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My wife and I coming into town this weekend for my birthday (the big 3-0) and need some recommendations. I would like to find a casual, bistro type place with great food and a good beer selection for my birthday dinner. Any recommendations?

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  1. Do you like Belgian beers? If so, I would try Markt on 21st and 6th.

    Are you looking to dine in any neighborhood in particular?

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      1. re: macncheesy

        Another good place for Belgian beers and pretty good belgian food (casual) is Petite Abeille (multiple locations) -- if you are in NYC on Monday stop by for all day 1/2 price all beers.

        1. re: macncheesy

          I am a big Belgian fan and Markt looks like what I am looking for. Thanks for help....

          1. re: EvanWilliams

            FYI - I'm a big fan of their mussels, fries, and beef stew. Hope you have a happy birthday!

            1. re: macncheesy

              They also make a great grilled shrimp salad and French onion soup. Love their fries! All goes down well with an icy cold Hoegarden and wedge of lemon!

        2. octoberfest is already in full swing in the city...try blaue gans in tribeca which is austrian and very nice.

          1. If you're on the UES, you could try Cafe d'Alsace (2nd Ave/88th or so). We just had a terrific charcuterie plate and cheese plate there a week or so ago. We sat outside and enjoyed their Octoberfest beer selections (a pretty large beer list too). It was great. (We didn't have a full dinner, so I can't say anything more about the food selections.)

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            1. re: LNG212

              I second Cafe d'Alsace -- their beer list is extensive, and the food is quite good as well.

            2. House of Brews, midtown west, has all kinds of great beer but their food unfortunately is sub-par. You might consider a tasting at their 46th St. locale then dining either right there on restaurant row or at any of the good 9th ave. eateries around the corner.

              http://www.houseofbrewsny.com/

              1. Resto has a great Belgian beer selection as well and delicious food.