Nori With Attitude at Compton Sushi

We spent our lunch break today chatting with Jesse and Fletcher Getz, the siblings/restaurateurs behind the newly minted Compton Sushi on 8th Ave!

The Getz brothers wanted to bring the Southern Californian flavors to NYC, but felt their restaurant needed to have a twist.

“I was a line cook for years at a couple of Venice Beach seafood places,” said Fletcher, who cut his teeth at Salt Air and Crow’s Nest, “so I knew what the traditional boardwalk food was all about. And Jesse spent some time in Japan eating sushi basically every other meal.”

 According to Jesse, “It just seemed natural to combine the two.”

“We love New York so far, but we know a lot of West Coasters get homesick, so we wanted to bring a little bit of Cali to Brooklyn, and we had a few friends who had just moved to the area.”

“We loved the Asian vibe and foresaw a kind of West meets East situation.”

The Japanese/American restaurant grabs influences from both coasts, with a nod to the Coney boardwalk in a Chili/Cheese Tonkatsu.  The West coast gets love from the Tojo Dog, an oriental take on  Dodger Stadium’s famous 10-inch Dodger Dog. Continue reading

ShangHeights Unwinds At The Greasy Spool Diner

Greasy Spool owner Adam Yorwitz talked heritage, history and brunch with us this week over a cup of his delicious stand-your-spoon-straight coffee.

“I just wanted people to come in and enjoy the surroundings, like I used to when I was growing up.”

Yorwitz grew up in Park Slope just as the neighborhood was changing; he remembers the buttery smells and boisterous sounds of a diner on 5th ave. He wanted customers to have the true Brooklyn experience when they came to Greasy’s.

“It was still old school Park Slope so there was a lot of soul food and a lot of Southern cooking back then,” he recalled. “What we’ve tried to do is bring those old recipes back, the biscuits and gravy type dishes that can’t be beat, but then we also have stuff on the menu that is a totally new reworking of things.”

Those menu items include Tilapia and grits, the “Monster Mash” plate full of homemade hash, eggs and sausage, and their signature Cadbury Cream Egg egg creams. Continue reading

Arrivederci To Maria’s Pizzeria

Maria’s Pizzeria will be closing within a few weeks.

To the pizza lovers in the area, this is a huge blow.

“I don’t know. We’ve seen the neighborhood change a lot the past 30 years.” said owner/guy you recognize as the voice on the phone, Marshall Fialla. “I’m getting older and my boys aren’t interested in the place. So we’re closing up.”

Fialla also cited his long commute from Staten Island where he resettled a few years ago.

The kitchen bustles at

The kitchen bustles at Maria’s on a recent Tuesday

“We had a good run, but orders were down. What are you going to do? I can’t eat it all myself, though my wife would tell you I tried.”

Although Maria’s was arguably the best pizza place around, residents will still be able to rely on the pizza places along 5th Avenue.

We will all miss the pizza and Marshall’s warm, gruff voice taking down our order.