Dropped by Babbo's yesterday on its opening day. It's been quite a while since there was a book store in the neighborhood--has it been 10 years since that lady on Windsor Place, where the florist (and turtle emporium) is now--closed her shop? Anyway, Babbo's seems cozy if a bit sparse on inventory. There are new and used books for sale, two comfy chairs and art on the walls. Having read the letter the (very young) owner's mom wrote to The New York Times on Sunday, I wish her luck in fulfilling her "long-held" dream.
We also recently ate at Fez (finally). Owned by the lady from 16th Street Gourmet (which she may already have closed), it's a nice addition to the block. The owner is friendly and the food is pretty good. We were smart to get there before this cold snap and enjoyed our meal in the backyard, serenaded in turn by sparrows and a little baby in the upstairs apartment.