Friday, January 31, 2014

Super Bowl Sunday on Fifth

Well, the big day has finally arrived! Super Bowl XLVIII takes place on Sunday at 6:30pm at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. Of course, unless you are near the stadium or hanging out in Times Square, it's hard to even tell that the biggest sporting event of the year is taking place just a few miles away!

You might as well hang out in the neighborhood and enjoy the big game at one of your favorite Fifth Avenue locations. Here are some ideas (list in formation):

Freddy’s Bar (627 Fifth Avenue)- Super Bowl Sunday & Chili Contest. Noon to 7pm Happy Hour $2 PBR and HighLife, $3 ALL TAPS 5pm Super Bowl Party Starts, Game Time Free Chili, Halftime Winner announced!

Bogota Lating Bistro (141 Fifth Avenue): It's not too late to have your party catered by Bogota! Bogota Wings, Empanadas and much more! Call them at 718-230-3805 or just stop by and speak to any manager.

Bonnie’s Grill (278 Fifth Avenue)- If you enjoy authentic Buffalo Chicken Wings, this is the place to get them on Fifth Avenue. Take out burgers, wings or fries or grab a seat at the counter and watch the big game!

200 Fifth (200 Fifth Avenue)- If you want a real sports bar atmosphere for the big game, 200 Fifth is the place to be. They have over 100 televisions, lots of beers on tap and great food. They also have a Super Bowl catering special:
 50 Wings for $45
20 Sliders for $45
Combo For $85
Orders Must be placed before 4:30pm

Pork Slope (247 Fifth Avenue): All you can eat and drink. That sounds dangerous!

El Pollito Mexicano (119 Fifth Avenue): Mile High Margaritas and Legion of Boom Mezcals. Plus Happy Hour margaritas and sangria.

Luscious Food (59 Fifth Avenue): They are taking orders for catering! Sandwich platters, chili, wings, mac and cheese, lasagna, empanadas and more!

Cypress Hill (52 Fifth Avenue): Drink specials at this popular Barclay's-area watering hole

Chip Shop (383 Fifth Avenue): Buttermilk, rosemary and garlic marinated fried chicken. Take out only whole chicken side of mashed potato and gravy $20.

Backyard (388 Fifth Avenue): A mellow, quiet Superbowl viewing alternative. No specials or events planned. If you hate loud bar crowds, this is the place to catch the game while leisurely sipping a drink with your friend.

Smith’s Tavern (440 Fifth Avenue): 15 beers on tap at game time!

Black Horse (568 Fifth Avenue): Enjoy $4 Bud Lights or Shock Tops.

South (629 Fifth Avenue): Drinks, football pool, lots of good company. Who could ask for more?

Oyster Bar (256 Fifth Avenue): $1 Saddle Rock Oysters, $4 Narragansett Drafts, $4.95 Oyster Shooters, $6 Buffalo Calamari, $10.00 Beer Battered Fish n Chips, $6 Lobster Sliders, $6 Crab & Artichoke Dip w/Chips, $3 Fish Tacos, Full menu also available.

Prospect (545 Fifth Avenue): Chili, Wings, Bucket o' Beer and a big screen TV

Dram Shop (339 Fifth Avenue): Drink specials and giveaways

Aperitivo (279 Fifth Avenue): Great food, football pool and the game on the big screens

AOC Bistro (259 Fifth Avenue): $5 beer, drinks, house wines, French football snacks and live music pre and post game

Beauty Bar (249 Fifth Avenue): Buckets of beer, hot chili and the game,


Not interested in the bar scene? Don't care about the big game? How about some shopping?

ElevenBK (70 Fifth Avenue): One of the best consignment boutiques on the Avenue. Get 25% off jackets/coats and 15% off everything else!

BAX (421 Fifth Avenue): As we mentioned yesterday, BAX has music for all ages on Sunday and it ends early enough, in case you change your mind and want to watch the game.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Alex and the Kaleidoscope Band at BAX

Super Bowl Sunday is just a few days away (see tomorrow's post for lots of great ways to enjoy the game on Fifth). But kickoff isn't until the early evening. That leaves plenty of time to have fun on Fifth!

