SCHNACK ATTACK • Brooklyn Paper


There’s a new
place for Brooklynites with a hankering for American classics
like hot dogs and hamburgers, along with a cold pint of suds
– Schnack, which just opened at 122 Union St., between Columbia
and Hicks streets.

The latest venture by Smith Street restaurateur Alan Harding
(Patois, Gowanus Yacht Club), and his two partners, Jim Mamary
(who also designed the room) and Harry Hawk, was created with
a minimum of frills to offer maximum satisfaction.

Schnack opened on April 4. On a recent visit the eatery’s chic
banquettes were populated with a happy mix of hungry folk. The
eclectic decor features cheerfully painted walls, a shelf displaying
a longshoreman’s hook, and an enormous framed poster of Brooklyn
Dodgers pitcher Johnny Podres. The action takes place against
a musical backdrop of all vinyl, all the time. (Harding promises
10 percent off the dinner check with the donation of a record.)

Harding’s signature dish is a "Schnackie," a small
burger inspired by White Castle sliders, but Harding emphasizes
that his wee burgers are grilled not steamed.

Open seven days a week, from 10:30 am to 11 pm, Schnack serves
up eggs, burgers, hot dogs, sausages and sandwiches. Of course
a Brooklyn burger joint is nothing without shakes or an Orange
Julius, and here there are both – as well as chocolate egg creams.
They also offer two domestic and two imported draft beers as
well as bottles.

Entrees – and we use this term loosely – range from $1.50 to
$7.50. For more information, log on to www.schnackdog.com.
For takeout, call (718) 855-2879.

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