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100 Organic and Biodynamic Wines Coming to Bushwick Bar

By Serena Dai | August 12, 2014 11:46am
 Sunrise/Sunset at 351 Evergreen Ave. will feature hundreds of organic and biodynamic wines as well as food from early morning to late night.
Sunrise/Sunset Opens in Bushwick
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BUSHWICK — A new cafe in Bushwick is aiming to become an all-day hangout spot, with plans to offer everything from breakfast to late-night cocktails and gourmet wines.

Sunrise/Sunset, 351 Evergreen Ave., opened last Thursday with just bar hours, starting at 5 p.m., said owner Henry Glucroft, 29, who also owns Henry's Wine and Spirit at 69 Central Ave.

But in the coming months, the cafe and bar will be open from early morning to late at night to serve morning coffee, breakfast, brunch and dinner, Glucroft said.

"I like to create places I want to hang out in and to service my own needs as a wine drinker and coffee drinker," Glucroft said.

The food menu will include twists on Vietnamese summer rolls and the croque monsieur. The menu is still being crafted and should be ready by September.

Bar manager Ryan Day has also concocted a list of seasonal cocktails, including Sweet Bae, a basil, bourbon and strawberry drink, and A Gin Ting, a gin, sweet vermouth and Ting soda drink.

Glucroft, a self-professed wine aficionado, wants to expand the wine list to include more than 100 bottles of natural, organic, biodynamic wine by next week, he said.

The bar currently serves 10 wines by the glass and offers three champagnes. Glucroft, who spent much of his childhood outside Paris, gravitates towards natural, biodynamic wines because they're made from grapes in self-contained farms that don't use any pesticides and don't add chemicals.

Glucroft likes them because they're better for the environment, he said, and he likes that they're more likely to be made by "small hardworking producers that are passionate about what they do."

Plus, without added chemicals, it's a "cleaner wine," which sometimes helps with people who are sensitive to getting headaches from wine, he said.

"It's less likely to give you a headache, depending on how much you drink," he said. "A lot of people who drink all natural wines tend to feel better the next day."

Many wines by Domaine Lattard, a winery in Ardeche, France, will be available. Already, a no-sulfite-added rousanne white wine and a Gamay/Syrah red wine blend by the winery are available, both for $7 a glass.

Most glasses will sell for $6 to $15, while bottles will sell for $20 to $60.

For Glucroft, the natural wines represent the areas they come from better, he said.

It "gives a more honest wine that is truer to its territory," he said.

Watch Sunrise/Sunset's Facebook page for updates.

In other local restaurant news:

► Five-year-old Willburg Cafe, 623 Grand St., is opening a second location down the street.

The coffee shop and cafe will be opening at 572 Grand St., at the corner of Lorimer Street, next month with coffee and to-go sandwiches and salads.

► Food and juice truck The Squeeze now has an East Williamsburg location, 196 Graham Ave., health site Well + Good first reported.

The spot serves pressed juices, cleanses and meals and snack foods with a healthy twist.

Juices start at $6.99 for a 12-ounce drink, while food ranges from $3.50 for a box of coconut truffles to $9.99 for a Greek salad.