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Barbecue season may be over, but f.o.b. has just started firing up its grills. Instead of burgers and hot dogs however, you’re more likely to find chicken wings marinated in coconut milk and galangal tickling the flames, along with saucy skewers of cubed pork, served with strands of pickled papaya. That’s because the Street Smith newcomer is devoted to Filipino food, featuring a menu inspired by the varied cooking styles from the Philippines’ island diaspora, along...
Smith Street, the storied, well-to-do shopping strip largely referred to as Brooklyn’s original Restaurant Row has been on a noticeable decline in recent months. Extending from the far reaches of Carroll Gardens all the way to Boerum Hill, where it turns into Jay Street in Downtown Brooklyn, the thoroughfare wends its way through some of Brooklyn’s priciest neighborhoods, yet its sidewalks are currently lined with vacant storefronts. Not that it’s a ghost town in...
Is it a bit premature to call Fawkner—which opened on Smith Street just this last weekend—Brooklyn’s bar of the year? Probably. But if there’s a safe pair of horses to bet on in the industry, it’s owners Jim Carden and Kevin Avanzato, the duo behind seminal spots like The Bell House, Union Hall, and Floyd NY. As the aforementioned establishments duly attest, Carden and Avanzato are hardly in the habit of outfitting one-dimensional spaces with...
It’s generally a great thing to be a neighborhood restaurant, when your surrounding neighbors have loads of disposable income. But increased area-affluence has become a double-edged sword for struggling businesses on Smith Street, who face a serious, summer-long lull once their patrons inevitably decamp to the Hamptons for the season. In fact, it’s caused a number of them to seek new leases elsewhere—including the inventive ramen shop, Dassara—which hopes to migrate closer to more...

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