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Any day now you should see posters like the one above in storefronts and on counter-tops all around the neighborhood. And that’s because Coney Island Hospital’s A Taste of Sheepshead Bay is coming back on January 23, giving you another opportunity to sample wares from the best eateries in the Sheepshead Bay area for one low price.

Why is it called the Coney Island Hospital A Taste of Sheepshead Bay this year? CIH provided generous support to ensure the event went through this year, recognizing its importance to building community and boosting the local economy, as did our sponsor il Fornetto. So make sure to stop by their tables at the event and thank them for their support. The event continues to be fully organized by Sheepshead Bites.

Aside from il Fornetto, we’ve put together another great lineup for the event, including the return of some amazing establishments like Chop Stix Restaurant, Jimmy’s Famous Heros, Anatolian Gyro, and many more. We’re also adding some new restaurants, cafes and bakeries to the list, so get ready to experience some new flavors.

For those who haven’t come in previous years, here’s how it works: You go pickup discounted tickets through our online sales site here, or buy tickets at the door. Show up on Thursday, January 23, at the Baron deKalb Knights of Columbus at 3000 Emmons Avenue… and then you stuff your face.

Seriously, come hungry. Our restaurant participants are known to serve more than just a taste, and you’ll get your fill.

Buy tickets now. 

Live music will be played, and a cash bar will be fully stocked.


Just a few short months after the closure of Jumpin’ Bean at 3081 Emmons Avenue, a new lease has been signed that will see Vittoria Seafood & Grill take over the commercial property.

We’re told Vittoria will be opened by the people behind La Trattoria Ristorante Italiano, a long-established staple at 2811 Avenue U. We expect Vittoria will focus on Italian-style seafood and steaks, a departure from the pasta and parmigiana at La Trattoria.

One hopes they’ll have better luck than its two predecessors, Jumpin’ Bean, which closed in October after just six months in operation, and Marmaris, a Turkish seafood restaurant that closed in late-2011 or early-2012.

Best wishes to Vittoria! We can’t wait to give it a taste.


THE BITE: A few weekends ago, on one of those 20-degree early winter mornings, I was looking forward to breakfast but dreading the moment I would have to leave my apartment to forage for food. I took a long look at the radiator whistling in the corner of my room and decided I wasn’t going anywhere.

Luckily, I recently discovered that the Kouros Bay Diner (3861 Nostrand Avenue) delivers. I decided to try the waffles with bacon ($9.90), fully aware that they would probably be lukewarm by the time they made it to my door. Still, I tipped big for the poor delivery person braving the cold instead of me, and happily awaited my breakfast in the comfort of my pajamas.

When the food came, I was pleasantly surprised to find it steaming hot in the aluminum takeout container. However, it was not a picturesque waffle. In line with the tragedy of most takeout food, it was smashed against the side of the container, and the bacon was clumped together at the bottom. Oh well. This wasn’t a meal about aesthetics.

Plastic cutlery in hand and miniature packets of butter and syrup at the ready, I dug in. The waffle was a bit soggy with condensation, but still spongy, slightly sweet, and delicious. And that clump of bacon was full of the salty, chewy goodness you expect from bacon of any shape. All in all, I congratulated myself on some great morning decision-making.

But, I felt it would be a disservice to the Kouros Bay Diner and waffles in general to leave it at that. To really give it a fair chance, I decided I must go to the diner and eat a waffle fresh off the iron. For research purposes and the good of our readers, you understand.

So on a less frigid, more recent weekend morning, that’s exactly what I did. Despite it being fairly busy, the waitstaff was friendly and the order came out quickly. Crispy, golden brown on the outside, chewy on the inside; served with your choice of ice cream, fruit, or breakfast meats (I went with turkey bacon this time – got to make the healthy choice sometimes, right?). This was a very satisfying waffle experience. Sure, the coffee was a little weak, but that just gave me reason to take full advantage of the unlimited refills. Another great morning decision made. - Sonia Rapaport

Kouros Bay Diner, 3861 Nostrand Avenue, (718) 743-5777.

