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New Four & Twenty Shop To Add Turmeric Custard, Buckeye Pie to the Mix

By Rachel Holliday Smith | March 8, 2017 2:01pm | Updated on March 10, 2017 5:45pm
 Turmeric pie is one of six new flavors available only at Four & Twenty Blackbird's newest pie shop in Prospect Heights.
Turmeric pie is one of six new flavors available only at Four & Twenty Blackbird's newest pie shop in Prospect Heights.
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PROSPECT HEIGHTS — The third location of the popular Gowanus-based pie company Four & Twenty Blackbirds is now open in the neighborhood, bringing exclusive new flavors to their new Dean Street storefront.

Six new types of pie including turmeric custard, Hojicha green tea and “Buckeye pie” — based on the famous Ohio chocolate-and-peanut-butter dessert — are ready for tasting at the new Four & Twenty shop at 634 Dean St. between Carlton and Vanderbilt avenues in Prospect Heights, its owners said.

The shop opened Tuesday and will be open seven days a week from morning until evening, with wine, beer and coffee on the menu as well as pastries and, of course, lots of pie, co-owner Emily Elsen said.

Elsen said the bright yellow turmeric pie is Four & Twenty’s most recent invention, made with ginger, citrus and a bit of honey — a mix that was a bit challenging to get “dialed in,” she said.

“We like to take an offbeat ingredient and make into a really good pie,” she said. “It takes rounds and rounds of testing.”

She and her sister, Melissa, who founded the shop together in Gowanus in 2010, chose Dean Street for their third location in part because of its proximity to the Barclays Center and the 22-acre Pacific Park (formerly Atlantic Yards) complex being built directly across the street from their shop.

“It’s becoming a new neighborhood,” Elsen, a Crown Heights resident of 12 years, said. “I’m excited to be part of this.”

In addition to the new flavors of pies, the new shop will exclusively serve their brown butter apple streusel, coconut custard and malted chocolate pies, to be rolled out eventually to Four & Twenty’s two other locations in Gowanus and the Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Branch.

The Dean Street shop will be open seven days a week, opening at 7 a.m. Monday through Friday and at 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Closing times are 9 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 11 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday to accommodate the after-dinner drinks crowd, Elsen said.

Four & Twenty Blackbirds is located at 634 Dean St. in Prospect Heights (DNAinfo/Rachel Holliday Smith)

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the Pacific Park complex is 20 acres. It is in fact 22 acres.