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YUM! Sheep Station, on 4th Ave down from BAM

pitu Oct 7, 2006 11:11 AM

There's a brand spanking new "Australian gastropub" on Fourth Ave amongst the tire shops...
and the food is REALLY GOOD. We had lovely very conventional salads and (tender flakey moist) meat pies.
One of the owners is in the kitchen - roasting a leg of lamb for sandwiches - so I'm hooked.
Fish and chips, burgers and other pub food, but you can just tell they're going to be done with a high deliciousness factor. And oysters! ($11 for 1/2 doz when I was there)

The location is weird - plate glass windows looking out on 4th Ave traffic jams. Interior is industrial chic - polished concrete and corrugated tin - with a cozy back party room. Anybody walking into Park Slope from the Atlantic Ave subway is in luck tho . . .

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    tamara RE: pitu Oct 7, 2006 06:11 PM

    which streets is it between? and which side of Fourth Ave—east or west?

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      Peter Cuce RE: tamara Oct 8, 2006 07:22 AM

      This should explain it:

    2. pitu RE: pitu Oct 8, 2006 02:42 PM

      on the corner of DOUGLASS ST, Park Slope side of 4th Ave
      LOVE smalltownbrooklyn...amazing that they update the maps so well

      we went back for moule frites - big bowl of steamed mussels in broth, side of fries. Good price, good mussels, side o fries - I'm totally loving this place. Open 7 days a week, they were careful to point out.

      1. lambretta76 RE: pitu Oct 9, 2006 02:51 PM

        Any idea if they're doing lunch/lunch specials?

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          blim8183 RE: lambretta76 Oct 23, 2006 02:27 AM

          I think they currently just open from 4pm-4am

        2. pitu RE: pitu Oct 9, 2006 03:12 PM

          don't think so, but they just started serving a week ago so who knows what will happen - the weeknight I was there, the bar opened at 4p, but the kitchen not until 5p

          1. Bricks718 RE: pitu Oct 9, 2006 04:58 PM

            Had a good meal last night - Meat Pie, with beet salad - and a glass of Aussie vino. I will definitely be back to try the moule frites, the menu seemed limited, but I liked the vibe of the place (and the prices).

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              Rightonron RE: pitu Oct 10, 2006 04:52 PM

              I am so excited about this place, Sheep Station. First of all there are two women in the kitchen, love that! There was a great mix of people, gay/straight black/white- you name it. This place is what Bklyn is all about and the food was GREAT! I will be back.

              1. bobjbkln RE: pitu Oct 13, 2006 05:54 PM

                I have to say that I was a little disappointed. The menu was limited and with the possible exception of the meat pie and a lamb dish (neither of which we tried) there seemed to be nothing Australian about it. I studied up on specialty Aussie beers before going, but discovered that except for an ordinary Cooper's (not even a Cooper's Stout), their beer list was decidedly unAustralian.

                That said, for non-Australian pub food and drink, this place is a real find. We had the fish and chips, the moules frites and a 20 oz pint each of Sierra Nevada (they had a nice selection of tap beers including Maudite). The food was fresh and tasty, the frites crisp and plentiful. And all this for $46 with tax and tip (cash only though). Nice, but not a special as I had hoped for.

                BTW, given the title of this thread, 4th & Douglas is a decent walk from BAM. There are good closer places like Thomas Beisl, Scopello, Convivium, Taro and Bachhus are all much closer. As are Stir it Up and the Moroccan / Caribbean place on 4th & Dean which are in Sheep Stations price range.

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                  kenito799 RE: bobjbkln Oct 23, 2006 02:49 PM

                  whoa Maudite on tap I am there!

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                  blim8183 RE: pitu Oct 23, 2006 02:29 AM

                  This place is right down the street from my apartment and I couldn't be happier. Tonight for dinner I had the roasted leg of lamb sandwich and must say I enjoyed it quite a bit. The fries were actually good too. I'm looking forward to returning often in the future.