So, grab your kids and celebrate the first night of the Jumpin Juniper Festival at BAX (421 Fifth Avenue) with music from Alex and the Kaleidoscope Band. Experience the exhilarating energy of Jumpin’ Juniper as she hosts an interactive hour of story, song, film, or dance. Immerse yourself in the excitement of high-quality live performances by celebrated guest artists.

The fun begins at 11 AM. Tickets are $8 per person and FREE for children under 2 years old. Visit for tickets and information on the artists performing in this popular month-long festival for family audiences.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Freddy's Turns 3!

Time really does fly when you're having Freddy's!

Freddy's Bar (627 Fifth Avenue) will be celebrating their 3rd Anniversary on Tuesday, February 4th with a BUSY schedule of events.

Don't miss:

-10:00pm– 12:00am Party with The BROOKLYN WHAT
-9:00pm Even Twice: Bass and Drum progressive/punk outfit from Brooklyn.
-6:00pm – 7:30pm Isaac Darche

-10:00- 2am Miss Ida: A House favorite, lovely songstress Miss Ida belts out raunchy old piano rag blues with stride piano-boogie-woogie accompaniment on our 1915 Piano. She is Backed up by members of the Woody Allen Jazz Band.

Don't miss it!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Origami Hearts at Annie's

Believe it or not, February begins on Saturday!

Annie's Blue Ribbon General Store will be celebrating the new month on Saturday, February 1st with some cool crafts, starting at 10 am. In anticipation of Valentine's Day, they'll be making origami hearts with the Creative Director of Snow and Graham Chicago, right in the store.

Grab the kids, drop by and try it out! It sounds like a lot of fun!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Tomorrow Night: Support Brooklyn Pride at Bogota Latin Bistro

As you'll recall, last Tuesday's weather was miserable, as Winter Storm Janus roared through the area and made conditions cold and slippery. So, Bogota Latin Bistro has graciously extended its Brooklyn Pride fundraiser to tomorrow night, Tuesday, January 28th.

Eat lunch or dinner at Bogota's Fifth Avenue location (141 Fifth Avenue) or order take-out or delivery and 10% of your order will be donated to support Brooklyn Pride!

It's that simple. Don't miss it!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Oysters for Valentine's Day

Oysters are a very popular food to eat on Valentine's Day and you would be hard-pressed to find better Oysters than the ones served at Fifth Avenue's own Grand Central Oyster Bar. So, don't miss their special Valentine's Day menu! Make you reservations today!





$55.00++ per person


$70.00++per person



Thursday, January 23, 2014

Ladybug Celebration Week

We thought that this event sounded fun and celebrating ladybugs is certainly a way to forget the freezing temperatures outside for a little while!

On Saturday, January 25th, join author Carole Amber and Fifth Avenue's Hiho Batik (184 Fifth Avenue) for "Ladybug Celebration Week in Brooklyn."

The event goes from 1:00 -  2:30 and will feature:

A FUN Story Telling Experience for kids and families with Author Carole Amber.
Complimentary Healthy Drinks & Snacks
Create a “Hiho Batik Ladybug” Inspired Tee-shirt.
Attendees to receive a FREE Copy of Highlights Magazine.
ALL-around Family Fun! 

Families must RSVP to by January 23rd with the following information:

Families who wish to attend must RSVP to by January 23rd with the following information:
Names of Adults Attending
Phone Number
Child Names and Ages

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Chocolate Room: Bad News, Good News, Good News

The Bad News: The last day for The Chocolate Room (86 Fifth Avenue) will be Sunday, January 26th.

The Good News: They will be opening a temporary pop-up shop, right next to their current Fifth Avenue location at 82 Fifth Avenue. They'll be selling all of their confections, chocolate bars, baked goods and special orders, just in time for Valentine's Day!

The Other Good News: They will be opening their new Fifth Avenue location (51 Fifth Avenue) soon and they'll be adding liquor to the menu!

