Brooklyn Label, the French corner restaurant in Greenpoint’s historic Astral Building that closed last year, is going to be revived. Now under new management, it will return from the dead with a little help from Le Gamin, another beloved French bistro located in Greenpoint.
The new Brooklyn Label will be largely contiguous with its previous iterations, but this time with more of an emphasis on American food than French. The restaurant’s rehabilitation is the project of first-time restaurateur Alex Russell, who announced it on Instagram last week, in collaboration with Robert Arbor, owner and head chef of Le Gamin.
In a brief phone interview Arbor described the new place as a “traditional coffeeshop, open from 7 am to late nights” and serving classic American comfort food. He said it was more upscale than a diner but less than a formal restaurant. The menu will include egg dishes, toast tartine, coffee and fresh-squeezed juices (“squeezed here on location, not in Florida a month earlier”), burgers, Cobb salads, New England clam chowder, lobster rolls, and similar fare. It will serve alcohol, and there will be a 15-seat bar as well as 58 seats in the dining room and twelve seats outdoors.
Brooklyn Label will likely open in about a month, Arbor said, with menu and hours to be announced.
Greenpoint already has too much American comfort food, such a great space could offer something original.