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                    bklyn_j RE: pitu Nov 4, 2006 12:06 AM

                    Last Thursday we went to this spot. I found the service atrocious. With our curiosity peaked, the intention was for a big meal and plenty of drinks. We were asked upon arrival if we minded sitting at the bar. This was no problem. We sat in the corner. From where we were sitting, I could not see the chalkboard with the listed beer options. I asked the bartender what draft beers they sold. Her reply was “there are too many to name...they’re written on the board.” As previously stated, I couldn’t see the board. I rose and walked to the front of the bar, looked at the six beer choices and then returned to my stool. We ordered drinks, drank them and after twenty minutes left. No menu offered, no interest in our plans to buy their food and possibly enjoy it...this was very disappointing. I guess we should have minded sitting at the bar.

                    1. pitu RE: pitu Nov 4, 2006 05:05 PM

                      wow - I'm shocked to hear bad service, and I'm wondering if they have someone new there.
                      I've been back a couple times (lamb addiction/it's on my way home) and they've been great. An Australian guy and a French Canadian woman tending bar and being incredibly lovely and solicitous. I've mostly eaten at the bar.
                      We ate there the other night and they'd added a waitress (we sat at tables for the first time)
                      American woman, she was nice and did the basic waitron thing . . . I'm totally loving this place as a new standby low-key bar/dinner/lounge.

                      I have noticed the salad dressing hasn't been as good as the first time I was there.

                      bklyn_j, why didn't you ask for a menu?

                      1. kraw RE: pitu Nov 15, 2006 05:36 PM

                        Heed not the NYT review by Peter Meehan. It's totally misleading. He is so determined not to like Sheep Station, even as he reluctantly praises nearly everything on the menu. What's his problem? Those meatpies really are so damn good, and it comes with a tasty salad! Where else can you get all that fresh, delicious food for $6? And the NYT review is wrong: The burgers are really tasty. The secret to a great burger is pure, unembellished, fresh meat! No seasoning in it -- put stuff on it. Never thought of putting a combo of grilled pineapple, a roasted beet, fried egg and slice of cheddar together on a burger, but it is surprisingly delicious. There is no better place to get a burger in Park Slope.

                        The sheep's milk cheese in the salad is yummy, and the lamb chop sandwich is heavenly. Best values in town, the waitresses are adorable, and the pub ambiance is cozy and neighborly. I hope they thrive!

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                          pitu RE: kraw Nov 15, 2006 08:04 PM

                          garsh, I'm a fan, and I thought the nytimes review was right on . . .
                          But I haven't had a burger (and might never since Bonnie's is right down the road, ahem)
                          It's just a nice minimalist bar - if you like industrial materials in decor, and I do - that is comfortable, warm AND serves moule frites and lamb. That's an awesome surprise!
                          It's a great great local place for me.

                          I'd be interested to hear if anyone tries the oysters...

                        2. kraw RE: pitu Nov 15, 2006 11:07 PM

                          yes, it's a nice minimalist bar with a sweet minimalist menu. but the review just read so snarkily--at first glance, you'd never guess the guy actually liked the food. as for bonnie's burgers, don't you think they tend to be a bit dry? sheep station's are nice and moist and damn tasty. i, too, live a stone's throw from bonnie's, and it is worth the mile-long walk, or a call to arecibo. cuz a good burger in park slope is as elusive as a good taco in all of nyc.

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                            jen kalb RE: kraw Nov 16, 2006 03:02 AM

                            Re burgers, I had my first Helios burger tonight, and it was very good, big, moist and rare.

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                              kraw RE: jen kalb Nov 16, 2006 12:33 PM

                              ooh! where's helios???

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                                redgirl RE: kraw Nov 16, 2006 12:51 PM

                                yes, there are many posts about helios' burger on this board. great burger. 6th ave and...prospect place? i think. (near flatbush) there used to be a spanish restaurant there.

