The Heights Cafe restaurant at 84 Montague Street re-opened earlier this month after six weeks of interior renovations. There is also a new menu, with new-American fare such as a lobster roll, oyster po-boy, a burger, veal and wild mushroom meatloaf and a ribeye.

Click through to the jump for an interior shot. Has anyone checked it out? GMAP

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Popular Crown Heights eatery Mayfield plans to open a bar with backyard garden and taco truck at 323 Franklin Avenue, according to DNAinfo. There will be tacos, tortas and weekly specials such as roast pig and pozole.

There will also be movie nights for kids with films projected on the rear wall. Community Board 3 plans to support the restaurant’s application for a liquor license.

Electronic dance music label Dub-Stuy Records recently vacated the space due to rising rents, but is still in business while it searches for a permanent location, said DNAinfo. It’s also going to participate in Do or Dine’s annual Memorial Day celebration. 

Bed-Stuy Record Label to be Replaced by Taco Truck and Bar [DNAinfo] GMAP


Last week, a reader spotted an ad on Fillmore for Manny’s asking $240,000 for the business. “Fully equipped turnkey French style cafe business for sale,” said the ad. The price would include taking over the 10-year lease as well as all the interior fittings and equipment of the cafe, above, which the owners had beautifully decorated with wood panelling and a vintage mantel.

Manny’s opened at 212 Patchen Avenue in Bed Stuy in October of 2012 and closed about a year later, promising to reopen after they put in gas service. They opened as a cafe serving a variety of sandwiches and baked goods from sister businesses Choice Market and Dough but the intention was always to be a full-service restaurant.

Meanwhile, over at Choice Greene, the mini-empire’s grocery store at 214 Greene Avenue in Clinton Hill, the store is now almost empty of goods and fixtures except for one person in the back preparing bagels, another reader tells us. In February, we reported that their sign had come down and they were advertising a “close-out sale” but were not going out of business, according to one of the workers at the counter.

We reached out to the owner for comment and to see if he could share with us his plans for Choice Greene, but have not yet heard back. In the meantime, the ad for Manny’s has disappeared off the Fillmore site. We hope that means they’ve found a buyer, but in any case, we have enjoyed all their businesses (we’re eating a Dough doughnut right now) and wish them well in everything they do.

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Williamsburg institution Dumont is being evicted by its landlord for nonpayment of rent, as Bowery + Bedford was the first to report. The restaurant at 432 Union Avenue has actually been closed since January, but said it planned to reopen. Owner Colin Devlin committed suicide last year. Dumont Burger, now under different ownership, remains open, according to Gothamist. Click through to see the termination notice, dated March 21. GMAP

04/03/14 2:00pm


Kinjo opened last week at 1 Greene Avenue at the corner of Fulton and South Oxford in Fort Greene. The restaurant serves a fusion of Japanese, Asian and Western dishes, including fresh seafood, as well as cocktails and sake.

Menu items include an oyster of the day, shrimp cocktail, sushi, a mini corn dog, pork belly confit cooked on a hot stone, and mochi ice cream. Has anyone tried it? GMAP


Brooklyn cafe and restaurant owner Alexander Hall is opening two more Australian-style cafes, one in South Slope and the other in Bed Stuy. Both will be called Brunswick, after a neighborhood in Melbourne, his home town, which is known for its great cafe scene, he said.

Like cafes in Australia, they will offer good coffee, table service, newspapers, and modern decor, he said. Both will be casual and welcome children.

The location at 240 Prospect Park West, on the border of South Slope and Windsor Terrace, will open in the next few weeks. The cafe at 144 Decatur, whose storefront faces Marcus Garvey, above, will open May 12.

Items on both menus will include organic poached eggs, granola, salads, paninis, and pastries and biscuits made at Hall’s Lower East Side cafe, Bluebird Coffee Shop. Both will be open from 7:30 am to 6 pm and serve breakfast and lunch.

