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Last Updated 2013-04-10
Where to Taste: Pubs, Bars and Taverns
Our recommendations are listed alphabetically below.
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- Adobe Blues — 63 Lafayette Ave. (Staten Island)
Southwest-theme restaurant with a good beer selection (lots of bottles) and live music on week-ends.
- Against The Grain — 620 E. 6th Street
btw B and C
A small pub/restaurant with a good beer selection. 5 taps, many bottles.
- Alewife NYC — 5-14 51st Avenue (Queens)
Long Island City
- Amsterdam Ale House — 340 Amsterdam Avenue
(at 76th Street)
The former Westside Brewing Company. Decent selection for the neighborhood, but prices seem rather high.
- Anotheroom — 249 West Broadway
at Beach (i.e. Walker)
Hipster black-and-industrial-steel beer and wine bar in Tribeca. Mostly interesting beers, very little crap and none from the megaswill purveyors. About 1 block from the ACE at Canal or the 1 at Franklin.
- Arrow — 85 Avenue A
(btw 5th and 6th, basement)
Seven taps, and some craft beers in bottles. Happy hour until 9pm.
- Atlantic Co. — 622 Washington Avenue (Brooklyn)
C to Fulton or 2/3 to Bergen
- Barbes — 376 9th Street (Brooklyn)
(Park Slope, corner of 6th Ave.)
An excellent music venue with a decent beer selection.
- Barcade — 388 Union Avenue (Brooklyn)
Strictly, only, American microbrews on 24 tap and one hand pump. Vintage video games along the walls.
- Bar Great Harry — 280 Smith Street (Brooklyn)
(at Sackett; Carroll Gdns)
New beer bar in the heart of the Smith Street strip. Check the web site for the beer list. One hand pump.
- Bar Six — 502 Sixth Avenue
(below 13th Streeet)
French/Moroccan restaurant and bar. Two taps serving Brooklyn beers, good bottle selection.
Phone: (212) 691-1363
- Beer Table — 427 B 7th Avenue (Brooklyn)
Park Slope (btw 14th & 15th Streets)
Beer and food pairing daily from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. F to 7th Avenue
closing Saturday, April 27 2013
(scheduled to re-open at a new location)
- Bier International — 2099 Frederick Douglass Blvd
(at 113th St.)
A restaurant and beer garden in West Harlem. B/C to 110th/Cathedral Pkwy
The Blind Tiger Ale House — 281 Bleecker Street
One of the grand-daddies of the NY beer scene, reborn on Bleecker Street after the original location turned into a Starbucks. Now with bar food. 3 hand pumps and two dozen taps. Frequent brewery events.
- Blue Ribbon — 97 Sullivan Street
(btw Spring and Prince)
A restaurant with an extensive wine list and very nice beer. Expensive, and long waits.
- Bohemian Hall — 29-19 24th Avenue (Queens)
A large, traditional beer garden in the Central European tradition. Many German and Czech beers.
- Borough Food and Drink — 12 E. 22nd Street
A restaurant specializing in regional ingredients, including 30 beers from New York State craft brewers.
- Botanica — 220 Conover Street (Brooklyn)
(Red Hook, btw Coffey and Dikeman)
The Brazen Head — 228 Atlantic Avenue (Brooklyn)
(btw Court St. and Boerum Pl.)
A light and airy space with barstools and couches; an outdoor garden weather permitting. No real food; snacks on some days, and bagged munchies. 15 taps and 2 hand pumps.
- Breukelen Bier Merchants — 182 Grand Street (Brooklyn)
between Bedford and Driggs, Williamsburg
A bar and beer store (including growlers)
- The Bronx Beer Hall — 2344 Arthur Avenue (Bronx)
in the Arthur Avenue Retail Market at 187th Street
open 11 am - 11 pm
- The Bronx Ale House — 216 West 238th Street (Bronx)
btw Broadway and Major Deegan
Kingsbridge; 1 train to 238th
- The Brooklyner — 220 W. Houston Street
(btw 6th and Varick)
A one-joke bar/restaurant, but as long as it's a good joke, who's complaining? Featuring the beers of Brooklyn, from Coney Island to Williamsburg.
Broome Street Bar — 363 West Broadway
A nice place, both neighborhood bar and tourist trade, with a typical bar kitchen.
Burp Castle — 41 East 7th Street
(near 2nd Avenue)
A theme place -- this is a "House of Beer Worship", staffed by "Brewist Monks". Excellent selection of Belgian ales.
