Saturday, December 18, 2004

Harry's Special

Our street corn special is back while it lasts... $2.00

We are running a super chef tasting special:   street corn, elk single with cheese, and mac 'n cheese with kielbasa for $11.25.

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Sharp Schnack

Schnack uses ceramic knives in its kitchen.

For affordablity and reliablity we recommend Shenzhen Ceramic Knives - Offering affordable ceramic knives in black ceramic or white ceramic.

Sunday, November 14, 2004

Fried Chicken

Yesterday I wrote, "While it lasts Schnack Fried Chicken; our smoked Chicken in a Basket with fries... $3.50 for a breast, or $3.50 for a leg, wing and thigh or $6.25 for a 1/2 Chicken."

Well it's gone... it was our regular smoked chicken, dusted with flour, dipped in beaten egg, and coated with our special "breading mix." Did I mention less than 24 hours later, its gone.

Friday, November 12, 2004

Movie Ad

Schnack is going to the movies... that is to say, we are running an ad at the local movie theater on Court Street.

It offers a free single burger with any 3 dollar purchase if you bring in your ticket stub. Hopefully, that will bring in some new people...

The rules...

1 free burger per week per person
A $3 order is needed for each stub redeemed
Offer is good only on the same day the movie was shown
Offer not good with any other offer

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Rut Hut

I'm only about 5 miles away from NJ's best known hot dog stand, Rut Hut.  Nothing fancy, just a nice big long ordering counter and lots of long eating counters... but I had a really nice hot dog and some fries.

Why visit the Rut Hut?  It's well known in road food circles and I wanted to start off my research into road food with something truly special. Well..., we could do better. Our hot dog isn't as greasy but probably not quite as tender either; but ours does taste just as good... and well, ours is 75 cents cheaper!

But this Road Food Adventure that Schnack is about to take part in isn't just about comparing our dog to theirs. It's about being inspired by the food that makes America great! The Rut Hut was inspiring :)

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Thanks KG

Monday was a bit of a watershed event for us -- our first really major off-site catering job. We made and prepared food for 120 people. Our famous SINGLE Schnackies were prepared on-site as well as some great fresh kielbasa (grilled with hardwood charcoal.)

The menu included:

World Wide Stout Beer Shakes
Onion Rings
Mini Tuna Melts
Sweet & Sour Brisket on Polish Rye
Our Spicy fried Chicken Wings
Jubilat Cherrywood smoked pork ribs with Schnack apricot and garlic glaze
Pork Stuffed mushrooms
Spicy Chicken stuffed mushrooms
Seared Tuna on Sesame/Rice Crackers
Cheesecake, Browines and Fresh Warm Bread Pudding

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Tour American Dates

Our tour dates for our Schnack Road Trip America 2005 are May 15th to Sept 24th. A new trip will start every Sunday. Please join us in May 2005 as we tour the country.

Road Trip American Summer 2005

This summer is going to be the Ultimate Road Trip Summer. Packing up the car or van and heading down highways with names like 10, 40, 80, and 95 and Routes like 66, 46 & 1. Along the way we will be packin' our bellies with some of the most interesting, strange, and well-loved food this side of the planet. Interested in coming along? ... it's easy - just plan on visiting Schnack this summer.

We are doing our research now and expect to serve a variety of local food from around the country all summer long.

The books we are reading include:

Fast Food by John A Jakle

The Food of Paradise
by Rachel Laudan

Lost America by Troy Paiva

Road Trip USA
by Jamie Jensen

Best American Recipes 2004-2005
by Fran McCullough

One Tank Trips Road Food, Ohio
by Neil Zurcher

The American Diner Cookbook
by Elizabeht McKeon

Retro Diner
by Linda Everett

Route 66 Cook Book
by Marian Clark

by Jane & Michael Stern

Monday, October 25, 2004

Mac N' Cheese N' Stuff

Aside from requests for some really good chicken wings, the biggest request we have is for Mac'N Cheese.

After trying the excellent Mac'N Cheese from Mama Duke's on Oct 18th and seeing a recipe for Mac 'N Cheese from "HOME," I have started to work on our Mac N' Cheese. The inspiration comes from "HOME" who doesn't bake it but rather they make it in a skillet to order. I've always imagined baking it and then trying to sell it out in one night because it just isn't as good the next day.

It's still very much a work in progress, but we will use pasta, some type of cheddar cheese, blanched onion, and tomato. We also have an option for the addition of any sausage. Hot Dog for the kids, Swojska for the adults.

We tasted it today in the kitchen with some friends of Schnack and with a few guests. So far all thumbs up.

The main issue, since we will make it to order, is can we produce it in 10 minutes or less?

Stay Tuned!!!

Saturday, October 23, 2004

Beer Shake or Beer Milk Shake

First, it's hard to know what to call it. In the store, we call it a Beer Shake because it doesn't have any milk in it... that is added milk; of course there is some milk in the Ice Cream. But in the press, we call it a Beer Milk Shake because otherwise people don't have any idea of what we're talking about!

So what's in it? It's really simple. Ice Cream and Beer. It's our really fresh and excellent ice cream from Perry's, and DogFish Head Chicory Stout.  FYI, World Wide Stout, when available, is better, but with a retail price of about $20 a bottle it is a bit out of the budget range we are use to.

So how do they make Chicory Stout? From the DogFish web site... "A dark beer made with a touch of roasted chicory, organic Mexican coffee, St. John's Wort, and licorice root. Brewed with whole-leaf Cascade and Fuggles hops, the grains include pale, wheat, roasted and oatmeal. We buy the coffee used in our Chicory Stout from the Oby Lee Coffee Roastery in Lewes."

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

More BLOG Links..

The Washington Oculus writes...

A quick guide to Carroll Gardens. Take the F or G train to Carroll Street.

1) Get a rice ball at the Italian Pork Store on Court Street near President Street. It’s a thick ball of ricotta cheese coated in rice and deep fried.

2) Go to Schnack (122 Union St. between Hicks and Columbia). Get $1 PBR. Eat 99 cent mini burgers, yam fries, and if you’re adventurous order the most expensive thing on the menu -- a Jubilat Swojska sausage for $3.50 -- all amid disaffected Brooklyn hipsters.

3) Wash all that down at the B61 bar on Columbia Street, named for the bus line that runs from Red Hook up through Williamsburg and Greenpoint. It’s a low key place on the far side of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway near the waterfront but worth venturing out to.

Best Burger in Brooklyn? NYC?

A Brooklyn Life BLOG writes,

"...the best burger I've had in all of New York is at Schnack. Unfortunately, my umbrella is no match for the remnants of hurricane Jeanne (see above picture of my "covered" subway station), and I didn't get out to take a photo of it. Schnack passes the crave test. I crave the unrivaled melt-in-your-mouth tenderness of its patties, the tangy Schnack sauce, the oozing melty cheese..."