The Bite is Sheepshead Bites’ food column, where we’ll explore the foodstuffs of Sheepshead Bay and tell you what we’re eating. Each week we check out a different offering from one of the many restaurants, delis, food carts, bakeries, butchers, fishmongers  or grocers in our neighborhood. If it’s edible, we’ll take a bite.


Zair Cafe, a new restaurant serving “Russian & Eastern food,” is set to open soon at 2223 Avenue X, the corner of East 23rd Street.

The new restaurant replaces an Eastern European luncheonette and food mart. We’re not sure when it closed down, or if it’s the same ownership.

A sign in the window says it will open soon and will also have catering options. We wish the new cafe good luck.


The long-lived China Max Restaurant at 2261 Emmons Avenue served its last pu-pu platter.

The business closed up some time in the past two weeks, and a “For Lease” sign now sprawls across the storefront. The business had at first placed an “under renovation” sign up, but that renovation doesn’t look like it’s going to happen.

We don’t know why it closed, though we’ve heard rumors that a proposed rent hike led to a disagreement between landlord and tenant. Employees at Siam Orchid Thai Cuisine next door said they weren’t sure, and noted that they did not share ownership and the Thai restaurant isn’t going anywhere.

Thanks to the many, many people who contacted us about this. If the sheer number of readers who took an interest in the closure is any indication, it’s clear the restaurant will be missed.

The new and improved BID website.

A look at the new and improved BID website.

The Brighton Beach Business Improvement District (BID) launched a redesigned website with the goal of providing visitors with a better experience for exploring all the businesses and restaurants Brighton Beach has to offer. According to a press release, the BID will also be providing business owners with training to help manage their online profiles to better connect with the community.

The new website, which can be accessed by clicking here, will also track attractions and events unique to Brighton Beach. Yelena Mahknin, Executive Director of the Brighton Beach BID, was excited at the prospect of the launch.

“The borsht, blintzes, and beach are always great but we want the public to know that Brighton Beach has a lot more to offer. The new site will get the word out that Brighton is an exciting, active and thriving up-to-date community with something for everyone,” Mahnkin said in the release.

The administrators of the BID also wanted users to be aware of and participate in one of their first new projects, “Brighton Beach Pictured,” a photo contest, which we’ve previously posted about:

The Brighton Beach Business Improvement District (BID) is pleased to announce “Brighton Beach Pictured,” a photography competition and exhibition focused on Brighton Beach. Photographers entering the competition should aim to submit photos that capture the spirit, culture, ambiance, excitement and uniqueness of the Brighton Beach area and community.

Photographers may submit up to 5 images. Digitally altered images are welcome. The deadline for submissions is December 30, 2013. The project will culminate in an exhibition in January 2014 that will be held at a venue in the community.

Cash awards of $500, $300 and $150 will be given to the top three photographs.

Guidelines are as follows:

There are no restrictions on subject matter, but since the exhibition will be held in a community venue, overtly sexual images cannot be accepted.

Hear that would be photogs? No porno. Other than that, may the best Brighton Beacher win and good luck to the BID on their latest endeavor!

Councilman David Greenfield

Councilman David Greenfield

Councilman David Greenfield wants to stop a dirty practice that is costing New Yorkers millions of dollars a year at restaurants across the city. The New York Post is reporting that Greenfield wants to enact heavy fines for eateries that deal in the tricky ‘double tipping’ practice.

Restaurants that con people into tipping twice do so by including the “suggested” gratuity in the bill and also add a tip line at the bottom of the credit card slip. Unassuming patrons then add on an extra tip, unaware that they have already been charged one. The Post described how the practice first saw the light of day:

Earlier this year, Manhattan tennis pro Ted Dimond sued a half-dozen restaurant chains – including Red Lobster and The Olive Garden – for regularly adding tips of 15 percent or more to the tabs of small dining parties.

His class-action suit cited a 2009 Post investigation that found that dozens of businesses had been caught engaging in illegal tipping practices.

Greenfield, who has proposed fining restaurants $250 who partake in the scam, spoke to the economic impact of the practice and the need for action:

“By our account, this is literally an in issue that is costing restaurant-eating New Yorkers millions of dollars every single year,” Greenfield told The Post.