Phone: (212) 982-4576
- BXL East — 210 E. 51st Street
(btw 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
Belgian-themed restaurant and bar with a good beer selection both from Belgium and the US.
- BXL Cafe — 125 W. 43rd Street
(near Times Square)
Belgian-themed restaurant and bar with a good beer selection both from Belgium and the US. The selection is smaller and more timid than at BXL East.
- Cafe Katja — 79 Orchard Street
(between Broome & Grand)
A tiny, friendly Austrian bistro with a small but pleasant selection of German and Austrian beers, on tap and in bottles. As is to be expected, the food concentrates on the products of the pig. Open 4 - midnight.
Casellula — 401 W. 52nd Street
(near 9th Ave.)
A cheese and wine bar with a small but eclectic beer list and a hand pump.
CB Six Bar — 252 East 51st Street
at 2nd Avenue
- The Chip Shop (Atlantic) — 129 Atlantic Avenue (Brooklyn)
(btw Clinton & Henry)
A British chippy with British beer and whiskies, down the block from the Waterfront. Full English breakfast on weekends.
Phone: (718) 855-7775
- The Chip Shop (Park Slope) — 383 Fifth Avenue (Brooklyn)
(Park Slope, at 6th St.)
A British chippy with British beer and whiskies. Full English breakfast on weekends.
- The Chip Shop (Bay Ridge) — 7215 Third Avenue (Brooklyn)
btw 72 & 73rd Streets, Bay Ridge
The latest in the Chip Shop empire, stocking 30 British bottled beers, many from very small breweries that will not be found elsewhere. Beer garden.
Chumley's — 86 Bedford Street
A former speakeasy with about 12 taps, changing fairly often. Closed for renovations as of 2/2007 (still closed in Summer 2011).
- The CornerStone — 1502 Cortelyou Road (Brooklyn)
(at E. 15th Street; Cortelyou Rd station on the Q)
Run by Gerry Campbell, formerly at the late Sparky's Ale House.
- d.b.a. — 41 1st Avenue
(between 2nd and 3rd streets)
12 excellent taps, several hand pumps (not always in use); over 60 bottled beers (strong on Belgian and British). No food, but you can bring your own. Unfathomably full of loud idiots swilling Amstel and Stella on week-ends.
d.b.a. Brooklyn — 113 N. 7th Street (Brooklyn)
(Williamsburg, btw Berry and Wythe)
New-Orleans BBQ every Sunday from 2PM
- Devin Tavern — 363 Greenwich Street
(between Franklin & Harrison)
An American bistro with a small but interesting beer list mixing local favorites and unusual Czech imports.
- The Diamond — 43 Franklin Street (Brooklyn)
(continuation of Kent Ave. at Calyer) Greenpoint
Specializing in less big but no less flavorful session beers.
- Dinosaur BBQ — 700 West 125st Street
BBQ restaurant with a few microbrews. Usually very crowded.
- Dive Bar — 732 Amsterdam Avenue
(at 96th Street)
Phone: (212) 749-4358
- Donovan's — Roosevelt Avenue and 56th Street (Queens)
(Woodside; right under the 7 train)
"Has the best Guinness. And GREAT burgers, to boot..." (Jim Leff)
- Double Windsor — 210 Prospect Park W. (Brooklyn)
at 16th Street, Windsor Terrace
US craft beers on tap, decent international bottle selection.
Downtown Bar & Grill — 160 Court Street (Brooklyn)
(At Amity Street)
- Draft Barn (Gowanus) — 530 Third Avenue (Brooklyn)
btw 12th & 13th Streets
14 taps and many bottles; beer and food with a Central European beer-hall slant.
- Draft Barn (Gravesend) — 317 Avenue X (Brooklyn)
3 blocks east of the Ave. X F train
One hand pump. Closed Mondays.
- The Dram Shop — 339 9th Street (Brooklyn)
btw 5th and 6th Avenues
- Drop Off Service — 211 Avenue A
at 13th Street
One hand pump.
Ear Inn — 326 Spring Street
2 blocks from the Hudson
Historic sailor's bar; a designated city landmark, built in 1817. Some decent beers on tap; single malt scotches, brandies. Like McSorley's, go for the history, not the beer. Music late at night on some days.
- East Village Tavern — 158 Avenue C
at 10th Street
Mostly US craft beers, including one cask-conditioned. Pub food. Some loud and loutish behavior has been reported late at night...
