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Friday, 23 September 2011

Drinking New York City

I’m off to New York City soon and my heart is set on two things: beer and beef. The missus keeps talking about shops and sightseeing, but I’ve chosen to put this down to her odd sense of humour*. I’ve got a rough list of destinations sketched out but, if a job in IT has taught me anything, it’s that the Internet always knows best. So, The Internet, let’s have it. Where does an Englishman in New York go when he wants good food and good beer?

Katz’s Deli
Fette Sau
Shake Shack
Burger Joint
5 Napkin
Nathan’s (if we can get out that far)
Dinosaur BBQ

Brooklyn Brewery
Rattle ‘n’ Hum
Blind Tiger

Wholefoods Bowery
New Beer Distributors

Crowdsourcing GO!

*Of course, I’m joking. Shops for the day, food and beer for the evening.

Picture from here.


ben said...

Don't know if you'll get to Williamsburg but if you do, this place is amazing: http://www.fettesaubbq.com/ really excellent bbq a very good beer selection, and the best draft handles ever.

Zak Avery said...

Coney Island is great, but not worth the trip solely to eat at Nathan's, IMHO.

Mark said...

Ben: Fette Sau is high on the list. It's near Barcade too, so it's almost a dead cert.

Zak: Might be a step too far to get all the way down to Coney Island. Apart from the funfair and feeling like your one of the Warriors, what else is down there?

Sid Boggle said...

'F' Train will take you to Coney Island from 4th St in Manhattan in around 45-50 mins. Not a great deal to actually see - remnants of the freak shows, the boardwalk. It's being 'gentrified' courtesy of the mayor. Lots of ghosts...

Spuyten Duyvil is opposite Fette Sau. Same owners, not a huge tap range, but interesting bottles and a weird vibe. Otherwise, Matt W has pointed you at Mugs (between 'L' train at Bedford and the Brooklyn Brewery).

If you want to see another local brewery, check out Sixpoint in Red Hook (Near Park Slope in Brooklyn). They used to do free Sat lunchtime tours and the 'tap room' opens - it's the Liberty Bar. The B74 bus from 4th Ave in Brooklyn (near the subway - 'G' and I think 'F' trains) stops right outside. The area is a bit dubious, but you'll be OK on the bus.

Mark Dredge said...

Your list is just the same as mine was. If you want soul food then check out Amy Ruth's in Harlem. Best chicken wings and coleslaw EVER.

Pony Bar is worth visiting. It's a few blocks from a 5Napkin and together about 10 blocks over from Times Square. $5 a beer so good value.

If the misses wants something sweet then go to the Time Warner Centre on the corner of Central Park. There's a Thomas Keller bakery in there which is amazing. Get a macaroon. There's also a Whole Foods in there. It's where I spent $8 on a chocolate bar.

Forget Heartland Brewery. The beers aren't good.

I'm jealous. You're going to have an awesome time!

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Leigh said...

Katz's Deli? Jeeeeeaaaalllllooouuusss....

Mark said...

SB: I did find Sixpoint in my searching, not sure if it's a brewery too far for the other half. Will at least make sure I try some of their beer whilst there though.

Mark: Thomas Kellar bakery? Done! I think we're actually staying pretty close to Amy Ruth's, so I kinda left that off the list because I'm sure we'll see it every day on the way to other places. Hopefully get a chance to have lunch or something in there.

Leigh: Hell yeah. That and Barcade are the two places I'd aim for over all others.

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