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Jan 20, 2009 09:50 AM

Brewpubs in Manhattan?

My brothers are coming into town later this month & I wanted to take them to a brewpub for lunch or dinner. Only thing is, I can't really think of any!

I do love Chelsea Brewing Company, but I've taken them there before (& it's kind of out of the way). Plus, while I love their beer, the food leaves a little to be desired.

Then I thought of Heartland Brewery (we'll be near one of their locations). I've only been there for their beer (which I like), but I've never eaten there. Is the food any good? Or is like, chain-y?

If anyone can recommend another place, with good beer (they don't necessarily have to brew their own) & good food, it'd be appreciated!

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  1. Jimmy's No. 43 has good food and an excellent beer list. Loreley also gets high praise from friends of mine. Spitzer's Corner is also nice, too.

    1. Heartland's food is no better than Applebees, just stick with the beer.

      Check out Blind Tiger Ale House in the W. Village.

      No places I can think of that make their own beer AND have good food in the city.

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      1. re: travpard

        Yeah, thanks. I was thinking of Blind Tiger. I actually haven't been to the new location yet. And I've never had their food when I was there, but it looks like a decent menu. (Same with Ginger Man- I've only been there for the beer.)

        1. re: travpard

          Yeah, Heartland SUCKS. Seriously.

        2. As travpard said, Blind Tiger is a good choice. There are a number of good Belgian places in the city, Resto being one of them, that have high quality food and an interesting beer list. Loreley and Zum Schnieder for German food.

          It's not in manhattan, but Fette Sau does great BBQ with artisanal, craft american beers out in Williamsburg.

          Aside from Heartland (meh) and Chelsea Brewing Company, I don't think there are any brewpubs in manhattan.

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          1. re: egit

            Good point about Fette Sau! I have been meaning to check it out. I wasn't thinking Brooklyn, but I'll definitely consider it.

            1. re: mattyp4

              Spitzers has the best combination of tons of beers and quality food I can think of. Cool neighborhood as well.

              1. re: princeofpork

                Oh yeah... forgot about Spitzers. Very good beer list and the food is also very good. The scene there is a little over-wrought though, so I stopped going-- too many clowns in suits shouting at the top of their lungs.

                1. re: egit

                  Cool, thanks. I should say that I was looking for something more casual for this occasion, but I'm taking note of all the suggestions for future references.

                  1. re: mattyp4

                    Heartland's food is awful. What about Brooklyn Brewery?

                    1. re: eameyer

                      Does Brooklyn Brewery serve food? Every time I've been I've seen people ordering pizza for delivery?

                      1. re: secondbecky

                        no they dont. you get order take-out

            2. re: egit

              Zum Scheider is a quality place. It's a loud beer garden with good beer and good German bar food.


              I've been to Loreley once, and it was a pleasant experience. It seemed a bit more sedate, and definitely more spacious, with perhaps a bit more emphasis on the food than Zum Schneider. It's Austrian, and somewhat more expensive:


            3. If the NYC iteration of Croxley Ales is anything like the Long Island ones, it should have a great beer selection and amazing pub food. The Long Island branches have the best fish and chips I've ever tasted bar none.

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              1. re: wintermute2.0

                I second Croxley's. The East Village location has a great beer selection. Kinda pricey though.

                1. re: eameyer

                  I wouldn't describe the food as "amazing," either. I've had the fries, which were fine, and the nachos, which were pretty lame. I will check out the fish & chips, though. The beer selection is indeed impressive.

                  1. re: small h

                    Like I said, I can only speak for the LI locations, but at these spots they have the best wings outside of Buffalo (and I've had plenty at the Anchor Bar, Duff's and the Buffalo Brew Pub), divine fish and chips (best thing on the menu), a really good take on chicken pot pie (served in a bread bowl). The only thing I was ever disappointed in was their steak and mushroom pie/stew. But like I said, I don't know what the Manhattan kitchen is like.

                  2. re: eameyer

                    There are a LOT of bars with good beer selections with only average food in Manhattan, and croxley is one of them. The food at croxley is only average, in my opinion (never had fish-n-chips there).

                    Other places you may want to consider might be Waterfront Ale House, Rattle-n-Hum in midtown, Heidelberg, Ulysses, and probably at least 20 others that escape me at the moment.

                2. Zum Schneider has a great German beer menu and its very casual and fun. The food isn't the best around but it's standard German fare and some dishes are very good, including the sausages.