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Today’s the big day! A Taste of Sheepshead Bay kicks off at 7 p.m. at the Baron DeKalb Knights of Columbus (3000 Emmons Avenue).

Sponsored by Coney Island Hospital and il Fornetto, the event is one of the neighborhood’s biggest highlights, and it’s not too late to join us.

For just $35 at the door, you’ll be served delicious food from 20 local establishments. It’s an all-you-can-eat affair, so make sure to come hungry.

Live music will be playing, and a fully-stocked cash bar will quench your thirst.

It’s too late to buy tickets online and save $5, but you can still get tickets at the door for $35. All sales at the door are cash only.

For the full list of restaurants, check the event website.

We can’t wait to see you in person!

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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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Can you believe it’s almost here? A Taste of Sheepshead Bay kicks off tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. at the Baron DeKalb Knights of Columbus!

Online registration for the event closes at noon tomorrow. Buying tickets online saves you $5 off the door price, and lets you get into the event a little quicker, so register online while you still can!

Otherwise, we’ll begin selling tickets at the door at 6:30 p.m. We urge you to show up on the early side to buy your tickets so you can also grab a seat. Door sales are cash only.

As for the weather, it’s a rain, shine, snow, fury-of-hell event, and goes on no matter how many fat ladies are singing. Because of the snow, our valet might be a little limited in parking options, so we ask you to walk, take public transportation or use car service to get to the venue (which is at 3000 Emmons Avenue, at the intersection of Nostrand Avenue).

Register online and save now!

Pizza Boulevard (Source: Google Maps)

Pizza Boulevard (Source: Google Maps)

Any alum of Leon M. Goldstein High School (née Kingsborough High School, in my day) has a special place in their heart for Pizza Boulevard at 1623 Oriental Boulevard in Manhattan Beach.

Located across the street from the front gates of the Kingsborough campus, in which Goldstein High School sits, it was a beacon of freedom and food. It meant, at long last, you were out of class and done for the day (or simply, y’know, cutting) – and also a good distance away from the cafeteria’s mutant fried-fish-with-American-cheese-baked-underneath-the-crust culinary atrocity.

Man, I could go on about the memories about that place. Some would tarnish my good mediocre name. Others would confirm every bit of what Manhattan Beach residents fear happens on that corner.

Let’s not stir that pot today.

Pizza Boulevard – the business – is for sale. Ben Bay Realty has the listing for $579,000, describing it as a “well established successful 1, 134 Sq. ft + full Basement, corner Pizzeria near a major NYC college and High School.”

It has 19 years left on the lease, at $5,300 month plus five percent increases each year, as well as 12 percent of the total taxes and insurance. It claims to seat 34 and have outdoor seating for 24, though it never felt like that.

Quite frankly, I’m a little curious about why such a long-lived and successful pizzeria in a key location is up for sale, and, to my untrained eye, half a million dollars doesn’t sound too bad.

What do you think?

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Coney Island Hospital’s A Taste of Sheepshead Bay is this Thursday, January 23, featuring another excellent roster of restaurants, cafes, bakeries, delis and caterers that capture the diverse flavor of Sheepshead Bay.

We’ve been working to pull together the menu from our restaurant participants, and so far we’re looking at a variety of tasty morsels, including handmade chocolates, steamy manti, savory plov, award-winning hot wings, Peking duck and much, much more! We’re already at approximately 30 dishes, and have only heard from about half of our participants!

Don’t miss out. Buy tickets online and save $5 off the door price. We will only accept cash at the door and we may sell out, so make sure to save your spot now!

Participants include:

Click on any of the above to learn more about the establishment.

The event will also have valet parking if you need to drive in, live music provided by Lucky Tones and a full-stocked cash bar (with just $3 beers!).

Coney Island Hospital, our title sponsor, will have a table at the event to inform you of some of their fantastic resources, as will Empower Sheepshead, a recovery organization who can help you out with any lingering Sandy-related issues.

BUY TICKETS NOW!

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BUY TICKETS NOW!

Kicking off on Thursday, January 23, A Taste of Sheepshead Bay will feature another excellent roster of 20 restaurants, cafes, bakeries, delis and caterers that capture the diverse flavor of Sheepshead Bay.