- Fette Sau — 354 Metropolitan Avenue (Brooklyn)
(Williamsburg; just west of Havemeyer)
Top-notch barbecue, well-suited beer, and selected Bourbons from the owners of Spuyten Duyvil, across the street. Open from 5pm.
Phone: (718) 963-3404
- 508 — 508 Greenwich Street
Mediterranean gastropub and brewery
- 4th Avenue Pub — 76 4th Avenue (Brooklyn)
(btw Bergen & St Marks St., Park Slope)
24 taps, a hand pump, a long happy hour, and a back yard.
Fraunces Tavern — 54 Pearl Street
at Broad Street
The historic tavern is now operated by Dublin's Porterhouse.
- The Fulton Grand — 1011 Fulton Street (Brooklyn)
- The Gate — 321 Fifth Avenue (Brooklyn)
(Park Slope; at 3rd Street)
24 taps and weekly gravity casks; weekly beer events, and spacious outdoor seating in season.
- George Keeley — 485 Amsterdam Avenue
(btwn. 83rd & 84th)
21 taps, one hand pump serving American and European beers. Pub food. Monday - Friday: 4 PM - 4 AM; Sat - Sun: 12 - 4 AM
The Ginger Man — 11 East 36th Street
(between 5th and Madison)
A cousin of four other Ginger Men in Texas (Houston, Dallas, Austin, Ft Worth), The Ginger Man offers 66 taps of fine craft beers from around the world and two hand pumps, with nearly 100 excellent selections of bottled beers. One block from the Pierpont Morgan Library, two blocks from the Empire State Building.
Good Beer — 422 East 9th Street
(btw 1st and A)
More a beer store than a bar, but there are some tables and chairs for instant gratification. Open daily 11am to 10pm except noon to 8pm Sundays.
- Good World Bar & Grill — 3 Orchard Street
(btw Canal & Division)
Upscale bar and restaurant with a Scandinavian-Modern theme. Some good beers on draft and in bottles. Obnoxious loud music.
Grace Restaurant — 114 Franklin Street
(btw Church and West Broadway)
David Jacobson says: They have separate refrigerators for lagers and ales. They serve food until 4:00 a.m., a variety of small dishes, the Moules Frites, Polenta Cakes and Duck Cakes all rock.
- Gramercy Tavern — 42 East 20th Street
In front of an expensive restaurant that you can't get a reservation at, you will find the "tavern", with its own menu and a good selection of US and foreign beers. Not cheap, but worth the money.
- Great Jones Cafe — 54 Great Jones Street
(btw Bowery and Lafayette)
A Cajun restaurant with good beer.
- The Half Pint — 76 West 3rd Street
A brick-and-wood restaurant with a separate bar. Two dozen draft lines and a hand pump (the former ranging from $5.50 to $7.50, the latter priced at $6 per half!) and a solid, extensive bottle list of both US and imported beers ($5-$9). No surprises, and the usual cheap stinkers one must overlook, especially considering their touristy location.
- Heartland Brewery (Times Square) — 127 West 43rd Street
- Heartland Brewery (Radio City) — 1285 Sixth Avenue
The second location in the Heartland empire. Beer brewed by Greenpoint.
- Heartland Brewery (Union Square) — 35 Union Square West
The original, no longer brewing on the premises. Beer brewed by Greenpoint.
- Heartland Brewery (South Street Seaport) — 93 South Street
Formerly the North Star. Beers brewed by Greenpoint.
- Heartland Brewery (P.A. Bus Terminal) — 625 8th Avenue
(at 41st Street)
Opened January 2010 inside the Port Authority Bus Terminal.
Heidelberg Restaurant — 1648 Second Avenue
(Between 85th and 86th Streets)
Good selection of fine German beers, great food and an authentic German environment.
Hello Berlin — 626 10th Avenue
(at 44th Street)
The new "Wurst" Restaurant from the folks who brought you the original (now closed) Hallo Berlin. This location has a full liquor license and is much roomier.
- Henry Street Ale House — 62 Henry Street (Brooklyn)
(near Cadman Plaza)
Hop Devil — 129 St. Marks Place
(off Avenue A)
Hop Devil specializes in US beers, its neighbor, aka The Belgian Room, has been incorporated into the main establishment. One can move freely between the two at the back. One hand pump.
House of Brews — 363 West 46th Street
One hand pump, marred by giant TVs.
