Humboldt & Jackson isn't a typical restaurant. The space regularly hosts outside restaurants trying out new concepts or gives street and market vendors a temporary roof and a new audience to showcase their foods. And this winter, they'll be doing much of the same but on a much smaller stage when they take over the Graham Avenue location of Uncle Louie G, the ice cream and Italian ice purveyor with locations all over New York.
By phone this morning, Events Manager Bill Reed revealed the H&J team will be taking over the ice cream shop beginning the weekend after Thanksgiving. On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, the space will serve a more set menu of favorites from the mothership a few blocks away, including house-made pickles and their Beer Mac & Cheese, which they'll be slapping between slices of Texas toast with the voluntary inclusion of bacon.
As has been their ethos since day one, they'll also be partnering with other local business, including some hot dog collaborations with Brooklyn Hot Dog Company and Yeah Dawg, who make vegan hot dogs. They're promising lots of vegetarian options, including a vegan chili they'll use on the vegan hot dog offering.
On Sundays, they'll have a rotating cast of chefs, restaurants and other food businesses taking over the kitchen entirely. Rangoon NoodleLab—who'll be popping up at the original space this weekend—will have a weekend serving Burmese noodles. The Sweet Chili food truck will also be swinging by, as will a DJ Dallas Green's Made From Scratch Company. Even showy Black Tap will be bringing burgers and their ridiculous milk shakes to the space.
Don't worry about ole Louie G, though, as the tiny shop's five most popular ice cream flavors will still be available during the off-season, in addition to things like a Mast Brothers hot cocoa collaboration and another with Red Jacket Orchards. There's no booze, but Reed hopes they'll be a destination for local bar hoppers after other nearby food options have shuttered for the evening, and they'll also offer a free beer taste at the proper restaurant with a receipt from the pop-up.
When they debut in late November, they'll have made room for about 12 people to sit and eat with more room for standing. They'll open at 6 p.m. to catch people leaving from work and close at 1 a.m. (midnight on Sundays), just before things get sloppy.
341 Graham Avenue