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There’s only one way a reporter of my integrity and standards knows how to report on the closure of Siam Orchid Thai Cuisine at 2259 Emmons Avenue:

“NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!”

Sure, it’s not like they were the best Thai food in the world. But they were pretty much the only Thai restaurant in the area for what seemed like forever. Now we have Thai Basil on Nostrand Avenue, which is a solid takeout option, but we’ll miss Orchid’s waterfront views and fish tank full of giant, ugly fish.

China Max next door closed down in November. Attempts to reach the property owner were unsuccessful, so we can’t say for sure that Siam is closed for good. But it did not appear to be renovating, and there was no sign for customers.

ลาก่อน, my Thai friends. And good luck.

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To say we’re late with this news would be an understatement. Vittoria Seafood and Grill opened a week before A Taste of Sheepshead Bay in January, so my mind was elsewhere and I forgot to report it. But, alas, Vittoria is here, it’s open, and so far I’m hearing good things.

Located at 3081 Emmons Avenue, Vittoria replaces Jumpin’ Bean, which closed in October. It’s owned by one of the former partners of the Avenue U staple La Trattoria, which he left to launch the new eatery, as well as a colleague one of the former partners of OPM further down Emmons.

Have you been to Vittoria? What did you think?

Correction: The second partner in the venture was not a partner in OPM, as previously reported.

The following is a paid announcement from il Fornetto Italian Restaurant & Caterer (2902 Emmons Avenue), Sheepshead Bay’s premier waterfront dining experience.

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Click to see our special prix fixe Valentine’s Day menu.

The above is a paid announcement by il Fornetto Italian Restaurant & Caterer. 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 above poster was spotted in a storefront window in Kings Plaza Mall on Flatbush Avenue, indicating the imminent arrival of the first Southern Brooklyn Chipotle Mexican Grill.

The chain eatery has yet to announce the expansion on their website, but Chipotle fans from the area have been urging the company to set up shop on social media. Here’s a tweet from nearly a year ago asking the company to open up at Kings Plaza and Chipotle’s response:

There are other, more recent examples as well.

Until the location opens, the closest Chipotle location for Southern Brooklyn residents is in Cobble Hill, at 140 Court Street.

Thanks to Tina H. and Randy Contello for the photo and tip.

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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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BUY TICKETS NOW!

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!

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