I've been wanting to explore Brooklyn Grange — an urban rooftop farm atop the Standard Motors Building in Queens — for ages, and got my chance a few weeks back at one of their Butcher's Paper Dinners, co-hosted with Edible Queens. We arrived just after 3pm and were greeted with a glass of cold beer from Queen's Brewery poured straight from the keg.
The night's dinner was prepared by Williamsburg, Brooklyn-based Pies n' Thighs, which has developed quite a following for its fantastic fried chicken and, of course, their delicious pies.
We headed to the farm's massive white oak communal table, which overlooks Manhattan. From there, servers came with bowls and bowls of cold fried chicken, pickled vegetables, biscuits, corn bread and corn, as well as refill after refill of beer. The table seats 150, but it felt like there was enough food for twice that. Luckily we managed to save a little room for the summer pies at the end.
While we ate, a DJ played excellent summer tunes heavy on the Motown (does it get any better than Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up"?)
There are still several dinners scheduled for the rest of the summer and fall including:
July 20: Summer Eats with Momo Sushi Shack
August 17: Rooftop Crab Broil
September 28: One Serious Sandwich
October 5: BrisketTown presents ROOFTOP RIBFEST!
Brooklyn Grange also hosts events throughout the week ranging from farm tours, composting classes, honey tastings and hive tours and wine and cheese tastings. The next one on my list: rooftop yoga at sunset. See their complete list of events and purchase tickets here.