The cafe at 144 Decatur will be quite large, with seating for 48 people. It is being gut renovated right now. A bar will be fashioned out of 140-year-old pine found in the space. There will be an open kitchen and banks of windows running along the side and back of the space. The building is landmarked.

Hall also owns Prospect Heights cafe Milk Bar and Crown Heights restaurant Sunshine Co. He is also opening another cafe on the Lower East Side, Rosella Coffee Shop.

03/26/14 2:00pm


Brown paper has gone up in the windows at Mexicali restaurant at 141 Court Street in Cobble Hill and their number is no longer in service.

“It’s across the street from Trader Joe’s and a way busy location that now feels like 86th Street and Lexington Avenue in Manhattan (and not in a good way),” emailed a reader who passed on the tip. “Maybe that’s the new location of J. Crew since the nearby fruit stand doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere,” he speculated, referring to Pacific Green at 151 Court Street.

The retail space at 141 Court Street is slightly less than 1,000 square feet, although there are two floors of residential space above it, according to PropertyShark. Splendid is across the street at 142 Court in a 1,100-square-foot space. When J. Crew signed a 10-year lease for 151 Court Street last year, it was for more than 5,700 square feet of space over three floors, including the cellar, The Real Deal reported at the time.

In Court Street Grocer Musical Chairs, Big Apple Gourmet to Close Soon? [Brownstoner] GMAP

03/24/14 2:00pm

Ex-financier Kwhame Gittens opened his new American bistro, Docklands, last Tuesday on Franklin Avenue between Lincoln and St. Johns in Crown Heights. When we last wrote about Docklands, its owners thought they were close to opening back in September. Now that they have all their permits in order, chefs from Arcadia and Le Cirque are serving up homey dishes like lobster mac and cheese, prawn plantains and sweet and spicy chicken wings.

The menu is mostly small dishes at the moment, but Gittens says they’ll add bigger plates with pork belly, three more types of fish, and beef. The restaurant will be open Wednesday to Sunday for a few weeks. Once they’ve finished staffing up, they’ll be open seven days a week and serve brunch. The little eatery also offers free oysters during Happy Hour.

New-American Bistro Opening Soon on Franklin [Brownstoner] GMAP

03/20/14 2:00pm


Dzivpla opened a week ago today at 194 Bedford Avenue, and the menu sounds like the ultimate North Williamsburg fusion concept.

The Polish restaurant offers dishes such as goulash, stuffed cabbage, hunter stew and pierogi, but the hanger steak is grass fed, the boar is wild and the chicken is “Amish farm raised.”

They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Anyone tried it? GMAP

03/13/14 4:00pm

Two caterers are teaming up to host a pop-up dinner event next Friday at Nimba coffee shop in Crown Heights. The menu for the five-course Du•al Dinner includes stuffed mini bell peppers; a cauliflower and feta fritter with cardamom yogurt and pomegranates; ricotta, black olive and mint bruschetta with meyer lemon marmalade; and polenta with chorizo beer ragu.

Carey Nava of Galore Catering and Lisa Sicilia of Festive Flavors are hosting the meal, where each course will include two small plates as well as wine and cocktail pairings. The dinner will take place at 6:30 and 9 pm on March 21 at 619 St. Johns Place. Tickets cost $70 and can be purchased through Eventbrite.

Photo via Nimba


Signage has gone up in the windows of 602 Vanderbilt Avenue, where restaurant 606 R&D is preparing to expand with takeout and groceries. The spinoff, to be called R&D Foods, will have a counter with seating, according to the website. Offerings will include prepared foods, vegetables, sandwiches, deli items, breads, pastry, donuts, and coffee. There will also be catering.

“Opening Winter 2014″ says the site, and the hours will be 8 am to 8 pm seven days a week. The space was previously home to salon Wink Eco Beauty Bar. Thanks to Cara Greenberg for the tip and photo. GMAP