Hugo & Sons
Pegged by New York Magazine’s Grub Street last year as “The Absolute Best Restaurant in Park Slope,” Hugo & Sons is a delightful place. And its appeal extends beyond the pizzas topped with beef brisket, roasted winter squash, Belgian endive and other intriguing ingredients. Or the lump-crab-meat pasta. Or the burger with pickled shallots (to say nothing of the dollar oysters). Hugo & Son’s bright and airy space comes with a side-dish backstory that you can’t get anywhere else. For decades the building was the home and studio of the artist Leo J. Bates, who created an enormous number of colorful abstract geometric paintings but for personal and art-world reasons kept them under wraps. Few people knew about his work until after he died. It seems like making the art was enough for him. Imagine that. (367 7th Ave., Brooklyn 718-499-0020.)
Signed fine art Giclee prints on museum-quality, one-quarter-cotton 280 gsm paper with archival inks are available in two sizes:
5 x 7 for $55
9 x 12 for $95
Editions are strictly limited to 365 copies, and each annotated print is a beautiful reminder that our days are numbered.