Good food... even better Beer
Hey everyone... I have a friend visiting and I want to take him somewhere that we can not only have a decent meal, but have some interesting beers as well. I have yet to find a place in the city that does both. Its either a great beer selection with no food or greasy food or great food with your typical 5 beers on tap. I'm in the west village so the closer the better, but I'll travel uptown if its worth it. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance...
Against the Grain, on 6th between B and C, has a great selection of interesting beers and an upscale delicious bar food menu. The servers are very well informed and the ambiance is cozy and comfortable. Just be aware, it is very small and all seating is on stools, but well worth it.
The food is pretty good at Loreley and Zum Schneider, and the beer is even better. Plus the whole German biergarten thing is very festive.
My current favorite for basic, well executed pub grub with an English/Irish slant is the Bayard's Ale House, and they have 20 mostly unusual draft beers available. It's on Hudson and Charles. It's not fancy, but I love the place.
I’ve typically seen pretty solid beer lists at a variety of restaurants both in nyc and at home here in Philly these days. For example Gramercy Tavern's beer list includes:
D R A F T B E E R
Rogue Uberfest Pilsner, Oregon
Southampton Double White Ale, New York
Carol Stoudt’s Scarlet Lady Ale, Pennsylvania
Stone IPA, California
Brooklyn Monster, New York
Brooklyn Smoked Weissbock, New York
Sixpoint Encore, New York
B O T T L E D B E E R & C I D E R
Estrella de Galicia, Spain
Staropramen, Czech Republic
Dupont Saison, Vieille Provision, Belgium
Schneider Weisse, Germany
Liefmans Glühkriek, Belgium
Lindemans Pêche Lambic, Belgium
Hanssens Mead The Gueuze, Belgium
Cantillon Classic Gueuze, Belgium
Troubadour Blond, Belgium
Samuel Smith’s Pale Ale, England
Hitachino Japanese Classic Ale, Japan
Westmalle Tripel, Trappist Ale, Belgium
Chimay Blue, Trappist Ale, Belgium
Corsendonk Abbey Brown Ale, Belgium
Liefmans Goudenband, Belgium
Rochefort 8, Trappist Ale, Belgium
Schneider Aventinus, Germany
Schlenkerla Rauchbier Marzen, Germany
Traquair House Jacobite Ale, Scotland
Coopers Best Extra Stout, Australia
Sinebrychoff Porter, Finland
Pear, Authentique, Eric Bordelet, 2004, France
Apple, Semi Dry, Farnum Hill, New Hampshire
Apple, Etienne Dupont, 2005, France (375ml)
And I recall seeing decent beer lists at places like Pastis, Balthazar, Cercle Rogue, Landmarc, etc.
So just as an option to the more beer centered places suggested above you might also want to just checkout the beer lists at some of the city’s better eating establishment? If it rocks then all you bases are covered?
Alan Richman, the reviewer for Bloomberg.com, recently wrote up Gramercy Tavern and he was not pleased. Michael Anthony, formerly of Blue Hill SB, has taken over the kitchen but it seems the magic hasn't transfered over. One comment -
"Former chef Tom Colicchio had the knack of making simple food vivid. New chef Michael Anthony makes complicated food uninteresting. "
Full review here - http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pi...
It is can be expensive and as I understand it can also be difficult to get a reservation. But I'm not really suggesting that you go there or to any other place in particular. My only real point was to be aware that a lot of what would be considered good to great restaurants now have broad and kick butt draught and bottled beer selections as well.