My favorite bar for great beers and food is Klimat in the EV. Any others I might like?
I love a cozy date night or post-work happy hour with good beers and great food. So far, Klimat (East 7th Street) is my favorite spot. But I hate to go to the same place repeatedly- that means I'm missing out on the other 25,000 food and drink spots in the city! Can anyone recommend other places to try?
What I like about Klimat:
- Hearty and delicious food- favorites are pierogies, lamb burger, amazing garlic fries
- Eastern European beers on tap (I like Golden Pheasant, Brou Czech, and Baltika, and haven't seen those on tap anywhere else.) I rarely drink wine or cocktails, so beer selection is important.
- Relaxing atmosphere, usually not too crowded
- Friendly bartenders
Are there any similar places in the East Village or surrounding areas that I should check out? Klimat is also a splurge for me ($8 for a draft beer, $10 small plates, $16-18 mains ) so cheaper options would be welcomed too.
Thanks for any ideas!
I looked at the Bars for Beer Snobs thread but some of it was lost on me, since I'm not really a beer snob (more like a beer newbie.)
Jimmy's No. 43 and Burp Castle sound interesting...
77 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003
Thanks for all the great suggestions! I tried a few of them out during the past couple weeks. I went to Burp Castle after work one day, and, knowing nothing about Belgian beer, picked a tap at random. I ended up with Cuvee des Trolls, which I was very happy with. The room is wonderful- dim, candlelit, carpeted, surrounded by medieval-style murals on the walls. The room was about half full (a dozen people?) which was pretty good considering it was 6pm. Everyone was friendly and the atmosphere was convivial yet peaceful, the farthest thing from a frat bar. The lack of food is a major problem, though.
I also tried Korzo Haus, a new restaurant on East 7th Street . It seems to be a sort of fusion of Eastern European foods, with the star of the small menu being the Korzo burger. My significant other and I had the Slav burger, which was interesting, to say the least. The "bun" was actually fried dough, which was a fun surprise. The burger was topped with sauerkraut and juniper berries, which I didn't know were edible until that night. (They were so overpoweringly strong that I'm still not quite sure if they're edible!) But the meat itself was delicious, especially with the fried dough bun and the garlic dipping sauce. They have Golden Pheasant on tap, which is a big plus, and we also tried their house organic ale. For dessert the waitress suggested their homemade doughnut, which was more fried dough, this time filled with nutella and served with whipped cream. Talk about rich! It was delicious, but I couldn't eat more than a couple bites. Everyone on the staff was really friendly, the cook even coming out to see how we liked the food.
Last night I went to Kafana, a Serbian restaurant someone recommended above. The atmosphere in this place is wonderful! The walls look like exposed stone, so it feels like you're in a cave illuminated by candlelight. There were only a few other people in there, and they were all speaking with the waitress in what I assume was Serbian. I had the lepinja appetizer, which was soft flatbread with a creamy cheese spread inside, served warm. It was absolutely delicious! The beer list is extremely short- only about half a dozen beers, compared with several dozen wines. I ordered a bottle of Ciuc, but the waitress said they were out of it and suggested a Bulgarian beer instead, which I was happy with. I look forward to coming back here for a full dinner- the menu looked great! Plenty of hearty meats and other Eastern European comfort food dishes.
I also stumbled upon a new beer store on 9th Street that seemed interesting. It's called Good Beer Store and sells six-packs and individual bottles for retail, but also has a bar with about ten taps and small food menu. They only have beers from the US and western Europe. I haven't tried this place yet but was intrigued by their option of beer flights. (I think Jimmy's does this too, but I haven't tried them either.) You can do a flight of four 4-oz pours, and they also have a combination of two 4-oz pours of stouts plus chocolate truffles. I'm looking forward to checking this place out.
I look forward to trying more of your great suggestions!
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116 Ave C, New York, NY 10009
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A nice list there, well done. I wish Kafana got more business, it always seems to empty when I pass by. If you get in good with the owner Vladimir, he'll give you some of his Granddad's brandy. It'll burn your mouth & throat but you'll love it! Good Beer on 9th sells well, Good Damn Beer. The guys that work there are great & really knowledgeable, they can tell you all you need to know about any beer there.
116 Ave C, New York, NY 10009
Against the Grain has an amazing beer selection, lots of micros and creative choices overall, but not a major snacks offering.
Wechsler's Currywurst is fantastic but I think has a limited selection of VERY good German beers.
Warning that both are tiny, but fantastic feel to them and passionate staff.
120 1st Ave, New York, NY 10009
Your post is very interesting to me because I've been to Klimat for beer and wine but have yet to try any of their food. Now, I have resolved to do so.
Have you been to Kafana? It's more of a restaurant than a bar but does have somewhat of the atmosphere of a bar, has some interesting drinks from Serbia, Montenegro, et al., and has good, homey Serbian food.
116 Ave C, New York, NY 10009
I totally agree with Royale, best burgers in the East Village). Casimir also has a large bar (which I regularly eat at) & a full liquor license, but is really more of a restaurant & doesn't have a massive beer selection. Croxley's on Avenue B has a giant beer list & good wings & bar food, as does East Village Tavern. Enjoy!
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157 Ave C, New York, NY 10009
East Village Tavern
158 Ave C, New York, NY 10009
Jimmy's is great for interesting beer and the food is above average gastropub. Also a cool vibe.
Burp is an east village icon with excellent belgian selection but no food. Sometimes they'll bring in frites from the neighboring pommes frites. Great room but can be a little elitist at times and if you get too loud you'll get "shoooshed" by the barman. I love both places.
Also sandwiched inbetween is another cool little bar called standings which is a great place to catch the game and also has good craft beer. Manys the night I've spent hopping between all 3...