Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Turning Indian to French on Smith Street

We captured this bit of exterior painting on Smith Street where the transition has been swift from outpost of Baluchi's, the NYC Indian chain, to a new French bistro on Smith Street, Provence en Boite, which is actually a branch of a well-regarded Bay Ridge bistro that is run by a husband and wife team. The demise of this Baluchi's branch puts an end to the Indian food war between Baluchi's and Bombay Dream, but ignites a French food fight with Patois, only a few doors down. Remember when this corner was the location of Uncle Pho, the French Vietnamese restaurant, an original Smith Street Restaurant Row member?


Blogger dalton said...

whoa. we gotta stop meeting like this.

3:46 PM  
Blogger Momma Comma said...

I miss Uncle Pho! That was a great place with a helluva sliced steak entree.

3:46 PM  
Blogger Jean Jacques said...

I worked at this place as an intern and it was a huge disappointment to see what they do in a "professional" kitchen. Yes, the pastry is delicious but the kitchen is full with rodents, and all kinds of dirty insects. Nobody in the kitchen wears a hat or washes their hands. The vegetarian soup has chicken stock so it isn´t really vegetarian and, the worst of all... they use food that has passed its expiration date. Don´t go if you love your health. Yes, as somebody said before, the patrons are crazy too... they are rude and they wouldn´t hesitate to attack a costumer and make an embarrasing scene in front of a lot of people.

By the way... they charge $5 per person for service, even if you only order a $3 eclaire... so be carefull because you might end up paying more than you want and more than they tell you it would cost.

2:40 PM  

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