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Big ups to Brennan & Carr, featured this week in Eater NY’s roundup of New York City’s 21 most iconic meat dishes.

The 3424 Nostrand Avenue business has been serving up hot beef dipped in broth and slapped on a bun for 76 years, and remains a family institution. It’s a frequent competitor for best roast beef in the city and is locked in fierce competition for that title with Roll-N-Roaster. Undisputed, though, is that our area has the city’s best roast beef. Just which of the two locales dishes it up is an internecine battle we’ll watch from the sidelines, thank you very much.

Anyway, Eater, having to explain the quirky, exotic behaviors of native Southern Brooklynites to New York City’s army of transplanted foodies, goes into anthropologist mode:

[Brennan & Carr serves] a roast beef-filled Kaiser bun that’s liberally doused in a thin, salty liquid known as “the broth.” Many customers choose to get this sandwich double dipped, while others order this same sandwich with cheese whiz.

Mhm, yes. And some who order it can even use sign language to demand a banana.

Anyway, Brennan & Carr contends with Nathan’s Famous hot dogs as the cheapest items on the list, which also includes a $145 côte de boeuf and the Peter Luger porterhouse. That’s some fine company.

Now, a question nearly as eternal as which local roast beefery is the best: what neighborhood is Brennan & Carr in? At Nostrand Avenue and Avenue U, it’s solidly Homecrest in my book, which, for lack of any stature as an actual neighborhood, passes as Sheepshead Bay. But Marine Park residents have for years tried to claim it as their own. Eater refers to the restaurant as a “beloved Gravesend institution,” which makes me wonder if they’re using a mid-19th Century map, and others still have called it – gah – Midwood!

Thoughts?

[Other Brennan & Carr shout-outs we've covered: Eater NY in 2011, Man v Food's Adam Richman gives some praise, Urban Spoon names it the top neighborhood restaurant in 2011]

The following is a paid announcement from the Kings Bay YM-YWHA (3495 Nostrand Avenue):

KINGS BAY Y SUMMER CAMPS ARE JUST A FEW DAYS AWAY!

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PROFESSIONAL AND CARING STAFF
Our staff is an outstanding group with creative energy and leadership skills. The staff consists of professionals who are a part of the agency throughout the year, not just during the summer. All upper staff are certified in first aid, RTE, AED and CPR. They love camp and are committed to making sure that your child feels the same way! Sign up now!

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BEAUTIFUL OUTDOOR FACILITY ONLY 15 MIN AWAY
Campers travel to a beautiful outdoor facility on country-like campus in Bay Ridge several times a week. The campus features baseball and soccer fields, outdoor pool, private bowling alley, movie theater, basketball courts, outdoor playground and more. This private property is just 15 minutes away from the Kings Bay Y! Sign up now!

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NEW ACTIVITIES
Unique activities this summer will include fencing, archery, muay thai and others! Sign up now!

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AIR CONDITIONED BUSES
Summer Day Camp 2014 season will have air conditioned buses daily.

For more information about Kings Bay Y Summer Camps, click here or call Angela at (718) 648-7703 ext. 223 or e-mail info@kingsbayy.org.

The above is a paid announcement by Kings Bay YM-YWHA (3495 Nostrand Avenue). Sheepshead Bites has not verified the claims made in this advertisement. If you own a business and would like to announce a special offer to tens of thousands of locals, e-mail us at advertising [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

parkingAfter the Department of Transportation erroneously posted a sign on a residential stretch of Nostrand Avenue indicating two-hour metered parking, several nearby residents received wrongful summonses. Now Councilman Chaim Deutsch is leading the fight to get those tickets thrown out.

Deutsch announced the agency’s error at last night’s Sheepshead Bay – Plumb Beach Civic Association meeting. He told Sheepshead Bites that a constituent alerted him to the signage late last week, saying that he received a summons. The sign was between Avenue P and Quentin Road, in front of 3032 Nostrand Avenue, an apartment complex. Deutsch’s office contacted the Department of Transportation, which admitted the error and ripped down the sign within 24 hours, he said.

Still, several residents of the apartment building have reported receiving similar summonses, said Deutsch.

