Curious Names: High Stakes Cheese Steaks Is Reborn As Fish & Sip

Photo: Daniel Maurer

The sliver of a space that used to hold High Stakes Cheese Steaks has been taken over by another coyly named concept, Fish & Sip. This one serves hot sandwiches too (partner Eyal Asulin used to own a panini stand in a Queens shopping mall), but the titular one-two combo here is coffee (Asulin also ran a café back in Israel) and fish delivered daily from Slavin & Sons. Asulin is frying flounder, whiting, and pollock for use in fish and chips, but mostly he’s lightly grilling trout, sea bass, and tuna in garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper. (Fish kebabs!) He also serves a blackened Cajun tilapia and a flounder that’s cooked with butter, white wine, and lemon. Fish dishes (served with sides such as garlic mashed potatoes, sweet and savory rices, and sautéed vegetables) range in price from $6.99 to $12.99 (Asulin insists he’s barely turning a profit). If the coffee and fish concept seems familiar, it might be because you’re thinking of Café K, where Asulin’s partner Eyal Hen was once a manager.

Fish & Sip, 216 Flatbush Ave., nr. Bergen St., Prospect Heights, Brooklyn; 718-636-2256