The Bonnie is officially opening its back door to diners.
The restaurant, which has been open for six months, is the cousin of Astoria bar scene staple Sweet Afton. Before that, the hundred-year-old building was vacant for an entire decade.
When we stopped by last week, co-owner Michael Krawiec was hard at work making the most of his seasonal outdoor space, stringing lights by hand and situating wooden tables to make room for a crowd of up to 100 people. The garden is, in fact, an actual garden that supplies ingredients for their botanically themed cocktails.
Along with the addition of the outdoor dining option comes a smattering of creative new menu items like tempura asparagus made with herb-horseradish sauce and matcha tea powder; avocado deviled eggs with jalapenos and cilantro; and a softshell crab sandwich made with snap pea remoulade, charred pea greens, and spicy buttermilk sauce.
We also chowed down on delicious green curry muscles, a filling beet and apricot salad, and tried a unique take on sashimi made with sea bass.
Tip: come prepared to break your no-carb diet for the fresh baked soft pretzels served with beer cheese.
The Bonnie expects to change their menu again soon to include even more summery fare, so it’s best to plan a few visits in order to taste everything in the works at this charming eatery.