Chord will open in La Nueva Union Bakery's old location and will serve draft beers and bar snacks. The owners told Ditmas Park Corner that patrons can look forward to a jukebox and a regular event called "Wings and Strings" with ... More >>
Sandy's human toll
Pork Dumplings from New Peking (76 Bushwick Avenue, 718-388-8866).
A Brooklyn restaurant leaves herds of sheep testicle-free
Ode to a Brooklyn neighborhood
Calvin Godfrey Everyone I Know asks: Do you know where I can the find a restaurant that serves inventive, exceptionally prepared food at dirt-cheap prices with a fun atmosphere and plentiful booze? Dear Everyone I Know: I am not a magician. I cannot conjure up a restaurant with the food of P ... More >>
Not that kind of bear.Earlier this month, Natasha Pogrebinsky announced she would be leaving the Castello Plan to open her own place. Although some assumed that Pogrebinsky would remain in Ditmas Park, where she helped open the Castello Plan in February 2010, she'll instead be leaving Brookly ... More >>
Chefpogrebinsky.comAlong with Hung Ry, the Castello Plan also has some chef-related news to report.
Purple YamBroadway bound.Some encouraging news for Purple Yam fans who are weary of the Q train: the Ditmas Park Filipino restaurant will soon have two outposts on the Upper West Side, thanks to the NYC Parks Department.
Rebecca MarxWe were somewhat saddened to learn a couple of days ago that the Bluebird Coffee Shop had been sold - in addition to losing what is in many ways the consummate neighborhood coffee shop, we now risk losing some of the best doughnuts in Lower Manhattan. But it seems like our loss wi ... More >>
KeeganIn need of a seitan steakhouse? Alainna L. asks: I'm celebrating my birthday this month, and I'd like to go out to eat with a few (6-9ish) of my friends. The problem? I'm vegetarian, but they're not. Any suggestions of places that could accommodate all of us, and I'm not stuck with the ... More >>
Fiji Water is shutting down its operations on the island due to a tax hike imposed by Fiji's government. The company is owned by billionaire investors Lynda Resnick and Stewart Resnick, who also own POM Wonderful. [Wall Street Journal] Burger King's monthlong "King of the Road" bus tour has ... More >>
via NYT/Google MapsThis is nothing to our West Coast brethren, but it's kind of a big deal to us. A 3.9 magnitude earthquake in the Atlantic Ocean, about 80 miles off the coast of Long Island's Southampton, occurred around 10:45 a.m. today. According to WNYC, it was even "felt by a New York T ... More >>
Neal Oshima/Purple YamBeginning Nov. 13, you'll be a bit closer to being able to replicate the flavors of Purple Yam in your own home: that's when owners Amy Besa and Romy Dorotan will kick off a series of cooking classes dedicated to traditional Filipino foods. The Nov. 13 class will focus o ... More >>
This weekend was a high-gluten one for Brooklyn, thanks to the opening of bagel stores in both Park Slope and Ditmas Park. On Saturday, per Here's Park Slope, the Bagel Market opened on Saturday on Seventh Avenue, while Catskills Bagel opened on Cortelyou Road, according to Ditmas Park Blog.
It is now Friday afternoon, and thus time to look back on the week that was: Our Man Sietsema ranked Our 10 Best Chinese Restaurants, 2010 Edition. Brooklyn Winery's Conor McCormack discussed urban winemaking, the science in the glass, and why winemakers are so beer-happy. Battle of the banana cr ... More >>
boliston/FlickrThis is in England, not Brooklyn, but you get the idea.Even as we bemoan the end of the official ice cream season (though as any six-year-old knows, ice cream has no season), Lisa Eisen and Prairie Rose Free are giving us reason to look forward to next summer. That's when the p ... More >>
Vox has been popped.After dying numerous deaths over the past year, it looks like Vox Pop has circled the drain for the last time. Ditmas Park Blog got word from the café's embattled CEO and general manager, Debi Ryan, that she's calling it quits following yet another seizure by the ma ... More >>
Cafe Madeline/FacebookGutted deli today, French Art Deco coffeehouse tomorrow.Having made their mark on Prospect Heights with full eggs, strawberry toast, and sheep station pie, the Australian owners of Milk Bar are planning to open Cafe Madeline in Ditmas Park.
