New Seafood Shack Comes to Bed-Stuy

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A block down from a fish n' chips shack on Nostrand Avenue that's been closed for months, a new, family-run seafood/soul food take-out spot opened about a month ago to fill the void. EfV decided to look past the pun-y name, "71.Ate," and sample the fried whiting and chips. After a good dose of salt, they were delicious, mostly because they were fried "dark." But the best part was when the woman behind the counter offered a sample of the house-made banana pudding. We'll be back for that, no doubt.

71. Ate

417 Nostrand Ave

Bed-Stuy

(718) 638-0205

New Sandwiches Replace Old Sandwiches

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We're not sure why the space that was Daniele's Piadina, on 22nd street just east of Sixth Avenue, was empty for two years, but a new sandwich shop is moving into its place. Ashby's, a take-out place serving sandwiches and design-your-own salads, will be open on Monday. Ashby's is a chain and previously had a location on 24th and Park Avenue South, until construction plans for a 40-story condo took shape.

When we passed by, Mark Bugzester, who designed the typography for the place, was supervising the placement of the vinyl decals on the glass front. He said that several people had stopped him that day to ask if they could get a sandwich or a coffee. Look at this place. Why are people so stupid?

Ashby's
64 West 22nd Street

(212) 228-7993


DeKalb Ave: No Liquors, No Lamb Sliders?

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Remember Liquors, on DeKalb Avenue in Fort Greene, which, back in November, looked poised to transform into a Moroccan joint that would bring lamb sliders to the hood? Well, a Fort Greene informant close to EfV reports today that the signs and menu are down, and the space once again looks dormant. C'mon people, Fort Greene needs another restaurant! What will these people do come sundown?

Beer Table Reaps Benefits of Delayed Opening

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When Beer Table finally got its liquor license and opened on Saturday, the crowds came, helping owners Justin and Tricia Philips make up for lost time. Here, some Chowhounds discuss.

Beer Table

427 B 7th Avenue

Park Slope

info@beertable.com

Serious Coffee Comes to Williamsburg

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A very serious, very well-located coffee bar opened today in Williamsburg. El Beit, on Bedford between 8th and 9th streets, gave coffee away all weekend in order to welcome the neighbors and practice their service routine. We stopped in for a delicious latte on Saturday, and tried to keep up with Dan Griffin, the manager, who taught us all about the beans.

Coffee freaks are kind of like wine freaks, in that the object of their passion is similarly complicated (geography, economy, process), and if you're not one of them, you have no idea what the fuck they're talking about, but it sounds really good and you want a cup/glass. Luckily, our friend Peter Meehan has the mental capacity for all this, and you can get a good education from this article.


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Beer Table Finally Opening Saturday

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If you've been passing by this place, thinking it looks real cute but seems to be never opening, you can finally get your mugs ready. After waiting almost six months for their liquor license, the owners, Justin and Tricia Philips, have finally announced the official date. Beer Table will open tomorrow, Saturday, February 2 at 5PM.

The idea is a cozy beer haven, serving a changing roster of "rare and special beers" and snacks.

Beer Table

427 B 7th Avenue

Park Slope

info@beertable.com

New Fort Greene Gourmet/Organic Market is Open

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Greene Grape Provisions, foodie sister of the Fort Greene wine shop, is officially open. We have long been surprised at the lack of good markets in this neighborhood, considering how many orani-yuppies reside there. It seems that Greene Grape is poised to fill the void.

EfV happens to have an informant who exemplifies the target audience, and is also quite a discriminating foodie. She is the mother of a really cute toddler who wears Vans, and a dedicated Farmer's Marketer in the warmer months. She stopped by today and was excited to see that they stock Envirokids products, whatever those are, plus Balthazar bread and a good selection of fish, meat, and cheese. She said "They are still stocking up, but not a bad start."

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Casa Havana Owner Says Havana Chelsea was Nasty

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Remember back in November, when the owner of the now-closed Havana Chelsea wrote to EfV to say that Casa Havana, the Cuban restaurant that has opened in its place is not the real deal? Of course you remember, because Eat for Victory is your favorite blog in the world and you cherish every word. Well, after two months, Thomas Vicari, Casa Havana's owner, has a retort, in the form of an angry email to lil' old us. He says he's not trying to replicate the old space, which was filthy.

Of course, here it is in his own words:

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Introducing FoodTube

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Generally, I talk out loud as if I am on a cooking show while making dinner in my kitchen. It's just a fact. And if, instead of knowing that this is private and embarrassing, I aspired to share this habit with the world, I could now do that via FoodTube.com. At this point, the website, which should be fully described by its name, mostly has videos from YouTube and other websites, but perhaps it will take off. After all, if you're going to troll the internets for recipes, you might as well have the opportunity to judge the cooks before you trust their methods.

Dumpling Lady News: Soup Dumplings Have Arrived!

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TKettle is temporarily offering Shanghai-style soup dumplings, made of course by Sun Le, our favorite dumpling chef. An order of 4 is $3.75 and they're damn good.

TKettle

26 Saint Marks Place

(212) 982-9782


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