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Union Square stumper

I am in search of tasty food and beer on tap in the union square area - the kind of place you can walk in (without a reservation), sit at the bar and order interesting appetizers/small plates. Nothing fancy.

Any suggestions, at all? I'll take the area defined very loosely. I ask becuase in the past few months I keep finding myself there, drawing a blank and ending up at heartland brewery (!) - and I never want to go back there.

Thanks for any help!

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  1. This may not be ideal in terms of food, but Stand has quite a selection of microbrews on tap, as well as great burgers and fries.

    1. Irving Mill- Great bar- one block east of the square on 16th. Great bar and with interesting cocktails and lovely food and snacks. You will never be forced back to the Brewery!

      1. I just went to the Global Galaxy Eatery for the first time the other day, and had delicious hemp seed/edamame burgers. It is at 15 Irving Plaza, right around the corner from the Fillmore theatre. Their menu had lots of interesting things on it.

        Yes, I know the above meal sounds weird, but I really loved it! Fun music, comfy atmosphere, and for NYC, reasonable booze prices. With tax, the burgers and a glass of wine were $18. Of course, I added tip! They have a tv for sports or news in the corner of the bar. Hope this helps.

        1. Markt - Belgian restaurant on 21st(?) and 6th... great beers/food, may get crowded on weekends though...

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          1. re: Feaster18

            Or a little closer, La Petite Abeille (17th and 6th). Belgian beers, moules frites and good discounts. E.g. Tonight's special: $19.95 lobster dinner.

          2. Pangea on 2nd Ave and 11th. Don't know about their beer selection, but they serve food at the bar and have a decent seletion of appetizers. It's pretty casual so you can walk right in without reservations.

            1. thanks everyone! I'll keep them all in mind next time I find myself parched and hungry in the Union Square wasteland

              1. haven't been but there is maxie's grill. it is a burger spin off of angelo & maxies. there is always duke's.

                1. You may want to consider Resto on 29th between park and lex. It's about as far as Markt and Petite Abeille.

                  Another option, even though it's absolutely *nowhere near* union square is Spitzer's Corner on the LES. Pretty decent bar food and a phenomenal selection of beers.

                  1. MetroCafe and wine Bar has dim sum and some small plates, a bunch of different beers and also offers beer/wine flights.

                    Another option is the Silver Swan for some great German and Belgian beers and some brats.