Read the whole blog entry...

Monday, October 18, 2004

Brooklyn Eats (and DRINKS!)

First, thank you to James Reid and his students for being such a big help today with the "Brooklyn Eats" event, and to the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce for putting on the event in the first place.

That said, and like the Time Out New York event a few weeks ago, it doesn't surprise anyone to learn that people make an extra effort to make their food look interesting. Huge floral arrangements, hand woven baskets the size of Rhode Island, blinking lights, balloons and tablecloths of many hues...

There is the axiom that if it looks good it IS good... At Schnack we don't exactly have a budget for transplanting small forests or ordering bountiful flower arrangements. We did bring three small bunches of flowers from Miss Lee (our Union St. Neighbor), and a few ears of colored Indian Corn. The award for the least unique presentation item goes to... Indian Corn. It seems everyone had an ear or two, or a few dozen.

So while our booth was plain and our presentation less then sublime, we hit some solid runs with our Beer Shake. In a room filled with a half dozen styles of jerk chicken, more crab, clam, and fish cakes than could be counted, and at least as many shrimp dishes as well.. we stood out. Why? Because we had something people hadn't really tried before and something that made them actually think about food and what they think they might like. And of course, after tasting the beer shake perhaps finding out there are some things they like which they didn't expect that they would.

Other highlights? The Marriott Kitchens' jumbo shrimp with bacon.. It was perfect and huge. Truly JUMBO. Blue Ribbons' sushi, and killer Mac'N Cheese from Mama Dukes!

Thanks to everyone who stopped by!!! We had a great time!!

Thursday, October 14, 2004

New Digs

It's official.

"Brooklyn's favorite Burger Joint, Schnack is MOVING to a larger location; we are selling our landmark store, fully fixtured with Beer & Wine Lic. $135k or best offer/Terms available. Call Jim @ 917 499 6019."

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Burger Contest

I found this link to the burger contest we did in the Spring of '04.

Nick DeSilvio took home the “Schnackie Award” this week when he devoured nine mini-hamburgers in six minutes, beating out his fellow longshoreman at the first-ever hamburger-eating contest on the Red Hook waterfront.

The full story is here.

Monday, October 11, 2004

Midnight Schnack

We have gotten a lot of millage out of being open late. We take food orders til 1am (every night), drink orders til 1:30 and close at 2am...

Here was a really nice review.


"Upon arrival, our group of 8 was greeted by a friendly (yet appropriately sassy) server, who helped us arrange ourselves into a corner. Cozy and cute, Schnack is decorated with all manners of old-school Brooklyn memorabilia (murals, ads, soda bottles) and bright colors. A small, hand-lettered construction paper sign advertised free wi-fi access. After considering the menu (and hearing more than a few suggestions from the duo that directed us there) I settled on the ‘Schnackies’ (tiny burgers with a spicy special sauce), fries, and a chocolate shake."


In the Post

The NY Post has been really writting us up lately.. Here is the lastest..


October 3, 2004 -- Oprah has done wonders for reading with her monthly Book Club, but with all due respect to the daytime diva, she's behind the times.
It's hard enough to get through the iPod manual, let alone a novel, and leisurely reading is taking a back seat to a more immediate pleasure - eating.

Every couple months, Hawk chooses an ethnic restaurant and leads a group of intrepid eaters through a five-course dinner, keeping the tab under $30 per person.

Hawk started the club two months ago by e-mailing like-minded friends and is seeking only those with a desire for dishes that might be "an acquired taste."

The first Brooklyn Food Club dinner was at Teeda, an authentic Thai spot on Columbia Streeet in Brooklyn where the feast included Todd Man Pla (fried fish cakes), sea scallops with curry sauce,and Thai custard with ice cream.

Brooklyn Food Club:, or email


A link back to the halcon and burger eating excess of summer!

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Eat NY - Time Out

For the youth of today, a "time out" means standing in the corner or some other location being quiet and without outside stimulation; it's a punishment.

For the rest of us, a Time Out is an adventure out side of our homes. Let me tell you it was a great adventure leaving our Schnack home in Brooklyn and going to the Time Out New York "Eat NY" event at 35th St. I mean, you had food ranging from Bouley to Schnack, and from Alma to WD-50.

Thanks to everyone at Time Out New York, including Emily, Rob, Amy, and everyone else including all of the staff at the event like Brian and Karry (Keri?, Carrie?) who keep us in top shape!

We served more than 1000 beer milkshakes from about 6:15 to 9:15! Wow!

See you next year!

Friday, October 01, 2004


I'm up in Maine... near Deer Isle. Things have been great weather-wise... which means a few nice days and not too much fog!

The first afternoon "on Island" we stopped over to Little Deer Isle at Eaton's Lobster Pool.. a "lobster shack" since the mid 60s that has evolved into a more inside and more upscale dinning... The original owner, Gene Eaton, is still around but sold the business last year. There a few changes like the relocation of the gift shop from one side of the place to the other, and the addition of an actual bar with some micro brews.

The good news? The fried clams (whole, native) were amazing. Best I've ever had. The shore dinner, ,about 8 bucks when I was a kid, was now $20. And the lobster, barely 1.25 lbs and a soft shell to boot (boo!), was, on the bright side, cooked within a second of perfect.

Other than that I've been, of course, cooking my own feasts with the exception of a trip to Connie's. Overlooked by many as they explore the finer side of Island dining, Connie's offers great local favorites like fried or broiled haddock sandwiches, homemade donuts, and great fried fish!

Making some of your own lobster? Have some shells left over? Hmmm...make some lobster stock and make some lobster Risto!

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Brooklyn Food Club

What is the Brooklyn Food Club?

The Brooklyn Food "Trip" Club is organized by Schnack Owner/Chef Harry Hawk. It started when Harry invited some friends and friends of friends to join him on some food "trips." Mostly in Brooklyn every 6 to 8 weeks, Harry plans on finding a restaurant interested in showcasing their menu. The price for each "trip" includes everything including tips and tax but never drinks. Harry pays his own way.

If you think you might want to join one of these adventures and you have a open mind towards eating new or different types of food, please email Harry. Most trips will offer a regular and vegetarian menu.

Want to learn more, Visit the Brooklyn Food Club BLOG!

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Sept Mike Daisey

NYC is much more fun when Mike Daisey is in town performing, reading, or just enjoying the food at Schnack...

Mike writes, "With the advent of autumn the air conditioners are finally coming out of windows, beloved houseguests who've stayed just a little too long. To celebrate this brief temperate period you might want to get out of your apartment and stop by one of the three events I'm performing at before fall abruptly departs and the ice storms descend.

