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GERTIE

BEST NEW BISTRO

GERTIE

SHORTLISTED BY BISTRONAUT #2

WHO
Owner Nate Adler (a Union Square Hospitality Group alumn, and managing partner at Huertas, an East Village Basque staple), who partnered with chef Will Edwards (an Andrew Tarlow empire alumn), and GM Flip Biddelman. The restaurant is named after his grandmother from Queens and started as a pop-up in 2016 at the Brooklyn Flea’s Berg’n space. Adler grew up on the Upper East Side and has always loved the city’s numerous delicatessens and luncheonettes. Gertie is a contemporary take on this, with more wholesome and Instagrammable versions of classic egg dishes, salads, sandwiches and pastries during the day, and unfussy, simple, generous dishes at night.

FOOD
While the daytime menu puts a new spin on diner classics (Reuben sandwiches, egg Sammies, English muffins, pies, etc.), the dinner menu takes a more liberated approach with simple and tasty dishes prepared on the grill or the rotisserie. The sourcing is A+, in collaboration with several great local producers.
A tasty classic fish dip served with chips and hot sauce on the side ($7)
A selection of that day’s veggie sides (roasted mushrooms, sesame carrots) with three different homemade breads & butter ($25)
The Chicken Dinner tray ($20 for a half serving), served with rice, beans and mustard sauce. The result is more delicate than the menu might lead you to expect, with juicy, golden chicken, small white beans served in their broth with olive oil and herbs, and rice that’s served under the chicken, imbibed with its juices and seasoned with seeds and pepper.
The Whole Fish, ($21) a whole grilled blue fish to which the staff recommends adding slices of salami under its skin (+$3) – brilliant and unexpected! It comes with crunchy cucumbers, charred lemons as well as a tangy cilantro and yogurt sauce.
NOT tested but will have to order ahead and come back: “Poppy’s duck” ($75 for 4 to 6 guests), a whole rotisserie duck served family style with scallion pancakes, everything fried rice, lettuce cups and duck sauce. A great group option, among others, as Gertie also offers a set menu for groups of 6 or more, who want a dinner party vibe.
For dessert, a forgettable American pie ($6 a slice), served à la mode (+$2) with Davey’s vanilla ice cream. Next.

DRINKS
A fun take on diner staples with their fountain cocktails including a vodka-cran and a gin+tonic, along with a more modern mezcal mule ($13 each)
House wines including the white “Gertie Blend” (Matthiasson from Napa, 2017) (all wines are $30 by the bottle, $11 by the glass)
A selection of quality draft beers including the always-delicious Hoppy IPA from Mikkeller ($7) or house cider ($8) made in Vermont (and a special “draft + well” drink that’s a beer + a hard shot – if you’ve never mixed beer with mezcal, now’s the time!)

DECOR
Typical New York/L.A. all-day-café design from 2019 (or is it 2016?): pastel colors, plywood everywhere, Formica tables, murals of floating graphic shapes … However, what’s really lovely is that the façade is made entirely of glass and when the weather’s nice, they open a lot of the windows.

SEATING
Café chairs and diner tables. Try to sit near the window if you can!

VIBE
The place looks nicer at night and the vibe is really pleasant, with lots of locals, cooks, kids, families, dates, group of friends… It’s worth noting that now there’s also a space in the basement where Gertie throws dance parties and other fun local events.

SERVICE
Minimal, since you pay at the counter, but the team is lovely.

WOULD RECOMMEND
If this is less chef-driven than other BNBs on the list, it corresponds exactly to what a great bistro should be: simple, accessible, local, tasty and fresh, serving the kind of food one could eat two or three times a week from morning to evening. Everyone seems to feel good there, the vibe is positive, and the bill, manageable.

WHO
Owner Nate Adler (a Union Square Hospitality Group alumn, and managing partner at Huertas, an East Village Basque staple), who partnered with chef Will Edwards (an Andrew Tarlow empire alumn), and GM Flip Biddelman. The restaurant is named after his grandmother from Queens and started as a pop-up in 2016 at the Brooklyn Flea’s Berg’n space. Adler grew up on the Upper East Side and has always loved the city’s numerous delicatessens and luncheonettes. Gertie is a contemporary take on this, with more wholesome and Instagrammable versions of classic egg dishes, salads, sandwiches and pastries during the day, and unfussy, simple, generous dishes at night.

FOOD
While the daytime menu puts a new spin on diner classics (Reuben sandwiches, egg Sammies, English muffins, pies, etc.), the dinner menu takes a more liberated approach with simple and tasty dishes prepared on the grill or the rotisserie. The sourcing is A+, in collaboration with several great local producers.
A tasty classic fish dip served with chips and hot sauce on the side ($7)
A selection of that day’s veggie sides (roasted mushrooms, sesame carrots) with three different homemade breads & butter ($25)
The Chicken Dinner tray ($20 for a half serving), served with rice, beans and mustard sauce. The result is more delicate than the menu might lead you to expect, with juicy, golden chicken, small white beans served in their broth with olive oil and herbs, and rice that’s served under the chicken, imbibed with its juices and seasoned with seeds and pepper.
The Whole Fish, ($21) a whole grilled blue fish to which the staff recommends adding slices of salami under its skin (+$3) – brilliant and unexpected! It comes with crunchy cucumbers, charred lemons as well as a tangy cilantro and yogurt sauce.
NOT tested but will have to order ahead and come back: “Poppy’s duck” ($75 for 4 to 6 guests), a whole rotisserie duck served family style with scallion pancakes, everything fried rice, lettuce cups and duck sauce. A great group option, among others, as Gertie also offers a set menu for groups of 6 or more, who want a dinner party vibe.
For dessert, a forgettable American pie ($6 a slice), served à la mode (+$2) with Davey’s vanilla ice cream. Next.

DRINKS
A fun take on diner staples with their fountain cocktails including a vodka-cran and a gin+tonic, along with a more modern mezcal mule ($13 each)
House wines including the white “Gertie Blend” (Matthiasson from Napa, 2017) (all wines are $30 by the bottle, $11 by the glass)
A selection of quality draft beers including the always-delicious Hoppy IPA from Mikkeller ($7) or house cider ($8) made in Vermont (and a special “draft + well” drink that’s a beer + a hard shot – if you’ve never mixed beer with mezcal, now’s the time!)

DECOR
Typical New York/L.A. all-day-café design from 2019 (or is it 2016?): pastel colors, plywood everywhere, Formica tables, murals of floating graphic shapes … However, what’s really lovely is that the façade is made entirely of glass and when the weather’s nice, they open a lot of the windows.

SEATING
Café chairs and diner tables. Try to sit near the window if you can!

VIBE
The place looks nicer at night and the vibe is really pleasant, with lots of locals, cooks, kids, families, dates, group of friends… It’s worth noting that now there’s also a space in the basement where Gertie throws dance parties and other fun local events.

SERVICE
Minimal, since you pay at the counter, but the team is lovely.

WOULD RECOMMEND
If this is less chef-driven than other BNBs on the list, it corresponds exactly to what a great bistro should be: simple, accessible, local, tasty and fresh, serving the kind of food one could eat two or three times a week from morning to evening. Everyone seems to feel good there, the vibe is positive, and the bill, manageable.

CHEF

Will Edwards and GM Flip Biddelman

OPENING HOURS

All week

RESERVATION

The restaurant accepts bookings up to 3 months in advance via their website.

WEBSITE

www.gertie.nyc

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