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                                  jen kalb RE: kraw Nov 17, 2006 04:18 PM

                                  6th Ave at St Marks Ave., where the dominican diner used to be (facing the triangle where 6th comes into Flatbush Ave). Really quite nice - burger is $8 bucks or so, I think. The place is going for nice relatively upscale look in the unforgiving old diner space - our [greek] server had an endearing informal manner - we'll be back.

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                                pitu RE: kraw Nov 17, 2006 02:29 PM

                                Bonnie's dry? Do order them well done or something?
                                I got one medium rare for takeout, and it was perfect. And juicy, which then sops into the fries...sigh. But the fries suffer when you have them takeout --- soooo much better when you eat them right out of the fryer. We did a side by side comparison of Bonnie's and Stone Park burgers, and Bonnie's won over the Stone Park loyalists...
                                for both fries and burgers.

                                then the next day, back to Sheep Station . . . tried the lamb chops which were PERFECT. Four fancy little grilled rib chops: lamb lollipops. $19.
                                I love that place . . . .
                                and my friends got moules. $12!
                                everybody very happy.

                              3. kraw RE: pitu Nov 16, 2006 01:25 PM

                                oh, i know that place. thanks for the tip! i can start counting down the hours 'til dinner tonight!

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                                  pastoralia RE: pitu Nov 17, 2006 03:09 PM

                                  How do their meat pies compare with Tuck Shop in the city? Can you get them uncooked to go and bake them yourself at home?

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                                    pitu RE: pastoralia Nov 17, 2006 04:59 PM

                                    I have not been to Tuck, but having a meat pie at Sheep Station made me want to try D.U.B. in Brooklyn. I can tell you they are a million times better than what you get in an average chip shop in London.
                                    Better pastry, and meat quality and prep - it's succulent.
                                    It reminded me of my friend's homemade empanadas...

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                                      MrsT RE: pitu Nov 28, 2006 10:37 PM

                                      Tea Lounge on Union sells the D.U.B pies. I haven't tried them though.

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                                        pitu RE: MrsT Nov 30, 2006 05:32 PM

                                        Months ago I read that D.U.B. ran into some problems with the USDA, which is when they stopped selling to Tea Lounge and opened their own retail outlet. Has that changed?

                                        (I have to have a reeeeealy good reason to go into Tea Lounge -- hate that place!)

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                                    pastoralia RE: pitu Nov 17, 2006 08:02 PM

                                    Wow! I never even heard of DUB...I'm checking that out. Tuck Shop is great too. If only I could find Cornish pasties somewhere...


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                                      efdee RE: pastoralia Nov 23, 2006 01:14 AM

                                      I don't know if there's any place to get Cornish pasties in Brooklyn, but you can definitely get them at Myers of Keswick in Manhattan. Can't say whether they're authentic or not but they're my favorite prepared food at Myers.

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                                      Ralphus RE: pitu Nov 22, 2006 02:16 PM

                                      We stopped by Sheep Station for dinner last night. It was pleasantly suprising to see restaurants of this caliber popping up along 4th.
                                      The atmosphere was very warm and cozy. Perfect for a chilly Fall evening. The beer selection was solid, not overwhelming, but well chosen. The tpa lines were clean and the Maudite was excellent!
                                      We started dinner with the Meat Pie. Flaky, buttery crust. Moist nicely spiced meat. Could have used a sauce, but ketchup did the trick.
                                      I moved on to the leg of lamb sandwich. The meat was cooked perfectly and was very moist. Again, could've used some sort of sauce or flavored mayo to complement, not overwhelm the meat. Wife had the Moules Frites. Plump mussels, good broth. Frites were cooked perfectly.
                                      Service was very friendly, although I think more than one server is necessary for the size of the front dining room. We stopped at Cherry Tree for post-dinner drinks and were pleasantly suprised there as well.
                                      Recommended visit for Hounds in the area. Who would've thought 4th Avenue would become a destination???