So come check out the event. Buy tickets online and save $5 off the door price. We will only accept cash at the door and we may sell out, so make sure to save your spot now!

Participants include:

Click on any of the above to learn more about the establishment.

The event will also have valet parking if you need to drive in, live music provided by Lucky Tones and a full-stocked cash bar (with just $3 beers!).

Coney Island Hospital, our title sponsor, will have a table at the event to inform you of some of their fantastic resources, as will Empower Sheepshead, a recovery organization who can help you out with any lingering Sandy-related issues.

BUY TICKETS NOW!

Grandpa's Pizza Storefront

South Brooklyn Pizza opened in March 2013 and it was so new to the area that most of you probably won’t mourn the passing of the “pizzaiolo.”

A new pizzeria called Grandpa’s Pizza Cafe will take over the 2224 Avenue U storefront, and a sign says it’s “coming soon.”

We’ve wondered before if that corner location is cursed. Before South Brooklyn Pizza, there was Calabrese Pizza & Restaurant, which was also short-lived. Before that, there was Tai Yuan, which was open for only a few weeks. Tai Shan preceded that – again, surviving only a few months. By our count, it’s been five different businesses in as many years.

Thanks to Randy C. for sending us the photo and tip.

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It’s Thursday, January 16, which means exactly two things: it’s the anniversary of the ratification of the 18th Amendment, authorizing Prohibition (boo!) and it’s precisely one week left to buy tickets for Coney Island Hospital’s A Taste of Sheepsehad Bay, sponsored by il Fornetto (yay!)!

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Kicking off on Thursday, January 23, this year’s event will feature another excellent roster of 20 restaurants, cafes, bakeries, delis and caterers that capture the diverse flavor of Sheepshead Bay.

This year is more important than ever. It’s the first time we’ve organized A Taste of Sheepshead Bay since Superstorm Sandy walloped the neighborhood, and many of these eateries were affected by the flooding. But they’ve come back, and have a clear message to send to our neighbors throughout New York City: Sheepshead Bay is open for business and has a vibrant waterfront restaurant scene waiting for you!

So come check out the event. Buy tickets online and save $5 off the door price. We will only accept cash at the door and we may sell out, so make sure to save your spot now!

And also make sure to stop by these great restaurants before and after the event to thank them for their support of the community:

Click on any of the above to learn more about the establishment.

The event will also have valet parking if you need to drive in, live music provided by Lucky Tones and a full-stocked cash bar (with just $3 beers!).

Coney Island Hospital, our title sponsor, will have a table at the event to inform you of some of their fantastic resources, as will Empower Sheepshead, a recovery organization who can help you out with any lingering Sandy-related issues.

BUY TICKETS NOW!

mitoushi

It’s been many, many months since Mitoushi Japanese Fusion closed its doors and began construction to expand into the next door storefront.

So many months, in fact, we kind of lost track of just how long it has been, and even began wondering if they were done for good.

At long last, the scaffolding around the 1714 Sheepshead Bay Road storefront has been removed, and the new signage and glass windows are on display.

A big banner hanging across one of the windows says that it will open soon, and an employee told us last week that he expected it to be open some time next week.

The storefront it’s moving into was once the GNC store. That business has moved over a spot, taking over a MetroPCS location that did not reopen after Superstorm Sandy.

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New signage went up over at 1307 Avenue Z, the former home of Puff Caffe, revealing a rebrand as Love 69 Bar & Lounge.

The change happened within the last few weeks, though we’re told it’s the same owners as Puff, which came under new management about a year ago.

We haven’t been inside, but a Yelp reviewer notes that there’s been a redesign on the interior:

Before Love 69 (a little bizarre for a name of a hookah lounge), the previous Puff cafe underwent multiple. Its fairly similar, but now they have a stage (I’m assuming they will upgrade with live music) and more importantly, a full bar!

Decor now is a rustic, western theme. Same layout and cool decorations. Theme also includes sex; you’ll notice the bathroom door with a woman taped with “69″ on her boobs and a poster in the front with about 15 different explicit sex positions. Guess they took “sex sells” a little seriously?

Welcome to the area, Love 69.

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