Welcome back to The Bite, Sheepshead Bites’ weekly column where we explore the foodstuffs of Sheepshead Bay. Each week we check out a different offering from one of the many restaurants, delis, food carts, bakeries, butchers, fish mongers, or grocers in our neighborhood. If it’s edible, we’ll take a bite.
Today we stop into one of the oldest restaurants in Sheepshead Bay – Delmar Pizzeria (1668 Sheepshead Bay Road). Delmar has been in business since 1957, which makes it older than even your illustrious food reviewer. And, as Ned would be quick to tell you, “That’s old!”
Delmar has been serving Italian-American classics for 54 years, so they must be doing something right. With their chicken Parmesan on a roll, they’re doing something very right. For only $3.50 at lunch ($7.50 on a hero other times) Delmar’s serves up a very tasty and very filling sandwich.
I was served two, all white meat chicken cutlets, that were lightly breaded and fried. The cutlets were then placed on a Kaiser roll, topped with Delmar’s marinara sauce and covered with mozzarella cheese. The sandwich was then placed in a salamander (no, not the amphibian, but an oven) where the cheese is melted and the roll lightly toasted. And finally it was delivered to me as I waited impatiently in Delmar’s nondescript dining room.
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Sometimes in news reporting you get some bad information, and despite your best efforts, it never becomes clear that it’s bad until it has been published.
Turns out that was the case with the 18th Avenue Feast in Bensonhurst – and I suppose we should’ve known better than to trust a city website for accurate information.
Our sister site, Bensonhurst Bean, noted that the city’s event calendar listed the event as a one day affair – a story Sheepshead Bites picked up on. Turns out, it was all a big typo.
Bensonhurst Bean reports:
Due to a typo on the city’s (still uncorrected) official event calender, we – and some city officials – were led to believe that the feast would be cancelled.
It looks like the 18th Avenue Feast will be held, as usual, for 10 days.
According to the mayor’s office, the 2011 Festa di Santa Rosalia will take place from August 25 to September 4.
We’re glad to hear this great neighborhood tradition is sticking around, and we do regret any confusion or inconvenience the original posts may have caused.
Coming soon to 2612 East 14th Street: Sagdiana Restaurant. A culinary feast of Uzbek, Caucasian, Russian and French cousins. I, personally, don’t have any French cousins that I know of, but I sure do hope that, if I do, Sagdiana hunts them down, kills them, and serves them to me with a fancy-shmancy cream sauce.
The above sign appeared this week at 2612 East 14th Street, the former home of Cafe L’Azur, confirming our suspicions that the 2.5 year old restaurant is closed. It’s cut off in the photo, but the sign notes Sagdiana will have all new management. No word yet on when they’ll be open, but we took a peak inside and it seems just about fully furnished. We’re looking forward to our new neighbors.
How… Hot… Was… It… ?
It was so hot that even the swans in the bay were parched.
Photo by Mike Cipolla, who sent us the image with the very witty title in the subject line, after the merciless heatwave a couple of weeks ago.
A concerned reader called in today to tell us that basements all over the neighborhood are flooding, as the rains have fully saturated the soil around people’s homes.
That reader is right. If you haven’t thought to do it yet, remember to head down to your home’s basement and have a look around for flooding or excess moisture. With more rain coming in the next few days, better to find out now and get it taken care of than wait until it gets worse.
Have you had any flooding? Has the rain caused any other problems for you? Let us know in the comments!
The Allstate storefront at 1670 Sheepshead Bay Road has closed down, and new tenants are already moving in.
One worker who was trafficking items from his car into the store told us that it would be a computer repair shop. Another who we spoke to on a different day said it would be an imported video rental store. Given that video rental stores often share their storefronts these days, we’re guessing it’s probably both.
1501 Sheepshead Bay Road
A proposed nine-story development may be nixed as the site goes up for sale, giving a sign of hope to opponents who were outraged that the plan’s 101 parking garage would create a traffic nightmare for the area.
For sale signs went up at 1501 Sheepshead Bay Road recently, and representatives of the property have confirmed to Sheepshead Bites that plans are now up in the air. The original plans called for a 115-foot building wedged into a narrow strip of land abutting the train tracks and existing buildings, running all the way from Sheepshead Bay Road to Avenue Z.
“The property is for sale because the owners have another opportunity at another location and can’t proceed with two constructions at the same time,” said broker Arsen Atbashyan, who represents the property.
Don’t sound the “all clear” just yet. Keep reading to find out why.
The date is getting closer. Sheepshead Bites Night at MCU Park (Brooklyn Cyclones stadium) is this Friday, August 19! Find out more about the event and buy your discounted field box tickets now using the promo code “BITES.”
And our reader contest, Pitch-to-Pitch, which will determine which of our lucky readers will get to throw the first pitch, comes to an end tomorrow afternoon. Don’t forget to cast your vote now!
Oh, and, of course, here’s the open thread…
Reader Michael S. wrote in to tell us about a number of car break-ins that occurred overnight, around Shore Parkway and Bedford Avenue. The scene sounds similar to that of April 2010, when dozens of cars were broken into in one night by a team of thieves. Here’s what Michael writes:
My car and a few other cars in the area got broken into overnight i was parked on Bedford and shore parkway the broke the rear passenger window and thats how they got into the trunk. The took everything xbox360, macbook pro, dslr camera, remote control gas car.. Hit the jackpot. Another car on the street was broken into as well. At the glass shop now and there a few people that had there cars broken into overnight seems to be a trend all cars with tints.
Not to rub salt into your wounds, Michael, but why on earth would you keep an Xbox 360, Macbook Pro, DSLR and other high-value stuff in your car? We write all the time about how even pennies in your cup holder or GPS suction cup rings on your windshield can be enough of a justification for a thief to break your window. It’s not a joke; we hear these incidents from the police all the time.
Please, readers, the 61st Precinct’s Midnight Conditions Unit may be doing a good job reducing incidents like this, but they can’t eliminate it. Don’t leave anything of value in your car. Especially when you’re parking on a dark street like Shore Parkway.
I’m guessing most of us know which song the title references? Superb photo by Tinx Chan.