Friday, August 20, 2010

While you're at the hut...

One of the rules of Jill Sigman’s Hut Project is that guests cannot use the subway to leave the neighborhood.

But that’s not such a big deal, as there are a bevy of drinking and dining options near Sigman’s Grattan Street studio — the once-industrial wasteland now called “Morgantown” by gentrifying locals.

Here’s our roundup:

• Start your night off with a margarita pizza at Roberta’s on Moore Street, and pick up a loaf of bread from the eatery’s expanded bakery for next morning’s breakfast. Remember to ask for paper, not plastic.

• If you prefer a quicker meal with more vegetarian options, turn the corner to Olive Valley on Bogart Street, which features tasty falafel sandwiches, carrot salads, and all sorts of puff pastry desserts.

• Browse the wine and spirit selections at Big Tree Bottles on Bogart Street, which carry several Long Island vintages. This time of year we recommend a rose, which will complement the rose-colored bits of discarded plastic interwoven with the hut.

• In the morning, pick up coffee and a newspaper at Varet Street’s Café Orwell or The Archive Cafe across the street.

After a potentially sleepless night on Sigman’s concrete studio floor, better order a double espresso.

Roberta’s [261 Moore St. at Bogart Street, (718) 417-1118]; Olive Valley [43 Bogart St. at Grattan Street, (718) 894-1800]; Big Tree Bottles [43 Bogart St. at Grattan Street, (718) 894-9463]; Café Orwell [247 Varet St. at Bogart Street, (347) 294-4759]; Archive Cafe [49 Bogart St. between Seigel and Moore streets, (718) 381-1944].


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