Recently, we were surprised to find out that we made it on to Zagat’s radar when a review was published, which you can read here. Zagat has a notorious reputation for unreliable ratings that are produced solely by tourists – think Yelp, but if only people visiting from Nebraska did the NYC reviews.
The article did not disappoint.
“All orders at Skytown are done at the bar, and once you have paid for your food and got a jelly jar filled with a drink, you are free to take your pick of any of the rickety card tables littered languidly around the space.”
Translation: It’s a bit unusual when I’m not greeted by a waiter with an Olive Garden pin who hands me a laminated menu.
“We sat at a long table that was coated in what might have been a curtain. It felt kind of like being at a makeshift dinner party in an artist friend’s warehouse somewhere in Bushwick. Oh wait, we were in Bushwick.”
Translation: I saw an episode of Girls on HBO one time, and they had an episode in Bushwick about a loft party. Another time, I saw an episode of Glee, and they found a loft in Bushwick. So anything that doesn’t take place in a gritty warehouse in Bushwick isn’t really authentic.
“Not that this appears to bother the patrons, a quarter of whom sat across from a glowing blue screen typing away at what could only be the next great American novel. Speaking of books, another service Skytown offers is their in house library sprouting up from various spaces like literary flowerbeds.”
Translation: Hipsters read books! Did you know that? That’s fascinating! And since I assume they’re all unemployed, they can’t be checking email – they must all be writing science fiction novels!
“Looks like the neighborhood may finally have a spot that’s in it for the long haul.”
Read the article by Virginia Smith here. Photographs by Jessica Nash.
… yes, that does make you a bad parent.
A little etiquette about whether it’s ok to bring your kid to a bar, with quotes from Skytown: [link]
I think it was during our first conversation with Eric upon meeting him a few months ago that we decided that we should collaborate efforts and host a meal together on his epic rooftop. None of us are the type who can “just have a bar-b-que,” though, so the idea grew and grew until it included Eric building a most beautiful bar, us roasting a whole lamb, making veggie sausages by hand, and 100 guests eating and dancing the day and night away.
The day was not without adventure. Just as the party was starting, Eric cut himself on the kegerator and had to ride his moped to the hospital to get stitches. Alex, our bartender, when out on a watermelon run, invited the people who worked at the corner store and they came. We got to tell everyone about our new storefront opening next month. Models were abundant and when talking to one of them I discovered he runs a model fight club. Our friend Nazz, who is here this year from Kenya, kept it real, dancing as she flipped tortillas and hooking us up with 3 different kinds of rice. We did not go without. It was SUCH a good party.
The Summer Vegan Pop-Up last weekend was sooo Summer! Front doors wide open, vendors spilling out onto the sidewalk. The Pine Box was positively buzzing with good vibes. We fed the crowds French Lentil Salad and Riviera Bread. So many new friends made. And we got to tell them all to come to our new spot in the neighborhood next month. Eeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!
Our most favorite Skyfarm, The Brooklyn Grange, just opened a second location on a rooftop in the Brooklyn Navy Yards. Last summer Ian would trek every week to Northern Blvd in Long Island City to pick the greens for our famous kale salad. Now they’re our neighbors!
This past Thursday we went to visit their new location. Three pairs of hands were on deck shoveling dirt into tidy rows and the newly planted seedlings were budding happily in the sun. The epic views of Brooklyn and the City sat about the perimeter, showing off.
What an exciting moment to be living in New York as farm life and city life weave together in this willdy unexpected way! I am so grateful. And totally in awe.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you The Brooklyn Grange, Navy Yards.
Skytown been busy!
We been singing, playing, washing the vegetables, cooking ‘em, feeding wedding folks, changing the world. You know…
Here’s some of the beauty.
Feed you soon!
Apparently it was their busiest day of the year and there was a line down the block to get in…(???) It certainly was VERY loud and VERY bustling. Smorgasbrewery is certainly a strange Brooklyn phenomena. People buy these little tokens and then stand in this twenty minute line for beer. I kept asking my fellow vendors, “Who are these people? Who comes here? Why would you spend your Sunday afternoon like this?” That said, even though the customers were mostly tourist aliens from another planet, it was a blast. They loved our Riviera Bread, especially the feta and sun-dried tomato joint. We all drank our beer like good children. I would go on that ride again.
Porchetta is definitely the winner. I made the first sale, but they went through three of these pork roasts in the five hours we were there! I learned that these are a bundle of pork loins and fresh herbs, wrapped in the skins and then roasted for 5-6 days, simulating the roasting of a whole pig. AWESOME.
Short order had a tiny grill I was very jealous of and were topping their various menu items with perfectly fried eggs.
Brooklyn Bean Co killed it with their chili, cuz really, who doesn’t want some chili with their beer? They also had RED BEAN brownies!! Yum. We gotta keep in touch with these guys. You know all about Skytown’s current bean obsession. Plus they gave me a ride home in their new van. )
Vegan Valentine’s Pop-Up at Pine Box Rock Shop last weekend was bustling, heart-filled, and overwhelmingly delicious! The peeps loved our new Skytown specialty, Riviera Bread, and we done sold out! Riviera Bread, traditionally called Socca, is a flatbread made out of chick pea flour and is made both on the French Riviera and in Italy. (They fight over who made it up!) It can be made in a thinner version like you see above or deep-dish style in a cast iron pan like a frittata. For the Pop-Up we made one with beets, olives, greens, and caramelized onions. We also served a frisee salad with roasted apples and parsnips, toasted pecans, and pomegranate seeds. Mmmmm….!!!