Brooklyn’s finest Northern and Southern Italian cuisine is found at Marco Polo Ristorante, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary with great food and even better prices.
Through early September, Marco Polo is offering a three-course prix-fixe lunch for $19.83, commemorating the year it opened (1983) and a prix-fixe dinner for $25, in honor of the number of years it’s been open (25).
Examples of some of the delicious items you’ll find on the menu are: grilled octopus served over a salad with a lemon/oil dressing, Portobello mushroom served with brandy sauce and polenta, and handmade pasta with a variety of seafood in light tomato sauce.
Along with great service and wonderful food, Marco Polo’s dining room is beautifully decorated with mahogany wood finishings and a sparkling fireplace. Furthermore, the ambiance is always warm and welcoming with nightly live piano playing.
Marco Polo has a beautiful banquet hall that can fit 150 guests, perfect for any party you may be planning.
Dancewave, a non-profit organization founded in 1985 to promote performing arts activities and education for young people, recently opened a studio in Park Slope.
Dancewave’s level of training tops the charts with its three nationally-recognized performing ensembles, the most popular of which, Kids Company, performs the works of world-renowned choreographers all over the United States. They also offer classes for those in search of an activity to fill the long summer days or after school.
Right now, there is still time to register for their Summer Dance Intensive for Teens, with classes for beginner, intermediate and advanced dancers, as well as a special infants program (Sing and Swing with Babies). Moreover, because of the recent opening of its new studio, there has been a demand for adult classes and Dancewave has responded by offering ballet, modern, Pilates, and yoga classes for adults.
Dancewave reports that it recently received a grant from the New York Community Trust to enable it to offer full year scholarships to talented youngsters with financial needs, so now nothing should get in the way of the most talented kids being able to perform. As Diane Jacobowitz, executive director of Dancewave, described her organization, “We are very special, for there is a combination of the highest level of pre-professional training for kids and very much of a community and nurturing environment.”
Auditions for Dancewave’s three dance companies take place during the fall and in September Dancewave is offering any class for only $5.
If the price of fine jewelry is getting too expensive for you, don’t sulk; take the opportunity to make your own beautiful jewelry at Brooklyn Bead Box. This fun little shop in Cobble Hill is packed with all types of beads, including glass beads and gemstones, as well as all the tools you need to turn any assortment of beads into a beautiful piece of jewelry.
I you don’t yet know how to bead, Bead Box has a wonderful staff that can bead your jewelry for you. Adults and children alike can learn all kinds of techniques by attending private beading classes. Bead Box also provides complimentary in-store table and tool.
If you would like to celebrate an occasion at Brooklyn Bead Box, you can rent out the store to host a party for adults or kids.
This is a great venue for a fun night out with friends! Every third Thursday of the month, Brooklyn Bead Box has BYOB wine and bead sessions where adults can bring drinks from home and enjoy 10 percent off all purchases that night.
Marco Polo (345 Court St., corner Union Street, in Carroll Gardens.  852-5015) is open Monday through Friday 11:30 am to 11 pm; Saturday from 3 pm to midnight; and Sunday from 1 to 10pm. Major credit cards accepted. Valet parking is available.
Dancewave (45 Fourth Ave., between Bergen and Dean streets, in Park Slope.  522-4696). Visit www.dancewave.org for information.
Brooklyn Bead Box (244 Smith St. at Douglass Street in Cobble Hill.  855-2375). Open every day, noon to 7pm. Credit cards accepted. Visit www.brooklynbeadbox.com for info.