Wednesday Food & Drink Round-Up


Trader Joe's: Opening Next Friday?
130 Court Street (at Atlantic Avenue), Cobble Hill
Lost City snapped some photos of the newly installed signage at Trader Joe's and describes the scene: "Burly men were busy loading in boxes through the front entrance. Progress has been made, but a lot more must be done in the next two weeks if the store is to open at the end of September as promised." The Brooklyn Paper says they're set to open next Friday, September 26.

James Scores One Star
605 Carlton Avenue (St. Marks Avenue), Prospect Heights; (718) 942-4255
"[Chef Bryan] Calvert owns and manages it with his wife, Deborah Williamson. They live in the apartment smack above the space it inhabits, which used to belong to Restaurant Sorrel. When Sorrel went out of business they pounced, recognizing an easy commute when they saw one... It’s an example of how quietly sophisticated the food at restaurants fashioned as affordable neighborhood bistros has become. No bigger, brasher restaurant around town served me an heirloom tomato salad this summer that I enjoyed any more than one at James." [NY Times]

The Village Voice "Bagel Smackdown!"
The Voice's Sarah DiGregorio and Robert Sistema sampled bagels from Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan in hopes of finding the best in the city. They weren't so impressed with Bagel Boy, which has locations in Bay Ridge and Sheepshead Bay, but Park Slope's Bagel Hole got high marks -- and won the prize for Best Pumpernickel Bagel.

After the jump: More Praise for La Superior, a status report on the Brooklyn Heights Gristedes, early reviews of No. 7, Nigerian in East New York, and more...

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