Tuller Premium Food, a Cobble Hill destination for fancy chow, especially cheese, has changed hands and shut its doors. It’s expected to reopen soon with new ownership and a new focus: less cheese and more prepared foods, reports bothrops_asper.

Some locals think the shop was hurt recently by high-end competitors like nearby newcomer Stinky Brooklyn, where one of Tuller’s former cheese whizzes is now behind the counter. “Stinky is a far more approachable store,” says Larry Brooks. Recent memorable bites from the new shop: superior Serrano ham, Arina goat Gouda from the Netherlands, Neal’s Yard Stilton from England, and excellent garlic-crusted bread.

Elsewhere in Brooklyn, Jamaican favorite Christie’s has moved half a block into new digs where you can actually sit down. Beef patties and light, fluffy coco bread are as good as ever, says noisejoke.

You can also sit down these days at Floral Park’s Kerala Kitchen. Once a takeout-only shop, it’s recently metamorphosed into a bright, roomy restaurant a few blocks east of its old quarters. For the fiery, tropical chow of India’s southern Kerala state, this is the only game in town–and it’s just barely in town, being within a block or so of the Nassau County line.

In other news from Queens, Long Island City’s Pimenton has morphed from a Spanish restaurant into an upscale Tuscan place called Da Gianni. And a couple of past hound favorites have cashed out: Ariel in Sunnyside, a pizzeria with improbably excellent pastas, meat courses, and other Italian food, and Pho Binh in Elmhurst, a Vietnamese place that had been up and down, most recently up.

On Long Island, Turkish restaurant Mediterranean Kitchen in Bellmore has closed and been replaced by a French place called Sage.

And up in Saratoga Springs, the well-regarded bistro Chez Sophie has moved up from its old converted dining car into an elegant new room in downtown’s Saratoga Hotel. markp reports delicate mussels in savory broth–a happy match with a Belgian ale.

Tuller Premium Food [Cobble Hill]
199 Court St., between Bergen and Wyckoff, Brooklyn

Stinky Brooklyn [Cobble Hill]
261 Smith St., between Degraw and Douglass, Brooklyn

Christie’s Jamaican Patties [Park Slope]
387 Flatbush Ave., near Carlton Ave., Brooklyn

Kerala Kitchen [Floral Park]
267-05 Hillside Ave., at 267th St., Floral Park, Queens

Da Gianni [Long Island City]
formerly Pimenton
21-50 44th Dr., between 21st and 23rd Sts., Long Island City, Queens

Ariel Pizzeria and Restaurant [Sunnyside]
43-46 46th St., between Queens Blvd. and 43rd Ave., Sunnyside, Queens

Pho Binh [Elmhurst]
40-10 74th St., near Broadway, Elmhurst, Queens

Sage [Nassau County]
formerly Mediterranean Kitchen
2620 Merrick Rd., between Centre Marks Aves., Bellmore, NY

Chez Sophie Bistro [Saratoga County]
534 Broadway, in the Saratoga Hotel, Saratoga Springs, NY

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Pho Binh–74th St in Elmhurst

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