Neighborhood Eats: Hunky Dory in Brooklyn

CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn (WABC) -- It's a cafe and bar in Brooklyn - where everybody knows your name but the food and drinks go above and beyond what you'd expect at your local hangout.

"Hunky Dory" gets its name from a David Bowie album, and that is where the cool factor begins. They are environmentally conscious and big on making sure nothing goes to waste.

It is located at 747 Franklin Avenue in Crown Heights.

Claire Sprouse was aiming for the kind of restaurant where you can linger alone or with friends.

"Everybody goes and shops at the same grocery stores, drinks coffee at the same places, and we wanted to add to that list of hubs for the neighborhood," she said.

Sprouse's background is in beverages, but there is a big commitment to the food under Chef Kirstyn Brewer. Both believe in sustainability in ways that aren't so obvious.

"Our bread pudding is made only from leftover bread and pastries, milk solids and milk punch that (Sprouse) makes," says Chef Brewer.

Onion Dip & Chips

Created by Chef Kirstyn Brewer, Hunky Dory


--2 cups caramelized onions
--2 cups mayonnaise
--1 cup sour cream
--2 cups cream cheese
--1/4 cup lemon juice
--1 cup charred scallions
--4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
--1 tablespoon black pepper
--2 tablespoons HD hot sauce
--Kosher salt to taste

To Plate:
--3 Tablespoons onion dip
--1 Tablespoon roasted cippolini onions
--1 teaspoon toasted pumpkin seeds
--2 teaspoons chopped tangerine segments
--1/4 teaspoon passion fruit
--1/4 teaspoon pumpkin seed oil
--1/4 teaspoon toasted fennel seeds
--Sea salt to taste


1. Pulse everything for the onion dip in the food processor until very smooth. Season to taste.
2. Top dip with the plating ingredients and serve with fresh potato chips

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