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Zagat: "Fritzl's Lunch Box" Aims To Present Neighborhood Restaurant Favorites In Slightly Different Way

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The owner and chef of a new eatery in Bushwick hopes to present patrons with comforting dishes in a slightly different way than they're used to. Zagat editor Kelly Dobkin filed the following report for NY1.

Located near the Dekalb Avenue L stop in Bushwick, Fritzl's Lunch Box is a new eatery by chef and owner Dan Ross-Leutwyler, who worked previously of Roberta's, Fatty Cue and the Breslin.

"Fritzl's is just a real simple neighborhood restaurant," Ross-Leutwyler says. "I'm not trying to reinvent the wheel, but just sort give people comforting things that are maybe presented in a slightly different way than what they're used to, using hopefully a higher-quality ingredient than what they're used to as well."

Fritzl's offers up inventive spins on classic sandwiches, pastas and more. Early buzz has been circulating about Fritzl's burger.

"My pride right now is the burger, which is a six-ounce patty," Ross-Leutwyler says. "It's a blend of chuck and cheek, which we make in house, topped with some really gooey American cheese and a nice sweet pickle relish on a toasted Sesame bun."

In addition to crowd-pleasing eats, the location is unique to many other spots in the neighborhood, as it offers outdoor dining in its back garden, in addition to banquette seating in the front.

"I really love the bench that we built with reclaimed wood," Ross-Leutwyler says. "We had some friends from upstate come down, and they built a beautiful garden for us. We're growing some peas and radishes and lots of herbs, which we're hoping to use. And I think the color is really welcoming as well, and we just wanted to make it homey and accessible."

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