As a longtime resident of Smith St and environs--- which at one time was considered part of Red Hook, ooh!--- I have to express my disgust with the fantastically dreary restaurants which seem to open weekly these days. I mean, I speak French but who really needs or wants another $14-16 mini-menu of Culinary Institute "classics"?! It's more than a little redundant already. Does New Money always mean No Imagination?! There is yet Gowanus, Fort Greene, Atlantic Ave, and Sunset Park a short distance away, but can anyone out there claim that the jive of a say, Uncle Faux is 1/3rd the quality of say, New Pasteur? At three times the price it should be, no? Zaytoons is mediocre at best (and both the lamb and chicken are consistently dry), Sur is a bore, but hey, Halcyon is nearby, where we can all talk about it afterwards and pretend we're extras on a Laverne & Shirley rerun. At its current pace of redevelopment, save a few proud PR/Dominican holdouts, Smith Street from 3rd to Atlantic will be nearly as lame as Montague Street or 7th Avenue on Brooklyn's own Upper West Side. (I cut the second rate Italian joints on Court Street a break, because it was their community even before it was mine) I'll see you in Flatbush and Flatlands then, because, sorry, Bananarama is not my King's County.