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Need good beer and good food in East Village

Mazzer Nov 29, 2006 02:52 PM

Beer-loving uncle is visiting East Village. Chow can be anything, as long as it's good and can be accompanied by good beer, preferably but not necessarily draft.

Recs? Thanks!

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    centrejack Nov 29, 2006 03:06 PM

    I know some good places for beer in the east village - DBA, and I know some great placed for food, but I don't know alot that have both. How about German - ZumSchneider is fun, good beer and pretty good German food - I am not a german cuisine connosiuer.

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      alyssi Nov 29, 2006 05:25 PM

      I second Zum Schneider I've only had snacks there, but it was good for what it was.
      If you care to venture out of the EV, I would recommend Walkers in Tribeca - great beer on tap, old school atmosphere and the food is good.

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        roze Nov 29, 2006 05:45 PM

        I recommend Jimmy's no. 42 on 7th street in the East village. Awesome beers on tap, chill atmosphere and good food. You can also stop at McSorley's on the way there for 2 of their small beers on the way since it's on the same block.

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        1. re: roze
          Scott V Nov 29, 2006 06:02 PM

          I like Jimmy's a lot. Good choice.

          15 blocks north there's good food and beer at the Waterfront Ale House as well. Very easy on the 6 train.

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          eastvillagegirl Nov 30, 2006 02:34 AM

          The Telephone Bar on 2nd Avenue and E. 9th Street has a great beer selection and really good pub grub.

          1. Non Cognomina Nov 30, 2006 03:08 AM

            Another vote for Zum Schneider. You can order beer by what size you want, and they have "appropriate" glasses for your beer selection. My brother-in-law, who is a beer snob and proud of it, heads straight to that bar whenever he is in the city. The food is Bavarian, with lots of sausages. I love sausages. And the O' Batzda Bavarian Cheese spread is very tasty with a pretzel.

            Here's a link to the beer page on their website to give you an idea of what they've got:


            And FYI, they take cash only so stop by the ATM on your way in.

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              surly Nov 30, 2006 04:37 AM

              i'll third jimmy's and zum schneider. definitely 2 of the best options in the 'hood based on your criteria. note that zum schneider gets insanely packed at night...it can often be difficult to score a table if you arrive there past 10pm or so, which might complicate your ability to have a sit-down meal with your beers.

              in addition to its cheap beers, mcsorley's also serves burgers and other very basic pub food. their food and their beers are just ok, but everything's cheap and the place is classic old-school ny. it's another place that gets ridiculously crowded at night, esp. on weekends. but it's on the same block as jimmy's, which is convenient.

              there's a belgian beer/mussels/frites place on st. marks called the belgian room. i have not been there, but have passed by many times and wondered about the quality of the food. i'm sure the beer selection is excellent, and have heard that the fries are decent, though i don't know how extensive the menu is. there's a similar place further west near washington square park/nyu called vol de nuit, if you're interested.

              back to the e. village, a sometimes-maligned place that's ok is croxley ales. it can get very loud and crowded, but serves solid pub grub (chicken wings, burgers, onion rings, etc.--basically, suburban-style food) and has a great beer selection. the long island branch of croxley ales is much better, but the e. village location might be what you're looking for.

              a backup choice if these aren't what you're looking for might be one and one, an irish pub at 1st ave & 1st st. food's ok (used to be better) and they have a solid beer selection.

              if you're willing to go outside of the e. village, some other options are old town bar in the flatiron district for great burgers and beer; loreley on the lower east side for great german beer, a nice outdoor garden, and very good bretzels (i don't like the rest of the food, though--zum schneider's is better and cheaper by comparison). also, lederhosen on grove st in the west village is another german brauhaus with a great beer selection and so-so food, tho the wursts taste better after a few beers. also tends to be less crowded than either loreley or zum schneider and less pretentious/sceney than loreley.

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                newbieden Nov 30, 2006 12:07 PM

                i like jimmy's on 7th. interesting space too.

                otherwise, what about st. dymphanus?

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                  newbieden Nov 30, 2006 12:10 PM

                  sorry. correct spelling = st. dymphna's

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                    TipsyMcStagger Nov 30, 2006 01:09 PM

                    Never been to Jimmy's. Is it more bar or restaurant?

                    Anything to compare it to?


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                      newbieden Dec 1, 2006 12:01 PM

                      Jimmy's on e 7th is a restaurant. with a small bar. and even a small performance space. at the moment, i can't think of a direct comparison... but i'm only 2 sips into my first coffee of the day. so when my brain kicks in... i'll post if i think of something

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                    mas Nov 30, 2006 02:02 PM

                    i also like Loreley. technically it's lower east side, but it's a very short walk. i find it easier to deal with than Zum Schneider - and it feels a bit more authentic/modern german than a disney theme-park german. downside? no foosball.

                    decent schnitzel, good sausages, and yes, you can drink a 2L beer. reminds me that i haven't been for awhile!

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                      piccola Dec 1, 2006 11:36 PM

                      i was just gonna say loreley, if only for the pretzels...

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                      asm305 Nov 30, 2006 06:03 PM

                      Loreley is awesome and the vibe is very chill. Yes to Zum Schneider & DBA (for beer selection). I also think Croxley's is decent. They have great fries and the beer selection is huge. They are one of few places with Boddington's on tap.

                      1. thievery Dec 1, 2006 11:00 PM

                        I think the food at Loreley is better than that at Zum Schneider... though not technically in the E.V. Both are great nonetheless.

                        DBA has a great bear selection but the bathroom's are frightening enough to perhaps not be uncle / out-o-town guest friendly.

                        If you're looking for something a little more upscale, the E.U. has a solid (albeit small) beer selection:


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