Brooklyn Dip & Burger opens in Minneola

Brooklyn Dip & Burger opens in Minneola

What a difference a city can make. Matt O’Hara, owner of Brooklyn Dip & Burger, said that since opening in 2019, he has had an “uphill battle” in East Meadow. First, the pandemic hit five months after the restaurant debuted. “This was a hidden spot,” he said. “Years later, a couple would come around the corner and say, ‘When did you open?’

But two weeks after opening the doors in Mineola, it’s a different story. “We’re really busy,” O’Hara said, thanks to the high-traffic county offices nearby, as well as the hospital and several apartment complexes. For delivery, O’Hara avoids Grubhub, DoorDash, and Uber Eats. Orders come either through his own app or through ChowNow, the company that runs it.

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What a difference a city can make. Matt O’Hara, owner of Brooklyn Dip & Burger, said that since opening in 2019, he has had an “uphill battle” in East Meadow. First, the pandemic hit five months after the restaurant debuted. “This was a hidden spot,” he said. “Years later, a couple would come around the corner and say, ‘When did you open?’

But two weeks after opening the doors in Mineola, it’s a different story. “We’re really busy,” O’Hara said, thanks to the high-traffic county offices nearby, as well as the hospital and several apartment complexes. For delivery, O’Hara avoids Grubhub, DoorDash, and Uber Eats. Orders come either through his own app or through ChowNow, the company that runs it.

Both Mineola and East Meadow have a sports bar meets gastropub atmosphere, full bar and the same menu. The “Brooklyn Dip” refers to the juicy, juicy roast beef sandwich first popularized by Brennan & Carr (founded 1938 in Sheepshead Bay). Matt also “dip”s the roast pork and turkey ($15). A more luxurious steak sandwich, served juicy rather than marinated, features Black Angus rib with five-spice fried onions and pesto mayo ($25).

On the burger front: The classic 8-ounce serving is served on a brioche bun with “bridge (as in Brooklyn)” sauce, which Matt likens to Big Mac sauce; Brooklyn Smash, with one or two 4-ounce patties; “Off Menu” with mash steak, a good helping of roast beef, cheese and caramelized onions; and the majestic “Williams Burger,” featuring a 10-ounce steak made with a steak mix, bacon, cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, and fried onions — and served with french fries. (Burgers range in price from $10.25 to $23.)

There’s so much more: 11 wings ranging from Buffalo and Memphis dry rub to Thai peanut truffle and General Tso ($12.50 for 7, $17.50 for a dozen); Fried and grilled chicken sandwiches ($15.50 to $21), tacos ($13.50), and macaroni and cheese ($10 to $14), plus appetizers, salads ($9.50 to $17) and even milkshakes. The weekday lunch menu features a sandwich (dip, burger or chicken) plus a side and a drink for $17.95.

Brooklyn Dip & Burger, 234 Old Country Road, Mineola, 315-660-3201, thebrooklyndip.com. Open Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., Saturday noon to 11:30 p.m., Sunday noon to 8 p.m.

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