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Babysitters, beware — a new restaurant in Park Slope is about to cut into your business.

PSbklyn, a new kid-friendly joint that’s like a toned-down and upscaled version of Chuck E. Cheese — will open this week on Union Street in the defunct Bussaco space between Sixth and Seventh avenues.

Like Bussaco, PSbklyn hopes to be a high-end American bar and restaurant — with one major difference: the basement has been converted into a rec room featuring two Skee ball machines, an air hockey table and arcade games.

Mom, prepare to sip your wine in peace.

“It gives you a shot at finishing a meal,” said Tom Graziano, the co-owner of PSbklyn, who once owned a restaurant in Long Island and has two boys, ages 4 and 2.

The restaurant-arcade hybrid, a less-programmed version of the popular Moxie Spot in Brooklyn Heights, would seem to be a perfect fit for affluent, kid-centered Park Slope. Chef Adam Goldgell’s menu will comprise haute versions of bar food, including chicken pot pie, Cuban sandwiches, wood-fired pizzas.

There’s also a full bar, so mom and dad can knock back martinis while their offspring get their fix of race car driving and “House of the Dead II,” a shooting game. Younger children can practice their free throws on a mini basketball hoop or ride a tiny train. Each ride costs 50 cents, but co-owner Steven Sohmer, a former Wall Street guy, is betting that for many parents, enjoying a full meal in peace is priceless.

PSbklyn [833 Union St. between Sixth and Seventh avenues in Park Slope, (718) 398-5474] will have a soft opening on Feb. 9.

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anonymous552 from PS says:
Personal injury lawyers should take note and post representatives outside this joint to hand out business cards.
Feb. 9, 2011, 11:33 am
New_Yakker from Park Slope says:
Hopefully this places lasts longer than Bussaco ... the gimmick of the game room in the basement may well be what's needed to break the supposed curse that's haunted this place. Personally, I'm looking forward to their chicken pot pie and am curious as to what their warmer weather fare will be!
Feb. 10, 2011, 4:43 pm
Dope from the Slope from midtown says:
Great addition to the Slope. A wannabe celeb chef, cooking in a McDonalds fun zone.
Cue a clown with a rubber nose and squirting flower, and we'll be good to go.
Feb. 11, 2011, 6:51 pm
john from mine says:
No Chef Adam is not a clown, just a wannabe with a sickness for poker! I only hope that partner and chef knows what Mr. Graziano did to the restaurant that "once he owned in Long Island". I have to say that they put together a nice collection of losers: a wannabe celebrity chef, a bankrupt wannabe restaurateur and a former NYSE broker that cannot trade anymore!!!!!!!!!
Feb. 13, 2011, 2:22 am
Pam R from Park Slope says:
I think to criticize a place before eating there is really sad. Obviously anyone who has dined there would have only nice things to say! I ate there at their soft opening & the food was spectacular, as was the service & the restaurant itself. Owners Tommy & Steve were gracious & Chef Adam is an artist in the kitchen. Sounds like there are some jealous people on here. Grow up guys!!
Feb. 13, 2011, 8:11 am
dOPE fROM THE sLOPE from X says:
Pam, as you've dined before they've opened, obviously you are connected personally some way, and therefore are not really qualified to offer objective judgement.
Research would indicate:
exec Chef who is on his fourth or fifth career, (not a promising sign), clowning, gambling, hypnotist, and "celeb chef" being his primary occupations. Fired, and clearly bitter about it, from his last restaurant.
Business Model: Chucky Cheese meets haute cuisine, practically by definition.
John seems to have some serious concerns about the ownership too.
If they make it, great.
All we are saying is, it doesn't look too good on paper. Enjoy your 800 year old pizza, I'm sure it's deilish!
Feb. 13, 2011, 9:40 pm
john from mine says:
Pam, Not jealous at all! Believe me! Do your homework and you will find out the truth (unless you are part of the family). I sold goods to this Graziano guy at his former restaurant, great place, great food, he still owes me money; of course I won't get it because him and his father dissolved the corporation! Thomas Graziano is a good for nothing loser that take advantage of people. I don't really know Chef Goldgell but, dOPE is right. I'm sure that he will read these posting! Maybe I'll get my money!
Feb. 15, 2011, 12:58 am
t-bizz from bay ridge says:
a bit of a fleabag joint.

I'd be afraid of lice or bedbugs with all the rugrats.

all in all, definitely not on my list of "go again" places.
April 15, 2011, 8:31 pm
Dope from the Slope from Slope says:
seems like "Celebrity Chef" is looking for another job..... No sign of him at PSBKLYN anymore

Perhaps a return to clowning would be a better idea.
May 31, 2011, 2:18 pm
William from Prospect pk says:
I wonder how much truth to this rumor there is about the business being for sale?? the Celebrity Chef they were building the business around has a taste for married women, and has quite recently completely disappeared, GONE, not only from the kitchen, but from the website too.....

coincidence?
May 31, 2011, 8:56 pm
CJD from L.I.C. says:
Celeb Chef???

Every @$$hole who burns something on Food Network is a "Celebrity Chef"???

*Game Show contestant* is a litle closer to the truth....

"what the strangest place you ever made whoopie?"

"That'd be the butt,Bob!"
Aug. 9, 2011, 8:30 pm
all in says:
poker lol
Aug. 4, 2012, 7:26 pm

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