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TinKC Feb 7, 2012 01:35 PM

We'll be in NYC this weekend. My husband is a homebrewer, craft beer aficionado, hop head, etc. etc. I'm looking for suggestions for restaurants or bars, or breweries, to visit while we're there? We're staying in Chelsea (26th St b/w 6th & 7th Ave).

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  1. coasts RE: TinKC Feb 7, 2012 03:55 PM

    very nearby to you, you'll find Eataly, the mega-mall of italian fares owned by Mario Batali in cooperation with the owners of Dogfish Brewery.

    check out the beer menu at http://eatalyny.com/wp-content/upload.... looks impressive.

    The Breslin, at 29th & 6th, has two of their own cask ales on tap, as well as several other interesting choices. food is great, but they don't take reservations and it's always busy.

    Croxley's Ale House in the East Village is home to countless bottles and taps. it's a bit too much of a sports bar at times, but the 10 cent wings are some of the city's best.

    possibly my favorite beer bar in Manhattan is Jimmy's 43. it's conveniently located on the same block as McSorley's, the famed bar which your husband shouldn't miss, and the Burp Castle, another top choice for belgian beers. don't be put off by the name. it's worth the trip, despite the gimmicky silence rule. many patrons will hit Pomme Frites first for a helping of fries before bellying up to the bar.

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    Pommes Frites
    123 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

    Jimmy's No. 43
    43 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

    Croxley Ales
    28 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

    Burp Castle
    41 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

    McSorley's Old Ale House
    15 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

    The Breslin
    20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

    Eataly
    200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

    Birreria
    200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

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      kathryn RE: coasts Feb 7, 2012 06:38 PM

      Burp Castle offers free Pomme Frites, too, for a sort of "happy hour" (around 5pm or 6pm) every Sunday, Monday and Wednesday. They also encourage you to bring in your Pomme Frites purchases on other days.

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      Burp Castle
      41 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

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        foodwhisperer RE: kathryn Feb 7, 2012 09:23 PM

        Where is Burp Castle?? I would go there just for the name. Free Pommes Frites , that too!

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        Burp Castle
        41 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

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          squid kun RE: foodwhisperer Feb 8, 2012 02:05 AM

          >Where is Burp Castle?

          Just check the link from kathryn's post (or yours), or the map to the right. Address info is courtesy of Chow's restaurant database, which Chow unfortunately intends to wipe out.

          There's some discussion of that decision here ... http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/827433

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            thegforceny RE: squid kun Feb 9, 2012 02:15 PM

            I was also able to use "Google" and found it immediately:

            http://www.google.com/search?sourceid...

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              squid kun RE: thegforceny Feb 9, 2012 04:45 PM

              Sure, you can find an address that way. But the Chow record also tells you, with no further clicking or searching, the hours (including happy hour) and the fact they take plastic and have outdoor seating. Even Burp Castle's own website doesn't include all that info.

              Many of Chow's pages also link to related Chowhound threads and (not for Burp Castle but for other places) provide photos, venue history and links to various outside media mentions. Anyone who takes the time can hunt down all that info, but the advantage of the Chow feature was that it could be gathered in one place.

               
               
    2. sgordon RE: TinKC Feb 7, 2012 04:44 PM

      In addition to the above suggestions - Jimmy's No. 43 is a standout - as far as selection goes, I think d.b.a. is pretty unrivalled for Manhattan. Also the Blind Tiger should be considered. Finally, without trying to anger the Chowhound Gods who get riled up when anything outside of Manhattan is mentioned on the Manhattan board, the Downtown Bar & Grill (very easy to get to - only a couple stops into BK) has an almost comically large (600+, IIRC) selection: http://downtownbarandgrill.com/index-... - they're kind of cool, with multiple vintages for many ales. So if you wanted see how, say, Brooklyn Chocolate stout is aging, you could compare the '03 to the '11... and the '04... and the '05... and the '06... and....

