Pio Pio, a family-owned chain of Peruvian eateries, brings new flavors to the neighborhood after opening a location at 282 Kings Highway.
This news is a bit late: it appears they opened at the end of May. But we only just found out, and as fans of Peruvian cooking we had to share.
It’s the first Brooklyn location, which has eight other outposts in all the boroughs except Staten Island. It grew out of the Peruvian community in Rego Park, Queens, in 1994 as a simple pollo a la brasa joint (don’t know what that is? Only the most amazing rotisserie chicken you’ll ever taste), but now offers a wide range of dishes included ceviches and staples like aji de gallina.
Pio Pio is among the city’s best known Peruvian eateries, and in just a few months the local spot has racked up some rave reviews on Yelp (four stars and 38 reviews).
We’re going to have to get over there for a bite, but until then, if you’ve been there share your experience in the comments!
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Lutzina Bar & Lounge, a posh new hookah lounge, karaoke bar, and dining venue is celebrating its one-month anniversary in Bath Beach this week.
Nesting at 2031 Bath Avenue, the lounge resembles a classy, contemporary page out of a Martha Stewart Home and Garden catalog.
Stepping in, you feel as though you’ve been whisked straight out of Bensonhurst. The pale-white ceiling above the bar resembles a cracked hard-boiled egg. The faux diamond chandeliers revive a 1920s speakeasy. The elegant white lilacs at the bar seal this entirely bizarre package with a bow and question where Lutzina came from and how long it’s planning to stay.
It sticks out in Bath Beach like a sore thumb. It’s an anomaly. It doesn’t fit in.
But that’s also part of its charm.
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Owner Nick Abuwali and assistant chef Ameer Obeid.
After 20 years working for others, Nick Abulawi decided it was time to set off on his own. So he opened Sooo Delicious Food Court at 1801 Bath Avenue, serving a wide range of American and ethnic foods that he says reflect the neighborhood around it.
“The opportunity was available and the area has a wonderful mixed population that could use some variety of food, so we’re serving everything from Italian to Mediterrenean to different ethnic foods,” said Abulawi, as he pushed a third plate of samples across the table
The food court’s range is huge, with a couple of dozen hot items in addition to a fully stocked sandwich, panini and salad station, soup line, frozen yogurt dispensers and sumptuous looking chickens slowly turning on spits.
See more photos, and learn about the food and the restaurant’s goals.
Will Bath Avenue be the new place to go for some after work drinks?
Lutzina Bar & Lounge hopes so. The watering hole opened at 2031 Bath Avenue in July, promising drinks, music, dance and food. The place has a full lunch and dinner menu, as well as hookah.
We’ll be sure to check in there soon and let you know how it is. Because $3 beers.
Until then, good luck, Lutzina!
Signs say G & A Jewelers, which has been at 6923 18th Avenue for at least 15 years, will be moving up the block to a new storefront.
They should be open at 6713 18th Avenue beginning September 1. The address appears to be the old location of Zena’s Shoes, next to Gamestop.
The announcement comes after news that the three-story building sold for $1.98 million in May. The owner at the time said he plans to renovate the property from top to bottom, splitting the ground-floor retail space into two units and adding medical and dental offices on the second and third floors.
It looks like a Dunkin’ Donuts is set to come soon to 2021 Cropsey Avenue, at the corner of Bay 25th Street.
We spotted the banner up last week, although it doesn’t look like any plans have yet been filed with the Department of Buildings. And if it’s a new owner for the 4,450-square-foot lot, the sale hasn’t hit the city’s online database.
Dunkin’ Donuts will replace Auto Center America, a short-lived mechanic’s shop that replaced Double Diamond Limousines.
Whether people are a fan of Dunkin’ coffee or not, neighbors will likely appreciate the lot being put back to use and better maintained than its current state.
We’re not quite sure when Brooklyn Best Bikes closed its doors at 8717 18th Avenue, but it appears to have been relatively recently.
The motorcycle shop (also known as Brooklyn’s Baddest Bikes) had some nice reviews from Google users, but the store is now giving way to ALM Fireplaces & B-B-Qs. Renovation plans were filed with the Department of Buildings earlier this month, and on Friday they were approved to begin work overhauling the inside.
ALM is hardly a newcomer to the neighborhood. The company owns two storefronts just across the street – one for ALM Plumbing & Heating Supplies, and the other for ALM Fireplaces & Accessories. It looks like this will be a new showroom for their barbecue items.
Good luck to the owners of Brooklyn Best Bikes on their future ventures, and to ALM with the expansion!
Pizzeria Di Mola at 176 Avenue O
Pizzeria Di Mola is getting ready for its grand opening at 176 Avenue O, where it will replace F & F Pizza.
The storefront, at the corner of West 4th Street, is sporting a new awning and name, and the inside is being worked on. A phone call to the location today was answered by a construction worker who could not say when they expected it to open.
We’re not sure exactly when F & F closed its doors, but it appears to have been either late last year or earlier this year.
We’re looking forward to meeting the new owners – and getting a taste of the newest slice in town. Will we need to add it to our list of best Bensonhurst pizzerias? We’ll just have to wait and see.
Bánh mì and beef noodles are on their way to 86th Street, where Pho & Co Vietnamese Street Food is slated to open.
Signs went up recently at the 1927 86th Street storefront, and interior renovations were underway when we stopped by last week.
The spot takes over the location of Boat House Seafood Restaurant, which closed late last year or early this year. It looks like Boat House is still alive and kicking in Sunset Park, though, serving up Vietnamese-Cajun fusion seafood dishes.
Pho & Co will be a welcome addition to 86th Street’s bustling Asian culinary scene, and one of the few – if not the only – dedicated to Vietnamese sandwiches, salads, noodle dishes and soups.
We’ll keep our eyes on this one as the opening date nears. In the meantime, welcome to the neighborhood, Pho & Co.