The ever-changing Bushwick bar scene bears the awesome task of attracting regular patrons and keeping them there so they don’t have to jump on the J, Z, and M lines just a few feet away to bar hop in an over-priced Manhattan neighborhood. Thus thriving if customers aren’t left with feeling like they’ve settled. Skytown seems to be doing just that.
At the time, Bedford Stuyvesant residents Ian Cronin and Sabra Saperstein wanted a classic go-to bar nearby so they partnered with business and finance manager Jeff Pan to open Skytown back in 2012. It stands on the busy Broadway strip in Brooklyn, which acts as the border between Bedford Stuyvesant and Bushwick and the train tracks stretch across on the overpass.
Cronin manages the front-end business and bar while Saperstein oversees the menu as head chef. “We love this neighborhood,” says Saperstein. “It was a great opportunity for us because there was really nothing to eat over here and all the bars were really divvy so we wanted a more comfortable slightly classier place, which is much appreciated by the neighborhood. But also, I love how mixed it (the neighborhood and patrons) is. It feels like a real neighborhood rather than being somewhere that is already 120% gentrified. It’s like a real family feeling. The sense of community is definitely the most astounding and powerful part of this.”
The food has been described as healthy soul food and peasant food. The culinary vision of Skytown’s menu is to not be overly concerned with calories or to be obsessive over trendy food labels. The goal is for “…food that tastes delicious, but also makes your body feel good and gives you energy,” according to Saperstein. Skytown dishes include enticing egg dishes, salads, and sandwiches made with fresh breads from their bakery supplier Bien Cuit. The Sky Bowl has a little bit of everything; eggs, grain, bean, vegetable and a cheese that you can enjoy with your choice of iced or hot coffee drinks from Plowshares Coffee Roasters. This and a variety of other desirable menu items are available for weekend brunch scene where Skytown switches things up with guest deejays and patrons are welcome to dance if so inclined.
Skytown’s bar serves draft beers and a staple of classic handmade cocktails where you can get a Manhattan, an Old Fashioned or a Margarita. They’re carefully crafted from fresh juices and nothing comes from a mix. From 4p-9p, happy hour offers you a free shot with your beer. The bar is open until 2a on weekdays, 4a weekends. Dinner is served 7 days a week and late night food Thursday thru Saturday until 2a.