THIS SUNDAY THE 26TH I'll be telling a story at The Moth--it's a real honor to be asked to perform where so many talented, eccentric and gifted storytellers have come before. Mark Katz, author of CLINTON AND ME, is curating an evening titled OFF WITH THEIR HEADS: Stories About Politics, and I will be doing my part to prove that the very best in all politics is the personal. If that doesn't work, I'll be talking trash about anyone in the crowd who got a Purple Heart--whichever works faster.

Doors open at 6pm, the show starts at 7pm. Crash Mansion is located at BLVD, 199 Bowery at Spring--all seats are $20. You can make reservations at 212-868-4444 or by following this URL:

ON TUESDAY THE 28TH I'll be performing at Fez with Judy Blume, an obscure author of a few mostly-forgotten books on teenage and childhood antics. Ms. Blume will answer audience questions and read from her book, "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret" in hopes that some publisher will finally recognize its brilliance and get it back in
print. A number of luminaries will be presenting true stories of teen angst and childhood gone awry, and donations will be accepted to help the benighted Ms. Blume get a taxi home to Flushing.

Doors open at 7pm, and the show begins at 7:30pm at Fez Under Time Cafe, 380 Lafayette Street @ Great Jones. Cover is $10, and you can call 212-533-7000 to reserve tickets in advance.

ON THURSDAY THE 30TH I'll be reading at the Barbes Reading Series. Yes, reading, not performing: in my copious free time I have been scratching and clawing out a manuscript, and on the last day of September I will release a small part of it into the world. A terrible mistake? A delightful strategem? I invite you to Barbes so you can make the call yourself.

The reading starts at 7pm, and you can find Barbes at 376 9th Street in lovely Brooklyn, just a few steps from the 7th Avenue F subway stop...and this event is free, free, free.

Next month I perform in Los Angeles and Seattle--more details as they emerge.

Be seeing you,


Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Long live the Beer Shake! According to scientists at the University of Western Ontario, beer is good. A biochemistry and kinesiology professor at Western, professor John Trevithick, 'We were very surprised one drink of beer or stout contributed an equal amount of antioxidant benefit as wine, especially since red wine contains about 20 times the amount of polyphenols as beer.' For more info on how beer helps police harmful free radicals in blood

Jack's Party

35.5 years on the job and Jack decided to retire... so when it came to having a party he told his friends it had to be at Schnack and we told them they'd have to shut us down... They said ok and so Sept 18th, this coming Saturday, we will be closed to the public from 7:30pm to 11:30pm. Sorry if this spoils your plans but, well, it will make Jack happy!

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Tasty Treats

After talking last night about Eastern European "treats," Jean-Michele wrote me this morning:

Here's a little on what salo (the Ukrainian pork fat I described) is...

And here's what Harry would do to his salo if he served it at Schnack!

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Time Out New York's second annual Eating & Drinking event

You are invited to Time Out New York's second annual Eating & Drinking event on October 4 from 6:30 to 9:30pm at Splashlight Studios (529 W 35th St between Tenth and Eleventh Aves).

Celebrate our new Eating & Drinking 2005 guide with tastings from more than 30 of TONY's favorite restaurants. The evening will also include cocktails from Absolut Vodka, Peroni beer, Frederick Wildman wines, and Sole Mineral Water.

Admission is $75 and includes a copy of the Eating & Drinking 2005 guide.

Participating restaurants include: Schnack, Alma, Barbuto, Biscuit, Blue Fin, Bouley, Chocolate Bar, Ciao Bella Cafe, Crispo, Cube 63, davidburke and donatella, Dawat, Django, 5 Ninth, Fleur de Sel, Florent, Gramercy Tavern, In Vino, Jane, Jefferson, The Kati Roll Company, Keens Steakhouse, Kirara,, Kitchen 22/82, Landmarc, Manhattan Ocean Club, Next Door Nobu, Nobu, Pampano, Peanut Butter & Co., Peasant, Public, The Restaurant at Splashlight Studios, Serendipity 3, The Spotted Pig, Strip House, Two Boots Restaurant, Wallse and wd-50.

Eating & Drinking; A Tasting Celebration is presented in partnership with
the Food Bank for New York City.

Click here for more INFO.

Click here to order tickets now!

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Thursday, September 02, 2004

Our Kind of Elk

Anyone who knows Harry well enough knows that he goes for the wild side; wild game of course. In the restaurant business the best "game" comes from free range farms rather than the neighborhood hunter. We have a long term relationship with Lone Hawk Farms, no relation to Harry. We source their super Elk Tenderloin for private parties; always tasty at $23.50 per lb (PLUS overnight shipping!).

During the recent tasting at LeNells for the Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery we taste tested some ELK Burgers (no fat added!) along with some 12, 15 and 20 year old Van Winkle bourbon. The 20 year old was best; we like to point out we are against drinking any hard liquor that is younger then the age of consent, but we made an exception in this case; We think the Elk burgers will, in particular, go very well with Jever and with DFH Chicory stout.

Check out the Lone Hawk Farms web site for more info on Elk.

This September we will be offering "single" Elk burgers for $3.00 each or in a Chef's Platter containing: 2 elk burgers, 1 pork & onion single, a smokey and spicy chicken tostada, and a small salad for $9.00.

Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Never Leave Brooklyn

Never Leave Brooklyn... Ok, some times you have too... One of the nicest places to go in London. I spent a few months there back in the mid 80's. Fond memories of cheap chips and expensive Indian food. The defend Star of Bengal being my favorite.

You might think about going over September 7 to 12th and Join Todd Deatherage who will performing some acoustic sets and working on the release of his up coming and yet to be named EP.

Sunday, August 29, 2004

Quinn From Ypsilanti

Ypsilanti. That's in Michigan, near Ann Arbor. None of us have ever been there, but we had Quinn and his family including mom, dad, and the "grand-cat" in for dinner the other night. Apparently the road from Ypsilanti leads directly to Schnack. The grand-cat had to stay in the car, but everyone else came in and had an all-you-can-eat-and-drink Schnack FEST!

Whenever we do these "all you can" events, we open up the menu vaults and more or less cook anything in our "catalog" of good eats. A lot of our regulars use this method to get some of their favorite specials cooked to order. Sometimes we are known for even giving out a few of our secrets.

With Quinn and his family it seems the secrets flowed both ways. Let's be clear -- Brooklyn, without a doubt, got the better half of the deal. What did we get? YAM Fries with a special sauce. Horseradish and something like Schnack Sauce. That was easy to whip up, and it was very tasty. We also got leads on some good milkshake ideas for the fall and spring. We already do chocolate and banana. How about vanilla ice cream, peanut butter and banana? Or strawberry and peanut butter. We have yet to make these but we will keep you posted.

Thanks Quinn, and please send a big Meow to the Grand-Cat.

Friday, August 27, 2004

Hardball In Brooklyn?

Looking for some real baseball?

Tired of Playing Softball?

MSBL, Men's Senior Baseball League.

28 & over league organizing now for Spring 2005. Contact JEFF by Email. or call between the hours of 9am to 5pm, 718 266 6194 (and leave your name and #).

