| by Linda Viertel |
Inside the newly renovated Irvington train station, Brrzaar offers a charming venue serving frozen and fresh yogurts accompanied by a variety of appealing topping choices, artisanal coffee, and a unique iced coffee taste treat from New Orleans – French Truck Cold Brew Coffee.
Owners, and newlyweds, Michelle DeForest Leddy and Brian Leddy, frozen yogurt consumers and enthusiasts for years, wondered what they could do if they owned their own shop. Researching the topic, they found that most frozen yogurts are made from powders and are often chemically compromised. They found their product in California – CloudTop yogurt – a premium organic frozen yogurt with no artificial sweeteners, colors, high fructose syrups or preservatives. Their fresh yogurt, Wallaby, is a creamy, Greek-style, low-fat organic product made in the Napa Valley.
Brrzaar’s “wall” of frozen yogurt choices, is a large and engaging self-serve device that offers mango, pomegranate, blueberry, organic chocolate and vanilla, even vegan coconut and strawberry – made with coconut milk. Up to 20 cold toppings include: blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, chocolate cinnamon and carob chips, chocolate covered bacon, dark chocolate shavings and more. Granola toppings come in many varieties; cookie crumble, goji berries, apple and coconut chips, cream wafer pieces, sprinkles, pumpkin and watermelon seeds or natural marshmallows are further selections. . Adults as well as children will have a hard time choosing from all the delectable, fresh options. When your creation is assembled, your cup is weighed, and at 75 cents an ounce, you will have a refreshing, healthy vitamin D-filled treat personally crafted to your individual taste.
Self-serve Double Barrel coffee, roasted in Yonkers, is available for the train crowd or anyone in a hurry. But, if you have a few minutes, it’s worth trying the Leddy’s single origin organic coffee, ground and brewed fresh in Brrzaar’s state-of-the-art Trifecta brewer. The coffee selection will rotate monthly.
And, don’t miss the medium or dark roast French Truck Cold Brew Coffee. Michelle Leddy hails from New Orleans, and she wouldn’t serve anything other than classic iced coffee from her native NOLA.
Working with contractors, the Leddys did much of the train station’s interior renovation themselves, stripping 8 layers of paint with eco-friendly paint remover, and then white-washing the beautiful curved, wainscoted paneling. They repurposed shelves from the old station and have provided three tables, seating twelve comfortably. There’s plenty of room to watch trains come and go through meticulously restored bay windows. “The bones of the place were beautiful; it just needed a face lift,” said Michelle Leddy.
If You Go:
7 North Astor Street
Open Daily: 11 a.m.-9 p.m.