Todd English is no longer affiliated with Jon B's Juliet Supper Club in Chelsea. The chef's menu was phased out a month ago and a new one by Mario Tolentino, who won an episode of Chopped, has been launched. [Grub Street] White House chef Cristeta Comerford and pastry chef William Yosses rec ... More >>
via New York TimesEven though our world seems to get a little more desolate by the day, there are certain things that bring comfort to our aching hearts. Like finding plants thriving under the toughest of urban conditions. Like, in Union Square, where the tireless folks at Gothamist noticed t ... More >>
The new food entrepreneurs are bypassing restaurant kitchens to instead peddle their handmade fare via food trucks and at market stands. [NY Times] Joël Robuchon, the Parisian baker Eric Kayser, and perhaps even Jean-Georges Vongerichten are among top chefs being tapped to open restaurants ... More >>
Bamya is a meat and okra stew served throughout Egypt.Cortelyou Road continues to evolve into one of Brooklyn's most intriguing dining strips: in addition to Tibetan, Filipino, Israeli, American seasonal, and Japanese cuisine, it's about to start serving Egyptian food. Ditmas Park Blog repo ... More >>
Vox Pop in less back-taxed days.Four months after being shuttered by the tax man, Vox Pop has apparently been seized yet again. Ditmas Park Blog has learned from a neighbor that the famously embattled cafe is sporting bright orange "seized" stickers and that its gates are down. After manager ... More >>
Will tapas this way come?Last December, Jim Mamary disclosed his expansion plans Pomme de Terre, his two-year-old restaurant in Ditmas Park. Mamary mentioned he was thinking of "tweaking the concept" of the French bistro, and now it looks like he may be on his way to doing so. Ditmas Park Blo ... More >>
Forget the soda tax. Now, lawmakers are aiming to get their grubby little hands on our beer! A tax increase on mass-market beer -- microbrews would be exempt -- is one of the first new revenue-raising ideas Democrats have come up with in weeks. [AP] The Castello Plan in Ditmas Park, The Bode ... More >>
View Larger Map DATE: Friday April 2, 2010, 5:28 p.m. LOCATION: Parade Place & Crooke Avenue, Ditmas Park, Brooklyn. Not often that we get a homicide so close to Prospect Park, but the police say Roland Alonzo-Castro, 18, of Arlington Avenue in Brooklyn was found fatally stabbed on the south end, ... More >>
Barbara L. HansonLick it.Perhaps not quite as titillating as PETA's Sexiest Vegetarian Next Door contest, the Flatbush Development Corporation's survey to determine what kind of ice cream store to open in the area is still pretty exciting, at least if you live in Ditmas Park and crave frozen ... More >>
Brownstoner.comThe Castello Plan (right) in its plywood infancy. The Mimi's family is about to get a little bigger. This Friday, Ben Heemskerk will partner with Avi Shuker, one of the owners of Ditmas Park hummus restaurant, to open the Castello Plan. The wine bar will be located two storefro ... More >>
Brownstoner.comMarket: open for business right this very minute. Early last month, we reported that Mimi's Hummus would be expanding its Cortelyou Road presence with a market--called, appropriately, Market--on Jan. 25.
This week in the Voice, Our Man Sietsema heads to Queens Boulevard for a meal at Sonali Cuisine, which "may be tiny... but the flavors are big, big, big." Sam Sifton awards a one spot to Purple Yam in Ditmas Park, where the menu "looks widely across Asia for inspiration, most notably toward Korea, ... More >>
It looks like Vox Pop's voice has been silenced: yesterday afternoon, the Ditmas Park coffee shop was seized by the tax man for non-payment of back taxes. Ditmas Park Blog received reports of patrons being asked to leave by the cops, who then slapped the red badge of shame on the shop's Bob ... More >>
Cortelyou Road is still a barren place for a vegan.Ditmas Park may be home to a growing number of restaurants, but its animal product-free options are apparently still lacking: the blog Flatbush Vegan has suspended operation because its authors, though still vegan, have moved out of Flatbush. ... More >>
Haegeen's homemade kimchi Purple Yam, the new pan-Asian/Filipino restaurant from Amy Besa and Romy Dorotan, the former owners of Cendrillon, opened in its new digs in Ditmas Park last week. On Friday night, the place was packed. Both the service and the kitchen were running a bit slow, which ... More >>
The Philippine Daily InquirerPurple Yam's Chef Romy DorotanIt looks like Ditmas Park will have to wait a little longer for Purple Yam, the eagerly anticipated new Filipino restaurant from the folks behind Cendrillon. According to a message that owners Amy Besa and Romy Dorotan posted on their ... More >>
This week in the Voice, Our Man Sietsema indulges in some (hopefully sustainable) ultra-fresh seafood at Liman. Bruni's third to last review is of a slipping Union Square Cafe. The beloved Danny Meyer restaurant lost one star from the three William Grimes awarded it in 1999. [NY Times] Restaurant ... More >>
Madina Restaurant is on the Pakinstani stretch of Coney Island Avenue in Kensington (bordering Ditmas Park), Brooklyn. The sign on its awning is admirably inclusive (Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi food!), but it mainly focuses on hearty Punjabi-Pakistani dishes. But my favorite item at Madina is ... More >>
This week, I'm at Top Cafe Tibet, a tiny restaurant that opened this summer in Ditmas Park Brooklyn. It's owned by a group of brothers who started with an Asian grocery store, expanded by adding a sushi bar (!) in the mini mart, and started selling the momos at the mart at well. Finally, they opened ... More >>
A delicious new restaurant in Ditmas Park
Photos by Neil DeMause Even some of the oldest trees in Brooklyn were no match for a tornado. The car didn't fare too well either. While the Bay Ridge tornado got all the initial press, Mother Nature opened up a major can of whoop-ass on Ditmas Park (aka "Victorian Flatbush") as well.