People: RB, CK and myself
Feelings: This year for my birthday, I wanted pies. Various flavors of pies.
Located in Gowanus, between Carroll Gardens and Park Slope, is an adorable pie establishment with a rustic cafe, Four & Twenty Blackbirds. With grandmother's classic recipes, two sisters from Hecla, South Dakota opened this bakery with the EPA superfunded Gowanus Canal as a backdrop. There is nothing more quintessentially Brooklyn than the contrast of industrial sludge and old country feel.
Both pies and cafe have the modern hipster flair with relaxing vibe. Most bakeries in the city are takeout only, so it is welcoming to see a spacious cafe where you can thoroughly enjoy their freshly crafted pies. There were five or six pie by slice options, so going with your friends and trying out all their flavors would be a wise option. The pricing per slice is about $4.75, and whole pies go up about $35 (must be pre-ordered), and the menu is seasonal. Later I realized they also serve savory tarts if you don't care much for sweets.
The ingredients are local and organic when possible, which means incorporating all the fresh, seasonal ingredients. They also try to stay away from refined sugar. Instead, honey, molasses and unrefined sugar are used, which is probably why I was able to enjoy the subtle sweetness. We shared: Salted Caramel Apple, Nectarine Blueberry Crumble, and Peach each with a side of creme fresh. The buttery crusts were to die for. The smooth fillings of the fruits were the sinfully flavorful yet simply delicate. If you are looking for home style, country pies, look no further.
The iced Americano was also excellent here. Perfectly bold and strong for the sweet dessert, it is definitely one of the better iced coffee served in Brooklyn today. Also don't forget to stop at Brooklyn Homebrew next door!