If you only get out to Long Island City during the weekends, you may have thought Brooks 1890 Restaurant (a.k.a. that place across from P.S. 1) already was closed, since its traditionally been open only during weekdays until around 8 p.m., but as Lost City pointed out last year, its actually one of the oldest and most unheralded restaurants in the city. Its flown pretty much under the radar since it was praised in a Best of New York issue about a decade ago: The current owner has preserved the turn-of-the-century-saloon feeling with such Victorian trimmings as a 1904 Tiffany back bar, etched-glass lamps, and a 1903 oak bar. Now Lost City reports that its closed for renovations and will reopen under new management, which doesn't sound good.
The outside globe lamps have already been removed, but lets not shed a tear just yet. We havent been able to reach the new operators, but if they preserve the interior, finally open the place during the nights and weekends, and give the food an upgrade, this might just be a good thing. In the meantime, well wait it out at the Shannon Pot.
Brooks 1890 Restaurant Closed for Renovation [Lost City]