Tonight as I was leaving Castro's Coffee Shop in Fort Greene (yet again), I noticed a place down the street called Five Spot Rib House/Soul Food. Has anyone checked this place out?
Pass on it. There are two kinds of spots on this stretch of Myrtle: down home (and good) and cleaned up (and ho-hum). Five Spot's definitely the latter, though the people working there are really nice. But the neon's a dead giveaway.
Hey, has anybody tried that crowded Chinese fast food place on the corner of Myrtle and Washington?
re: Jim Leff
I've tried the Chinese place on Myrtle &
Washington (Kum Kau, I think? not sure) only
once so far. Results inconclusive--nicely made,
tasty veggie dumplings, and a beef with good
fresh ginger flavor but in a bland tomato-based
sauce that made me think of bad-vietnamese-cooking-
for-western-tastes. The menu is very standard.
I'll end up back there, since it is the closest
chinese takeout to me, and I'll let you know how
it goes, but I suspect it won't be the kind of place
folks outside the neighborhood would have any
reason to seek out. Ideally, THIS would be the
local Chinese takeout, and Cambodian Cuisine could
go back to (or expand on) Khmer food...
Yeah, I kind of feared this. But try the chow fun...I
have a hunch they've got decent beef chow fun. I think
not pork for some reason (though your ginger/tomato
beef report does give pause).
"Ideally, THIS would be the local Chinese takeout, and
Cambodian Cuisine could go back to (or expand on) Khmer
Sprinkles, right nearby, used to rock for desserts but
not for food...then they started making GREAT food last
year. But last time I was there, alas, the food was
mediocre again and even the desserts didn't look as
good as usual (they used to do some of the best banana
cake in town). You been tracking it?
Also, do you know Castro's, the Mexican on Myrtle I
reviewed in my book? I've been due to check it up. I
suspect it's one Mexican that won't go downhill
(Mexican joints in NYC are so unbelievably erratic that
they make Chinatown places look stable in comparison!).
The new Jamaican over by the park has promise, but
Idunno...haven't been there in a while, though
re: Jim Leff
Sorry, I can't report (yet) on Castro's or
Sprinkles (just moved to the neighborhood
from SF, so still exploring). But I will
definitely follow the lead on Castro, since
I certainly miss the fresh, simple Mexican
of my favorite central valley lunch stands...
though perhaps I shouldn't get my hopes up.
As for the Chinese place, my new thought (after
a second visit, before I read your chow fun
suggestion) is that any of the notice it has gotten
before is because it uses nicely fresh (albeit
unoriginal) ingredients; it just refuses to
put them in decent sauces. Oh well.
I am not sure which Jamaican you mean, since
as a newcomer, I can't really tell what's new.