The Brooklyn Eagle reports that the North Heights food scene is booming (just like we did in March). The paper focuses its piece mostly on the reinvented "Corner of Cranberry" ventures, notably the recently opened Oven. It touches briefly upon the real drivers of this renaissance — Jack the Horse Tavern and Le Petit Marche as well as nabe mainstays Henry's End and Noodle Pudding (which is enjoying a bump thanks to a new chef).
Brooklyn Eagle: Henry Street Becomes a New Restaurant Row: The area has seen a proliferation of new food establishments recently starting with The Blue Pig ice cream parlor, which opened a year and a half ago.
Chris Fehlinger, owner and manager of Oven, which occupies one of three storefronts at 60 Henry St., says the area is “the most vibrant I’ve seen it in 10 years.” Based on his success, Fehlinger already wants to expand Oven before the five-year lease runs out.
Fehlinger credits the success of his restaurant, and the overall improvement of the area, to this end of Henry Street becoming something of “a destination” and the increase in the number of young couples. Two restaurants, Henry’s End and Noodle Pudding, have been successful there for several years, and they were joined in the past year by the French bistro, Le Petit Marché.
A person identified as "Alex" (no last name) from Uncommon Grounds sheds some light on the cafe's decision this week to renovate:
“Uncommon Grounds hasn’t found its identity, some kinks are being worked out,” he said. Uncommon Grounds, which gained popularity with nighttime music shows, is undergoing renovations and switching to an after-work wine bar.