On 4th Avenue in Gowanus, A&E Supply Co. is the type of place you want to grab a table or a spot at the bar and settle in for a while. The multi-use food space opened last year as a coffee counter, whole animal butcher and bar. They recently started serving dinner too, and it’s safe to say we can now happily stay there all day.
“The Buffalo Blue Wedge Salad,” General Manager Ennio Di Nino said, when asked for his must-trys for A&E Supply Co newbies. “It’s chicken confit, poached, with Frank’s Hot Sauce, iceberg lettuce, blue cheese and chicken skin.”
A&E Supply Co. grew partly out of what the neighborhood wanted. Di Nino and chef Adam Harvey met while working at North End Grill and after talking for several years about opening a place took a chance on the spot in Gowanus.
“We wanted to be something of a neighborhood place and ended up opening the space in stages,” Di Nino said.
They worked with Carpenter & Mason to design the space with a metal and marble bar surrounded by warm wooden cafe tables and an inviting long wooden communal table and the food with that in mind. Opening the coffee bar first, followed by the butcher shop and bar they started serving lunch after customers requested it.
The food menu is seasonal, changing as often as every day, depending on the different proteins, vegetables and fish they get from suppliers in the tri-state area. All the beer is NY-made. Besides that salad Di Nino’s other current recommendations include the à la carte burger, beer can chicken and for cocktail fans the Tennessee Tuxedo. Made with maple syrup, and bourbon it’s almost a combination of a whisky sour and an Old Fashioned.