“We’re not looking to hurt the hard-working waitstaff at restaurants,” he added. “But at the same time, we don’t want you to trick people into tipping you twice.”

The law would be enforced by the Department of Consumer Affairs, and require a disclosure on both the bill and the credit card receipt, in a font-size to be determined by the agency.

The bill has been referred to committee for hearings.


This is a paid announcement from Wheeler’s Bar & Restaurant, located at 1705 Sheepshead Bay Road.

Wheeler’s Restaurant, the Sheepshead Bay Road staple of traditional American fare, is now offering lunch specials of their most popular dishes at slashed prices.

Mondays through Fridays, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., diners can now get one of the 11 menu items for $7.95 and receive a free soda or coffee.

Here’s the full menu:

  • Penne a la vodka
  • Chicken Caesar wrap, served with french fries
  • Buffalo chicken wrap, served with french fries
  • Grilled cheese with bacon & tomato, served with french fries
  • Roast beef & mozzarella on garlic bread, served on a roll with french fries
  • Chicken cutlet parmigiana, served on a roll with french fries
  • Half-pound burger, served with choice of cheese and french fries
  • Turkey burger, served with french fries
  • Veggie burger, served with french fries
  • Mixed green salad (mixed greens, mozzarella, artichoke hearts and roasted red peppers)
  • Grilled chicken Caesar salad

Lunch menu items are for dine-in only. No substitutions.

Family-owned since 1979, Wheeler’s is famous for its hefty burgers, spicy wings and friendly service.

Wheeler’s is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 4 a.m., serving food until 2 a.m. every night of the week!

Wheeler’s Bar & Restaurant, 1705 Sheepshead Bay Road, (718) 646-9320.

The above is a paid announcement by Wheeler’s Bar & Restaurant. 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.

This is a paid announcement from Yiasou Estiatoria (2003 Emmons Avenue), Sheepshead Bay’s iconic Greek seafood escape.

With the first anniversary of Sandy coming up, the celebrated Greek restaurant Yiasou Estiatorio in Sheepshead Bay wants to say “thank you” to the community that supported it during its recovery.

On Tuesday, October 29, which marks exactly one year since the storm, Yiasou will offer its patrons 50 percent off their entire bill for lunch and dinner. The discount is for eat-in customers only.

“It’s been a difficult year for many people in Sheepshead Bay, but the community has really pulled together in the spirit of recovery,” said Peter Katsichtis, owner of Yiasou. “The one-year anniversary of Sandy is a reason to celebrate our future as a community and to say thank you to the many customers who have continued to be so supportive of our restaurant.”

Yiasou is located at 2003 Emmons Avenue (between Ocean Avenue and East 21st Street). The phone number is (718) 332-6064. The restaurant is open noon to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; noon to midnight Friday and Saturday.

The above is a paid announcement by Yiasou Estiatoria, located at 2003 Emmons 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.

One of the tasty dishes from A Taste of Sheepshead Bay 2012. (Photo by Erica Sherman)

Sheepshead Bites is proud to announce that A Taste of Sheepshead Bay, the biggest tasting event this side of the East River, is slated for Thursday, January 23, at 7:00 p.m.

For the past two years, the event took place in October. This year, we made preliminary announcements on Facebook that we were holding it in November. However, we decided to make it an even bigger, even better event – and to do that, we need more time. And so we’ve set the date for January 23, and we’re happy to say we also have a good chunk of the lineup in place.

We’re going to tell you a lot more about the event as the date nears, and will launch a special section of the website specifically for it. But, in the meantime, we do want to reach out and give a hearty “Thank you” to il Fornetto (2902 Emmons Avenue). For the third year in a row, Sheepshead Bay’s premier waterfront restaurant has signed on to be a sponsor of the event, helping keep the costs down for you, our readers.

If there’s a restaurant you’d like to see there, let us know in the comments (and let them know, too!). And if you have any other suggestions about the event, please do tell us. We’re working hard to make it the best event we’ve done yet.

If you’re a restaurant owner interested in participating, simply call (347) 985-0633 or e-mail nberke [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

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