Coming Soon: Piccolo Cafe
221 Columbia Street; (718) 522-5821
"For more than a year, there have been indications that a cafe was opening in a storefront on Columbia Street in Brooklyn, near Sackett Street. A sign in the window said 'Piccolo Cafe Coming Soon.' But when I talked to people who came in or out of the space, they said the sign was kind of a joke: there was no cafe opening in the space. OK. Weird, but OK," writes Lost City. But now, the blog reports, Piccolo Cafe has an awning and a counter and stools inside. The Word on Columbia Street says it's no joke after all: Piccolo Cafe is finally set to open on January 2nd, serving $3 cheeseburgers — a cheap lunch for a frugal new year.
Smith Street: The Best Dining Destination of '08?
In a recent end-of-year survey, Eater asked "friends, industry types, bloggers, and readers" from all over the city, "What was the best dining neighborhood in 2008?" The East Village racked up the most votes, but Kate Krader of Food & Wine and Restaurant Girl Danyelle Freeman both called out Smith Street. And Matt Rodbard of Metromix said, "Carroll Gardens raised the bar with openings JakeWalk, Eton, Char No. 4 and Buttermilk Channel." Char isn't technically in Carroll Gardens, but would you agree the CG/Cobble Hill/Boerum Hill restaurant scene has taken a turn for the better this year?