Would it be silly for us to suggest after game dining at Schnack?

Perry's Ice Cream

We sell more milkshakes then we ever thought we would, not to mention our beershakes which are popular every night and of course during brunch. Our Brownie Schnack Style also includes ice cream, and with our new menu coming out we will be offering our Schnack Banana Split with 3 scoops of vanilla or chocolate ice cream.

So you might be wondering what type of ice cream we use? It's Perry's and we serve it proudly. It's a regional brand that has been around for about 75 years.

Recently, we saw a mention of them in the NY Times, in "Misty About Niagara Falls" by SETH MARGOLIS, "We dried off and headed into town for lunch... The Misty Dog Grill, a quick drive from Goat Island, serves very satisfying food at low prices, including 25 varieties of hot dogs... Next door, crowned by a kitschy giant ice cream cone, Twist o' the Mist offers 50 flavors of locally made Perry's Ice Cream as well as superb vanilla custard."

Yummy! We think there isn't anything more American than Hot Dogs and Ice Cream! Except Schnackies and Beershakes!

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Flavor 411

For the past two days, the 24th and 25th Discovery Networks have been at Schnack and in the Red Hook area filming an episode of Cookin' in Brooklyn called Flavor 411. Flavor 411 is just one of eight episodes that will make up the second season.

Of course Alan stars. But Harry is also in the episode, as well as some of our friends from American Stevedoring including our burger eating contest winner Nick, his buddy Anthony and our favorite stevedore, Angelo.

Tuesday, August 10, 2004


We are not quite sure how it fights bad luck... but we figure having a Garlic special on Friday the 13th can't hurt. Get 2 large or 3 medium Jubilat Cherrywood Smoked Pork Ribs with our Garlic Apricot Glaze, Garlic Spinach and a Single with our Garlic Aioli all for $8.

This special starts Friday the 13th and runs all weekend and week (while supplies last!!)

Sunday, August 08, 2004

Growing something

At Schnack we have of course really gotten into growing our business as the area we call Red Hook grows... Here is an interesting LINK about growing something FISHY!

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

NY Post - 100 years of Burgers

We wanted to thank the NY Post for including us in their 100 years of Hamburger article this past Sunday.

They wrote, "Next time you sit down to eat a hamburger, say happy birthday - America's favorite sandwich turns 100 this year... If it's a slider-style burger you're after, you'll find an exemplary version at Schnack, on the western fringe of Carroll Gardens (122 Union St.; [718] 855-2879), where superb little 1.5-ounce "Schnackies" can be had for a buck apiece. The rolls are fresh, and the mustardy "Schnack sauce" adds a nice kick. Don't forget to order a side of their outstanding onion rings."

If you link to the whole article we are about 4 or 5 paragraphs from the bottom. In the actual newspaper article there was a nice photo of the outside of Schnack.

Friday, July 30, 2004

Time Out New York - Take a Republican to Lunch Week


RADIO FOR THE FIRST-EVER Take a Republican to Lunch week!

With the Republican National Convention coming to New York for the first time in its 150-year history, Time Out New York has teamed with Air America Radio WLIB 1190AM to co-present Take a Republican to Lunch Week, a promotion to engage New Yorkers in political dialogue and to galvanize them into political action. The promotion will coincide with the Time Out New York Survival Guide to the Republican National Convention, on sale August 26.

Schnack will be taking part in this promotion. Check the Time Out New York website for more details.

*Source: Time Out New York is an ABC audited publication. Numbers are for 6 months ending December 31, 2003. Readership is based on 2.4 readers per copy (Time Out New York 2003 Subscriber Study, MRI Custom Division).

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Great Company

"They" say that it's the company that you keep that matters most...

If you check out this link (we are at the bottom), you can see we are in GREAT Company...

Click Here.

New Delivery Zone

At Schnack we have been working hard to handle the delivery volume that we have, and serve our in-house customers as well. We think we have a good handle on that and so we are now expanding our delivery zone with the caveat that we retain the right to refuse deliveries if our dining room service will suffer.

Effective immediately, here is the new zone...

"Columbia St. to the Water above Pioneer. Van Brunt St. to the Water between Pioneer and Van Dyke. Plus Lilly's & Sonny's."

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Comic Book Sundays

Schnack has in its short life, a rather strange attraction towards the world of comics. I'm of course referring to the work of Eric Shawn Cherry who, in 2003, not only wrote and inked a B/W Batman issue, but also inked and produced 3 coloring sheets for Schnack. He also created our fictional mascot, Zack Schnack.

Continuing with this "attraction" we are pleased to announce, "Free Comic Sundays." Read more below...

Schnack makes food fun for the whole family; now we are offering even more fun. Starting Sunday August 22nd and continuing every Sunday until Halloween (Oct 31st) Schnack (122 Union St, Brooklyn NY, 718 855 289) will be giving out Free Comic Books courtesy of Joe at The Baseball Card Dugout (453 Court St., 718 624 2527). For every $11 spent at Schnack, customers with KIDS (17 or younger) get one (1) Free Comic. This offer is good from 11am to 7pm and while supplies last. Fresh supplies and new books every Sunday.

Schnack offers a variety of food and fun aimed towards kids… We have 4 kid meals, each only $3.45. We also have our special Schnack Coloring Sheets created by local Red Hook artist Eric S. Cherry that depict our fictional mascot Zack Schnack and an assortment of actual Schnack customers. Our kids meals include O.J, Milk or a Coke, a kid sized French fries and one of the following: plain grilled cheese, single burger, a hot dog or a scrambled egg. Schnack also sells .99 burgers and $1.50 hot dogs.

The Baseball Card Dugout has been selling comics, cards and sports memorabilia to kids and those who are kids at heart since 1989.

Monday, July 26, 2004

Mike and Charles

Our favorite living monologist is of course Mike Daisey. The greatest American writer, living or dead, is without a doubt CHARLES BUKOWSKI.

On AUG 16TH it sounds like Mike and a few others will attempt to "channel" Charles, or at least drink some vodka and have some fun. I'm going to join and I suggest you do too..

Mike Writes:
"NEW YORK CITY: On August 16th I'll be performing in A TRIBUTE TO
CHARLES BUKOWSKI at Fez on the occasion of Mr. Bukowski's birthday.
Joining me will be Jonathan Ames, One Ring Zero, Amy Sohn, Miss Bunny
Love, Vincent Gallo and a cast of thousands. Expect stories of sodomy,
pederasty, deviant behavior and unexpected moments of human contact,
all done while the participants drink a liter of vodka apiece. Hooray!

The show is at 8pm at Fez, Lafayette and 3rd Street, at 8pm. Cover is
$10, and reservations can be made at 212.533.7000.

