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Gina Chersevani’s Union Market Soda Shop and Bar Will Be Called Buffalo and Bergen

Get ready to “adult up” your egg cream.

Chefs and bartenders often pay homage to their family on menus (and on tattoos), but mixtress Gina Chersevani is going one step further with Buffalo and Bergen, a soda shop-cum-bar joining the slew of just-released vendors at the soon-to-open Union Market.

Gina Chersevani will bring the bubbles and booze to Union Market this summer. Photograph by Alejandro Salinas.
The catchy name refers to the cross-section of Buffalo Avenue and Bergen Street in Brooklyn where Chersevani’s mom—nicknamed “Nonnie”—grew up. As Chersevani tells it, no matter what kind of drink she’d make her, it was never as good as an egg cream from Norma’s, an old-school Brooklyn soda fountain. Maybe not quite the same, but Chersevani will replicate “Nonnie’s egg cream” and other classics such as fountain sodas and malts at her 15-seat market spot (more communal market seats will be available). Modern twists include house-made seasonal sodas in flavors like honey-citrus—another familial homage, this time to her orange soda-loving father—and the biggest of all: the ability to “adult up” your beverage with booze.

Chersevani is also collaborating with Jamie Leeds on her Hank’s on the Hill project.

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  • Mparris91

    Went to Union Market for the opening and Buffalo & Bergen was nowhere to be found. Needless to say was very disappointed. Was looking forward to taking my father to this place since he is from Brooklyn and he was interested on trying an egg creme from his youth. Not sure what happened to them...

  • Bobtony

    The signature menu items at Union Market Soda Shop will be the Obesity Creme and the Terrible Attitude Burger. Both will be served with an annoying accent reduction.

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