And several thousand other regulars like myself adore this family-run 3-meal restaurant. Indeed, if you're a regular of this wide-range eatery, you'll be mighty familier with my face. For Heights neighbors who have their choices of up to 40 different restaurants and diners, this is often their selection--and not just because of its closeness to several subways and the court houses. It's run by Grecian-Americans who've got a wide range of employees (countries of origin wise) who more often than not are yelling orders back into the kitchen in Spanish. But seats are pretty much available, except on Saturday and Sunday mornings when young parents bring out their noisy kids to sit, eat and play, oftentimes for longer than the owners might wish. But all told, their menu features a wide range of homemade dishes. They put together take-out selections quickly, and even deliver. A bit of the "old home town" atmosphere is apparent as they get to know you by name. And if you're a regular you'll notice that neighbors feel right at home taking the same tables by the street-side windows each day, and asking "How y' doing?". And that's getting to be rare these days.
It's the GREATEST Sports Bar in Brooklyn for ONE reason only! No, it's not the 40 types of beers - although that's great. No, it's not the really good food by Chef Mendy (who I hear was from the Knickerbocker Grill and boy are they mad)! No, it's not even the 40 flatscreens! It's a Park Slope STAPLE that nevered changed - even though the neighborhood had! If you went there in the 80s like I did as a college student, then you could come back as a struggling business person in the 90s, the mom or dad with your kids for brunch around 2000 and now as a home owner and football/baseball/boxing fan of 2008. Here, everyone knows your name because you grew up with them all: the blue collar men and women of the original slope sitting next to the new slopers who like their meals and their wines just right!
A bit of nostalgia, Gus is now the owner, Tom (his father) started it in 1936. Serving breakfast and lunch (open 6A to 4P, Monday~Saturday). Great food; wonderful, friendly service; unique period and eclectic decoration; small-town diner atmosphere. Sort of like Cheers. Gus may not know your name, but will greet you and treat you like family. Homey, small touches and the people make this a very warm and friendly place. Getting there early is a good idea, but if you have to wait in line someone will show up with cookies, coffee or fresh fruit. Definitely a one-of-a-kind place in Brooklyn or anywhere for that matter. A must see/experience.