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There are a number of factors that compel the steadfast Brooklynite to plunk down inconceivable sums on pint-sized apartments—and for us, it’s always been our unparalleled access to unique, independently-run restaurants. But crushing rent hikes, unworkable regulations and an easily distracted audience (the number of permits issued to new eateries rose by 26 percent in 2014) has proved an ever-ringing death knell to businesses not owned by hospitality groups and corporations, from Smith Street...
  It's been a rough winter for Brooklyn restaurants. First Marco's, the place run by the owners of Franny's and BKLYN Larder, closed its doors due to financial concerns. Then Prospect Heights Mexican restaurant Pequena closed its doors, and Franklin Avenue's Pacifico's Fine Foods announced that it was closing after just eight months. Now, another neighborhood favorite is biting the dust: The owners of 606 R&D, citing poor turnout in the recent cold weather, are...
Yes, there are some people (i.e. not us), who have had their Valentine’s Day reservations squared away for months now. But personal propensities towards procrastination aside, our main dilemma with holiday dining involves jacked up prices and derivative menus, featuring heart-shaped molten chocolate cakes accented with saccharine drizzles of raspberry coulis. So if we’re going to go in for the inevitable prix fixe this Valentine’s Day, we’d much rather spend a relaxed, cost-effective evening at...
Prospect Heights is an interesting, diamond-shaped tidbit of a neighborhood; hemmed in by Flatbush Avenue to the west, Atlantic Avenue to the north, Eastern Parkway to the south, and Washington Avenue to the east. So when it comes to restaurants in the far reaches of any one direction, it’s hard to say whom they really belong to. Is Tom’s diner actually in Crown Heights? Is Franny’s truly in Park Slope? But there’s no question...

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