Gluten-Free Porridge Comes to Park Slope

By Leslie Albrecht on November 11, 2013 8:43am 

 Brooklyn Porridge Co. serves oatmeal, grits and amaranth porridge with sweet and savory toppings. It's open for breakfast, lunch and dinner on Union Street and Fifth Avenue.
Brooklyn Porridge Co. serves oatmeal, grits and amaranth porridge with sweet and savory toppings. It's open for breakfast, lunch and dinner on Union Street and Fifth Avenue.
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PARK SLOPE — Oatmeal isn't just a morning meal anymore.

Seasonal pop-up shop Brooklyn Porridge Co. is selling steaming bowls of porridge for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The store opened last week at 741 Union St. near Fifth Avenue, in the space occupied by Uncle Louie G's during warmer weather.

Customers can choose from three types of porridge: blended oats (oatmeal), amaranth, and grits. All are dairy and gluten-free.

The dish easily makes the leap to lunch or dinner by adding savory toppings, said co-owner Karyn Seltzer. The menu includes suggested topping combinations such as "Truffled Heart," with shaved parmesan, artichoke hearts and white truffle oil. There are also more traditional combinations such as berries, almonds, maple syrup and Greek yogurt.

Customers can also design their own bowls by picking from a variety of sweet and salty toppings, including chocolate, pesto, cheddar cheese, marscapone, avocado and almond butter.

Prices range from $6.95 to $8.25 per bowl. The shop also serves soup, granola parfaits, and hot apple cider. Soon they'll add "Waffletwists," which are pressed sandwiches with a Belgian waffle crust.

Other recent comings and goings on the neighborhood restaurant and retail scene include the following:

Sanskriti, an Indian restaurant, replaced Amin at 54 Seventh Ave. near Lincoln Place. In addition to range of curries, the menu includes vegan appetizers, Nepalese-style dumplings called momo, and "a rarely-seen Marathi dessert called shrikhand, a thickened, sweetened yogurt mixed with cardamom and other spices," according to Here's Park Slope.

G & A Park Slope Barber Shop is moving into the space last occupied by clothing boutique Warp and Weft at 203A Garfield Pl. and Seventh Avenue, Park Slope Stoop reported.

The Chocolate Room is moving out of its 85 Fifth Ave. location to a new space just a block away, at 71 Fifth Ave. near St. Mark's Place. They've set up a Kickstarter campaign in hopes of raising $40,000 to renovate the space, which was most recently occupied by Mega Glass and Mirrors.

After a long wait, construction seems ready to start at the new Calexico opening on Fifth Avenue and Garfield Place. The taco restaurant's imminent arrival was announced more than a year ago, but the project has been slowed by a delayed building permits. A plywood construction fence was recently installed at the site.

Jackie's 5th Amendment, one of Park Slope's last remaining dive bars, finally closed for good. The space will be taken over by Slope Drugs, the pharmacy next door, according to a sign posted in in the window. Actor Patrick Stewart, who lives on Seventh Street, Tweeted a photo of the sign on Nov. 9. News broke in August that Jackie's, on Seventh Street and Fifth Avenue, would close in September, but an employee of the watering hole later dismissed the closure as a "rumor."

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