Wherever you happen to live, take care and have a great summer"

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Best Rings

Last year NY Mag said we had the best Onion Rings in NYC. This year, Time Out New York compared our to those made at a "fancier" place.. Ours $2.75, his $8.50... Ours won!

Read about it


Thanks to LeNells for the great dessert wine!

Sunday, July 18, 2004

Red Hook - Roode Hoek

Let's be clear. Hoek in Dutch means Point.. Not "Hook." In the 1800's the Brooklyn Daily Eagle referred to the area as Red Hook Point.

That said, I've been researching more about Red Hook. There is some good information to be found here
"The Dutch established the village of Red Hook (Roode Hoek) in 1636. Red Hook was one of the earliest areas in Brooklyn to be settled. The area was named for its red clay soil and the hook shape of its peninsular corner of Brooklyn that projects into the East River. A map from the 1760s shows a developed village at a time when there was little else in Brooklyn. In the 1850s the Atlantic Basin opened and Red Hook became one of the busiest ports in the country."
My only issue is that the modern Dutch translation service at Altavista translated Roode Hoek back into English as Red Angle. They translate Red Hook as Roode Haak. I'll see if I can get to the bottom of this!

Saturday, July 17, 2004

Burger Contest

It took me a while to find it but here is a nice write-up of a burger contest we held in early May.

Burger Contest

"Nick DeSilvio took home the “Schnackie Award” this week when he devoured nine mini-hamburgers in six minutes, beating out his fellow longshoreman at the first-ever hamburger-eating contest on the Red Hook waterfront.
The 23-year-old Bensonhurst native and eating contest rookie said he prepared for the big day by not eating breakfast.“It’s not as easy as it looks,” said DeSilvio, who beat out co-worker Danny Drew by just one bite."... click above for the whole story.

Friday, July 16, 2004

Summer Specials

Here are our specials for the remainder of the summer:
Cheap but COLD. Schnack is running a special through Labor Day (til Sept 5). We are doing PBR for $1. After Labor Day PBR returns to its $1.50 price except on Wednesday when it's always been $1 all day/night.
Keep away bad luck with Garlic! On Friday the 13th of August for the weekend of the 13th, 14th and 15th and through the week while supplies last, we are running our Festival of Garlic special - Jubilat Cherrywood Smoked Pork Ribs (2 large or 3 medium sized ribs) with Garlic Apricot Glaze, Greens Sauteed with Garlic and Sesame Seeds, and a single burger with our hot & spicy Garlic and Jalapeno Aioli . The Festival of Garlic special is $8.
Cheap Surf, Great Turf - Labor Day Weekend, Sept 3rd, 4th and 5th (and through the week while supplies last) we will be running two specials. All-You-Can-Eat fried Pollock & Chips $9 (includes 16 oz. Fountain soda with free refills). Also for $9 we will be serving a 10 oz. charbroiled rib steak marinated with Harry's Special Sauce, served with spinach sauteed with garlic and potato-of-the-day. For $3 you can add any dessert to either special.

Thursday, July 15, 2004

Fine Living

It doesn't cost much to live fine.. and we are very thankful for the mention and link to Schnack by Fine Living...

Click here...

Monday, July 12, 2004

Photos & Photos

Over the last year we have taken a bunch of photos of customers coming into Schnack. We have posted some of them on the website, but updating the site was difficult. We have some new software on our site (PHP based) and so we will be revisiting our whole photo section and hopefully uploading all the older pictures and start taking new ones again as well.

Friday, July 09, 2004


Here's a nice link to Schnack from, a site with some interesting and excellent photographs.

Tuesday, July 06, 2004

Knife Knowledge

Have you ever wanted to know about the different materials used to make Knives? The following link seems highly informative.

Knives Knowledge.

Monday, July 05, 2004


Thanks to everyone who stopped by Schnack over July 4th weekend. It was a pleasure serving all of you!

Friday, July 02, 2004

Red Mills? or Rode Haak?

I'll still stand by the older residents of the area calling much of we now call Carroll Gardens, Red Hook... But according to this Village Voice article, which has some nice things to say about Schnack, the area we are in was called Red Mills by the Dutch. Any one know how that would translate?

According to Babel Fish Translation it would be called, Rode Molens! Red Hook would be Rode Haak.

Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Corn and Fun

It's fun being back at the GYC. On Monday we started doing some Mexican style street corn with Mayo, Cheese and spices. At GYC it sold out in a few hours. At Schnack we are still running it!

Friday, June 18, 2004

Back to GYC

GYC, the Gowanus Yacht Club, is where Harry got his start in grilling dogs and sausages. He will be back cooking at the GYC June 28 to July 1st. He will be bring all sorts of treats and specials. Check it out!

Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Wednesday Night

Wednesday night, June 16th, Schnack will be closed for a Private Party from 7:15 to 9:30.

Monday, June 14, 2004

Deedle Thanks

I want to thank the Deedle Dee's for playing this past Sunday. They will be back on July 25th.

Wednesday, June 02, 2004


Schnack will be welcoming back the Deedle Dees on June 13th. Need details? See below..

"three sets: 11 am, noon, 1 pm
Our 11 a.m. performance is a special show for toddlers and pre-schoolers featuring simple sing-a-long songs with no (or few) words.
Our noon and 1 p.m. performances are for kids of all ages (and smart adults)
All shows will include games, sing-a-longs, dance-a-longs, door prizes, and other nonsense.
Special Kids menu!

The Deedle Deedle Dees are a rock band for kids (and smart adults). Based in Brooklyn, the Deedle Deedle Dees like to sing about a lot of silly topics, but they especially enjoy teaching kids about revolutionaries, criminals, and troubled souls in American history. Songs like "Aaron Burr," "John Brown," "Anne Bonney," and "John Wilkes Booth" are all regular parts of their sets as are lighter fare like "Free as a Turd," "Scared by my Own Costume," and "Flat Stanley" (a retelling of Jeff Brown's 1964 children's book)."

Friday, May 28, 2004

The Hitman

For those waiting to find out the results of the Schnack team vs. The Hitman you'll have to wait til the end of the regular season. That game was not played due to weather. Remember, 150 cheese singles have been bet against 2 tubs of Uncle Louie G's Ice Cream.

Monday, May 24, 2004

Beer Milkshake

As much as we would like to take credit for inventing the Beer Milkshake, the first reference we have found is in Steinbeck's Cannery Row.

"Henri watches a pole skater hired by Holman's Department Store. Doc heads for La Jolla. Eats a hamburger at Herman's, then more at Gonzales, King City, Paso Robles, Santa Maria and Santa Barbara where he picks up a hitchhiker whom he throws out at Ventura where he has a beer milkshake."


Blaisdell poet who proposed the beer milkshake

Saturday, May 22, 2004

It's Batman

Eric Shawn Cherry, our favorite Schnack illustrator and the designer and creator of our illustrated mascot,  Zack Schnack, will be doing a children's drawing event on May 29th at Schnack. He will be demonstrating how to draw Batman. If you're not sure how well he can draw Batman be sure to check out Gotham Knights issue #48!

