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Jan 6, 2007 11:18 PM


To the recently closed PALMIRA in the North Heights, and KAPODOKYA on Montague Street, add MICHAEL'S STEAK on Clark Street. All closed up and newspaper on the windows.

New restaurants LE PETIT MARCHE on Henry Street looks crowded. AFICIANADA and MAESTRO along the same block, fairly empty.

Has anyone tried these?

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  1. I'm actually slightly saddened by Kapodokya's closing - it was fairly solid Turkish food (at least the mezze) and probbaly the best restaurant on Montague. (That's not saying much, though.) And the waiters were always friendly and there with a free glass of raki or two.

    On the other hand - Michael's made it, what three months. That spot is certainly cursed - it's been like three restaurants in the past year.

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    1. re: lambretta76

      Dont get too sad yet. It looks like all they did was reorganize. There's a sign in the window that says a newly named Turkish restaurant ("Taze"?) is opening there and the phrase "under new management" on the sign makes it seem very likely that there's a relationship between the two.

      1. re: Steve R

        Yeah, I've been to Taze and it is pretty much Kapadokya renamed (with the prices dropped a little and a slightly nicer decor, both good things).

        The only thing I could tell that was different is that the "Kapadokya Special" is gone from the menu, which is sad because I liked that dish!

    2. Michaels "Kosher" Steakhouse was a sure loser.

      1. How is LE PETIT MARCHE? The menu looks interesting.

        1. Wow. And now there are reports of Pig'n'Out (the BBQ place on Henry) closing up.

          8 days in and it's been a ROUGH year for Brooklyn Heights restaurants.

          (First reported here:



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          1. re: Peter

            Thanks for the heads up. It can now be definitely confirmed as a trend.

            PIGnOUT was pretty awful, as far as the food goes.

            I think the lesson to be learned, which never seems to sink in, is that a place with excellent food at reasonable prices succeeds. Places that try and cut corners don't.

            1. re: Fleur

              I agree. It's a shame- this neighborhood is capable of so much more. Hopefully this will be a wake up call to whoever moves into those empty spaces to actually care about their food.

              1. re: Fleur

                PignOut wasn't awful. Wasn't great, but definitely not awful. The beef ribs came close to good, and sides were better than average. I hope it sticks around.

                1. re: CobblerNYC

                  After you have been spoiled by GOODE BARBQ in Houston, PIGnOUT is vile.

                  Don't you wish there were a terrific place for BarbQ in the City?

            2. While we're talking BH places in general, has anyone been to Jack the Horse Tavern lately?

              I went their 2nd week or so and... well, I guess the fact that I haven't been back says a lot. I live between Remsen and Joralemon so if I walk that far north I'll likely end up at Noodle Pudding or Five Front. More likely though I'll head south to Chestnut or some other destination on Smith St.

              So, does anyone go there regularly? Does anyone walk by regularly and see the place hopping? They're trying hard -- I want them to thrive.

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              1. re: Peter

                I ate at Henry's end a few days ago; packed per ususal, and good, though the service stunk. Walked past Petit Marche, and the menu did look good. At 7 ish it was crowded. The other places, Aficionada etc were empty. Now, that says something because there should be a spill over from Noodle Pudding--which at 6:30 had no seats left--and Henry's End, which was also full. I can't, knowing what I know about the owner and his contempt for food, actually set foot in those places.
                I guess Petit Marche's next on the list. Why can't there be one decent place in the Heights, good atmosphere, not stuffy, fresh food, not pretentious? I don't get it.

                1. re: mimisusu

                  Possibly because it's an unforgiving neighborhood that, like the Upper West Side, wants 2 star food at take out prices. Also likely is the fact that one person's bustling bistro is another person's noisy, crowded hell.

                2. re: Peter

                  Been there once for drinks and once for a full dinner. Nice enough place with very friendly staff/owners. Unfortunately, it didn't appeal to me enough to return. If anyone asked me to join them there, I wouldnt hesitate but, when I myself think of local places to go, I find that I dont have much interest in Jack the Horse. The food was fine, the wine list okay for the price point, but the word that comes to mind is "comfortable". By the way, I pretty much feel the same way about 5 Front. For the money, I'd rather be at Henry's End, Noodle Pudding, Chestnut...

                  1. re: Peter

                    I agree with other posters -- Noodle Pudding and Henry's End are definitely the best in the nabe. However, if you like burgers, you must go back to Jack the Horse. I think their burger is amazing! I order it medium rare, and the meat is always tasty and juicy. In fact, it is one of my favorite burgers in the city (I also like Burger Joint, Shake Shack, and Blue Smoke for burgers). Fries are good too. And I like the wines overall.

                    I also tried La Petite Marche recently, but I don't feel inclined to rush back. It was OK, but nothing seemed quite as tasty as it sounded. Also the wine list is one of the most unimaginative I've seen in ages, and they hardly had any french wine, which seems odd given the menu. Nothing but big corporate producers. The french onion soup is made with chicken stock, and that tells you something about the level of the food right there.

                    I used to cook a lot but these days I am too busy, that's why I have to make the rounds of all the neighborhood restaurants so often. Won't be setting foot in Food Maestro or Aficionada though. I don't even understand why they bothered. Are they fronts for some kind of money laundering/tax scam?