- Houston Hall — 222 W. Houston Street
Beer hall and restaurant from the Heartland Brewery empire
- Idle Hands — 25 Avenue B
(downstairs, btw 2nd and 3rd)
In this Avenue B basement formerly occupied by Midway, there are 6 taps and many bottles from around the world, all worthy. Also, a vast selection of Scotch, Bourbon, Rye, and other whiskies.
- Indian Road Cafe — 600 West 218th Street
(at Indian Road)
The northernmost outpost in Manhattan, with a broad selection of interesting bottles.
Jake's Dilemma — 430 Amsterdam Avenue
(between 80th and 81st Street)
A wonderful and lively beer bar. There is a great selection of 12 beers on tap (and growing!) and over 50 bottled beers. Micro Brews and imports are a great speciality.
- Jimmy's No.43 — 43 East 7th Street
(basement - btw 2nd and 3rd Avenue)
A restaurant with a good beer list, strong on Belgians. One cask weekly.
- John Street Bar and Grill — 17 John Street
(btw Broadway and Nassau)
Pool table and darts. The accent is on cheap crap beer.
- Killmeyer's Old Bavarian Inn — 4256 Arthur Kill Rd (Staten Island)
A wonderful old German restaurant with beautiful old bar from the early 1800's, and excellent German food. Also a big outdoor beergarden, with live music some nights.The bar has a fine draft selection, and a huge list of about 115 bottles. The emphasis is on German beers (and with the atmospheric surroundings, what else would you want to drink?), but the bottled beer list covers the world.
- King's Head Tavern — 222 E. 14th Street
A very handsome wood-and-soft-lights bar, with a reasonable beer selection heavy on NY State breweries. Classic rock on the jukebox.
- Die Kölner Bierhalle — 84 St. Marks Place (Brooklyn)
(near 4th Avenue) Park Slope
Beware the humongous TV screen! And better brush up on your Fraktur to read the menu...
Landmark Tavern — 626 11th Avenue
(at 46th Street)
In an old-fashioned red-brick building at the corner of 46th and 11th, strategically located a block away from the Intrepid Museum, or -- for more mundane pursuits -- between Metropolitan Lumber and the Salvation Army's thrift shop, and one block from the H & H Bagels factory outlet. A mediocre tap list, a bar menu of shellfish and classic pub fare, as well as a regular restaurant.
Lederhosen — 39 Grove Street
(btw Bedford and Bleecker)
A German wurst restaurant with German beer. Closed Mondays.
Phone: (212) 206-7691
- The Levee — 212 Berry Street (Brooklyn)
(Williamsburg, at N. 3rd)
An unpretentious neighborhood bar with good beer.
Phone: (718) 218-8787
- Lighthouse Tavern — 243 Fifth Avenue (Brooklyn)
(at Carroll Street)
One hand pump.
- Li'l Frankie's — 19 1st Avenue
Good beer and pizza. One block from d.b.a.
- Loreley — 7 Rivington Street
(at the Bowery)
12 taps, mostly German. Full German menu. Open until 4 am Fridays and Saturdays
- Loreley Williamsburg — 64 Frost Street (Brooklyn)
(corner of Meeker/BQE)
The new Brooklyn branch from the LES Loreley. Just one block from Pete's Candy Store, in Williamsburg.
- Lucky Dog — 303 Bedford Avenue (Brooklyn)
btw S. 1st and S.2nd, Williamsburg
20 craft beer taps, one cask.
- Maggie's Place — 21 East 47th Street
(47th and Madison Ave)
12 taps, including "The best pint of Guinness in New York" (Garrett Oliver).
Manchester New York — 920 Second Ave
(at 49th Street)
16 taps; American, British, and Belgian bottled beers. "Life's too short to drink cheap beer".
Phone: 212.223.7484, Fax. 212.223.7487
- Mark Bar — 1025 Manhattan Avenue (Brooklyn)
(5 blocks north of the Greenpoint Ave. G train)
Good selection on 14 taps, and bottles; two for one happy hour 4-8 pm. Opened summer 2003
- Markt — 676 Sixth Avenue
at 21st Street
A Belgian restaurant with an extensive beer list on tap and in bottles.
- Marshall Stack — 66 Rivington Street
- Matchless — 557 Manhattan Avenue (Brooklyn)
- Matt Torrey's — 46 Bushwick Avenue (Brooklyn)
at the corner of Ainslie
A large bar with an emphasis on New York State beers
- McSorley's Old Ale House — 15 East 7th Street
New York's oldest continuously operating bar, opened by John McSorley in 1854. If you absolutely must go, go for the atmosphere, not for the beer.
