Park Luncheonette – that cool diner beside McCarren Park featured in The Departed – now open

c/o A. J. Kandy

c/o A. J. Kandy

From Eater

The storied Park Luncheonette, which closed four years ago after decades as a soda fountain, a cameo in The Departed, and a brief stint as a revamped diner, reopened this weekend. Now it’s under the ownership of the team behind Matchless and No Name [and] is open 24 hours, has a full bar, and will soon open up a to-go window for pizza and coffee. Status: Certified Open. 334 Driggs Ave., 718-383-3571.

Park Luncheonette Set To Reopen

And not everybody’s happy about it. From DNA

For years the luncheonette owner lamented “feathers flying in customers’ food from the feather factory,” Williamsburg Community Board 1 members said.
And now the down mattress makers are protesting the diner’s plans to serve liquor when it opens later this year.

Residents cheered last week when the Park Luncheonette — a renowned soda fountain-turned-diner by McCarren Park where Martin Scorcese’s film “The Departed” was shot before the café shuttered in 2009 — won Williamsburg Community Board 1’s liquor license approval.

But the owners of Cucker E textiles spoke vehemently against the brunch spot’s liquor license and claimed it would worsen “the very big problem here with drinking” where “children play across the street in McCarren Park.”

“The problem is liquor and beer,” said Leo Zucker, “it attracts a certain crowd of people, but this is a family area.”

But Community Board 1 members said they had received no other complaints about the diner, and they noted a longstanding tussle between Cucker E and the luncheonette.
“People sitting there eating would complain about feathers in their food,” said liquor license chair Tom Burrows about past conflicts. “The luncheonette was there forever and people want it back.”
Community Board 1 member Heather Roslund said the tensions dated back 35 years, but she said in recent years Cucker E had cleaned up its act.

“It used to be literally like snow over there all the time,” Roslund said of the feathers.


Ted Mann, the new owner of the luncheonette (who already owns several bars around Brooklyn including Matchless, Cubana Social and Greenwood Park), said he had heard no complaints from Zucker and that he would work to address any of his worries.