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Achilles Heel

180 West St., Brooklyn, NY 11222 40.73317 -73.95956
at Green St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
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Mon-Fri, 4pm-2am; Sat-Sun, noon-2am

Happy Hour

Mon-Fri, 5pm-7pm; $2 oysters, $5 drafts, $8 wine and $9 Fernet Old Fashioneds

Nearby Subway Stops

G at Greenpoint Ave.


Brooklyn restaurateur Andrew Tarlow has opened Achilles Heel, a café and bar meant to evoke the always-open grocery and drinking spot that once sustained Greenpoint dockworkers at its West Street address between 1900 and 1960. Details like the hardwood bar and mirrors are original, and once he had signed on the space, Tarlow took a solitary bar stool he'd found straight to his carpenter and asked him to make a few more. There's a meat-slicer behind the counter for the domestic cured hams, wooden apple crates loaded with fresh produce for purchase, breads baked at Roman's for sale, and several hundred pounds of new equipment for the baristas to make Parlour pour-over coffee and espresso drinks. Finally, there's a piano on one side of the room. "I was inspired by this idea of what would have been there in the old grocery," says Tarlow, adding that rather than chart a specific game plan for Achilles Heel at the outset, he wants the bar's customers to help it evolve.

"I'd like to think of it as a bar with a consciousness for food," Tarlow says. "As opposed to a small plates restaurant."

To drink, the Reynard, Marlow & Sons, and Diner restaurateur is pouring low-sulfate natural wines and a variety of cocktails, like the Public Beach (made with mezcal, lime, sherry, and maraschino liqueur). Achilles Heel also has a menu of what Tarlow calls "Morning Highballs," which essentially means that those who work the late-late shift, perhaps even on the waterfront, can now treat themselves to an Aperol Spritz or a Harvey Wallbanger at breakfast time, just like Brando should have done in On the Waterfront.