      For tours, Brooklyn Brewery does them... not sure about any others.

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      Blind Tiger
      281 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

      Jimmy's No. 43
      43 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

      d.b.a.
      41 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

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        coasts RE: sgordon Feb 7, 2012 04:55 PM

        Chelsea Brewing offers tours. never cared for them much, except for the space.

        http://www.chelseabrewingco.com/brewe...

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        Chelsea Brewing Co.
        59 Chelsea Piers, New York, NY 10011

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          kathryn RE: sgordon Feb 7, 2012 06:39 PM

          Re: Blind Tiger, try to go early or in the afternoon, it gets pretty crowded.

        2. Silverjay RE: TinKC Feb 7, 2012 05:08 PM

          Well I fancy myself a craft beer aficionado and I love Rattle N' Hum on 32nd between 5th and Madison. It's a craft beer Mecca that has the largest selection of crafts on tap in the city. It really shouldn't be missed. They do tasting flights...Blind Tiger is great as well. More of a neighborhood feel, but great selection always. The Gingerman is another place with a large selection of drafts and feels more like a classic mid-town bar. The Pony Bar in Hell's Kitchen is supposed to have a nice selection of drafts. Spitzer's Corner in the Lower East Side is a gastropubof sorts, with a reasonably interesting food menu and a very nice selection of craft drafts. All these places have from about a dozen and half to 40 brews on tap....Brooklyn Brewery does two types of tours. One is small that you reserve in advance. The other is the short public one. Captain Lawrence in Westchester does tours, but that is north of the city.

          The "Places" section on the BeerAdvocate.com website has detailed reviews of all these places from a hophead perspective. I refer to that often when I'm traveling.

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          Spitzer's Corner
          101 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

          Blind Tiger
          281 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

          Ginger Man
          11 E 36th St, New York, NY 10016

          Rattle 'n' Hum
          14 E 33rd St, New York, NY 10016

          Pony Bar
          637 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

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            kathryn RE: Silverjay Feb 7, 2012 06:41 PM

            I really enjoy Spitzer's Corner for dinner on an off night (like a Monday) or lazy late afternoon Saturday brunch. Avoid on Friday nights/Saturday nights, when it because kind of douche-y.

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            Spitzer's Corner
            101 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

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              coasts RE: kathryn Feb 7, 2012 06:51 PM

              kathryn said douche-y! hahaha

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                kathryn RE: coasts Feb 7, 2012 06:56 PM

                I speak the truth! How would you describe the weekend crowd there?

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                  coasts RE: kathryn Feb 7, 2012 07:08 PM

                  douche-y and full on meatballs.

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                  foodwhisperer RE: coasts Feb 7, 2012 09:26 PM

                  haha about the douchey and the spell correction on douchey. But I agree weekend nights at Spitzer's is very douchey. I prefer the afternoons there. I like their fries in duck fat. I hate that they make a copy of your driver's license to enter. One woman in her 70s, was turned away because she did not have her license. That is nuts

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                  Silverjay RE: kathryn Feb 7, 2012 07:30 PM

                  Yes, Gingerman can get like that too. I like both on weekend afternoons as well.

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                  jessbnjess RE: Silverjay Feb 8, 2012 08:30 AM

                  I second pretty much all the suggestions already posted (Blind Tiger is my personal favorite, but it can get really crowded on Wednesday nights when they have brewery tap takeovers and on weekend nights). I just wanted to add that you (or your husband) should check beermenus.com because a lot of the good beer bars post events and updated tap lists quite often, so your husband may see something he is really excited about that would send you somewhere you didn't intend to go.

