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Brewpubs in Manhattan?

mattyp4 Jan 20, 2009 09:50 AM

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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    kathryn Jan 20, 2009 10:31 AM

    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.


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      travpard Jan 20, 2009 10:32 AM

      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
        mattyp4 Jan 20, 2009 10:41 AM

        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
          Pan Mar 21, 2009 08:49 PM

          Yeah, Heartland SUCKS. Seriously.

        2. egit Jan 20, 2009 10:41 AM

          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
            mattyp4 Jan 20, 2009 10:47 AM

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

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              princeofpork Jan 20, 2009 10:56 AM

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

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                egit Jan 20, 2009 11:14 AM

                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
                  mattyp4 Jan 20, 2009 11:18 AM

                  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.

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                    eameyer Jan 20, 2009 11:46 AM

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

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                      secondbecky Jan 21, 2009 07:52 AM

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

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                        travpard Jan 21, 2009 10:04 AM

                        no they dont. you get order take-out

            2. re: egit
              Pan Mar 21, 2009 08:54 PM

              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:


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              wintermute2.0 Jan 20, 2009 11:57 AM

              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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                eameyer Jan 20, 2009 01:21 PM

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

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                  small h Jan 20, 2009 01:34 PM

                  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.

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                    wintermute2.0 Jan 21, 2009 05:28 AM

                    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
                    egit Jan 20, 2009 02:20 PM

                    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.

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                  stephaniec25 Jan 20, 2009 04:29 PM

                  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.

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                    Lucia Jan 20, 2009 05:24 PM

                    Waterfront Ale House

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                      Scotty100 Jan 20, 2009 07:35 PM

                      If it's beer first, food second, then I would head straight to the Ginger Man on E.36th for probably the best beer selection in the city. I would avoid heartland at all costs on both counts. If food edges it then Spitzer's is a cool little place with a smaller decent selection of brews on tap.

                      1. re: Scotty100
                        travpard Jan 21, 2009 07:02 AM

                        Gingerman has a very small food menu. Mainly sandwiches.

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                      winedanddined Jan 21, 2009 06:35 AM

                      i would say either waterfront ale house (2nd ave at 30th) or spitzer's (l. east side). also the half pint is a good choice. you should check out beermenus.com if there are specific beer types you are looking for. oh yeah, and d.b.a. in e village is another one.


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                      1. re: winedanddined
                        Bob Martinez Jan 21, 2009 07:28 AM

                        "and d.b.a. in e village is another one."

                        d.b.a. doesn't serve food.

                        The Waterfront Ale House would be a great choice. They server very good burgers and other pub food.


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                          winedanddined Jan 21, 2009 07:36 AM

                          liquid diet, my friend

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                            phunkykim Jan 21, 2009 08:40 AM

                            in the village - 2 of my faves are east village tap room & drop off service
                            east village tap room has great food
                            Drop Off Service i cant find a website - but they are 211 ave a
                            they have 22 beers - their happy hour is 3-8 during week and 1-8 on weekends - and the drinks are like $4 - and the food - you can order in meat pies...

                            1. re: winedanddined
                              Bob Martinez Jan 21, 2009 08:59 AM

                              I only mentioned it because the original poster was asking for places that served food besides having good beer. Otherwise dba is a great choice.

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                                egit Jan 21, 2009 09:39 AM

                                As a side note, the dba in williamsburg is planning to serve food. In fact they may be already... just sandwiches and the like. (muffaletas, i believe)

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                          asnet Mar 21, 2009 01:57 AM


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