Four & Twenty Blackbirds Brings Pie to the Brooklyn Public Library

Next time you’re stuck at the main Brooklyn Public library with nothing to eat, you can indulge in some pie from Four & Twenty Blackbirds, which opened a cafe inside the library on Tuesday. The three-year-old pie shop run by two sisters in Gowanus has gained quite a following among Brooklyn foodies and recently published a cookbook. For now, the cafe in the library at Grand Army Plaza is still under construction and serving a small menu of Stumptown coffee, banana bread and fruit, Grub Street reported earlier this week.

And pie-baking sisters Melissa and Emily Elsen have teamed up with another pair of chef siblings, John and Mike Poiarkoff of The Pines and Vinegar Hill House, to serve sandwiches and seasonal dishes. On March 14, they’ll begin serving a full menu that will include a roast beef sandwich with homemade kimchee and horseradish mayo and a sandwich featuring hummus made with seasonal veggies. When the team is finished renovating the space, it will have white tiles, marble-topped counters and 18 tables, plus outdoor seating during warmer weather.

Four & Twenty Blackbirds’s Elsen Sisters Opening Brooklyn Public Library Café [Grub Street] GMAP
Photo by gigi_nyc

5 Comment

  • I could swear there was a place in Rego Park, Queens in the 1970s with the same name.

  • Did these hipster folks do any research? The BPL is practically a homeless shelter. I can’t see spending $12 for a piece of pie to sit next to some bum picking his nose or his crotch. Also, it seems like the same bums sit in the cafe chairs all day.

    • I see fewer ‘bums’ but often groups of mentally disabled adults with their caregivers, who occupy the cafe seats for extended periods of time with minimal purchases from the cafe. Hope the new cafe operators aren’t paying a ton for rent, they won’t make it back.

    • This is a pretty offensive comment. The BPL’s patrons include school students; college students; unemployed adults engaged in job search and skill building; adult ESL students; the retired; those attending movie screenings, chamber music concerts and literary talks; and hundreds and hundreds of ordinary Brooklyn residents (including me and my neighbors and our kids!) borrowing books, ebooks, and audios, doing research, etc. etc. Yes, there are a few folks from the edges of society but, hey, the library exists to serves ALL the community.