You’d never know it, but Hanco’s is open for business at 147 Montague St. Yup, those cheery balloons welcome my favorite sandwich spot to its second South Brooklyn location (the first is at 85 Bergen St. in Boerum Hill and there’s also one in Park Slope) and the promise of finger-licking awesome banh mi sandwiches and other Vietnamese specialties. And for those who may not be interested in the pork and chicken that dominate the menu, there’s also a nice selection of veggie dishes, like the shrimp summer rolls and even vegetarian pork and chicken sandwiches. For a sweet sip, a large selection of tapioca-littered bubble teas are available as well ($4 for either milk tea or flavored tea). The decor’s not much, but if you want a quick lunch or take-out, I personally promise you will not be disappointed.
Quick heads up for anyone who takes the but to or from Pier 6. The route and loading area is changing as of this weekend. Rumours have also been rumbling about new signage and traffic patterns by the Department of Transportation in the area to help families and pedestrians get to the park without saying their prayers. Here’s the official message from the folks at Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy:
Effective Sunday, September 4th, the B63 bus stop will be moved from the south side of Atlantic Avenue to inside Pier 6 Brooklyn Bridge Park and located on the south side of One Brooklyn Bridge Park on the loop road. Directional signage will be installed around the pier and at both the old and new locations once the change takes effect. This new location will minimize conflicts at the Atlantic Avenue intersection and allow easier access to the park for B63 riders.
Further changes will be made over the next few weeks to the Atlantic Avenue intersection to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety at the Pier 6 entrance. Brooklyn Bridge Park will update its website as these changes get underway.
A new cafe, located at 243 Degraw St. (near Clinton St.), looks like it will be open to the public soon. The space, which in the past few years has gone from take-out darling Chicory to doomed Ultimate Burgers and Dogs, now has cheerful flower boxes lining its windows and Sadie’s Kitchen painted on a new, green awning. But unfortunately, that’s all I got for you folks. The rumor is, the address has no liquor license, so don’t expect a neighborhood drinks spot. Got any tips? Give me a yell at email@example.com.
Bar Bruno is slowly making its way into South Brooklyn consciousness. The restaurant/cafe/bar now has signage up and could be ready to open doors sooner rather than later. With a minty green exterior and the step to the door replaced with a wheelchair (and stroller) friendly ramp, expect coffee in the morning, a sandwich menu for lunch and Mexican-inspired grub in the evening. All served up with a friendly, neighborhood smile.
Back in March, we ran a post about the funding for Brooklyn Bridge Park–and lack there of. The fight for building more housing in the well-used park has been on-going, with some factions hoping for none and some banking on more to pay for further construction and upkeep. Of course, like Congress bickering over the debt ceiling, the truth lies somewhere in the middle. This week, a deal was made that would promise fewer luxury condos inside the park’s outlines. According to the Brooklyn Paper,
State Sen. Daniel Squadron (D–Brooklyn Heights) and Assemblywoman Joan Millman (D–Carroll Gardens) accepted a slightly smaller luxury building on John Street in DUMBO in exchange for a Bloomberg Administration flip-flop to allow future tax revenues from the 30 properties owned by the tax-exempt Watchtower Bible and Tract Society to fund the park if those buildings are sold and return to the tax rolls.
If all those buildings are sold, then we won’t have any more condos at Pier 6 and they’ll have more revenue to move ahead with building up the other piers. But, those properties (on which the Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t currently pay taxes, by the way) don’t go on the market until 2014. Oh well, looks like it’s going to be a while before we see our floating pool . Maybe it won’t be so hot next summer. Not.
Two new restaurants are now open for business in Cobble Hill. The first, Darna Falafel at 200 Court St., is focused on Mediterranean food with a spotlight on falafel. Though you may remember it for the odd, yet strangely compelling poem on the joy of falafel back in April, you can now order up salads and sandwiches from the small, ornate storefront. The falafel salad, with olives, tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce and tzatziki ($6), jumped out at me when I checked the streamlined menu. And I won’t lie, I’ll be heading over there for a kafta wrap (beef kebab please) ($7.50) when I get a chance. Sides include sweet potato fries ($3.25), hummus ($3.25) and portobello mushrooms ($1.50), and a kids menu serves up grub like the mini falafel sandwich ($2.50), a chicken wrap with lettuce, cheese and tomatoes ($5), and a good ole grilled cheese ($4).
If it’s a burger you’re craving, try heading to Five Guys at 266 Court St. Nope, it’s not gourmet and the ingredients aren’t local, but you are promised an awesomely large, greasy hamburger with a choice of toppings and a side of fries that could feed a small family. And surely, sometimes that’s all you really need.