Sam's restaurant and pizzeria on Court Street in Cobble Hill has been around long enough that it's comfortable telling its customers where to get off. Here are a few of the joint's cozy signs designed to preempt various patron questions and demands. The top sign on the front door's a bit of a conundrum, you have to admit. I get what they're after, basically: The bathrooms are for customers only. But why is the "L" capitalized? And what's with "First"? Pay $2 first, and then you can use the toilet? Also, $2 seems like a random amount. Well, it's this sort of quirk that makes old places like Sam's worth one's while.
Had a pie at Sam's recently, and have to put a word in for one of the more undersung pizzas in Brooklyn. Cheesier than most, but with a good crust and tangy sauce. An honest pie. The 81-year-old man known as "Sam" still makes every single one, a la the tradition of Di Fara's Dom DeMarco. He's done so for 57 years.