- Mission Dolores — 249 4th Avenue (Brooklyn)
Beer selection is mostly American, with a few imports.
- Molly's (Molly Malone's) — 287 3rd Avenue
(between 23rd and 22nd)
A wonderful, cozy, dark Irish pub with sawdust on the floor, excellent Guinness on tap and fantastic hamburgers.
- Mugs Ale House — 125 Bedford Avenue (Brooklyn)
(Williamsburg, at 10th St., just a few blocks north of the Bedford Ave. L-train station)
Twenty-plus draft lines and two hand pumps featuring an excellent selection of imported and domestic beers, plus a large & impressive selection of bottled beers. Good food at reasonable prices. Hosts the monthly meetings of The Malted Barley Appreciation Society.
Phone: (718) 486-8232
- Nurnberger Bierhaus — 817 Castleton Avenue (Staten Island)
German restaurant and beer garden.
Phone: (718) 816-7461
- Old Town Bar — 45 E. 18th Street
A beautiful room with wood paneling and Art-Deco fittings, and an improving tap list. Standard burger and sandwich menu.
- One Mile House — 10 Delancey Street
(btw Chystie and the Bowery)
- One Stop Beer Shop — 134 Kingsland Avenue (Brooklyn)
(Graham Ave. stop on the L)
A craft-beer bar and shop in Greenpoint, near the BQE. Growler refills.
- The Owl Farm — 297 9th Street (Brooklyn)
(at 5th Avenue, in Park Slope)
A new sister establishment of Bar Great Harry and Mission Dolores, with 30 lines --two of which are hand drawn casks-- and a mix of US and imported beers with all the right credentials. No food; bring your own.
- Pacific Standard — 82 4th Avenue (Brooklyn)
btw St. Marks and Bergen
A bar for the hopheads, with a strong emphasis on the West Coast. Two hand pumps. Various events and tap lists at pacificstandardbrooklyn.blogspot.com
Peculier Pub — 145 Bleecker Street
"Mobbed on week-ends" doesn't even begin to cover how wretched this NYU frat-boy place is, despite their excellent selection.
- Pencil Factory — 142 Franklin Street (Brooklyn)
G Train to Greenpoint Avenue
Phone: (718) 609-5858
- La Petite Abeille (Chelsea) — 44 West 17th Street
A chain of Belgian-style cafe-restaurants with several locations.
La Petite Abeille (Hudson) — 466 Hudson Street
A chain of Belgian-style cafe-restaurants with several locations.
- La Petite Abeille (Styuvesant) — 401 East 20th Street
A chain of Belgian-style cafe-restaurants with several locations.
- La Petite Abeille (Tribeca) — 134 West Broadway
A chain of Belgian-style cafe-restaurants with several locations.
- Pony Bar — 637 10th Avenue
at 45th Street
Located just west of the theater district, with 20 taps and 2 casks, all US craft beers in a wide variety of styles. Bar food. Growlers available.
- The Queens Kickshaw — 4017 Broadway (Queens)
Astoria (at Steinway)
A coffeeshop with an eclectic, international beer selection
- Rabbit Club — 124 MacDougal Street
at Minetta Lane
aka 124 Old Rabbit Club aka 124 Rabbit Club aka Old Rabbit Club... Tiny basement under #124. European bottled beers, no taps. Not an enormous selection, but on MacDougal it's hard to complain! Bar food.
Radegast Hall & Biergarten — 113 N. 3rd Street (Brooklyn)
Beer (and food) with a German emphasis, but with a good sprinkling of Belgians and others.
- Rattle 'N' Hum — 14 East 33rd Street
3 casks, some 40 taps, mostly US.
- Rebar — 147 Front Street (Brooklyn)
(DUMBO, near York St. F Train)
The bar at the Retreat restaurant, with a specialty of Belgian beers, both on tap and in bottles.
- Reichenbach Hall — 5 W. 37th Street
Opening soon, will serve 14 draft beers, plus select European wines, liquors, and a host of German dishes.
Resto — 111 East 29th Street
A Belgian restaurant with a good beer selection and --judging from the web site-- a shaky mastery of spelling.
- Revival — 129 East 15th St.
(between Irving and University)
Comfortable armchair lounge upstairs, garden in the back.
- The Richardson — 451 Graham Avenue (Brooklyn)
- Rockwood Music Hall — 196 Allen Street ((between Houston and Stanton))
An excellent music venue with a few good bottled beers.