Thursday, May 20, 2004


Thanks to all the video/film crews who have been coming in to Schnack! We very much appreciate your efforts!

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

The Deedle

The Deedle Deedle Dees return to Schnack on May 22nd! They will be performing sets at 11, 12 and 1pm. From 11am to 3pm we will be offering special kids friendly brunch meal choices.

Our regular kids meal is $3.45. It will be 1/2 price for kids 12 and under, and those who are 6 or under are free. The kids meal included in this promotion include:

Kids Dog, Kids Burger, Kids Grilled Cheese and our newest choice Kids Egg.

The meal is a choice of hot dog, single burger, plain grilled cheese or fried/scrambled egg, plus kids sized French fries and a drink (8oz Whole Milk, Coke or O.J).

Spring Show

It's spring time. That means it's art time in Red Hook.

Art encompassing multitude, scale, variety range.

May 2nd through June 2th.
Diesel Gallery
242 Van Brunt St.
Brooklyn, 11231

call 718 222 9187

Saturday, May 15, 2004

Video Please

Schnack has really been in the media lately. A few weeks ago it was the burger eating down at the Red Hook Marine Terminal. This coming week we have ABC/Time Out and Discovery coming into Schnack to "film." Of course these days that means video.

Discovery is getting footage for a promo they will be using during the memorial day weekend. They will be shooting from 7am to 11:30am and our opening will be delayed this coming Monday (May 17th) until 12:15pm.

ABC/Time Out is filming coverage of our special offerings for kids including our coloring sheets and (we hope) local illustrator Eric Shawn Cherry. They will be filming Wednesday (May 19th) at 12:30 and we INVITE ALL parents with kids to come in and be on camera. Free fries and drinks! Please arrive promptly at noon.

Tuesday, May 11, 2004


On May 15 our favorite Red Hook wine shop, LeNells, will be having an all day Whiskey Tastin'. At about 3pm, for as long as they last, we are sending over a mess of Alan's Glazed (& Smoked) Pork Ribs. They will be cut into nice bite sized pieces and will go perfectly with all the smoky and other wise wonderful whiskeys LeNells will be tasting.

Visit them at 416 Van Brunt (take the B61). They are between Coffey and Van Dyke. Their Phone is 718 360 0838. When it's up, their web will be

Thursday, May 06, 2004


Last Saturday we hosted an Engagement Party for Steve and Vicki at Schnack. Here are some photos of the happy event.

Friday, April 30, 2004

Say What

"Say What," a TV pilot created by Red Hook based film maker Jacqui Sutton, will be showing at the Brooklyn Arts Council 38th International Film & Video Festival.

It will be screened * FOR FREE * Saturday May 8th (2004) at 1:30pm at the Cantor Auditorium @ the Brooklyn Museum (Eastern Parkway).

For more info about "Say What," contact Toy Blue Typewriter Productions or 718 624 5991.

Monday, April 26, 2004

Wish Us Luck!

Tonight the Time Out New York Critics Choice Awards will be given out/announced. We are hoping we will win something! So please wish us luck!

Friday, April 23, 2004

Private Party

On Saturday May 1st from 3pm to 6:30pm we will be closed for a private party.

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Schnackie Eat Off

Schnack and American Stevedoring Inc. are proud to announce a series of competitive eating events at American Stevedoring's Red Hook facilities as we try to determine who is the best eater on the Brooklyn Docks!

Tuesday, April 20, 2004


It's softball season again. We are sponsoring a BROOKLYN CENTRAL YMCA team (once again!)

Please support TEAM Schnack!!



Schnack is TEAM 10.

29-Apr #6 vs. #8 & #10 vs. #1
4-May #6 vs. #10
13-May #6 vs. #2 & #10 vs. #5
19-May #8 vs. #10
26-May #11 vs. #10 & #2 vs. #5
3-Jun #3 vs. #5 & #2 vs. #10
11-Jun #10 vs. #9
17-Jun #10 vs. #7& #8 vs. #1
24-Jun #3 vs. #10 & #9 vs. #1
28-Jun #10 vs. #4

Playoffs and Championship games TBA

Team Guide:

Thursday, April 15, 2004

Healthy Beer

Thomas Jefferson got it right..., "Beer, if drank in moderation, softens the temper, cheers the spirit, and promotes health."

Some Schnack customers have doubted us when we have mentioned the health benefits of drinking darker beers in moderation. Here is a link that goes into the beer and health issue in great detail.

Wednesday, April 14, 2004

PS 122

Schnack will be at PS 122 next MONDAY cooking the little burgers...

Mondays at P.S. 122

Created and Performed by Mike Daisey
Directed by Jean-Michele Gregory

(The joys of restaurants, featuring tiny burgers for all from Schnack!)

All shows are $10, and catch them now--I don't know how much longer the
series is going to run.

Thursday, April 08, 2004


Chowhound is often a mixed bag of opinions and those looking for the finest of dining generally don't cotton to dives and dive wannabes like Schnack. Here is a really nice note posted to Chowhound about our all you can eat specials!

"If you're looking for low-budget, a friend of mine had a successful gathering of about 20 recently at Schnack in Carroll Gardens. It's not exactly a culinary standout - their thing is sliders, fries and beer - but what they do, they do well, and I find that the main thing with big groups like that is having everything taken care of in advance so everyone can just relax and enjoy. Talk to the manager - they require a reasonable deposit for a special party deal that keeps the beer and food coming, unlimited. We really had fun there.

It's a little further out, but Veranda Turkish restaurant on Coney Island Avenue down by Avenue U is really delicious. It's a huge place and they would definitely accommodate a large group"

Wednesday, April 07, 2004

Johnny Podres

We spoke today with Johnny Podres; we have been working with him to make a personal appearance at Schnack in honor of our one year anniversary. However, his hips have been bothering him so until he feels better his appearance is on hold. Please join us in sending him our best wishes!

Tuesday, April 06, 2004

Be Our Guest

Be Our Guest at the 2004 Time Out New York EAT OUT Awards. We are nominated for Best Food Dare and Best Restaurant for Kids.

If you read this blog, are a fan of Schnack, and are available Monday April 26, 2004 from 6:30-8:30 (in Lower Manhattan) send us an e-mail at (Subject: Schnack Awards!) with a few words about why we should bring you with us.

Whoever does the best job of convincing us gets to come along!!

Saturday, April 03, 2004

Best of Brooklyn

We remain very thankful to Brooklyn Borough President, Marty Markowitz, and the fine staff at "Brooklyn City Hall" for putting together the Dine In Brooklyn promotion which starts April 15th.

We are sure many will try some of the more upscale venues among the 90+ who, along with Schnack, are part of the program.