“There’s more than one. We’re going to be hanging up some fliers in front of the buildings,” said Deutsch. “But it’s not just [residents], it could be people who came in and went shopping in the area, but there’s several people from the building that I know of that have received summonses

The agency is sending his office a letter for constituents to use to appeal the tickets, and staffers will be sending out e-mail blasts saying that the violations can be fought and, if already paid, potentially reimbursed.

Anyone who received a parking violation can get a copy of the letter and help filing an appeal by calling Deutsch’s district office at (718) 368-9176.

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The Kings Bay YM-YWHA celebrated another banner year for its annual Israel Expo, the largest Israeli-themed festival in Brooklyn held in front of its 3495 Nostrand Avenue headquarters.

With a real, live petting zoo, music from professionals and student performers, food, vendors, amusements and rides, the event drew a diverse audience of thousands.

It’s hard to say what the biggest draw was, but this reporter was impressed by the performance put on by a group of Korean Christians showing solidarity for Israel and Jews worldwide. The group put on a traditional and dramatic drum show to the delight of onlookers.

Check out the photos for a sense of how the day went!

View the photo gallery.

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The following is from our friends at the Kings Bay YM-YWHA:

The Kings Bay YM-YWHA will hold its Annual Israel Celebration on Sunday, June 8th from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Y’s main site at 3495 Nostrand Avenue (between Avenues U and V). The event is free and open to the public.

The celebration will spotlight Israeli music and dance, interactive games and exhibits that showcase the achievements of Israel’s citizens, travel opportunities to Israel and much more. Thousands are expected to attend. Nostrand Avenue will be closed to traffic between Avenues U and V.

The community will enjoy live music, an Israeli marketplace full of jewelry, Judaica, Israeli craft, delicious food and giveaways. Children will play on carnival rides, visit a petting zoo and participate in other fun activities like face painting and sand-art.

Elected officials are scheduled to address the crowd at 12:15 pm.

For more information, contact Alina at 718-648-7703, ext. 224 or via e-mail at info@kingsbayy.org.

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The long-lived Sysut Computers Computer Service Center – one of the neighborhood’s first tech stores at 2021 Avenue U - has moved. In its place comes Premium Style, a new clothing store set to open soon. Apparently it will focus on European fashion.

As for Sysut, a Yelp reviewer notes that they’ve moved to Nostrand Avenue and Avenue P. Now a repair and parts shop, Sysut holds a special place in my heart. Back in the early 90s it was the only local place to buy Apple IIGS games long after they became irrelevant. Really, it was probably irresponsible to sell Leisure Suit Larry to a kid my age, but I turned out okay.

Welcome to the neighborhood, Premium Style. And good luck in your new location, Sysut.

The following is a paid announcement from the Kings Bay YM-YWHA (3495 Nostrand Avenue):

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Kings Bay Y Summer Day Camps is offering Sheepshead Bites readers a whopping $100 discount on camper enrollment! Sign up now and mention Sheepshead Bites!

But that’s not all. Kings Bay Y’s camp is announcing a slew of  NEW activities for Summer Day Camps 2014!

The new sports include:

  • Fencing
  • Archery
  • Muay Thai
  • … and so much more!

The beautiful outdoor Bay Ridge campus features basketball courts, soccer fields, an outdoor pool, a private bowling alley, an arcade and a cafe; enough to keep any kid entertained and active all summer long.

Bonus: Summer Day Camp 2014 season will have air-conditioned buses daily and a new caterer.

For more information about Kings Bay Y Summer Camps, click here or call Angela at (718) 648-7703 ext. 223 or e-mail info@kingsbayy.org.

The above is a paid announcement by Kings Bay YM-YWHA (3495 Nostrand Avenue). Sheepshead Bites has not verified the claims made in this advertisement. If you own a business and would like to announce a special offer to tens of thousands of locals, e-mail us at advertising [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

The following is a paid announcement from the Kings Bay YM-YWHA (3495 Nostrand Avenue):

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Experience the country-like campus of Kings Bay Y Summer Camps at our Open House this Sunday!

Learn about our Summer Day Camps for ages 6-15. We have:

  • Summer Day Camp
  • Swim Camp
  • Basketball Camp
  • Hebrew Dual Language Summer Camp
  • Russian Dual Language Summer Camp
  • and Summer Camp for Special Needs Children

The tour includes activities and snacks for kids, an opportunity to meet our staff and special discounts for registering the same day.

