Open Thread Wednesday 5/27/09

BHB Photo Club pic by dbd25 via Flickr

BHB Photo Club pic by dbd25 via Flickr

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  • Andrew Porter

    There’s an ex-dancer who lives on Hicks with a rather rotund dog; I’ve seen him for a long time on the Promenade and in the neighborhood; just not in the last month or so. Anyone know him and if he’s okay?

  • davoyager

    Roughly how old is your ex-dancer? I know an old timer who’s old dog died. New dog in evidence.

  • justaneighbor

    Trying to dig up a past Wednesday posting on the best place for an oil change but not having much luck with the search feature…so please don’t mind me asking as it may have been asked before, but can anyone recommend a good spot?

    Homer: worth it to have your readers do a “Best Of” the Heights, Cobble Hill, etc. and round up all of the major recommendations for services, eateries, etc. and then keep it linked to a reference page? Maybe start small and just keep it to 25-50 things to vote on..just a thought!

  • north heights res

    On Monday, went to Tazza for the first time since abandoning them last fall, following two dismal service experiences. Got coffee to go; within literally five minutes, the paper cup was dissolving and coffee was leaking through it. It eventually simply collapsed.

    Are they kidding? Bad service, high prices, and now, fear of imminent scalding through cup collapse?

  • cv

    Is there still a possibility that the Tea Lounge is going to be opening in our neighborhood, as discussed here a while back?

  • EAC

    Anyone know a good place to sell old DVDs? Does Gamestop buy used DVDs?

  • melanie hope greenberg

    Andrew, that person is my downstairs neighbor. His beloved dog died and he spent some time alone. I’ll let him know you asked and he can use my computer to answer.

  • Jenn

    My fiance and I live on Atlantic between Cobble Hill and Brooklyn Heights, and we would love to have our wedding in the neighborhood or nearby. Do any of you have any ideas? We would love to hear them! (Please keep in mind that our budget is small.)

  • AEB

    Melanie, re post above: you’re a kind person.

  • Ramona Quimby

    I agree that the service at Tazza is awful. I was so excited when they opened, but I can’t stand to go in there anymore.

  • alex

    Are you talking about Tazza on Clark or Henry? I happen to find the one on Henry charming, although I’ll never again go there to try to write. Too many people crowded too closely together = too much noise.

    On that note: where do you go to write, read, etc?

  • Love the Heights

    I have never had anything but great service at Tazza and am happy to support a local business owner. Food, service and atmosphere have been great.

  • Love the Heights

    The Tazza on Clark Street.

  • alex

    Ah, yes. Being across the street from the dorms, the Clark Street Tazza has quite a different vibe than the Henry Street one.

  • Homer Fink

    Jenn – our pals EJ and Beth had their wedding at Bubbys in DUMBO and gotta say food was delish, staff were great etc… and the view spectacular.

  • heightsdiho

    Jenn – friends of ours had their wedding/reception at Noodle Pudding and it was lovely. Not sure of what the price was, but the food and service was excellent. If your wedding isn’t going to be a large one it would be a nice spot. Might also check with Jack the Horse. They do private parties too.

  • north heights res

    The Tazza of the disintegrating coffee cup is on Clark.

  • Ramona Quimby

    I was also referring to the bad service at the Tazza on Clark.

  • MM

    I was wondering if anyone actually knows how the discount card at Sushi Gallery works. It’s supposed to be 5% off, but what it seems to do is record how much I spent, 5% of that and then totals the 5% of each purchase. Is is it something like when I hit $20 or another figure I get that off purchase? It isn’t exactly clear, but I know everytime I pay the total of what I ordered, not the total minus 5%.

  • vspingola

    I went to Tazza only once. I noticed the counter person was making my order incorrectly so I said “Excuse me to get her attention. After three attempts to talk to her, she turned around and snarled at me ” I heard you the first time!” and threw my drink in the trash. I left and never went back.

  • T.K. Small

    Justaneighbor, for my oil changes, I head out Atlantic Avenue past the mall. On your right hand side there is a Speedy Lube. Speedy Lube is open fairly late and you get a free mediocre car wash. There are also a number of places on 4th Ave., but I don’t have any recommendations. Whatever you do, do not use the service station on Atlantic at the corner of Henry!

  • Jen

    Tazza on Clark Street has horrible coffee. It was decent when it opened but they must have changed their beans or something because it’s watery, thin and weak. And the hot coffee is WAY too hot. The only friendly counterperson is Javier, who is (I believe) the only guy there. The woman all have an obnoxious attitude. I walk the extra 5 blocks to go to Connecticut Muffin for coffee instead. Even if the service is sometimes surly, at least I know my coffee will be good.

  • melanie hope greenberg

    Superfine at 126 Front St does beautiful wedding receptions. 718-243-9005.

  • brooklynite

    JENN— you might also want to check into Le Petit Cafe on Court St. You can rent out the entire place and they will decorate their “garden” with lovely candles and lights. very romantic and great for a small wedding. I have been to a private event there and it was very lovely and the food was yummy.

    Noodle Pudding is also amazing and so is Bubby’s which is fun b/c of the location.

  • justaneighbor

    Thanks TK Small..I know to beware of the one on Atlantic/Henry!!

  • Teddy

    Does anyone know why Tazza (Henry St.) didn’t have their tables out over the Memorial Day weekend? The weather seemed perfect for outdoor dining. Did they decide not to renew their sidewalk permit?

  • alex


    I can’t remember the specifics, but there was a sign inside explaining they hoped to get them out as soon as possible.


  • alex

    Jenn — I like the idea of weddings at Brooklyn Bridge Park, assuming you’re okay with the fact that you likely won’t be the only couple there. As far as receptions, there are lots of restaurants with gardens that might be nice: Pine e Vino on Smith Street, Bacchus on Atlantic Avenue, etc. I assume they’re relatively affordable.

  • brooklynite

    Any ideas on rental space for a rehearsal dinner??

    My future mother-in-law wants to be able to bring her own food…. limits options!

  • AliG

    Teddy, Tazza on Henry did not get their outdoor seating license renewed in time. They’ll be back out soon.