Bottom line: Park Slope wins!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Winter Storm Janus

Here we go again with the named winter storms. Janus is throwing a surprise snowfall at us today, starting in the early afternoon. We can expect up to around 8" of snow by Wednesday morning. For updates, we suggest keeping an eye on websites like and NBC4.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. What's open and closed?

Post offices
City, state and federal offices
Public schools

Also, there is no garbage or recycling collection and Alternate Side Parking rules are suspended.

Fifth Avenue shops that are normally open on Monday will be open today.

Friday, January 17, 2014

News Round-Up

Wine & Spirits Shop Coming to Former Lucia Space on 5th Avenue [Here's Park Slope]

What're the Borders of Park Slope, Anyway? [FIPS]

Golden Festival Brings Balkan Music and Dance to Park Slope [Brooklyn Paper]

Submit Kindergarten Applications Now Through February 14 [South Slope News]

Thursday, January 16, 2014

January Sale: Goldy + Mac

Fifth Avenue's Goldy + Mac (219 Fifth Avenue) have a sale going on this month that we thought you should know about. They are offering 30% off of all regularly priced merchandise and an additional 10% off of sale merchandise, through January 28th. They are also offering a FREE gift of Goldy + Mac earrings if you purchase $75 or more!

Don't forget to check it out!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Fundraiser at Bogota Latin Bistro

Dine at Bogota Latin Bistro on Tuesday, January 21st (lunch, dinner, delivery and take-out) and 10% will be donated to support Brooklyn Pride!

Be there!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Winter Sale at Life Boutique Thrift

Life Boutique Thrift (located at 66 and 515 Fifth Avenue) is having a couple of big sales this month, to help clear the way for new inventory:

50% off entire store at 66 Fifth Avenue

30% off of shoes at both locations

Don't miss these deals!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Baluchi's Celebrates 20 Years

New York City's favorite local Indian Food Chain, Baluchi's, is celebrating 20 Years in business. As part of the celebration, they've got FREE samosas with any purchase, at all of their locations (including the Park Slope location at 310 Fifth Avenue.) 

Drop by for yours today (Monday, January 13th). 

Thursday, January 9, 2014

News Round-Up

Vote for 200 Fifth in the ESPN Ultimate Sports Bar Bracket! [ESPN]

Former Due Fratelli Space on 5th Avenue for Rent [Park Slope Stoop]

5 Winter Cycling Tips From 9th Street Cycles [South Slope News]

New Taqueria From Palo Santo Owner Coming to Union Street [Here's Park Slope]

2013 A Record year For Brooklyn Home Prices [Brownstoner]

Above, Oysters from The Oyster Bar's Grand Opening last night.

Park Slope on NYCGo

This month,, also know as the website of NYC & Co (the official marketing, tourism and partnership organization of  New York City) is featuring Park Slope! 

We helped them with a list of must-visit spots on Fifth Avenue back in the summer. It's nice to finally see the feature launched! We hope it leads to lots of curious visitors from out-of-town.

Check out the entire piece here

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

A Closer Look At Body Reserve

For more than 20 years, the old bank building at the corner of Union Street and Fifth Avenue has been occupied by Body Reserve. Family owned and operated, the gym is a perfect example of the type of small, independent businesses that have flourished on Fifth for years. Plus, they have  a great story.

Read more about their story and history in a recent edition of Club Solutions Magazine.

Here's to 20 more years of success on Fifth for Body Reserve!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Robert Burns Dinner - 2014

Yes, it's that time of year, again; time for Aperitivo's annual Robert Burns Dinner! Robert Burns, of course, was the national poet of Scotland and is famous for pieces like Auld Lang Syne (which we still sing on New Year's Eve). 

On Thursday, January 23rd starting at 7:30 pm, enjoy a Burns Night Dinner and Single Malt Scotch Pairing ~$95.00 per person.