Our $18.98 special at Schnack will be a dinner for two. (2 Beers, 6 burgers, fries, award winning onion rings, and dessert!).

Our special is about to get even more special. We are working with Mark and the other great people at the The Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory to offer their fine ice cream as part of the promotion. Stay tuned for more details.

Friday, April 02, 2004

More Mike, More Tiny Burgers

We make no secret that we expect the Tiny Burgers we call Schnackies to take over the world. We appreciate the help from Mike Daisey. If you haven't had a chance to catch his show, we highly recommend it.

Upcoming nights of ALL STORIES ARE FICTION include:

(Stories on a solemn night for folks of all faiths.)

(Roommates, housemates, and ex-cons under a shared roof.)

(The joys of restaurants, featuring tiny burgers for all from Schnack!)

All shows are $10.  Catch them now--I don't know how much longer the
series is going to run.

Mondays at P.S. 122

Created and Performed by Mike Daisey
Directed by Jean-Michele Gregory

Mondays at 7:30PM
150 1st Ave. at E. 9th Street
For tickets call 212.477.5288 or visit


Thursday, April 01, 2004

2005 Zagat

The 2005 Zagat Survey is out for voting. Zagat is something that some love and some hate; I think it's a perfect counterpoint to traditional critics reviews, and yes, everyone's taste is different so when you open things up to the public you get a mixed message given all the thousands who vote.

I think it's fun to vote and I urge everyone who can to sign up, Take the Survey

Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Shameless Name Dropping

I have trouble sometimes recognizing my face in the mirror, so I can't confirm or deny it, but the rumor is out there...

"Did you hear that Frances McDormand and Joel Coen were in Schnack on Saturday."

"Breaking news! Just got word from a friend Frances McDormand apparently
yelled out of their car, "the burgers are great!"

Whoever they were, we hope that they enjoyed themselves; the same wish we have for every customer. We figure there is no way we can actually take over the world unless people like the tiny burgers!

Monday, March 29, 2004

TV Time

It's been a few months in the making. Tonight, if the tea leaves we call TV Guide, are correct the episode of Cookin' In Brooklyn called "Opening Night" will air.  It's the story of Schnack!

Sunday, March 28, 2004

Party Time

In like a lion and out with a party. March seems to have been party central at Schnack, so we wanted to thank everyone who has had a party at Schnack in the last few weeks.

Thinking of having a party? Ideally, for any group between 8 and 25 people we have great deals starting at $20.00 per person for 2 hours (all you can eat and drink!). It's more expensive but you can also close down Schnack for a totally private party up to 75 people.

Saturday, March 27, 2004

Kids Parties

Kids parties will soon be offered at Schnack. These will be pre-priced parties with a variety of themes. There is a broad range of prices, options, and themes, from balloons and food at Schnack to cooking parties, drawing parties with local cartoonist Eric Cherry, and electronic adventures for all ages at CyberXpress. If you're currently planning a party for any child from age 8 to 16 and would like to talk to our party planner please give us a call at 718 855 2879.

Thursday, March 25, 2004

New Year's

You might think it's a bit late to be talking about New Year's... BUT with Spring almost in the air let's think back to those nice cold windy days of winter..

picture of Schnack on New Years' Eve.

Sunday, March 21, 2004

More PR

There's a nice write-up on us in NY Newsday Bargain Bites... but they did get the dog wrong. We use Stahl-Meyer.

"Schnack. Don't, for heaven's sake, call it junk food. Those hot dogs come from Niman Ranch, after all. And what could be more sublime than the mini-burgers capped with cheese? If you're looking for something more substantial, there are fish-and-chips, and main courses like roast pork. (122 Union Street; 718-855-2879)"

Thursday, March 18, 2004

Dine In Brooklyn

When Time Out New York predicted that Manhattan was the NEXT Brooklyn, it really set the tone for those of us who really feel Brooklyn isn't some part of NYC that, "you don't go to."  For many of us, Brooklyn is the most interesting part of NYC -- Where we live, work, play and hmmm Eat!

For those in the know, Brooklyn has been part of NYC since the boroughs came together in 1898. So it's no surprise that when Brooklyn "City Hall" put together a "dining" program, the price per meal has been set to $18.98.  Now, that's a great price to pay for a 3-course meal, except of course if your're at Schnack where, well, that doesn't just buy a meal, it buys a feast!

So keeping with our "Schnack" tradition of putting our own spin on things, the $18.98 special at Schnack will be a meal for TWO; it will include everything from beer to coffee.

It isn't final, but what we are considering is:

2 Med Schwags or 2 Cokes
6 Singles with Cheese
Onion Rings (the best in NYC!)
Small Fries
Warm Banana Chocolate Bread Pudding or a Schnack style Brownie
Tea or Coffee for two

Let us know what you think!

Saturday, March 13, 2004


We have four main specials running. The longest running special is our sauteed greens with garlic. We have Thai Turkey fingers, and we also have Smoked Chicken, both of which have been well recieved. The newest addition is some St. Louis style Pork Ribs cooked Texas BBQ Style (sez Alan).

Schnack softball

We are talking to the team we sponsored last year to see if we can sponsor them again.

Friday, March 12, 2004

More Daisey

More from Mike Daisey:


Upcoming subjects of ALL STORIES ARE FICTION feature the following
provocative titles:

(The glorious trash of The City.)

(Good reasons why we never win.)

(A forgotten art rediscovered.)

On March 17th I'll be performing at WYSIWYG, where the topic is "The
Ides Of March: Stories of Love, Friendship and Betrayal" with a number
of other folks. Full details are available at

I recently created a comedy piece for WNYC's THE NEXT BIG THING with
Steve Bodow, Mary Purdy and Curtis Fox about new liberal radio
networks--it gave me the chance to channel Rush Limbaugh, which was
great fun. You can listen to the episode here:

Thursday, March 11, 2004

Saturday, March 06, 2004

Spring is in the air

Spring is in the air and we are finally getting walkers again, rather than just drivers coming to Schnack. It's not so rare these days to talk to a table and find out they walked 10 or 20 blocks or more to get to Schnack!

We are planning some St. Paddy's Day fare, but nothing special in the brew department since our prices allow you to celebrate any day!

Thursday, February 26, 2004

Mike Daisey

A note from Mike Daisey a great friend and fan of Schnack! He has a new show happening every week! Please check it out!

Many thanks to everyone who came out for the first night of ALL
STORIES ARE FICTION at P.S. 122 last Monday. I thought it went
well--I'm told that the snowplow vivisection has remained with folks
throughout the week, followed closely by the energetic prostate
examination. Ah. High art, indeed.

What will this Monday bring?


Be seeing you,




Mike Daisey

Mondays at P.S. 122

Created and Performed by Mike Daisey
Directed by Jean-Michele Gregory

Mondays at 7:30PM
150 1st Ave. at E. 9th Street
For tickets call 212.477.5288 or visit

Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Newsday review

Thanks to Newsday for putting in a review of us in the Jan 16 '04 issue.

