Abe’s Corner is a Gastropub Sports Bar. It is a dinner restaurant, with take-out and catering options. We visited in January of 2021. This review was written in March, 2021.
- Where is Abe’s Corner located?
- What is the vibe at Abe’s Corner?
- What kind of food do they serve at Abe’s Corner?
- Is Abe’s Corner kid-friendly?
- Is Abe’s Corner wheelchair accessible?
- Final Thoughts
Where is Abe’s Corner located?
Abe’s Corner is located at 670 Rogers Avenue, cnr. Clarkson. It is easily recognizable because of the murals of famous sports players outside, and the ‘Spread Brooklyn Love’ wall outside. If you are interested, the wall is a great place to take an instagram-worthy photo.
What is the best way to get there?
Abe’s Corner is a 5 minute walk from the Winthrop St subway station (2 and 5 lines), and an 8 minute walk from Parkside Avenue station (Q line).
You can drive, but parking can be difficult because of the proximity of the restaurant to nearby apartment buildings. Un-officially, you can double park outside Abe’s for an extended time (the whole dinner, possibly), but you will have to be ready to move your car if someone asks. Don’t tell them I told you.
The easiest way to get there, in my opinion, would be to take a Uber or Lyft. If you do that, you can actually try the restaurants incredible drinks. (Yes, you can read all about it below.)
What time is the restaurant open?
Abe’s is currently open from 5:00-10:00PM, every day, but is closed Fridays and Saturdays.
You can order online through Jmenu, UberEats, or directly through abescorner.com
Do I need to dress up fancy to visit?
Abe’s corner is chill. They are that sweet space right in between your favorite take-out and high-end dining. It’s fun, it’s easygoing, it’s delicious. What it is not is fancy.
Some of the patrons were in jeans and t-shirts, but we did spy a couple on a date, and they were both dressed more formally- suit and tie for him, and a little black dress for her. Basically, anything goes.
When we visited, I wore a casual dress. If you plan to sit outside, I’d recommend bringing a jacket- they do have heating, but it might be windy.
What type of food does Abe’s Corner serve?
Abe’s corner is a gastropub. There’s great starters: some salads, Mini Tacos, chicken wings, french fries. If you remember to, when you call to make your reservation, ask for veggie fritters! They are not always on the menu, but with advanced warning they can make some for you. You will not regret it.
They have fantastic mains: various rice bowls, some really incredible burgers and subs, and your not-so-average steak salad.
Abe’s has a comprehensive drinks list. As well as regular cocktails, they have delicious house specials, and quite a few beer options.
The dessert options are just two, (as of writing this article, anyway) but they are both delicious.
What is the Menu at Abe’s Corner?
The menu at Abe’s is simple, but the dishes are new, fresh and modern. Chef John Perez is the extraordinaire who created the line-up.
He puts his own spin on gourmet dishes; he made a latke for Chanukah, topped it with a hunk of shredded brisket and apple-slaw jalapeno salad. It’s the old favorite, all done-up.
French Fry Salad
Another great dish, complete with pickled green beans. It is a testament to the incredible mix of modern and vintage foods. We also ordered the Pulled Brisket Sandwich, which comes with an array of onions and an onslaught of good flavour.
The best of the of side dishes, made with an interesting combination of citrus, cajun spice and siracha. The combination of flavous is strangely perfect, addictive even, and rumor has it that this is the fastest moving item on the menu.
We also tried brisket poutine, because you cannot not try it, and it was every bit as good as you could hope for it to be. Maybe (dare I say it?) even better than French-Canadian poutine.* I’ve gotta say: this is a guys dish. Heavy on the meat, heavy on the fries, heavy on the gravy. I honestly did not even expect to like it, but I really loved it.
*Just so you know: poutine is a french-fry dish traditionally made with beef gravy and loaded with cheese. It’s not usually made Kosher, but Abe’s did a fan-tastic job of it.
Poppers and Waffles
This was an incredible dish, and a really great, lighter option from the Entrees. Asian barbeque-glazed chicken, house-made Belgian waffles, drizzled with an incredible bourbon maple syrup , and garnished with scallions. Extremely filling, and the sauce was out of this world.
What else is on the menu?
- Chicken and Waffles
- Rice Bowls
- Chicken Wings
- Alcoholic Drinks
What is the best dish at Abe’s Corner?
The MOTY Burger.
It has everything: duck confit, pickled red onion, a fried egg, onion jam, bourbon glaze and 8oz of prime meat. Avremy Schienfeld, the owner of Abe’s, told us that the MOTY Burger was named for his father Moty Scheinfeld, AH, who was a real foodie.
The MOTY Burger was really, really big. There’s a steak knife stuck into the center of the bun to hold all the components together, and it smells divine. You can order it with basically any sauce on the side, but it genuinely does not need anything more that what it comes with- this burger is a showstopper.
What is the Hashgacha at Abe’s Corner?
The restaurant is under the Kosher supervision of Rabbi Eliyahu Matusof. He’s just starting his own Hashgacha company but he’s been in the Kosher business for many years.
The restaurant does not bake bread or pastries on the premises, so Kemach Yoshon and Pas Yisroel are not an issue, and there is always someone around to supervise in the kitchen. The restaurant is strictly meat, so no Cholov Yisroel issues come up either.
All the meat and chicken are under Lubavitch shechita. All wine is Mevushal.
Is Abe’s Corner kid-friendly?
Although technically you could get a stroller in, they don’t have a changing table or high chairs in the restaurant. Abe’s is catering specifically to an older (drinking-age) crowd, and honestly, there are not that many things on the menu that the average child would enjoy.
There are a few raised tables inside, with taller bar stools around them, but advanced booking can ensure you are seated at the table of your choice.
Is Abe’s Corner wheelchair accessible?
The restaurant space is big and airy, with plenty of space to maneuver around. Abe’s Corner is definitely wheelchair accessible. The bathrooms are too.
Do I need to make a reservation?
Short answer: yes, for now.
Long answer: You might get a seat if you just walk in, but you might not. I’d call ahead anyway, because Abe’s hosts parties in their restaurant occasionally. It would be good to know in advance if they are open or not.
So basically- call and make a reservation. Especially if you are coming with a party of 6+ and you don’t want to wait.
Does the menu at Abe’s Corner have vegetarian options?
Here’s what’s cool about Abe’s: everything (and I mean everything) is adaptable.
They can change the rice in your Rice Bowl to lettuce. Or they can switch out the guac in your Steak Tacos for cucumbers. They can even give you a virgin cocktail- of any kind! Ask, and ye shall receive. You can bring your vegetarians, your vegans, your gluten-free, your sober and your allergies.
And if you’re worried that they might not have whatever it is that you are after, just mention it when you make your reservation. And if you are really, really worried, you can always call a day or two before.
How is Abe’s Corner dealing with COVID-19?
As of March 2021, Abe’s Corner now has limited seating, so I’d recommend calling in advance to reserve a table.
All our servers wore masks, and when you come in, you should wear one too, until you’re seated at your table. For now, there is limited seating indoors (and live-streaming games!) and tables outdoors.
Abe’s is great. It’s fun, the food was great and the ambiance was perfect for a quiet date night for an exhausted mom-and-dad-of-toddlers.
Overall, we spent $133 on food and drinks, and we ordered a lot (4 starters, 2+ drinks and mains) to share between both of us. We had a great time, and I will definitely be going back- hopefully soon.
And the evening ended with the greatest dessert ever: Caramel Apple Empanadas. Order them; you will not regret it.