Wow, talk about a survivor. Jimmy’s Famous Heros located at 1786 Sheepshead Bay Road (between Emmons Avenue and Shore Parkway) is celebrating its 75th anniversary all month long.
Opened on February 1, 1938, Jimmy’s has survived the Great Depression, World War II, the massive inflation and oil embargoes of the 1970′s and the Great Recession of our time. Bowed, but not defeated by Superstorm Sandy, Victor Spadaro and his crew turn out some of the best sandwiches in Brooklyn.
So, what do they do to celebrate? They bake a cake. Not just a cake, but a cake that looks just like one of Jimmy’s famous heros, Nicole Bochen created this life size replica of a ham and cheese hero. Of course, it’s with the works!
Congratulations Jimmy’s. Here’s to another 75 years of serving the Bay.
Arbuz owners and staff cleaning off the furniture just days after the storm.
THE BITE: The Bite’s been laying low as Sheepshead Bay struggles to recover from Hurricane Sandy. With so many still without power or heat, it seems a bit insensitive to write about a newly discovered food dish. Now’s the time to help our neighbors rebuild.
Many of our restaurants and food mongers who came out for this year’s A Taste of Sheepshead Bay are still recovering and some are already back in business. Please do your best to help support the businesses that support Sheepshead Bites and the community. Without their support we wouldn’t be able to bring you our coverage of the neighborhood. No one else provides the local news when you need it, like Sheepshead Bites.
Rovshan Danilov, the owner of Arbuz, put it best. “We need Sheepshead Bay back. We need the businesses to return. We need the customers back. We need the landlords to understand and work with the small businesses of the Bay.” We’re all in this together.
Local elected officials pledged support to bringing back full B4 bus service and other public transportation improvements to the area at last night’s Sheepshead Bay Transit Town Hall, organized by Sheepshead Bites, Transportation Alternatives, Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz and the Sheepshead Bay – Plumb Beach Civic Association.
More than 50 people turned out for the event to share their experiences with mass transportation in the area, emphatically expressing the community’s desire to restore the B4 to a 24/7 bus line after service cuts in 2010 eliminated the line east of Ocean Parkway on weekends and off-peak hours on weekdays. The Sheepshead Bay – Plumb Beach Civic Association presented elected officials with a petition signed by more than 1,000 people, and when a representative from Transportation Alternatives asked the crowd how many of them were affected by the B4 cuts, every hand in the room went up.
“Over 90 percent of our residents in this community rely on mass transit regularly,” Cymbrowitz said in his opening statements. “Ideas that appear brilliant on paper often fail to deliver in practice. One example? The decision to provide B4 bus service to Knapp Street and Voorhies Avenue during peak periods Monday to Friday, leaving thousands of potential riders without viable mass transit services.”
THE BITE: Four years ago, the last time the Patriots were foolish enough to engage the Giants in a Super Bowl, I was asked by Rachel Wharton of the Daily News to recommend a place for sandwiches for the big game. Of course, I recomended Jimmy’s.
Here’s what I wrote…
It’s a little hole in the wall joint down in the bay that’s been around for something like 50 years. It’s the only place I know that always has fresh RIPE tomatoes, which taste like fresh ripe tomatoes even in the dead of winter. They only serve cold heroes, using Boar’s Head meat and cheeses. Be sure to get your heros with “the works;” lettuce, tomato, salt, pepper, oil, red vinegar and shredded onions. The onions are bathed in a secret process that makes them very different and sweeter than others. Also, try the home made roasted red peppers.
Four years later and the Giants once again reign supreme and Victor and his team are still serving up outstanding heros each and every day.
City Councilmembers Lew Fidler and Mike Nelson, and Borough President Marty Markowitz with Sheepshead Bites founder Ned Berke. (Photo by Randy Contello)
If you missed A Taste of Sheepshead Bay on Thursday night, you missed history being made.
Whereas, Brooklyn is most justifiably lauded for the rich array of culinary splendor that awaits residents and visitors alike, and everyone, from the comfort food seeker to the most finicky foodie is bound to encounter everything that will wow his or her palate, it is most fitting that we recognize those wonderful purveyors of decadent delectables, whose excellent taste and hard work help create the unique and fanciful flavor for which Brooklyn is widely known; and
Whereas, all of Brooklyn joins the owners, staff and supporters of twenty one of the best restaurants in Sheepshead Bay as Sheepshead Bites – Sheepshead Bay’s only independent news blog and winner of the L Magazine 2010 best local blogger distinction for Brooklyn and Manhattan - presents “A Taste of Sheepshead Bay,” an evening of eclectic food sampling and sumptuous entertainment, pronouncing Sheepshead Bay as Brooklyn’s premier culinary destination once again
So begins the proclamation issued by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz as he declared,
Now, therefore, I Marty Markowitz, President of the Borough of Brooklyn, do hereby proclaim, Thursday, October 27, 2011, 1st Annual Sheepshead Bites, A Taste of Sheepshead Bay Celebration Day in Brooklyn, USA.
Approximately 350 people attended the first Taste of Sheepshead Bay. They braved the elements to feast on the best that Sheepshead Bay had to offer as we celebrated the best damn neighborhood in Brooklyn.
Photo by the amazing Adam Lerner of Adam Lerner | Photography
As an inexhaustibly enthusiastic photographer, a little more than a year ago I found myself on the website FroKnowsPhoto.com, described by its Philadelphia-based proprietor Jared Polin (from his LinkedIn bio) as being “dedicated to helping photographers of all skill levels to become better through fun and informative videos and content.”
It’s a great site, and Jared Polin, AKA “The Fro,” himself is an inexhaustibly enthusiastic photographer, and teacher (not in the academic sense) as well… but, what has any of this got to do with Sheepshead Bay?
Sheepshead Bay has lost many diners over the years. There was the Sheepshead Diner, the Mayflower, and that diner over on Avenue U and Coney Island Avenue. And I’m sure you can name plenty more without even a thought. But we are still left with a number of diners. We have El Greco – for what that’s worth. There is Perry’s on Nostrand – oh, and Kouros Bay. And New Clemente’s on Sheepshead Bay Road (a hidden gem, if you ask me). There’s probably more I’m missing, but that’s just the start of a list.
So why am I talking about diners? Well, I came across this Yelp review, which says Perry’s (3482 Nostrand Avenue) is the best diner in the area. It’s “Nice, like a real Brooklyn diner should be.” He swoons over their courteous staff, great value and fresh seafood.
The best? That’s quite a statement. And since Brooklynites are the only people who would launch WWIII over insults to their favorite diners or pizzerias, I thought I’d leave it to my readers. How ’bout it? What’s the best diner in the Sheepshead area?
Jimmy’s Famous Heros (1786 Sheepshead Bay Road) a local legend? That’s what reviewer michael f. thinks. He recommends getting a cold sandwich – and don’t forget “the works”!
Another local legend, Randazzo’s Clam Bar (2017 Emmons Avenue), got a nice writeup for its down-home atmosphere, huge portions and great seafood. He warns, though, to stay away if you’re looking for fancy – the locals “aren’t afraid to yell across the restaurant. Get used to it.” Oh, and there was also this rambling review which didn’t make sense.
The area’s only Thai restaurant, Siam Orchid (2259 Emmons Avenue), got trashed by one reviewer. He likened it to “Cactus Mexican food (Chinese people who make both Chinese food and lousy Mexican food), Siam Orchid is Chinese making lousy Thai.” He also said it was “better suited for a landfill than the human pallet.” Ouch.