Open Thread Wednesday 12/21/2011

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  • Eddyenergizer

    Ok folks here’s a chance fo your wishes to come true.
    A friend of mine is looking into opening a bar/eatery in the North Heights.
    What would you like to see open, what do you think is needed?

  • dave

    Definitely Italian. I don’t think there are nearly enough Italian/pasta restaurants around.

  • Wrennie

    Maybe some sort of tapas-type joint? Small plates, good cocktails, nice space…

  • Wrennie

    Not to ruin the holiday spirit, but what are everyone’s thoughts on tipping live-in supers? Mine is an unresponsive pot-smoker, so I’m not thrilled about the idea of giving him money which he’ll use to bake out my apartment. Do I have to give him something?

  • Jenna

    I think there are some good Italian options already in our hood. It would be great to see some kind of Mexican or Southern eatery in the North Heights, or Asian fusion (not just sushi).

  • Daddy Dearest

    @Eddyenrgizger – Would love to see a good Mexican restaurant in the neighborhood with great margaritas to boot.

  • BH’er

    for 25 Pierrepont St… anychance of seeing workers fixing the problems that caused the late night, emergency scaffold setup?

    or are we going to enjoy a permanent new scaffold structure for the next 30 years?

    i havent seen a single worker up there yet! i hope they’re quick and can get rid of that skeleton soon!

  • AmyinBH

    A nice French bistro would be a lovely addition. Not fancy. Not child friendly. A nice place for grown-ups.

  • Mr. Cad

    If it is Mexican, something along the lines of Maya on the upper east side, a fusionesqe complex version of Mexican. Please, no more Italian places. Two within a few hundred feet is plenty.

  • JoJo

    There is no good BBQ anywhere even remotely close to the neighborhood, the last thing needed is Italian.

  • Master Of Middagh

    A place with some kind of character. You know, like, specialties and stuff. Even Henry St. Bar & Grill can boast of their on tap beers. Tapas was a good idea. And people in this area seem to like brunch on the weekends. Good vegetarian dishes, side-by-side with heartier fare like ribs or fried chicken- it would be nice if there was a place I could take a vegetarian health food conscious girlfriend where I don’t have to eat wimp food.

    Most important for me- low priced options. Park Plaza diner would get a lot more business from me if they had an easy way to order food items without having to purchase a full meal. I just want an order of the ribs- how come I’m forced to buy it with mashed potatoes, two sides of vegetables, coleslaw and a bunch of other stuff I don’t want? Even if a customer can haggle with the owner over this matter, I don’t want to get into a discussion- just spell it out on the menu that a customer can just order what they want. Going for that extra buck can sometimes hurt a business.

  • Still here

    The Pizza Wars – Has anyone tried the new Grimaldi’s pizza at One Front st? Is it any different than before? How is the seating (always a problem with that location)?

  • GHB

    It’s a restaurant. They serve meals. If you don’t want the sides, tell them to hold them, but don’t expect a discount because you don’t want the whole thing.

  • PeterB

    On Monday night (well Tuesday morning technically, maybe 1:30 am or so) I heard a lot of yelling, which I assumed was a drunken kid heading back to the St. George dorm. But then I heard “HELP, PLEASE HELP, SOMEBODY!!!”. I finally spotted a guy, maybe mid 20s, dressed in a suit, on the corner of Middagh and Cadman Plaza West. I assume he was drunk, but I called 311, who connected me to 911 after my explanation. Anyway, an ambulance came, and this guy was laying in the street, looked bad, but eventually was helped up and into the ambulance.

    Did anyone else hear/see this? Trying to find an update on this guy, just hope he is ok.

  • frank

    Mexican would be a great idea

  • PeterB

    Oh yeah … last Thursday, trying stopping by La Mancha for dinner, but it was closed. I called on Friday, and the phone was disconnected. I really hope the owner Jose is just on vacation in Spain or something: PLEASE tell me this place is not out of business, I would miss that paella.

  • monty

    Pretty sure Dave was being sarcastic about Italian food. If he wants to make money, a really family friendly place like what Bubbys used to be would clean up. And the childless folks would be happy too because we won’t try to squeeze into all those places where we don’t fit.

  • Virgil Starkwell

    Tipping live-in supers? Wrennie, based on your description, I bet we live in the same building. Anyway, I feel obligated. Yes, the lobby will often smell of his weed and it takes days for him to respond to calls, but, if I don’t tip, it might be even worse with him. Perhaps the modest tip I will give will ensure a several days late return call instead of no return call at all. Not an ideal situation, but it is the one I find myself in. Also, it is the holidays. If one can afford to give a modest tip, why not go ahead and do it. The season of giving and all…

  • Jared

    Mexican would be a great addition to the hood. I also miss having a real ice cream shop in the neighborhood.

  • Wrennie

    What’s an appropriate amount to tip? I think my first year I gave him $50 (I hadn’t been there long), and then the next year, I gave him nothing because of the near-constant reefer smell seeping through the vent in my bathroom.

  • Hicks St Guy

    @JoJo, you hate Pete’s Waterfront?

  • Heather Quinlan

    I endorse Virgil Starkwell’s sentiment and username.

  • RemsenGal

    YES TO MEXICAN……. Please, there is no Mexican food anywhere! (I really don’t count the Chipotle on Montague, haha) Or Colombian food would be nice….. :)

  • JoJo

    PeterB: La Mancha is closed for good, people recently talking about it on Chowhound (

    Hicks St Guy: I don’t hate Pete’s, I just don’t think it’s very good, every meal I’d had there was OK at best.

  • AEB

    Bessarabian food. Just love me that ikra.

  • Hicks St Guy

    a discreet French bistro, with reasonable prices and good house wine would be an asset. similar to JTH but without the high prices.
    btw, went past Bevacco last night, it looked pretty empty.

  • dave

    Thanks Monty, it was indeed sarcasm! I guess I needed to drill the point home more by naming the many italian restaurants in BH.

    Anyways, my vote is also for mexican. Been jonsing for it and I have to go to rachel’s in park slope for a nice big burrito.

  • Andrew

    A neighborhood french bistro (like Bar Tabac on Smith but with slightly lower wine by the glass prices) would be a great addition. Or a Spanish or tapas place. Quality Mexican is lacking around here as is Greek food. A seafood-focused restaurant would be great, too. Heck, a gastropub or locavore place would be good additions, too.

    I’m very ambivalent about what kind of restaurant to open in the North Heights than the level of execution. Something that is reasonably priced and executes well should do well. (See, e.g. Noodle Pudding. Not the best restaurant in the world, not the cheapest, but its balance of price and quality has made it successful.)

  • RemsenGal

    Chant with me, everybody: MEX-I-CAN! MEX-I-CAN!

  • Jen

    Has anyone noticed the astronomical amount of dog poop on the sidewalks recently? Columbia Heights in particular is covered with poop land-mines, most partially cleaned up into a smeared mess. It’s a dangerous walk during the day (especially with kids, scooters, etc.), but at night there is no escaping the poop mess.