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Recommendations for a Beerhound in Manhattan?

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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. 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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    1. re: coasts

      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

      1. re: kathryn

        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

        1. re: foodwhisperer

          >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

            1. re: thegforceny

              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. 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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      1. re: sgordon

        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

        1. re: sgordon

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

        2. 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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          1. re: Silverjay

            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

              1. re: coasts

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

                1. re: kathryn

                  douche-y and full on meatballs.

                2. re: coasts

                  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

                3. re: kathryn

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

                4. re: Silverjay

                  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.

                5. 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

                  1. +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