Gowanus Yacht Club...Worth the Hoopla?
Well? Is it? I'm not a hipster and it's like 45 minutes away. Should I care enough to travel almost an hour (or more depending) for beer outside and food on paper plates?
I kind of don't know what to make of all the hipstery hoopla that has seemed to surround the opening of GYC the past few years, because it doesn't feel like any kind of scene to me--then again, I'm about as far away from a hipster as it's possible to be, so maybe I'm just not noticing its hipness. What it is is a low-key relaxing bunch of tables and benches with table service where I love to sit with a small group of friends in the late afternoon on not-too-hot days and chat over a beer. The food (similar to what you'd get if you fired up the grill in a suburban backyard) is nothing to write home about, but is fine for what it is.
So I guess my answer is that I highly recommend the place for a small group of friends that want to sit around outside and drink beer, but as to traveling almost an hour to get there, that would entirely depend on whether there's any place closer to you where you can sit around outside and drink beer and eat average burgers and dogs.
It is most definitely not worth a 45 minute trip. Only good if you live nearby and happen to be walking past and it's nice out and you feel like stopping for a crappy beer and hot dog. Only if all of those conditions are met is it worth it. Otherwise it's an annoying, smoky, fauxhipster trap.
Oh yes, the "bathroom". Even if you're willing to venture into the basement (which I've done with the lights out...eek), you wouldn't exactly want to allow contact between your skin and any surface...
I'd still be willing to travel just a bit to get there if there were nothing approaching something similar close by--all the roof bars seem to be entirely populated by, not hipsters, but...I don't know. They're scary and tend to drink non-martini drinks in martini glasses.
No, especially if you're far away and not a hipster. I'd also skip it if you're over 25. I'm in my early 30s and the last time I dropped by I felt like a grandma.
I concur with most of the above - it's not a destination spot, and frankly their last pig roast was totally lame
I live close by, and the idea that even one of the Red Hook Vendors will be parked nearby is very exciting....
Parked!: The Best Food Trucks in NYC
Saturday May 23 (noon–7pm)
The BKLYN Yard (400 Carroll St)
" the Yard returns for another summer of outdoor fun along
the Gowanus Canal. (Except now it's called the BKLYN Yard.) This
weekend's kickoff event features the best mobile food vendors from
across the city, gathered together for a day-long cook-off. Enjoy
culinary delights from Pizza Moto, Van Leeuwen ice cream, the Red Hook
huarache vendors, and several others "
No doubt there will be a line . . .