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  • Mike Suko

    Teresa’s closing and a couple of random comments I’ve seen over the past few months makes me think that TODAY (well, this “entry” on the BHB) might be a good time for a poll…. If there’s much interest, I’ll set something up online to make it more formal…. PROPOSED: Pick your FAVORITE Heights restaurant and the best “other” “retailer” and the best “service” provider. [I’m open to improvements on the latter 2, but it’d be nuts to have “best PT place” and 50 other “categories.”] Plus, I propose that Court & Atlantic (the Rite Aid) be the “pin” on the map in terms of “Heights” eligibility. WITH THAT, my choices would be JTH for eating honors, Sahadi’s for best misc. retailer and [who doesn’t love a kiss-ass?] the Brooklyn Heights Blog for misc. service! … An extra HAPPY N.Y. to any who vote!

  • Banet

    Colonie for restaurant. Sahadi for merchant. BHA for service.

  • Mary Kim

    Mike, BHB can do a post calling for noms for your categories. Hopefully, we’ll get more responses than the last time we tried a poll for best restaurants. If you’d like to do a guest post, meaning you write the text, you can email me at Happy New Year.

  • aconcernedneighbor

    Yes! Please do this! : )

  • Andrew Porter

    Nice photo of the Cat House on Montague, Claude. Not to be confused with Polly Adler’s earlier emporium at the corner of Henry and Pierrepont…

    Not very topical, but here’s my recent photo of past BHA head honchos Peter Bray, left, and Judy Stanton, with the back of the Eagle’s Mary Frost at right:

  • Arch Stanton

    Need more categories.
    JTH Best high end restaurant
    Grand Canyon Best mid level diner/restaurant
    Hanco’s Best cheap lunch restaurant
    Key Food for retail
    Best Cleaners for service

  • StudioBrooklyn

    I agree with Arch’s suggestion that “restaurant” is too all-encompassing of a category (though generally speaking I don’t agree with his choices). Break it down at least into high end, mid level, and casual dining. Retail might also be too general: I don’t want to have to choose between Sammy and Key Food, because even though they both sell pet food and even though they both have wonderful people behind the registers they don’t overlap in any other meaningful way.

    Also, BHB should print certificates for the winners to display. These should be at least a little bit humorously self-effacing.

  • Edo Express

    I get why you chose JHT for “high end”, as I also think the food is excellent, but objectively speaking high end is Le Bernardin and Eleven Madison Park, not JHT. BH does not have any high end dining, it is all casual based on atmosphere and price point. So why not just use best restaurants and best lunch places to differentiate the casual vs. very casual. (i.e. JHT vs. Tutt Caffe).

  • Arch Stanton

    Well yes, I meant relative to the neighborhood. Though I would say JTH is equal to Manhattan High End (I’ve been to most) at least in quality and flavors of the food, perhaps not plated quite as fancy or as many waitrons doting over you but personally, I don’t care about any of that.

  • Mike Suko

    I’m very optimistic that it will happen – a “Best of Brooklyn Heights” poll – by Jan. 10. Thanks, all, for any/all suggestions. Looks like between 5 & 10 “categories” will be included.

  • Andrew Porter

    Jack Horse The? JTH…

  • Edo Express

    Thanks. Yes of course JTH.

  • Eddyde

    I haven’t been able to access the blog’s website since yesterday? I only was able to get here through Disqus?

  • Knight

    I just noticed that Fascati’s raised some of their prices. $3.50 for a slice!