Some people think it’s called JtH Next Door because of the sign on the door, but that’s a bit of a joke. You see there is a sign at the entrance to Jack the Horse Tavern that says “OYSTERS next door” and the sign on the Oyster Room entrance is an indication that you’ve reached “next door.”
Oysters Next Door. Photo: Evan Bindelglass
Oltmans wanted this space from the beginning, but it wasn’t feasible until recently. Prior to its current incarnation, it was framing shop run by Katie Browning.
What The Owner Says To Order (in addition to oysters):
Cold: Smoked Trout Deviled Eggs or Classic Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail
Hot: Fried Goat Cheese Balls & Sumac Spiced Honey
Back to Henry Street now and a visit to Bevacco (60 Henry Street – website), just one of the Italian restaurants on the street owned by a native Italian.
Bevacco. Photo: Evan Bindelglass
60 Henry Street is also the Cranlyn apartment building at 80 Cranberry Street. It’s a classic 1931 Art Deco building and some believe it to be a city landmark. That’s true, sort of. Like every building in this piece, it is part of the Brooklyn Heights Historic District, which, in 1965, became the city’s first designated district.
That means every structure in the district falls under the city’s landmarks law. Any changes to the outside of a building or construction of a new building must go through the Landmarks Preservation Commission before they can happen. The storefront that is now Bevacco was actually two spaces back in 1967 and those were a beauty salon and a food market.
60 Henry Street, 1967. Photo courtesy New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission
Eventually, it was Busy Chef, which was brought down by the same scandal that brought down the predecessor to Brooklyn Heights Wine Bar. But that was the past. Let’s focus on how we got to the positive present. Peter Sclafani was born in Sicily and came to the United States at the age of six. He always had a passion for food and restaurants and eventually met Kristen Hallet. The two married and opened Park Slope staples Provini, Bar Tano, and Bar Toto, which was a regular stop for Mayor Bill de Blasio before he moved to Gracie Mansion. In fall of 2011, they added Brooklyn Heights to their domain and opened Bevacco, which is from the Italian slang for “eating and drinking meeting place.” They are proud of how fresh everything is and of their all-Italian wine list. Zachary Quinto and Keri Russell are celebrity regulars.
Bartender Tristan Brunel. Photo: Evan Bindelglass
Earlier you read that Bevacco’s space was once two establishments. Well, the FDNY is forcing them to split the space again. That means Bevacco will close for as short a time as possible sometime around the end of the summer. Bevacco will re-open with its own bar and menu, but the other half will be an as yet unnamed space that is more casual and bar-centric. Peter and Kristen are also busy because they just opened a pizza place in Prospect Heights called Ogliastro. The mayor was at the opening, but there is no word on whether he used a ford and knife.
What The Owner Says To Order:
Cocktail (Brunel’s recommendation): Milano Mule (Prairie Organic Vodka, Branca Menta, mint, lime juice, Regatta ginger beer)
Milano Mule at Bevacco. Photo: Evan Bindelglass
Appetizer: Salmon Tartar. This is a rich dish to be shared.
Salmon Tartar at Bevacco. Photo: Evan Bindelglass
Entrée: Tagliatelle Nero Di Seppia (black ink tagiatelle, shrimp, artichoke, mint, and pecorino). Even if you don’t like artichokes, you’ll enjoy this. When available, the lobster ravioli is also recommended. You can taste how fresh the lobster meat is.
Tagliatelle Nero Di Seppia at Bevacco. Photo: Evan Bindelglass
ARCHIVE DOCUMENTS: 1931 Certificate of Occupancy (PDF)