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Feb012013

Open for Business: Gather, 341 Seventh Avenue

Gather, the new prepared food shop/cafe on Seventh Avenue between Ninth and Tenth Streets, opened as planned last weekend in the space last occupied by Uncle Moe's burrito and taco shop.

It's a cute space, smartly planed out to accommodate both visitors who are there to get their food to go and those who are looking to linger (gather?) for a while. There's a seating area over to one side that accommodates about 15, but a majority of the square footage is devoted to counter space. You can check out the menu here; you get your choice of proteins and sides, with a solid selection of daily specials and breakfast options. There are plenty of international influences, especially Morrocan, but there's certainly a comfort food angle at play as well.

Gather can easily be mistaken for a straight-ahead cafe, though, and can certainly double as one, serving coffee from Intelligentsia and Kusmi tea. It strikes me as one of those places that can serve lots of functions: you can drop in on your way to work to grab a coffee and pastry, stop in with a friend for a cup of tea and a light lunch, or drop by on your way home from work to pick up a hearty helping of short rib stew with mac and cheese and swiss chard gratin.

If they can nail it on several of those fronts, and gain a reputation for doing so, Gather should have no trouble being successful.

Gather, 341 Seventh Avenue Brooklyn NY 11215.

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Reader Comments (24)

I wonder if "Gather" also refers to one being able to gather an assortment of good things to eat. And they are good, indeed, based on the few items I have picked up so far. Really delicious, well-prepared, quality ingredients. I am thrilled that they are there.

February 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpeggy

It's very pretty, and they were very nice, but until they get it figured out, this place is disappointing.

Went in at 7pm on Tuesday and asked them how it worked, they said, "Well this is what we have left...." At 7pm?

The portions seem small, and the "protein with two sides" is the protein of THEIR choice, not yours - the Pork stew was not offered as part of that deal.

I'm afraid this place may be short lived.

February 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commentertesticulon

Yet another Park Slope place that closes far too early for those of us who actually work for a living. Stopped in the couple times I was able to make it back home before they closed and there was barely any food in there....it all seems like a decorative arts project or something.

How about something of substance?

This is the poor man's version of Bklyn Larder, which is about 1000 times better than this place. Blue Apron is also far better.

I agree that I don't think it lasts until they dramatically increase the amount of food available and to extend their hours till at least 9pm. Wish this would have become a 2nd location for Gueros.

February 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbret

I stopped by for a takeaway cauliflower salad and cookie. Both were terrific, and the folks there were very nice. They also sell Amy's Bread, which is nice for those of us suffering from denial of Almondine baguettes.

February 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commentereddie

It's fun to think of a guy named Eddie going in and getting a cookie and cauliflower salad. What did you do after that, go home and watch sex and the city re-runs in your pj's sipping a cosmo?

February 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterlisa

I had some great food there, but man it was expensive for what I got.

February 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdave

I was in and got a really creepy vibe from someone introducing himself to the staff. He was called Eddie. I left.

February 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFelton

Lisa, you're such a brat for making fun of someone for their name. Are you 17? I didn't realize they let teenagers comment on here?

And clearly Bret is annoyed by the fact that not every store can work around his precious schedule. This is Park Slope, the land of free lancers and stay-at-home moms. The people at Gather clearly did their research and figured out what would work best for their demographic.

As far as my experience, it was fine. Good food (scones were awesome) and coffee right by the train? Yes, please. They're a brand new place, so they'll work out the kinks eventually. Running out of food before 7pm was probably totally unexpected for the workers and I'm sure as soon as they figured that one out, they realized they would need to make some adjustments to how much they make in the morning.

I think they'll survive just fine.

February 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersmr

@smr thanks. It's nice to see someone opening their own place like this, maybe folks would prefer a Boston chicken franchise?

You're right Bret wants every business in the slope to have 7-11 hors just for him regardless of whether it makes economic sense. And since when is Eddie a weird name you made fun of?

The place looks interesting its nice to have coffee right next to the subway-Dizzys makes a ton on just that alone at the 8th ave subway entrance.