"Schnack. The same folks who dreamed up the long-running summertime hit, the Gowanus Yacht Club put together this year-round shrine to classic diner food. The burgers are fine, and you can mix and match them pretty much any way you want to. The Wednesday night $2 beer and mini-burger is a deal. (122 Union Street; 718-855-2879)"

Saturday, February 21, 2004

Food Food Food

Back again this weekend are the Thai Turkey Fingers! As a rather natural by-product of de-boning a bunch of turkeys, we also have Turkey Noodle Soup. One of our regular soups is also available, Split Pea and Ham.

We thinking about putting the Thai Turkey Fingers on the regular menu, so please come in and if you have them, let us know what you think!!

Thursday, February 19, 2004

Thursday, February 12, 2004

New menu

We are working on a new menu here at Schnack. We are not sure what will be added or taken away, but we are fairly sure that the squid and the extra spicy jubliat sausage will go (but both will also be back from time to time as specials.).

Wednesday, February 11, 2004

Today's Special

We are currently running a char-grilled 4 oz piece of white meat chicken on French bread with lettuce, tomato, pesto, and ricotta for $6.50.
The soup of the day is Lentil.

Valentine's Day

We are not yet sure exactly what we are offering as a Valentine's Day Special (VDS), but we are planning two of them. Both “meals for two.” Probably one on the low end with Schnackies and Dogs and another featuring one of our plates or even some new dish that Alan “Cookin’ in Brooklyn” is working on.

Sunday, February 08, 2004

Tie a Knot

Few things in life are as complex as the interaction that leads to attraction between the sexes; The little glance that leads to a date that leads to marriage. Of course, just having a wedding today can be rather elaborate, but never shy about getting things going early, many couples have elaborate engagement events. I'm not talking about the parties for the recently engaged, but rather the twists and turns that many couples go through when preparing to "ask the question."

We had a couple who are fond customers of Schnack who on this very day have woven us into their engagement tale...

The twists and turns in this case was a hunt of clues and answers that led the would be, yet unsuspecting, bride to be on a bit of hunt. At Schnack she had to order some special special. Something the Groom had written out and posted on the specials board. Ryan, the groom said, "I wanted her to go to each place we had great memories together, and Schnack happens to be one of the best. It all lead up to me and an engagement ring." Of course she said, "yes."

They thank Schanck for letting us be part of the riddle that brought them together.

Of course we thank them for letting us be a part of their lives.

Having some special day or event? Let us know how we can help!!


We now have a Schnack group "community" on Orkut. We encourage those of you on other systems like Friendster, etc. to also start up a Schnack group!

Saturday, February 07, 2004


Two Schnack regulars Joseph Clark and Kevin Scott Collins are appearing in a productions of Pippin at Columbia School of the Arts Theatre. It's running from Feb 18 to 21. It's $15 general admission. Call the box office at 212-870-6784 for more details.

Joseph is doing Music Direction. Kevin is featured in the cast.

Tuesday, February 03, 2004

Deedle Deedle Dee's

We have been talking to the Deedle Deedle Dee's about making a return appearance to Schnack, possibly for a special "kids" Sunday Brunch. Details to follow when available.

Friday, January 16, 2004

Who is Cookin' in Brooklyn? Alan Harding is Cookin' in Brooklyn

People have been asking where they can find Alan.  Jimmy's been asking that for years!  With the launch of Cookin' in Brooklyn, Jimmy and I have convinced Alan to keep a very regular schedule at Schnack. I'm pleased to announce that starting Jan 23rd Alan will be cooking on Fridays and Saturdays until 10pm. Of course, he will be around many other times during the week as well.

Tuesday, January 13, 2004

BLOG Round-up

It's time for another BLOG round up. First, some pictures from New Year 2003. One here and another here - load the page and click "start slide show". Details about New Year 2003 can be found here.

Super Football Weekend

For the big game... We have lots of take-out and delivery specials. Call for details. Order early for game time delivery!!

Monday, January 12, 2004

Looking forward

We are meeting in the next few days to talk about the coming year at Schnack. We are very happy for the support and loyalty of our current customer base, and are equally excited that new customers are still coming in and discovering us as well.

Today we had a guy from NJ, which is about as far as we draw from, unless we count Mary Schnack who came from AZ.  Joe, our landlord, who is a big booster, sent some folks over as well. And then despite all the cold weather and the odd bit of snow, our regular customers are coming around the corner, down the street and even as far away as Williamsburg and Park Slope.

Many thanks to everyone who is helping us make a great start in this new year!!

Pear and NO Banana

We are currently selling our Bread Pudding with a combo of Chocolate and Pear. The bananas will return in the next batch.

Sunday, January 11, 2004

Thanks Steve

Thanks to Steve Howard and his friends (and sister) for making Schnack the hottest party location in Brooklyn today. Steve's friends joined us from 3pm to 5pm for some all-you-can-eat and drink fun!

Saturday, January 10, 2004

Lunar New Year

We are getting a lot of interest in the party. Some answers to some FAQs. I'll leave the questions up to your imagination.

-It's sit-down, not buffet!

-It's one seating (7pm).

-No tickets will be sold after 1/20/04.

-The meal is expected to last about 2 hours.

Saturday, January 03, 2004

Get Your Tickets

On Lunar New Year's (that's Jan 22nd) we are having our 1st annual Lunar New Year's buffet. That's 8 courses of Asian-inspired Schnack food + dessert. The price is $25 in advance only. That includes drinks, soda, and an open tap. The only thing that isn't included is TIP.

Our menu as planned is:

  • Tiny Shrimp and Scallion Summer Rolls
  • Schnackie Asiana
  • Duck Roll; THINK Lobster Roll
  • CHILLED Mango Soup
  • Spicy Kielbasa Chow Fun (simply amazing)
  • Apricot & Garlic Glazed Smoked Pork Ribs
  • Knockwurst with Japanese Curry, Veggies over Japanese Rice (NY Mag. Reviewed)
  • Long Life PAD Thai
  • Bread Pudding & Ice Cream

  • Ticket are only available in ADVANCE until Jan 20th.


    The weekend is here again. Our brisket is back by popular demand. It's sweet, it's sour, and it comes as a plate or as a hero. Our butcher says it comes from a beef steer, not a Holstein (the cow in question in Washington State); but if the recent BSE scare has you worried we have plenty of non-beef choices including fish, pork, and of course our vegetarian and vegan offerings.

    Thursday, January 01, 2004

    New Year

    Today we open at 1pm. Last night was really run. We had a few groups joining us. Both used our special all you can eat & drink offer to make the night extra special. We had a raffle, and a toast at midnight. Unsure if we should do a Champagne or PBR toast, we did both.