Cullen Skink
Smoked Haddock Chowder
Pairing - TBA

Presentation of the Haggis
Accompanied by Scottish Pipes
Followed By A Reading of “Address To a Haggis”
Pairing – TBA

Haggis, Chappit Tatties
& Bashed Neeps
House Made Haggis with Mashed Potatoes and Turnips
Pairing - TBA

20Hr Slow Roast Prime Rib
To Be served Medium to Medium-Rare
Served With Charded Vegetables
Pairing – TBA

Raspberry Cranachan
Whipped Cream, Whisky, Heather Honey and Fresh Raspberries Topped with Whiskey Soaked Toasted Oatmeal
Pairing – TBA

**They will be opening a bottle of Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 9. This is a once in a lifetime chance to taste this limited edition Scotch!

If you are interested, make your reservation today. This event sells out quickly, every year. Tel. (718) 369-1123 Email:

Monday, January 6, 2014

Back to Reality

Well, the holiday season is over and the snow from Friday's storm has melted. School is back in session for a full week. It's time to get back to reality (at least until the next snow storm).

Here are some events taking place this week on Fifth Avenue. Attending one may make the transition to reality a little easier to swallow:

*John Hodgman visits Union Hall on Monday (tonight) and Wednesday. However, it appears that both shows are Sold Out! Call or email them to see if additional tickets are available.

*Knights of Bruklyn Home Brew Competition: Home-Made Beer. Samples. Competition. Need we say more? Tuesday, January 7 at Union Hall

*Musical Ecologies with JD Parran: Part of the Old Stone House monthly series of concerts. JD Parran is a Multi-instrumentalist and composer who has mastered a wide variety of woodwind instruments (from the familiar tenor saxophone to the rarely heard alto clarinet, E-flat contrabass clarinet, bass saxophone and bamboo flute). He has appeared on more than 50 recordings over the last three decades, including collaborations with The Band, Anthony Braxton, Don Byron, Anthony Davis, Julius Hemphill, New Winds, Yoko Ono, Bill Dixon, Andrew Hill and Stevie Wonder among many others. Thursday at 8. Details:

*Opera on Tap returns to Freddy's Bar on Thursday at 9. Lots of beer, song and viking helmets! Don't miss it. Details:

Friday, January 3, 2014

Happy Snow Day Friday!

Well, Hurricane Snow Storm Hercules is on its way out this morning, and it has left the city looking clean, white and beautiful. Plus, schools are closed and it's Friday! Quite an exciting day!

If you get a chance, go out and take a walk on Fifth Avenue and enjoy the snow. Also, follow Mayor de Blasio's example and shovel your sidewalk (photo via Park Slope Patch). Just don't stay out too long. It's currently about 10 degrees outside and the wind chill is in the negatives.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Winter Storm Hercules

Well, here we go with the named winter storms, again.

It appears that 2014 will start with a bang; a winter storm named "Hercules." It looks like we can expect some significant accumulations and high winds. Couldn't Mother Nature give the de Blasio administration a few weeks to settle in before testing them?

Anyway, the following alert was issued by Notify NYC last night:

Winter Weather Warning / Hazardous Travel Advisory / Alt. Side Parking Rules Suspended (CW) 

Notification issued 1/1/14 at 8:00 PM. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning citywide from 6:00 PM Thu, Jan. 2 to 1:00 PM Fri Jan. 3. The current forecast calls for 6-8 inches of snow accompanied by strong winds. The NYC Office of Emergency Management (OEM) today issued a Hazardous Travel Advisory for Thu and Fri due to anticipated weather conditions that will result in wet, slick sidewalks; roadways could quickly turn icy. Residents should drive slowly, monitor weather and traffic, use major streets or highways, and keep the name and number of at least one local towing service. Pedestrians should avoid slippery surfaces, dress in layers, and maintain a heightened awareness of cars, especially when crossing intersections. Please note that the NYC Dept of Transportation, in conjunction with the Dept of Sanitation, will suspended Alternate Side Parking Regulations citywide tomorrow, Thu, Jan. 2, 2014, to facilitate snow preparations.