With four restaurants and a butcher shop in his North Brooklyn domain, Andrew Tarlow wasnt looking to open anything new. But when a friend mentioned a long-shuttered tavern on the ground floor of a 1931 Greenpoint building he happened to be restoring, the waterfront location felt more like something olda place with history and romance, plus an original bar and banquettes that Tarlow was able to salvage. Achilles Heel, inspired by the notion of the shipyard dive, probably wont attract many actual longshoremen, but Tarlow is catering to the community with continuous service (8 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily) and a menu culled from his other establishments: Reynards croissants and Marlow & Sons scones, American hams and charcuterie from Marlow & Daughters, and breads from the oven at Romans. The nautical theme extends to raw shellfish, clam chowder, and plenty of rum.
Achilles Heel, 180 West St., at Green St., Greenpoint; 347-987-3666
*This article originally appeared in the February 4, 2013 issue of New York Magazine.