Busy, successful Greenpoint cafe needs experienced brunch cook. We have lines out the door every Saturday and Sunday and need a hardworking cook to keep ’em happy. Must be experienced, fast and focused; able to work with our kitchen team and able to come up with recipes for specials. This is a part-time job with potential for full time if you have the talent and experience.
The email reply-to address says it all. Brooklyn Label is looking for a new brunch cook.
Brooklyn Label started out as the shining star of the new Greenpoint when it opened January 2nd 2007. That was back when it was Cody Utzman’s baby and the place was amazing. But a little over a year later, Cody was out and the Brooklyn Label crown started to lose it’s shine.
In the last seven months since Cody’s left Brooklyn Label, it’s been worse and worse. The Yelp reviews show that Brooklyn Label is missing something. The service suffered first, then the food and pricing started becoming unpredictable. The same dishes during the week were jacked up in price for weekend brunch. The last time I was in there, it even seemed a little grungy. The metal basket where they keep the scones and bagels was rusty and dirty. Then they had some sort of unrefrigerated drink case with what looked like lemonade. The glass was sticky and spotty looking.
And it’s not like those things are exactly complete turn-offs for me. I’ve seen worse and by no means would I say the place was dirty, but comparing it to it’s former glory under Cody’s reign it just seemed dull.
And as for “lines out the door every Saturday and Sunday” – it most definitely has not been like that in the last couple of months at least. They’ve got a healthy crowd still, sure, but nowhere near what it used to be. Maybe that could be attributed to other brunch options opening up but I definitely think they need to shake things up over there because a lot of people I know have pretty much given up on Brooklyn Label as a viable place to eat in the neighborhood and I’ve even had people ‘wishing’ it would close and something new and great would move in.
Perhaps they could look into changing things up a bit. Cody is no longer there so why does everything need to look exactly as it had since the day he left? Only now the stuff is worn and overused. Cody moved on and had a Summer hit with the Mexican beer garden Papacito’s on Huron, and less than a month ago announced they’ve begun serving breakfast and brunch.
I’d love to see Brooklyn Label make a comeback to its former glory, so if there are any talented chefs (I hate that they’re just looking for a ‘cook’) out there who feel up to the challenge, I say apply now! PLEASE!