Union Picnic Partners Bring L.A.-Style Hot Dogs to Greenpoint


Ed Bode and Suzie OBrien, partners in bygone Union Picnic, took over Greenpoints Cup O Joes a week ago and plan to revamp it significantly. Bode, who grew up nearby on Humboldt Street before becoming a chef de cuisine at Florent and also working at Bruno Jamais, tells us hes already grilling up cheesesteaks, pressed sandwiches, roast-beef hash, and hot dogs inspired by Pinks of Hollywood. OBrien, who also opened Bean, will be in charge of baked goods (pies, cookies, cakes). Were going to be feeding the park, Bode says. Which means hell soon add picnic baskets to his current breakfast program of Bagelsmith bagels and (coming soon) custom-blended Porto Rico coffee.

Meanwhile, across McGolrick Park, were told that the Sunview Luncheonette (better known as Bs, after its doting matron) never bounced back from a run-in with the Health Department. Lost City recently mourned the sixties soda fountain, and rightly so. The longtime owners didnt have the wherewithal or the tens of thousands of dollars it wouldve taken to bring the place up to city standards (and no doubt strip it of its anachronistic charm) probably because they always kept prices mind-bogglingly low. Were told B is still living in the building and using the kitchen as her personal stove.

Cup O Joes, 85 Driggs Ave., at Monitor St.; 718-288-0713