It looks like they do need to work on their portion size/price point to attract families wanting a few things for dinner. Russ'os down the block does much better on that score.

February 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJbob

Eddie - I think I need a Fro-yo massage... (Rub-n-Tug)

Can you help me out?!

I promise we'll watch "Sex and the City" after and sip some Cosmos. (Promise)

Maybe later we could get some "STOOL Juice."

What do you say??!

February 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJust Shlopin

*snore*

Wait....what......oh, I'm sorry. I musta dozed off while enjoying this fine bacon and cheddar scone with a tortilla essssssspanola and some fine gelato from BKLYN Larder. It's so yummy that I'm not going to brush my teeth tonight so that there's a little morsel left in the morning.

February 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSLOPE WARZ

"Awesome" scone? really? There are just a few ways to make scones. And, the outcome is NEVER "awesome." One outcome is "crummy," while the other is "good." Never "awesome." I promise.

February 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjames baker

BKLYN Larder - Because there is nothing nicer than taking a stroll down Flatbush Ave on a sunny weekend morning.

February 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIdiot j

.....which is why Flatbush Ave. is full of people on such a morning. I don't see people judging the food they eat on the quality of the sidewalk the business is on.

As least you got the "idiot" part of your name right.

February 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrooklyn Brawler

My experience totally u\nderwhelmed. Prepared food selection very limited & expensive: who prices all prepared food by 1/4 lb? Seems like a sneaky way to make expensive food look cheaper. Server gave me a bad vibe when I asked about printed material re their prepared food. Said "menus" like it was a 4-letter word & that they don't do them b/c selection changes daily, so best just to stop by. I also think it's a big mistake when a new biz doesn't offer free samples during 1st few weeks - its a great way to hook new customers. In short, I think their current biz model is flawed for this nabe.

February 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Not a big fan of that sign on the wall. Looks like it belongs in a children's play center.

February 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEschew obfuscation

@ Eschew: More "Whine" with your cheese??

February 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJust Shlopin

This place is all wrong for the area, all wrong period. Small overpriced portions will not do well. Gather, Proteins..annoying.

My sentiments exactly Lisa :) Probably had a mani/pedi beforehand. Good grief.

February 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEC1234

Stopped by at Gather on Sunday looking for a late lunch before the superbowl. They only had one piece of protein left (a sad looking piece of chicken) but I sampled some soup which was pretty delicious. My biggest problem with the visit was that I walked away with no sense of what they would offer on a regular basis. They had no real menu and they kept pushing the idea that the food would change on a daily basis. While this is fine in theory, I think that the businesses that succeed in Park Slope do one or two things really well, and that's what they become known for. Gather needs to come up with a few cornerstone menu items that make us drool and have them on a regular and reliable basis. They'll last nine months on their current model at most. Pricing is also way too high for previously prepared food.

February 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIdiot J

OK FOLKS:

OVER/UNDER this place closes by Labor day/September of this year...

I say "UNDER."

February 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJust Shlopin

It's ridiculous to get soup anywhere other that the soup place on 7th by Smiling Pizza (Uncle Louie G's winter hang out). It's simply the best soup in Brooklyn.

As for Gather, go to Sun in Bloom instead. Gather ain't gunna be around long which is a shame because it took them a year to build out the rather lackluster space.

February 6, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterina

Fine dining prices with deli-level service. I was served a cold chicken breast and a soup for $17.

The employees are cute and the place is put together with the precision of an aesthetic fascist--maybe they should open a design studio?

February 26, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterian_pink

I live very near by, and was/am really excited to have this upgrade in place of uncle Mo's for sure.
Had lunch from there twice and while the Food was all delicious,
I strongly agree with some here.. To survive and keep doors open, they will have to wake up and smell the economy. who wants to pay $17 for lunch in the middle of Brooklyn. I eat for less at Spring Natural in the city..

February 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDanny

I'm a sucker for sweet neon lettering signage! And gather has got me hooked. :)

March 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKyle Anderson

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