The campus features basketball courts, soccer fields, an outdoor pool, a private bowling alley, a movie theater, archery and fencing facilities, an arcade and a cafe!

Bonus: Summer Day Camp 2014 season will have air-conditioned buses daily and a new caterer.

Free transportation available.

For more information about Kings Bay Y Summer Camps, click here.

To RSVP contact Sasha at (718) 648-7703 ext. 204 or e-mail info@kingsbayy.org.

The above is a paid announcement by Kings Bay YM-YWHA (3495 Nostrand Avenue). Sheepshead Bites has not verified the claims made in this advertisement. If you own a business and would like to announce a special offer to tens of thousands of locals, e-mail us at advertising [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

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The following is a paid announcement from the Kings Bay YM-YWHA (3495 Nostrand Avenue):

Kings Bay YM-YWHA at 3495 Nostrand Avenue features a number of enriching summer camp programs, designed to meet the interests of every kid and the expectations of every parent.

SIGN UP BEFORE FEBRUARY 21, 2014 AND RECEIVE $150 OFF!

The seven summer camp programs now open for registration include:

  • Preschool Camp
  • Summer Day Camp
  • Swim Camp
  • Basketball Camp
  • Hebrew Dual Language Summer Camp
  • Russian Dual Language Summer Camp
  • Summer Camp for Special Needs

Our camps are open to kids ages 2 to 15.

We take our kids to a fun-filled and beautiful outdoor facility on a country-like campus in Bay Ridge several times a week. There, they’ll enjoy baseball and soccer fields, an outdoor pool, private bowling alley, movie theater, basketball courts, arcade, and an on-site cafe.

In our programs, kids go swimming four times a week and enjoy hot meals every day. Our buses to the facility, as well as on the several field trips throughout the summer, are air-conditioned. We also offer door-to door transportation, and provide the additional convenience of early drop-offs and late stays.

Camp goes from June 27 to August 22.

SIGN UP BEFORE FEBRUARY 21, 2014 AND RECEIVE $150 OFF!

To register, visit www.kingsbayy.org, call (718) 648-7703 ext. 223 or e-mail info@kingsbayy.org.

The above is a paid announcement by Kings Bay YM-YWHA (3495 Nostrand Avenue). Sheepshead Bites has not verified the claims made in this advertisement. If you own a business and would like to announce a special offer to tens of thousands of locals, e-mail us at advertising [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

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THE BITE: Thai food is one of my (many) weaknesses. I have a special place in my heart (read: stomach) for its spicy, sweet, pungent, sour, textural goodness. Complex and varied, I never get tired of it. Today on The Bite, we’ll delve into the wonders of green papaya salad, with the help of Thai Basil, at 3682 Nostrand Avenue, between Avenue W  and Avenue  X.

Green papaya salad is a ubiquitous dish in Southeast Asia, known in Thailand as som tam (literally translated as sour pounded). It is made with papayas that are unripe so they are tangy and not yet sweet, and in this dish they are cut into long thin strips so if you didn’t know, you might mistake them for some kind of vegetable stalks. The papaya is then pounded with lime juice, chili, palm sugar and fish sauce using a mortar and pestle. Next the papaya is mixed with the customers’ choice of sliced string beans, tomatoes, shrimp paste, and dried salted tiny shrimps. In Thailand this is done street-side and swiftly put into a clear plastic bag, juices and all, to be consumed without utensils, often together with fried chicken and sticky rice.

The Thai Basil version was Americanized in a few ways: a few leaves of lettuce were added at the bottom to more closely resemble what we think of as salad; they went easy on the fish sauce; and they excluded the shrimp. Instead of slicing the papaya lengthwise with a knife, it was prepared with a grater so the pieces were smaller and soaked up the lime juice dressing really well. These changes did not bother me in the least- the salad was delicious, super fresh and crunchy. The customer here doesn’t get a choice of add-ins, it just comes with sliced  tomato and string beans, but the spiciness level is adjusted to order- I ordered it extra spicy, and that’s just how I got it. Also, it comes in a dish with a fork, so it’s a little easier to eat than out of a drippy plastic bag.

At $6.00 for a nice portion size, my stomach (and heart) were really happy with this savory mound of shredded fruit.

Thai Basil, 3682 Nostrand Avenue, (718) 891-8889.

– Sonia Rapaport

The Bite is 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.

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