Cafe From Master Pastry Chef François Payard Opens at Pier 5 & Other Foodie News

Eater reports the James Beard award winning pastry chef, Francois Payard has opened a cafe, Ebb & Flow at 12 Joralemon Street (across from Pier 5). “The Brooklyn Heights bakery serves grab-and-go pastries, including savory and sweet selections. These include sandwiches, salads, egg and cheese croissants, as well as a series of special layer cakes from Payard” along with coffee, tea and juices. Cake flavors include a white-chocolate strawberry cake topped with Fruit Loops. According to The Post, a cake made for the age of Instagram. YUM! Payard will also serve as Culinary Director to a larger dining experience at One°15 Brooklyn Marina.

Ebb & Flow hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.


The Brooklyn Daily Eagle reports the Time Out Food Market was shuttered by the health department on Wednesday, July 11th for multiple violations. The most egregious citation is improper cold food storage temperatures. A communal refrigerator where inspectors found the appliance to be 58 degrees instead of the federally mandated 41. As a result 14 of the 21 eateries were slapped with violations causing the complete closure of the market.  The food hall, which only opened on May 31st, remains closed. We will update the story as more information becomes available.

Ample Hills Creamery is up and running in the historic fire boat station formerly occupied by  Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory. The creamery, named for Walt Whitman’s “Crossing Fulton Ferry,” was chosen by the Brooklyn Bridge Park after an RFP process. Their Pier 5 location will close at the end of this summer season.
But what of Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory? 6sqft reports the shop has proposed a new stand made out of a shipping container.  “It would be located in the parking lot of a newly opened restaurant owned by Buzz O’Keeffe [the former site of Urban Classics Auto Repair]. O’Keeffe is part owner of the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory alongside Mark Thompson, as well as the River Cafe, which he opened nearby in 1977.” As the location resides in the historic Fulton Ferry district, the plan is subject to approval by the Landmarks Preservation Committee.
Cake Photo: Ebb & Flow via NY Post
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  • Jorale-man

    Oof. The prices at the Time Out food court are pretty ridiculous to begin with, even by Dumbo standards.

    There also appears to be something moving into the space on Willow Place once occupied by the cafe (a few doors down from River Deli). Any idea of what it will be?

  • StudioBrooklyn

    I commented here, some time ago, that I’d had a conversation with the owner of the restaurant moving into the former Iris Cafe space, during a chance encounter at the Van Brunt Stillhouse (which I highly recommend to anyone who likes whiskey). He said it was going to be upscale New American cuisine, and that he’d formerly been a manager at Iris Cafe. So, fear not, I think this means the return of the $15 avocado toast and perhaps a reunion with familiar faces, if any of you were a regular (I was not, preferring for the time being my own avocado toast).

  • fultonferryres

    The location of the new Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory is in the Fulton Ferry Historic District, not the Dumbo Historic District

  • Jorale-man

    Thanks, good to know. I missed your original comment. The avocado toast is probably up to $20 by now.

    Once this heat wave is over I’ll have to head down to the park and try the new cafe there too. Edit: Maybe except for the fruit loops cake. :-P

  • SongBirdNYC

    Will fix it, thanks!

  • StoptheChop

    As I recall, when Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation’s conversion of Empire Stores into an office complex/shopping mall was announced, an extremely high rent was announced, too.

  • Jorale-man

    Well, I guess it’s in keeping with the prices for luxury apartments and hotel rooms that they’ve built elsewhere in the park. The Time Out food court looks nice enough though for those prices they should have a little more seating. At least on the ground floor I didn’t see much.