A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from February 19, 2006
Brooklyn’s Restaurant Row (Smith Street)
"Manhattan's Restaurant Row" is on West 46th Street and "Harlem's Restaurant Row" is on Frederick Douglass Boulevard. Brooklyn has a "Restaurant Row" on Smith Street. The transformation of Smith Street began about 1997.

Brooklyn's Fifth Avenue also claims to have a "Restaurant Row."

Wikipedia: Cobble Hill, Brooklyn
Cobble Hill is a Brooklyn neighborhood in New York City, USA. Bordered by Atlantic Avenue on the north, Hicks Street to the west, Smith Street on the east and Degraw Street to the south, Cobble Hill sits adjacent to Boerum Hill and Brooklyn Heights with Carroll Gardens to the south. The area was historically Italian and is centered on two main roads - Court and Smith Street. Family-run shops are Cobble Hill's biggest attraction; Italian meat markets and old time barber shops mixing with trendy new restaurants. Smith Street is known as Brooklyn's "Restaurant Row" due to the large number of eateries and watering holes that opened on the street during the late 1990s and early 2000s
More than any other Brooklyn neighborhood, Carroll Gardens has that "thing" which has made the blocks along Charles and Perry Streets in Manhattan such a hot commodity. By all accounts, this pocket of New York has a lot going for it: Smith Street, Brooklyn's "Restaurant Row" cuts through the neighborhood's heart and an endless procession of shops, boutiques and nightspots have made the area a destination…for Manhattanites!

If you're looking for the new Brooklyn, stroll down Smith Street, sometimes called Restaurant Row. In the past two years, a dozen or so trendy restaurants and bars have opened, interspersed with smart boutiques. Among the choices: Restaurant Saul, opened by a former chef of Manhattan's renowned Le Bernadin; Grocery, which serves seasonal American cuisine; and Banania, for French food with a twist. After dinner, you can drop by some of the happening bars on the street, such as Halcyon, where DJs spin acid-house dance sounds. (You can buy the music from the record shop in the back.)

Brooklyn: Community Board 6
Smith Street especially has developed a reputation as "restaurant row" hosting an eclectic mix of international gourmet cuisine. Nightlife on Smith Street continues to grow with more bars, clubs, performance and social gathering spaces opening up attracting even more people to the area.

The South Brooklyn Network
Smith Street, which begins at Atlantic Avenue, and runs south to Hamilton Avenue, has become the new, trendy area of New York City. New York Magazine dubbed Smith Street "the most innovative, exciting restaurant row" in the city.

With funky shops, ethnic food, and collectibles stores, Smith Street is one of the truly, fun areas of the city.

The Grocery
288 Smith St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 596-3335

The Scene
This charming neighborhood restaurant put Smith Street on the culinary map when it opened in 1999. Nowadays, diners arrive in hired cars from Manhattan, and chef-owners Sharon Pachter and Charles Kiely greet them with the same warmth extended to local regulars. Prices are higher, but there's still a zen-like elegance to the small, pale-green room. Service is smart but startlingly casual.

140 Smith St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 935-9844
Cross Street: Bergen Street
Directions: F, G at Bergen St

Editorial Profile
A hit for seasonal, fresh American fare on Brooklyn's restaurant row.

New York (NY) Times
12 March 2000, New York (NY) Times, "On Smith Street, a Dream Made Real" by Chris Erikson, pg. CY16:
He was at his wits' end when a friend suggested Smith Street, which young chefs have transformed into a thriving restaurant row in the last two years.
Smith Street is fast becoming Brooklyn's Restaurant Row. Here are some of its dining spots.

Victory Kitchen (New American)
116 Smith Street. (718) 858-8787

Boerum Hill Food Company (Cafe)
134 Smith Street. (718) 222-0140

Saul French
140 Smith Street. (718) 935-9844

Sur (Latin American)
232 Smith Street. (781) 237-9100

Patois (French)
255 Smith Street. (718) 855-1535

Uncle Pho (French-Vietnamese)
263 Smith Street. (718) 855-8709

Zaytoons (Middle Eastern)
283 Smith Street. (718) 875-1880

The Grocery (New American)
288 Smith Street. (718) 596-3335

The Brooklyn Paper (Brooklyn, NY)
April 9, 2001 / GO Brooklyn
Harding garners 30 minutes of fame, Smith gets burned and Ganic wins a ’culinary Oscar’
By Lisa J. Curtis
Chef Alan Harding, the man credited with sparking the Smith Street restaurant revolution, will be one of the featured contestants on the cable Food Network's "Ready Set Cook!," to be aired Thursday, April 5 at 6 pm.

Harding, who arrived on Smith Street in 1997, is co-owner of Uncle Pho and Patois of Smith Street and Red Rail of Henry Street. The chef is a worthy contestant to represent our borough on the popular food game show hosted by British chef-comic Ainsley Harriott.

New York (NY) Times
CITY LORE; Smith St.: A Hot Strip With a Storied Past
Published: July 22, 2001
SMITH STREET, Brooklyn's restaurant row, has been called the hottest new hot spot in New York. Newspapers and magazines have been filled with articles about the street in Boerum Hill, as if the strip had sat there its whole life gathering dust until the young and hip arrived a few years ago and put the place on the map. Truth be told, the 14-block artery has a vibrant history and has long been the center of many people's universe.

The Brooklyn Paper (Brooklyn, NY)
July 10, 2004 / GO Brooklyn
Multinational menu at Aqua leaves diners drowning in boatloads of fresh seafood
By Tina Barry
Smith Street, with its blocks of international eateries, is as competitive a restaurant row as any other.

New York magazine
Apr 25, 2005
Pub Crawl: Smith Street
In the last ten years, Smith Street has been transformed from a seedy, pothole-ridden, downright frightening thoroughfare to Brooklyn's very own restaurant row. It's also been keeping up in the bar department, offering something for everybody.
By Joel Gershon

July 12, 2005
Fifth Avenue: Brooklyn's Restaurant Row?
Is Fifth Avenue in Park Slope really the densest stretch of restaurants in Brooklyn? Let us know.
Counting Park Slope's Restaurants [Curbed]
Outer Borough Message Board [Chowhound]
Posted by brownstoner at July 12, 2005 09:29 AM
If we're talking sheer density per block (and Curbed mentions 'just over two a block') I'd say that Smith Street easily tops that. Fellow CGers, don't you think? I'll try to do a headcount on my way home tonight...
Posted by: Sandra at July 12, 2005 10:00 AM
I'd think Smith Street would have Fifth Ave beat as well.
Posted by: Kel

New York City Small Business Services
Friday, January 13, 2006
"Thanks to Commissioner Walsh and SBS this cleaning initiative will help beautify one of Brooklyn's premier destinations, Restaurant Row on Smith Street," said Burke. "SBS' commitment to the development of greater Downtown Brooklyn will have a significant impact on the Smith Street businesses. This is undoubtedly an important part of the Downtown area's revitalization and aesthetic transformation."
Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityRestaurants/Bars/Coffeehouses/Food Stores • Sunday, February 19, 2006 • Permalink

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