I grew up in a family where I was lucky enough to have a mom that cooked most nights of the week. And what she prepared was (and still is) pretty darn phenomenal. I’m writing this from a post-Sunday night dinner food coma, in fact.
But when there’s a new restaurant to try in the city, I will forego a home-cooked meal in order to sample the kitchens of our local culinary rockstars. So when I heard something had taken over Harvest Bistro's location in the Clifton Gaslight, I had to check it out.
Here’s what I discovered:
Postmark is a New American-style restaurant, meaning it’s on trend with a lot of what you’re seeing these days... Food that’s elevated but approachable. Food that’s made from scratch. Food that’s hearty yet artful. Think of it as “farmhouse refined.”
The dining spot is owned and operated by Brad Bernstein (chef/owner) and Devon Barrett (sommelier/owner). Together, they also run Red Feather in Oakley.
“Postmark is a clever name in many ways,” explained Bernstein. “It references the history of the building as a post office. It is also an [expansion] of the Red Feather brand. I use the ‘red feather’ as a symbol of marksmanship and craftsmanship. Postmark is the next extension of that brand.”
It’s their seal, if you will.
Just as Red Feather operates as one of the nicer dining options for the neighborhood of Oakley, Postmark occupies a similar territory in Clifton. And so far, the community response has been great. Though Bernstein and Barrett took over Harvest Bistro in March of 2017, they didn’t open as Postmark until August (which included a renovation period in July).
For those who aren’t familiar with Bernstein from the highly respected reputation he’s built at Red Feather, Bernstein has quite the resume. Not only was he trained at the Culinary Institute of America, but he’s a third-generation restaurateur. He’s the grandson of Ben and Shirley Bernstein, notable for running the Mike Fink and El Greco restaurants. He’s the son of Jim Bernstein, who opened up Howl at the Moon. And his family still operates BB Riverboats and Current Catering.
Though it’s clear a love of food runs in the bloodline, this Bernstein has been sure to leave his own stamp on the Cincinnati dining scene, first with Red Feather and now with Postmark. So if you’re looking for a new spot to try — one that is cozy, comfortable, and full of charm — I’d encourage you to head to Clifton.
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Postmark Restaurant is located at 3410 Telford Street (45220).