Bernie’s, an old fashioned restaurant, opens in Greenpoint

June 29, 2018 By Gordon Walker Special to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle
334 Driggs Ave. Image © 2018 Google Maps photo
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Bernie’s, a retro-style restaurant with a classic menu opened in Greenpoint on Tuesday.

The restaurant is named after the owner Zach Frankel and chef Ashley Berman’s grandfathers, both of the same name.

The new eatery is located at 334 Driggs Ave. at Lorimer St, where a 1931 Depression-era sandwich counter used to stand. The bar seats 10, and Frankel hopes the place will be one where people eat at the bar.

Tables are adorned with the classic red and white checkered tablecloths. The marble countertops from the original restaurant were salvaged, and the restyling included Tiffany-style lights and new oxblood seating. The tables have butcher paper and crayons for the kids too, and seat 50 in total.

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The menu features a marinated and grilled steak with a side of onion rings and homemade steak sauce. Other standards include crab cakes and chicken paillard.

“Maybe people will be super-familiar with the menu items, but we’re hoping they’ll be blown away by Ashley’s takes on these things,” Frankel told Grub Street.

A house red and white, textbook Martinis and Old Fashioneds are the drinks offered, and beers are kept cold with a frosty mug chiller.

Frankel also owns Frankel’s Delicatessen & Appetizing, which made the 2016 Absolute Best Deli list in New York, according to Grub Street.

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