Bed-Stuy Has Ramen Now!

Nana Ramen, Bed-Stuy, 330 Malcolm X Boulevard

Just in time for winter: Nana Ramen is open! We got a sneak peek of the space over the summer and they just opened to the public this week. Apparently Nana’s debut went well — according to Facebook, almost 100 bowls of ramen were served for opening night.

The 700-square-foot restaurant is located at 330 Malcolm X Boulevard, between Decatur and Bainbridge. The owner is behind the Asian fusion restaurant Nana, which has closed in Park Slope, and the Asian restaurant Hachi, in Williamsburg. The Bed-Stuy menu has a nice selection of small dishes, which include gyoza, shrimp shumai, tofu, tempura and sashimi. There are seven types of ramen, priced between $11 and $13. We hear the Spicy Miso (with chashu, scallion and baby bok choi) is delicious. Can’t wait to try.

Photo via Facebook

Hart’s Now Serves Mediterranean Food on Franklin Avenue

harts brooklyn, harts, 506 Franklin Avenue

When I put out a request for tips earlier this week, a lot of readers got in touch about Hart’s, the new Bed-Stuy restaurant just profiled in Grub Street. The website praised the restaurant for “simple, stylish Mediterranean food,” and it definitely looks good. Here’s a word from owners–and Bed-Stuy residents–Leah and Nick:

We serve dinner from 5-10:30pm Wed-Sun, and hope to expand our hours and open for brunch soon. The menu is full of seasonal dishes of mostly vegetables and seafood inspired by flavors from the Mediterranean coastline. A a grass-fed lamb burger on a potato bun never leaves the menu, and there’s a natural wine list focusing on approachable & food friendly wines from coastal areas, all available by the glass, such as Sherry, Muscadet, and Vinho Verde — and a full bar with cocktails heavy on rum, mezcal, and amaro.

You can’t miss the teal facade of the little one story building tucked behind the Franklin train station’s shuttle. On Instagram and Facebook we’re at @hartsbrooklyn!

You can find the restaurant at 506 Franklin, between Hancock and Fulton. (It’s the former Willow restaurant space.) If you’d like to check out a menu beforehand, go here. Pictured below is clam toast with pancetta. Welcome to the neighborhood, Hart’s!

hart's brooklyn, franklin avenue

Photos via Instagram

Something New for the Space Right Next to Peaches

the jerk shop, bed-stuy, peaches

There’s been lots of activity at the storefront just south of Peaches, along Lewis Avenue. A peek inside shows a really charming space with bar stool seating. From what I’ve been hearing, it will be the brick and mortar location for The Jerk Shop, which has a setup on the corner of Lewis and Macdonough. I caught them grilling at Bed-Vyne Cocktail and can speak from experience when I say that the jerk chicken and pork is amazing. It’d be great to welcome them into this space. If you’ve got more info, shoot me an email:

This Saturday: The Total Bed-Stuy Immersion


This Saturday, September 24th, Brooklyn Based and Brooklyn Brewery are coming to Bed-Stuy, and a little bit of Clinton Hill, for The Total Bed-Stuy Immersion. Here are details:

This neighborhood beer and food crawl, the last one of our Immersion season, includes stops at new bars and great local eateries.

The day starts at noon, and there are two ticket options. You can choose to go “express” and get one free Brooklyn beer at each of these four bars:

*The brand-new Do or Dive in the old Do or Dine space, run by the proprietors of Williamsburg fave, Luckydog
*Beast of Bourbon, a massive craft beer and bourbon palace that serves seriously good BBQ
*Chilo’s, a colorful bar with an excellent taco truck permanently parked out back
*Black Swan, one of our longtime favorite pubs in the neighborhood

If you want to go all in, you can also add food to your four beers with one of these lunches:

*A Cubano sandwich at Alice’s Arbor
*Three tacos at either Oaxaca Taqueria or Chilo’s
*A brisket sandwich with slaw or a pulled pork sandwich w slaw at Beast of Bourbon
*A BBQ chicken sandwich (grilled or fried) with slaw and fries or salad or a portobello sandwich with fries or salad at Black Swan

