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As the clock clicked towards midnight on December 31st, only a handful of ardent regulars knew they were counting down the last minutes of service at Petit Oven. A fiercely beloved yet altogether surprising success story, Bay Ridge’s sole, local-seasonal, French-inspired boîte enjoyed a nine-year run in its 30-seat space off of 3rd Avenue—even though it opened in a time when a multi-generation tenure and spaghetti menu were the only things that guaranteed an audience. Petit...
Reel Brooklyn is a biweekly column chronicling the definitive history of Brooklyn on-screen, one film—and neighborhood—at a time. Reporters have only just recently been able to visit Bay Ridge and write a story that didn’t lede with a reference to Tony Manero or disco. No movie has so defined a Brooklyn neighborhood in the popular imagination as this one, still a go-to reference even as it’s become an irrelevant time capsule: the hardware store in...
Head-to-tail anchovies have proved a perfectly easy sell to the crowds of gastronomic thrill-seekers at Smorgasburg, but how do you push assertively piquant small bait to patrons practically weaned on red sauce-swaddled calamah? Since single concept spots often have a tough enough time just treading water (outside of browsy, idiosyncratic food markets, that is), Bon Chovie has wisely fleshed out the menu for its first dedicated restaurant, located in the culinarily cautious neighborhood of...
It’s easy to slip into a vicious cycle of comparing and despairing once summer rolls around, and you remain a constant in your cubicle while friends barrage you with accounts of their exotic vacations and adventures. But it’s important to remember that you could do a whole lot worse than being a compulsory captive in Brooklyn, where just by walking down an avenue or two, you can find yourself in Poland—i.e., Greenpoint—feasting on kielbasa...

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