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Night on Myrtle

Brooklyn Boy | May 14, 2004 01:16 PM

Last night my wife and I spent a delightful evening on Myrtle Avenue. This stretch has seen changes that, for better or for worse, I could not have imagined happening ten years ago. We started off with a few drinks at Rope, a fairly new bar at 415 Myrtle Avenue. The bartender said the place opened last December. It's an attractive space, with bar seating for about 20 people and additional space on the sofas and chairs placed throughout the establishment. The beer selection was pretty basic, but the margaritas were excellent. During happy hour all drinks are $1 off and on Monday evenings cans of PBR cost only $1 (yes, you read that correctly). A garden is supposed to open over the next 2-3 weeks. The bartender told us that within the next four months two more restaurants are due to open on Myrtle Avenue: a French restaurant near Duncan's Fish Market, brought to you by the people who own Chez Oskar; and another restaurant near Thai 101 (he didn't know what type of cuisine). After Rope, we hiked up the avenue for another drink at The Gardens, a sports bar at 493 Myrtle Avenue. I'd been hoping it would have a dive-bar charm to it, but it didn't. It looked like someone had converted their basement into a bar, using 1,000 watt bulbs to light it. Very boring. We left after one round. Afterwards, we ate Thai 101, which was much better than Myrtle Thai, a nearby Thai restaurant that we'd tried in the past. At Thai 101, we shared several vegetable dishes, a tofu appetizer, and some spring rolls. The service was decent and the decor, with its bright colors and exposed brick walls, was nice. I'm interested to watch Myrtle Avenue and see what else pops up there in the future.

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