Jane's Carousel | BeeHive Oven | Dino | Chez Oskar | Caffe E Vino

Jane's Carousel, Not Far From Avalon Fort Greene in Brooklyn: A Labor of Love for Namesake Jane Walentas

In 1984, the breathtaking carousel that's now known as Jane's Carousel was in danger of being dismembered. At the time, it still resided in Youngstown, Ohio, its original home. It had been built there by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company in 1922, back when carousels were popping up all over the country. By the 1980s, however, the once-beautiful carousel had fallen into disrepair. In order to save it, Jane and David Walentas purchased it and began the restoration process back in Jane's studio in Brooklyn.

She scraped decades' worth of gaudy paint off the horses with an X-acto knife, revealing the original paint colors underneath. Those served as her guide in the restoration process. Today, you can not only look at the carousel in all of its glory, you can also go for a spin.

Dubbed Jane's Carousel after the woman who faithfully restored it, the carousel operates Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Brooklyn Bridge Park, right next to the water. Make the short trip from Avalon Fort Greene to see it for yourself.

Jane's Carousel
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Dock Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 222-2502

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BeeHive Oven: Fresh Buttermilk Biscuits by a Texas Native, Not Far From Avalon Fort Greene

Owner and chef Treva Chadwell named BeeHive Oven for what she (and many others) consider the predecessor to the contemporary microwave. The beehive oven was a small oven affixed directly to the hearth. Cooks used it to quickly and carefully bake small batches of items—perhaps biscuits. At BeeHive Oven, native Texan and long-time cook Treva brings the same care to each of her Southern dishes.

She, John, and the other Chadwell family members have a reputation for greeting patrons warmly and cultivating a comfortable, pleasant atmosphere, so you have that to look forward to if you visit BeeHive Oven, which isn't too far from Avalon Fort Greene. You'll also be able to taste some of Chef Treva's grits, perhaps with shrimp. The grits are one of the most popular items on the menu, according to Yelp reviews, and should be enjoyed with another favorite, the surprisingly sweet prickly pear lemonade. Don't forget to try BeeHive Oven's signature biscuits, though. Made with real buttermilk, they're so popular that you can actually buy them online and have them delivered fresh directly to your doorstep.

BeeHive Oven
182 S. Second Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(347) 987-4960

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Dino: Rich, House-Made Italian Cuisine, a Quick Trip From Avalon Fort Greene in Brooklyn

Not far from Avalon Fort Greene, Dino offers diners a fresh and seasonal take on some of Italy's finest foods. Just a few blocks from Fort Greene Park, Dino's storefront is cute, more closely resembling a cafe than a restaurant. But step inside, and you'll find a quaint yet elegant dining space, perfect for an intimate evening. Outdoor dining is also available on the front patio, or in the surprisingly large back garden when weather allows.

Customers highly recommend the pasta — all pasta is made in house, and the flavors are said to be superb. Customers recommend the lemon spaghetti; it's a simple, tangy dish, served with lemon and sprinkled with parmesan and fresh herbs. The spinach gnocchi is also very popular, served in a richly flavorful garlic cream and tomato sauce. In the mood for something zesty? Enjoy the popular black linguine, bathed in a spicy tomato sauce and mixed with calamari. Dino also serves a delicious brunch on weekends.

Dino
222 Dekalb Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205
(718) 222-1999

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Chez Oskar: French-Inspired Fare in Brooklyn Near Avalon Fort Greene

Chez Oskar is one of Fort Greene's favorite casual French-inspired eateries, and with an interior reminiscent of an old world bistro plus a creative, fun menu, it's not hard to see why. For lunch you might try the lamb burger, served with hot and crispy fries. If you visit for dinner, Yelp reviewers suggest trying the seared scallops with mashed sweet potatoes and wilted greens. Chez Oskar is also a popular spot for brunch, and during nice weather the outdoor seating is especially popular with the weekend crowd.

Don't forget that Chez Oskar runs regular promotions, including weekly all-you-can-eat mussels nights and wine nights that offer serious discounts on vino, so check the website for a schedule of current specials and time your visit accordingly. Finally, you should know that although Chez Oskar is very popular, it does not take reservations, so be prepared to wait for a table on busy nights. All of this awaits a short trip from Avalon Fort Greene.

Chez Oskar
211 Dekalb Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205
(718) 852-6250

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Caffe E Vino: Authentic Italian Fare, Not Far From Avalon Fort Greene

Caffe E Vino is a popular Italian restaurant in Brooklyn's Fort Greene neighborhood, just a quick trip from Avalon Fort Greene. With wood plank floors and exposed brick walls, this local eatery has a rustic, old-world atmosphere that's great for a casual dinner with friends or a romantic date.

Try starting your meal with the crispy calamari and zucchini served with a spicy dipping sauce, or opt for the spinach souffle with tomato coulis and rich, melted butter. Favorite main dishes among Yelp reviewers include any of the daily pasta specials, which use fresh, house-made pasta and often include a brown butter sauce. For a casual meal, the panini sandwiches are also popular, though you should note that they're not the grill-pressed sandwiches you get at most places. Finally, some say Caffe E Vino is a great dinner location if you're on your way to a show at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, as the wait staff is happy to ensure that your meal is finished in time for curtain call.

Caffe E Vino
112 Dekalb Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 855-6222

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