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                  Alan Henderson RE: TinKC Feb 7, 2012 05:34 PM

                  Agree with Blind Tiger, Jimmy's, DBA (in that order). I was not impressed with the beers made at Eataly, but I don't care for most of the dogfish head beers. Pony Bar on the far west side has a wide selection of US only craft beers. Rattle n' Hum has a vast selection, but for some reason is not a favorite place of mine to hang out. Check out brewyorknewyork.com for an idea of where breweries are doing events and tastings each day (unfortunately it is pretty much same day info so it doesn't help much for planning). I would post this to the outer boroughs board as well, you will find some places with really great selections very near Manhattan. I think that the beer lists in restaurants are really getting good, a lot of places that you might be more interested in for food are much more likely to have a couple of really nice brews than they were even two or three years ago. Enjoy!

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                  Blind Tiger
                  281 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

                  Jimmy's No. 43
                  43 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

                  d.b.a.
                  41 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

                  Rattle 'n' Hum
                  14 E 33rd St, New York, NY 10016

                  Pony Bar
                  637 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

                  Eataly
                  200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

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                    crsin RE: TinKC Feb 7, 2012 07:01 PM

                    +1 for Gingerman. I've also heard good things about the list at 124 Old Rabbit Club

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                    Ginger Man
                    11 E 36th St, New York, NY 10016

                    124 Old Rabbit Club
                    124 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

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                      TinKC RE: TinKC Feb 8, 2012 11:57 AM

                      Thanks so much for all of these replies so far. I'm sure almost anything will be better than what we're used to here in Kansas City, hence why my husband took up home brewing a couple years ago. We're looking forward to tasting Dogfish Head as it's not distributed in Missouri nor Kansas and my husband is an IPA freak..

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                        hon RE: TinKC Feb 9, 2012 01:36 PM

                        Ah, you should taste it fresh on tap in Delaware!

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                          MVNYC RE: TinKC Feb 9, 2012 05:17 PM

                          NY specific breweries that are less well distributed than Dogfish and arguably as or more interesting are Captain Lawrence, Sixpoint and any of the Brooklyn Brewmasters reserve series. Try these on tap if you see them

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                            TongoRad RE: MVNYC Feb 10, 2012 05:04 AM

                            I'd add Southern Tier (2XIPA) and Ithaca (Flower Power) to that list, especially for a hop head. The Flower Power, especially, shouldn't be missed if you come across it. There was a shortage for a while, but a new batch it finding its way down state right about now.

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                              Yaxpac RE: TongoRad Feb 10, 2012 08:49 AM

                              Kelso too...they make a wonderful IPA

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                            Spiritchaser RE: TinKC Feb 10, 2012 09:19 AM

                            I'm about as big a hop head as they come and tell your husband Dogfish Head is good (not my favorite but solid) if you go with the 60 minute IPA, the 90 minute IPA is pretty good also, but the 120 minute IPA is a waste of money, I think it was a brewers exercise and nothing more than a novelty.

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                              Silverjay RE: Spiritchaser Feb 10, 2012 10:21 AM

                              I actually like the 120min, but agree it is a novelty and a brewer's exercise. It is DFH after all. Pretty rare to find it on tap but I've seen it.

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                            Blumie RE: TinKC Feb 9, 2012 11:48 AM

                            Two restaurants with great beer menus: Markt, a Beligian restaurant with a fabulous all-Belgian beer menu; and DBGB, an Alsatian restaurant with an incredibly extensive beer menu.

                            The beer menu at DBGB is probably better, though I prefer the food at Markt.

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                            Markt
                            676 6th Ave, New York, NY 10010

                            DBGB
                            299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

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                              sgordon RE: Blumie Feb 9, 2012 12:11 PM

                              While they do have some selections you won't find anywhere else, I find the beers at DBGB pretty overpriced. The same brews, right in the neighborhood, can be often be found much cheaper - i.e. just glancing over the first few pages of the menu, Brooklyn Sorachi Ace is $29 for a 750ml bottle. At Against The Grain, it's $19, while Cooper's Craft & Kitchen and Swift Hibernian Lounge both have it for $20. Brooklyn Black Ops they charge a whopping $55 for, while at even somewhat expensive places like Rattle 'n' Hum it's $35. Westmalle Dubbel: $15 at DBGB, $9 at SHL. Etc, etc, etc. Could go on all day...

