Now Open: Achilles Heel

80 West Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222
8am – 2am • Every Day


For his follow-up to Reynard, Brooklyn restaurateur Andrew Tarlow created a casual all-day bar and cafe on a quiet stretch of West Street in Greenpoint. Achilles Heel serves coffee and pastries in the morning, and cocktails and charcuterie at night. Tarlow hopes to offer sandwiches, oysters, clam chowder, and other lightly prepared foods in the near future. All the goods are sourced from his other restaurants, and Achilles Heel also offers produce and fresh baked breads to take home. The beverage list includes beer, wine, and classic cocktails, plus a few drinks from Tarlow’s other restaurants.

The corner space existed as a neighborhood tavern from the early 1900s to the 1960s, but it has sat vacant for the last 40 years or so. Tarlow tells Eater that he got the idea for Achilles Heel when the landlord for the building approached him last year about opening something in the space. The restaurateur refurbished the bar from that old tavern and touched up the room, but it still has an old-world, worn-in feel. Achilles Heel is now open from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m., daily. Stay tuned for a tour of the bar early next week.

Achilles Heel – More Information On Andrew Tarlow’s Latest Greenpoint Restaurant

No word on when Achilles Heel will open (some reports say it’s open now) but they’re currently not answering the phone. Via Grub Street:

With four restaurants and a butcher shop in his North Brooklyn domain, Andrew Tarlow wasn’t looking to open anything new. But when a friend mentioned a long-shuttered tavern on the ground floor of a 1931 Greenpoint building he happened to be restoring, the waterfront location felt more like something old—a place with history and romance, plus an original bar and banquettes that Tarlow was able to salvage. Achilles Heel, inspired by the notion of the shipyard dive, probably won’t attract many actual longshoremen, but Tarlow is catering to the community with continuous service (8 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily) and a menu culled from his other establishments: Reynard’s croissants and Marlow & Sons’ scones, American hams and charcuterie from Marlow & Daughters, and breads from the oven at Roman’s. The nautical theme extends to raw shellfish, clam chowder, and plenty of rum.

Achilles Heel, 180 West St., at Green St., Greenpoint; 347-987-3666