Say Hello to the '50s at This Throwback Diner in Greenpoint That Pairs Perfectly with an Industrial Beer Hall
Harkening back to a vintage diner aesthetic, Bernie’s strikes a solid balance between old-school visuals and a modern sensibility. With a wholly classic design peeled straight out of the ‘50s (see: red and white checkered tablecloths, Tiffany-style lights, and pleated red leather booths), the appeal stems from Bernie’s straightforward design. That said, its elevated traditional American menu—with vinegar chicken, crab cakes, and baked clams—is simple but hardly basic. This place will make date night feel refreshingly lost in time. Guests are encouraged to utilize the crayons included at every table, so don’t leave the staff hanging. Bring out your inner Picasso.
Once you step back into modern Brooklyn, take a walk through McCarren Park to Spritzenhaus33. This incredibly spacious beer hall has an open floor setting with polished industrial appeal—down to the exposed ceiling, exposed steel beams, and exposed brick. As for the craft refreshments, their massive collection of ciders, sours, wheats, lagers, and more will give you plenty of options. They also have house cocktails like The Greenpoint (with Hendrick's, cucumber, lime, and white cranberry) and the Mexican Standoff (with habanero-pepper-infused milagro, pineapple, lime, and ginger beer)—you’ll have thirst quenched in record time.
332 Driggs Avenue, Brooklyn
33 Nassau Avenue, Brooklyn