More cupcakes — plus the other food gossip

More cupcakes — plus the other food gossip
The Brooklyn Paper / Bess Adler

Park Slope gets a little sweeter with the addition of not just one — but two — new cupcakeries, Cobble Hill turns hot for falafel, and a popular neighborhood bar goes kaput in this week’s satisfying serving of gossip:

Cupcake crawl: King of Cupcakes may have gone up in a puff of powdered sugar, but there are still plenty of ways for Park Slope residents to satiate a craving. Not only did cupcake-oriented Butter Lane just open in the vacated Seventh Avenue spot, but Cupcake Stop, a mobile gourmet dessert purveyor, has recently rolled into town. Parked on Seventh Avenue between Fifth and Sixth Streets, the truck will dole out the gooey goods from 9 am-6 pm on weekends.

Moe woes: Moe’s, a popular neighborhood dive on Lafayette Avenue, is getting the boot in favor of a new, upscale cocktail joint called Navada’s. Although area bar owner Qaseem Muhammad has been very vocal about his plans for the place, a manager at Moe’s insists that no lease has been signed. “The landlord is playing both sides against each other,” he told Fort Greene Patch. Stay tuned.

Follow that bird: Prolific restaurateur Alan Harding’s haute dog peddling Food Truck, which had been parked at the Hot Bird Bar on the corner of Clinton and Atlantic Avenues, has flown the coop, according to Fork in the Road. The Hot Bird Bar is currently searching for a new motorized eatery to fill Harding’s considerable parking space.

Frisky falafel: We caught sight of an interesting sign on Court Street in Cobble Hill, advertising Darna, a new falafel spot. “Oh my love, where have you been for the people of Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens? You have always been so good to the people that hold you. The perfect combination you are: soft on the inside yet firm sexy brown on the outside.” Deep-fried chickpea balls have never seemed so dirty. We can’t wait for the opening!

Tasty Turkey: In less salacious falafel news, the Turkish Cultural Center of Brooklyn, in Sheepshead Bay, has added monthly cooking classes to its roster of programs. The classes will focus on the preparation and presentation of delectable regional specialties, such as manti, tabbouli and baklava. Budding chefs are encouraged to RSVP by calling (646) 241-6600 or e-mailing [email protected].


Two pizzas, over easy: Greenpoint’s (other) favorite gourmet pizza parlor, Paulie Gee’s recently added a new brunch menu to the delight of those seeking a late-morning slice. What better way to start the day than with the Great EggSpecktations, a pie topped with Italian tomatoes, speck, sunny side eggs and Pecorino Romano, or a Monte Cristo, piled high with mild gouda cheese, ham and maple syrup drizzle?

Today, Flatbush, tomorrow, the world: The Hawthorne Street blog has spotted a new café moving into a storefront at Flatbush and Parkside avenues in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. A “coming soon” sign for Café Pomidor promises a variety of soups, sandwiches, wraps, and an abundant salad bar, but apparently, the owners couldn’t resist revealing their grand plan — to turn the fledgling business into a “chain of organic sandwich, salad bar, and café eateries.” Diabolical!

And Alan Harding's Hot Bird truck has flown the coop.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini