Warm weather has come and has taken UpNorth, the Canadian-inspired bar at 17 Wyckoff Ave, with it. Replacing the poutine-packed restaurant is the Gradient, an airy bar with expansive vegetarian options and eccentric entertainment. The bar initially operated as an event\ venue after its opening this past April, boasting $3 beers, $5 cocktails and $6 beer-and-shot specials at parties. Last month, it expanded, now providing treats by Variety Coffee and a full vegetarian and vegan menu.
An abundance of white exposed-brick walls, green plants decorating the doorside seating, and sleek wooden tables make this a suitable place to have a latte or a bowl of chia pudding ($8). In addition to caffeine and gluten-free baked goods, visitors can enjoy vegetarian/vegan takes on both classic brunch and bar options, like “avocado ‘toast’tones” ($12), bourbon maple seitan wings ($10) or the signature Gradient burger with vegan meat and cheese ($16). Diners can also get their hands on less standard dishes like arepitas ($9) or a $12 bowl of kale, tomatoes, avocado, chickpeas, sweet potato and cauliflower served over black rice with curry tahini dressing.
The Gradient still doubles as a trusty venue with a range of eclectic events, held in its downstairs main area. If you fancy unintentionally babbling about your life’s regrets, it has hosted a speed dating night with Brooklyn based collective Chatroom. Events have also included vinyasa happy hour (luckily the drinking is after the downward dogging), “sip and sketch” sessions, and Latin music parties. Most frequent is their collaboration with In Living Color, a weekly variety show celebrating diversity in the drag scene. Monday through Friday from 5pm to 8pm, there’s a happy hour menu of $5 draft beers, $6 well drinks, and every basic Instagrammer’s favorite drink: frosé. On the weekends, $25 gets you unlimited frozen drinks.
The Gradient is the brainchild of Alie Moya and Melissa Manning, both seasoned in hospitality and business throughout Brooklyn. Moya is the founder of childcare agency Brooklyn Manny and Nanny, and owns a household staffing agency called Charlie Staffing. Melissa Manning owns several businesses, including Williamsburg-based apartment rental company The Peridot and Ridgewood’s YES Yoga Studio and 1080Brew.
The Gradient is open Monday through Thursday, 12pm to 2am, Friday 12pm to 4am, Saturday 11am to 4am, and Sunday from 11am to 12am.