Tickets cost $15 for the four beers “express” option and $25 if you want to add lunch. (Buy them here.) Both tickets also include discounts like a $1 Brooklyn beer when you purchase a Porchetta, Italian or Veggie sandwich at Mekelburg’s, 10 percent off brunch and $4 Brooklyn Defenders at Alice’s Arbor, a $4 Brooklyn Lager tallboy at Swell Dive, a buy one ice cream sandwich, get one free at The Good Batch, a free homemade popsicle from Dinghy with the purchase of a sandwich and drink, a free cookie with the purchase of a cold brew at Stonefruit Espresso + Kitchen, and an empanada, croquette and plaintains special at Pilar Cuban Eatery for $10.

Photo via Chilo’s — EDITOR’S NOTE: The headlining image to this post was changed because as a reader rightly pointed out, it unfairly represented our neighborhood.

Buh-bye, Rabbit Moon

rabbit moon, bed stuy

A few weeks ago I noticed that the Rabbit Moon coffee shop, at 334 Marcus Garvey Boulevard between Putnam and Madison, wasn’t open its normal hours. And then the mural on its security gate was promptly painted over, and it looks like the place is permanently shuttered. The cafe, which also sold fancy grocery items and served as a CSA pickup, was running for a few years. There’s no news of the closure on the Rabbit Moon website or Facebook.

I sometimes get the impression that businesses along Marcus Garvey don’t get a ton of foot traffic/business, but I may be wrong. Readers, any thoughts about how businesses are fairing along Marcus Garvey? I hate to see things close because it means another shuttered storefront on that drag. Regardless, there’s been some new stuff opening in the past year or so, like Tree House, Locale, Tepache and Bohaus.

Don’t Miss This Vietnamese Pop-Up This Saturday!

Viet Comfort, Bed Stuy

A Vietnamese pop-up that first arrived to the neighborhood last year is back! After good feedback from last year’s event, chef Isabelle Nguyen will open Viet Comfort this Saturday, August 20th to the public from 5 to 10 pm. It’s located at 833 Dekalb Avenue, inside Simple Pleasures Cafe. Nguyen told me, “It will be the first Vietnamese restaurant in Bed Stuy, and I can’t wait to share some of the food I grew up eating.” It’s a one-time pop up but she plans to host more in the future. Here are full details from her:

Viet Comfort serves high quality Vietnamese comfort food. The menu comprises of small plates with classic dishes such as summer rolls and spring rolls, lesser known comfort food such as pho kho (brothless pho) and xui mai (meatballs braised in a zesty tomato sauce), and modern/inspired dishes such as taro chips and dips and a spicy version of buffalo wings. Viet Comfort uses local and fresh ingredients whenever possible.

Viet Comfort will have a seasonal menu. The upcoming Fall menu will have the traditional pho noodle soup and rice plates. Viet Comfort will be a weekend casual dining with dining options in the front or rear yard. It is currently working on implementing a delivery services.

More Farmers Markets in the Neighborhood This Summer

marcy plaza farmers market bed stuy

The Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation has expanded the farmers markets in the neighborhood this summer, according to DNAinfo. The BSRC typically runs the Marcy Plaza Farmer’s Market every year through November, and that market will kick off this Wednesday, July 13th and continue running Wednesdays from 10 am to 5 pm. With a $99,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture Farmers Market Promotion Program, there will be more markets, advertising and cooking demonstrations. The BSRC will also work with Head Start programs to provide fresh food from the markets for participants. The goal, as organizers told DNAinfo, was to work with “hyper-local and regional farmers of color” that reflected the neighborhood’s demographics. Here’s the market lineup for the summer:

Marcy Plaza Farmer’s Market
Fulton Street and Marcy Avenue
Wednesdays, 10 am to 5 pm

Hattie Carthan Community Farmers’ Market
Marcy Avenue and Clifton Place
Saturdays, 9 am to 3 pm

Malcolm X Boulevard Farmers’ Market
Marion and Chauncey streets
Saturdays, 8 am to 3 pm

Hattie Carthan After Church Farmers’ Market
49 Van Buren St. between Tompkins and Throop avenues
Sundays, 1 pm to 6 pm

Marcy Plaza Farmers Market via