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January 28, 2021
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Food + Drink

Restaurant Openings/Closings

By Lisa M. Collins

The news is all about openings in South Brooklyn these days.

Shelsky’s Smoked Fish and Appetizing, the new upscale Jewish appetizing shop, has made some news on Smith Street–the New York Times reported the opening almost as it happened. Owner Peter Shelsky, a transplant from the Upper East Side, who lives in Carroll Gardens with his family, tells South Brooklyn Post he was tired of traveling to the Lower East Side for smoked fish and pickled herring, so he decided to create a Brooklyn, DIY version of Russ and Daughters. His shop is ultra-clean and modern, and offers an impressive array of lox and smoked, cured and pickled fish–keep your eyes peeled for the beautiful caviar cream cheese.

Shelsky says his make-it-yourself inclination is strong, and he’ll be doing much in-house. The bagels and bialys are delivered from Kossar’s.

Shelsky’s daughters, Ginger and Clementine, will be the inspiration for many items at the shop, Shelsky said.

Meanwhile, Five Guys organic burger chain opened on Friday. Now we’ve got Vinzee’s at Court and First and JP’s Burgers on Smith between Degraw and Douglass, each providing gourmet-ish, delicious burgers, hot dogs and fries, by local chef/owners, not to mention the delicious burgers at Bar Tabac at Smith and Dean and the many other contenders on local menus.

Like my friend Neal said today, it’s like a bunch of folks figured out at the same time what we were missing, and now we are over-run with burger joints. Howabout a nice Chinese sit-down spot, please?

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