What do the hipsters in Brooklyn eat when not dining in total silence? Artisanal, gluten-free, non-GMO gruel at a pop-up shop. Fucked in Park Slope discovers the Brooklyn Porridge Co. — whose name sounds like it comes straight from the Brooklyn Brooklyn Company Company business idea generator — describes itself as specializing in "porridge made from a variety of ancient, global, and gluten-free grains." A bowl of porridge (with two free toppings) starts at seven dollars. Groovy.
Customers can order from a menu of pre-designed, mostly savory porridge bowls like the Truffled Heart with shaved parmesan, artichoke hearts, and white truffle oil and the Portobello & Pesto which includes roasted red pepper, caramelized onion, grilled portobello, and basil pesto. For the more adventurous, there's a "design your own bowl" option where porridges made from velvet amaranth or creamy grits can be blended with add-ins like maple-bourbon ham, chia seeds, and salted dark chocolate. Don't feel like porridge? There's also a menu of dairy-free, gluten-free "Belgian Waffletwists," a trademarked name for sandwiches built on Belgian waffles.
The high-end gruel shop joins other Brooklyn specialty shops like an artisanal mayonnaise shop which opened back in 2011. Micro-focused dining is also something of a trend right now in New York City, with restaurants like the potato-focused Potatopia, the 24-hour biscuit purveyors Empire Biscuit, and the improbable chicken nugget-focused Nugget Spot all opening in the past few months.
Here's the menu: