Latest Montague Street Restaurant Closure and Relocation

Walking past Cafe Buon Gusto this afternoon, I saw this sign in a window: “To all our customers we are moving to a new location 132 Montague starting Sept. 3.” Of course I had to find 132 Montague. It wasn’t hard; it’s on the same block, between Clinton and Henry, on the opposite (north) side. IMG_2309Yes, it’s the site occupied by Dariush, offering “Persian Cuisine” for what seems like just a few months. The sign in the window says “We are temporary [sic] closed!! We will reopen on September 3rd.” If the sign at Cafe Buon Gusto is to be believed, the place will reopen September 3, but as Cafe Buon Gusto, not Dariush.

The downstairs space at 132 Montague has not been a happy one for restaurants of late; it may be the worst in Brooklyn Heights. Before Dariush, it was briefly a Mexican/Spanish place that had very good and inexpensive fish tacos. Before that, also and in my opinion unfortunately briefly, it was an Argentinian steak place that served excellent steaks at reasonable prices. Before that, and for I think several years, it was a Spanish tapas place. Someone with a better memory than mine will have to fill in its earlier incarnations.

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  • Charles Gill

    So …Moving to the south side …?

  • gc

    Sorry to see Dariush go.

  • Eddyde

    It was also for a nanosecond, an attempted resurrection of Eamonn Doran’s…

  • Claude Scales

    Thanks! My wife also reminded me of that while we were having dinner.

  • Heights Newbie

    Always super nice in CBG and decent pasta — especially the homemade stuff — for the price. Hope they can hang on, but agree that no one wants to eat in a basement!

  • StudioBrooklyn

    Fwiw there’s a lovely patio out back, abutting the church/library driveway.

  • Arch Stanton

    Never been a big fan of Cafe Buon Gusto. The food is okay but seems kind of overpriced for pasta, some dishes noticeably skimpy on ingredients… Had a few good times at the bar though.

  • BrooklynHeightzer

    “abutting” – not often used word these days. Good vocab.

  • BrooklynHeightzer

    Must agree with you on Buon Gusto. I once ordered there a dish of pasta with shrimp (years ago), and it took me awhile to find four tiny shrimps in a heap of pasta.

  • Arch Stanton

    Yep, I had a similar experience, though I only got 3 ½ shrimp.

  • Monique Ferrell

    My favorite was the not quite defrosted frozen vegetables.

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  • Andrew Porter

    I envy all the restaurant talk. Since my cancer op in 2007, now a super-finicky eater: none of the foods that everyone else can scarf down with impunity. So if I eat out—2, 3 times a year—usually end up at Teresa’s or the Chinese place downstairs, both on Montague.

  • BrooklynHeightzer

    I thought they were touch-testing the dishes before serving them.