                                      1. LoDega RE: pitu Nov 28, 2006 10:29 PM

                                        That Sheep Station burger has my name on it. I can't wait. Just out of curiousity, is there anything a vegetarian might happily graze upon? If not, I can leave him home.

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                                          kraw RE: LoDega Nov 29, 2006 01:15 AM

                                          Their salads are really tasty, and so are their french fries. And they have other yummy veggie sides. Small menu, but something for almost everyone. . .

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                                            LoDega RE: kraw Nov 30, 2006 09:15 PM

                                            Thank you! I'm very excited to try it out.

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                                              prunefeet RE: kraw May 3, 2007 02:29 PM

                                              This is late, but for future vegs seeing this, the bartender told me there were several really good veg options such as a curried veg version of the meat pies. Going tonight with a veg and will report.

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                                                Lee by the Sea RE: prunefeet May 3, 2007 04:40 PM

                                                Standing by for your report! (See my posting today.) Most interested if they are really vegetarian with the meat pies, or using beef stock and non-veg fat as I might expect given their focus.

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                                                  prunefeet RE: Lee by the Sea May 6, 2007 01:44 PM

                                                  Well, I'm afraid the veg options were not as good as were promised on an earlier visit. My friend ended up getting a salad (I think with beets and some sort of goat cheese in wedges) and a side of mashed potatoes. I had the lamb sandwich again, which was nearly as good as last time but too fatty this time and would have benefitted from a little more field greens. Still good. Husb had the burger with beets, pineapple, a fried egg and cheese on top. Husb of Veg friend had fish and chips and said it was better than Chip Shop, perhaps the best he has had in NYC. Too bad about the lack of veg options, the bartender had told me earlier that they had a curried veg pie that she liked, but that was not being offered this time. Still, they do have nice salads.

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                                            jamzer RE: pitu Nov 30, 2006 06:06 PM

                                            I ate at Sheep Station a few weeks ago and had the burger. I did not like it very much, but my buddy had the lamb chops which he raved about. The fries were excellent. The service and setting were both very, very nice. I would go again and try the meet pies and chops.

                                            BTW - Bonnie's is the best burger in Park Slope. Not that there is a lot of competition.

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                                              Bigfun RE: pitu Jan 22, 2007 04:24 PM

                                              stopped by Sheep Station this wknd, really enjoyed the Coopers Beer, rocket salad and fish and chips. (fries were great)! the place was pretty cool but I'm not sure what's up with the strange artwork in the back room...

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                                                Rightonron RE: Bigfun Feb 1, 2007 11:51 AM

                                                have to agree about the artwork... love the space but not crazy about the big faces in the back room!!

                                              2. prunefeet RE: pitu Mar 19, 2007 02:06 PM

                                                Went on Saturday afternoon, and agree that it's a very warm and pleasant atmosphere, I really enjoyed it. Had the lamb sandwich with salad, both really good. Ralphus, mine had garlic mayo on it, just enough, and some very caramelized onions and field greens, and I didn't think it needed anything else. Very simple and good. Salad was delicious, more field greens with a lightly creamy dressing. The meat pie I saw looked really good and flakey and smelled great. The fries smelled AMAZING.

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                                                  prunefeet RE: prunefeet Mar 19, 2007 02:37 PM

                                                  Man, now I am so jonesing for that lamb sandwich. One point: cash only. Lamb sandwich $13. Lamb chops I think $19. Beer costs about what it should. Not cheap but appropriate.

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                                                  gfood RE: pitu May 8, 2007 09:14 AM

                                                  The owners are from Quebec, and make a great Poutine.
                                                  Important fact for those who crave a good Poutine every so often.

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                                                    Geo8rge RE: gfood May 8, 2007 02:28 PM

                                                    Poutine is the best reason to go. Although the meat pie was good.

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