From Our Editors
Bonnie's Grill: A User's Guide
Regional Flavors | Diner-Style Cuisine | Vegetarian Options | Retro Vibe
- Appetizer (for carnivores): buffalo chicken wings served mild, medium, hot, or hotter
- Appetizer (for herbivores): vegetarian chili-cheese fries
- Sandwich (for meat fans): locally raised, free-range turkey burger
- Sandwich (for meat foes): grilled halloumi cheese with onion-and-olive spread
When to Go: To experience the blue-collar spirit that makes Bonnie's great, swing by on Sunday to cheer for owner Mike Naber's hometown heroes, the Buffalo Bills.
While You're Waiting
- If you plan to order the veggie burger, do some deep-breathing exercises to calm your nerves first. Writer Jonathan Safran Foer called this sandwich "maddeningly good" in the Brooklyn Paper.
- Ogle the retro decor, which includes red vinyl chairs, a hopping lunch counter, and posters of rock legends such as Elvis and The Who.
Inside Tip: Since the diner specializes in Buffalo staples, such as beef on weck and chicken wings, go all-in and order a regional beer—perhaps a Genesee Cream Ale—to go with your meal.
While You're in the Neighborhood
Save the world: Stock up on capes and secret identities at the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. (372 5th Avenue), a nonprofit storefront that benefits 826 NYC's creative-writing programs for kids.
Save your tongue: Soothe a buffalo-sauce-scorched palate with frozen yogurt made from local milk at Culture (331 5th Avenue).