Dine In Brooklyn, the borough's restaurant week, kicks off today and runs through April 2nd, during which time many local culinary establishments will offer three-course meals for $23 (tax and tip not included). On Franklin, Bombay Masala is taking part, offering not one but two meals for 23 bucks and a decent tip. Their standard operating procedure is the thrifty foodie's trifecta of great food in generous portions at reasonable prices, so I can only imagine that whatever specials they offer for the week will be fabulous.
The eatery pictured, however, is not Bombay Masala but A Slice of Brooklyn. I ran the photo for two reasons: a) my camera remains broken and unreplaced, so stock photos are the order of the day, and b) this is my favorite place on the Avenue to grab a bite. Judy and Elwin, the owners, are the friendliest couple you'd ever hope to meet, and their food is delicious. It doesn't look like your standard greasy slice of pizza, and it isn't: the ingredients are fresh and the crust and sauce actually have a distinctive taste to them, rather than acting as mere textural platforms for a melting mountain of cheese. They've also got chewy chocolate chip cookies, a very tasty selection of homemade soups (try the lentil), and make pies with whole wheat crusts to order.
The Slice isn't taking part in Dine In Brooklyn, but it's a great deal every day. I've got a basketball-sized soft spot for this place (my first day on Franklin Avenue coincided with their grand opening), so I don't claim objectivity, but if you're looking for pizza in Crown Heights, look no further. They offer free delivery for orders over $16 (347-461-9572).
Two final pieces of local restaurant news: La Higenica on Sterling and Franklin has closed its doors, perhaps to make way for another restaurant (work seems to be going on inside), and Tony Fisher of Fisher's Supermarket on Lincoln and Franklin has announced that he's opening a coffee shop in the adjacent storefront (809 Franklin) this summer.
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