                              It's one think to have ridiculous mark-ups on prepared food because Daniel Boulud's name is on the door, but those kinds of mark-ups on prepackaged products? Ridiculous.

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                              Grape and Grain
                              620 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009

                              Swift Hibernian Lounge
                              34 E 4th St, New York, NY 10003

                              Rattle 'n' Hum
                              14 E 33rd St, New York, NY 10016

                              Cooper's Craft & Kitchen
                              87 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

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                                Silverjay RE: sgordon Feb 9, 2012 12:34 PM

                                It doesn't make a lot of sense to come to the city and drink bottled craft beer anyway unless you are totally desperate for something at a restaurant with a limited draft selection.

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                                  strangemd RE: Silverjay Feb 9, 2012 12:52 PM

                                  I would add Resto (111 E 29th St) to the list. Extensive beer menu, both draft and bottled, with a heavy emphasis on Belgian beers. Also, just the perfect meaty food for soaking up the beer.

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                                    MVNYC RE: Silverjay Feb 9, 2012 05:18 PM

                                    Agreed on both accounts. DBGB is supremely overpriced for bottled beers.

                              2. MVNYC RE: TinKC Feb 9, 2012 05:22 PM

                                I love Blind Tiger but it gets too crowded sometimes. Off hours for a tourist in Greenwich Village is perfect. Quick walk or subway ride down from your hotel.

                                Rattle N Hum is probably next in terms of beer selection and appropriate if you are in midtown. I personally find Ginger Man to be extremely douchey. Walking distance for you.

                                These two places will showcase East Coast beer better than others. Some of the other suggestions while appropriate skew towards Belgium or wide spread US craft beers.

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                                  dalydenizen RE: TinKC Feb 9, 2012 08:55 PM

                                  If you are doing touristy things and head to Central Park. Check out the bar On Tap at Whole Foods (yes Whole Food) in the Shops at Colombus Circle. They are going to rotate the theme of the taps (was NY state brews on my list visit) and have a wide bottle selection.

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                                  On Tap
                                  10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

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                                    susan robin RE: TinKC Feb 10, 2012 03:57 AM

                                    La Cerveceria is an inexpensive Peruvian restaurant with a large and very interesting beer list. Coopers Cafe also is quite good. Both in the East Village.

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                                    Cooper's Craft & Kitchen
                                    87 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

                                    La Cerveceria
                                    65 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

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                                      Yaxpac RE: susan robin Feb 10, 2012 08:52 AM

                                      One place that i did not see mentioned above that is very close to where the OP is staying is the Guilty Goose. They currently have Green Flash IPA on tap right now and it is fantastic. Their beer selection is always top notch albeit a bit more limited than the bigger places. However, there is never a crowd and the bartenders are knowlegable about what they are serving.

                                      I like the Guilty Goose quite a bit. It is a nice low key place with fantastic beer and there are always seats at the bar. Sometimes it is nice to get away from the crowds at places like Ginger Man, DBA, Rattle n Hum, etc.

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                                      Guilty Goose
                                      131 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

                                    2. visciole RE: TinKC Feb 11, 2012 02:53 PM

                                      I am no beer afficionado but there's a new place on 1st Ave and 6th St called Upstate that has more than half a dozen beers on draught. May be worth a look.

                                      http://upstatenyc.com/drink/

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                                      Upstate
                                      95 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

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                                        TinKC RE: TinKC Feb 12, 2012 08:51 AM

                                        We ended up going to Eataly/Birreria (Sam Calagione just happened to be there so my husband got the opportunity to chat with him & snap a picture) then we went to Blind Tiger. We were at Blind Tiger on Friday around 1pm. We were able to get 2 stools at the bar. I think those were the only seats left but it wasn't "crowded". It was a great place, and I tried a cup of the beer cheese soup = outstanding!!

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                                        Blind Tiger
                                        281 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

                                        Birreria
                                        200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

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