Photo by Laura Fernandez.

And now for something completely different...

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.

Take a moment to re-read that last line of The Bite’s intro blurb. “If it’s edible, we’ll take a bite.” When Robert and I conceived of The Bite, it wasn’t to be just prepared foods served at restaurants and cafes, but also bottled and canned goods and other assorted comestibles unique to the area’s ethnic grocers. So, with more than a dozen great reviews of traditional foods under our belt, I began harassing Robert to try something a little more… fringe. On a visit to New York Mart yesterday, I told him that if he wanted to keep his job he’d eat and review whatever I bought him. To warm him up to the idea, I said I’d eat it, too. Below is his writeup. My thoughts are in parenthesis. – Ned.

Find out what we thought about the canned roasted eel we purchased from New York Mart.

Tonight Baskin-Robbins is holding its Fifth Annual 31 Cent Scoop Night. Partnering with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF), Baskin-Robbins is paying tribute to America’s Firefighters and thanking their loyal customers by lowering the price of Baskin-Robbins scoops to just 31 cents*!

All of our local Baskin-Robbins stores are taking part and you can get your cheap-o scoops from 5:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. Even if you’re not a loyal customer, they’ll still honor the deal.

And just in case you don’t know, we’ve got a lot of B-R in the neighborhood:

  • 3701 Nostrand Ave
  • 1815 Avenue U
  • 1427 Sheepshead Bay Rd
  • 711 Brighton Beach Ave

*Plus applicable tax. Limit 3 2.5 oz scoops per person. At participating stores while supplies last.

As if the city’s bike lane battles weren’t serious enough – what with top-less protests, Holocaust comparisons, and misplaced priorities - Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz kicked it up a notch by skewering the city’s bike line obsession, and fanatical proponents, in a song and dance routine. Literally.

Joining the cast of Symphony Space’s political cabaret Thalia Follies during the production’s first Brooklyn performance, Marty Markowitz took to the stage to voice the plight of Brooklyn drivers, besieged by the city’s fast-and-furious implementation of lane alterations citywide. Bus lanes and bike lanes and sidewalk cafe lanes – all given a tribute of sort to the tune of “Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music.

“Strollers and schlepers and skaters and joggers,/ Holiday lanes just for all the egg-noggers,/ Let’s not forget cars, it’s getting insane./ Welcome to Brooklyn the borough of lanes,” Markowitz crooned in his Elmer Fudd-like voice.

Keep reading to find out the backstory.

Source: NYTimes.com

Well, lookey here. The New York Times has discovered Gravesend. Yeah, you know, “Gravesend, Brooklyn, near Bensonhurst.”

And wonders of wonders, Gravesend has “a family-run cafe” called the Cafe Kiev (1739 West 7th Street). “It’s a refreshing contrast to the borough’s many banquet facilities and dingy holes-in-the-wall serving cuisines of the former Soviet Union.” Nice to hear, but I hate to break this to the staff of the old grey lady, but there’s a lot of family-run cafes in our neck of the woods and many of them are “prettied up with pastel walls, framed prints and chandeliers, and buoyed by gentle lounge music.”

I’ve never been to Cafe Kiev. It sounds great and I can’t wait to try it out, but c’mon New York Times. Have you ever been to the restaurants of Southern Brooklyn? With comments like these I have to wonder.

The floor staff, managed by a young married couple, Artem Surjko Iurasov and Alina Allakhveranova, speaks fine English.

Prices that prompt a double-take. No item exceeds $7.

Check out The Times take on Cafe Kiev.

Community Board 15 is having its meeting tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the Kingsborough Community College Faculty Dining Room (2001 Oriental Boulevard).

The meeting was rescheduled from yesterday out of respect for the Jewish holiday. We know what you’re thinking – “It would’ve been nice to know that yesterday.” Well… whoops. My bad.

Come to the meeting to discuss issues of concern to the neighborhood and meet your local politicians. It’ll be fun. Promise.

Source: Google Maps

Sorry, lovers of greasy fried chicken and unconscionably decadent “sandwiches” – but our closest outlet to the Colonel’s special recipe is now shuttered.

Kentucky Fried Chicken at 2940 Avenue U (off the corner of Nostrand Avenue) closed for good yesterday. A banner hung from the establishment’s roof announcing that the location was permanently closed “due to lease expiration.”

This has us feeling a little bit like Kenny, but maybe a medicinal marijuana shop can open up and we’ll all bounce around on our hoppity-hop balls. Or maybe we’ll begin smuggling some into the neighborhood. Or maybe – well, more like “probably” – we’ll go to Chicken Masters and support a local business.

Yep. We just watched a whole bunch of South Park and got to call it “work.” Jealous much?

Photo by Tina H.

Photo by Lisanne Anderson. Shot on Homecrest Avenue, just north of Avenue U.

Some might consider this porn. Well, I wouldn't. But someone could, right? (Source: City Hall News)

State Senator Marty Golden doesn’t want you killing kittens with taxpayer dollars. Or making angels weep. And he certainly doesn’t want you going blind.

That’s why Golden is calling on the Brooklyn, Queens and New York Public Library systems to establish stronger policies to halt access to pornographic websites on public computers in library branches throughout the city.

“Allowing anyone to view pornographic materials on a public computer in one of our library branches here in Brooklyn, or anywhere else in New York City, is appalling,” Golden said in statement issued today. “Libraries are for the community to enrich their educational pursuits, not be a place to go so to download pornography. ”

What’s all the hubbub about? Keep reading.

Loved ones of the mother and daughter nurses stabbed to death at 2299 East 13th Street are turning to the Facebook community for help in nabbing Russian national Nikolai Rakossi, the suspect accused of the grizzly double homicide.

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