Rolf's — 281 3rd Avenue
at 22nd Street
German restaurant with the better German imports on tap. The food disappoints.
- Rye House — 11 West 17th Street
A moderately-priced restaurant, just steps from the Flatiron, with a good beer selection.
- Der Schwarze Kölner — 710 Fulton Street (Brooklyn)
btw S. Oxford & S. Portland (Fort Greene)
Beer garden with a complete dedication to German beers and food.
C train to Lafayette, or G to Fulton, and the Atlantic/Pacific hub.
- South 4th — 90 South 4th Street (Brooklyn)
corner of Berry, Williamsburg
- Spike Hill — 184 Bedford Avenue (Brooklyn)
(Williamsburg; at N. 7th)
Irish bar with good bottle collection
- Spitzer's Corner — 101 Rivington Street
a restaurant with 40 different, worthy taps and numerous, equally worthy bottles.
The Spotted Pig — 314 W. 11th Street
at Greenwich Street
British gastropub with two hand pumps and a few interesting bottles. Kitchen open until 2am.
Phone: (212) 620-0393
- The Spring Lounge — 48 Spring Street
For those days when beer calls for breakfast, one of the few bars left in the city to start serving at 8am.
- Spuyten Duyvil — 359 Metropolitan Avenue (Brooklyn)
"The best beer bar in the city" -- the BBC. Five excellent taps, one hand pump, a wealth of well-chosen bottles, and snacks. For more substantial dining, Fette Sau is across the street.
Phone: (718) 963-4140
St. Andrews — 120 West 44th Street
(Avenue of the Americas / B'way)
An upscale pub in the theater district with a distinctly Scots accent.
The Stag's Head — 252 East 51st Street
at 2nd Avenue
Gastropub with a serious, mostly US, draft and bottle selection
- Standings — 41 East 7th Street (near 2nd Avenue)
The former Brewsky's, with a larger TV screen.
- Stanton Public — 17 Stanton Street
(btw Chrystie and Bowery)
formerly the horrendously named Villedge Publick House. One cask ale, many good taps and bottles.
- Stout — 127-135 West 33rd Street
Two hand pumps. Bottled UK beers.
- The Strand — 25-31 Broadway (Astoria, Queens)
(at 29th St)
N,Q to Broadway
- Strong Place — 270 Court Street (Brooklyn)
Bistro with 24 craft-beer taps at the bar. F train to Bergen or Carroll.
- Sunswick 35/35 — 35-02 35th Street (Astoria/LIC, Queens)
35th Street at 35th Avenue
24 mostly good taps, pub food. Pity about the 8 TVs... Still, not much else in the neighborhood.
- Taproom No.307 — 307 3rd Avenue
corner of 3rd Ave & 23rd Street
- Tørst — 615 Manhattan Avenue (Greenpoint, Brooklyn)
G to Nassau
Excellent selection, but so overpriced as to be contemptuous.
- Union Pool — 484 Union Avenue (Brooklyn)
Williamsburg; near the BQE
A music venue with a few good beers: Duvel, Chimay, Cooper's. Noisy indoors, cool and quiet by the fountain in the backyard.
- Valhalla — 815 Ninth Avenue
(corner of 54th St.)
Good beer menu, with two dozen draft lines and numerous bottles listed in a printed menu. Uncluttered Scandinavian, wood-paneled design; the ominously looming giant TV screens can be safely ignored by sitting strategically. Prices are on the expensive side, even for Manhattan.
- The Vanderbilt — 570 Vanderbilt Avenue (Brooklyn)
(Prospect Heights, at Bergen)
A restaurant with an above average beer selection (tap and bottles)
Virgil's Barbeque — 152 West 44th Street
Good barbecue and bottled beers. Don't bother with the taps.
Vol de Nuit — 148 W. 4th St.
(off 6th Ave.)
Belgian bar and restaurant
Phone: 212.979.2616 or 212.982.3388
Waterfront Ale House (Brooklyn) — 155 Atlantic Avenue (Brooklyn)
(at Henry Street)
Good selection on tap from many microbreweries, and excellent pub food. One hand pump.
- Waterfront Ale House (Manhattan) — 540 2nd Avenue
(at 30th Street)
This is the newer branch of the Brooklyn Waterfront. It has an excellent and frequently-changing selection of microbrews and top-quality imports on tap, including a selection of locally-brewed beers. The food is fine, generously-portioned, and decently priced. When you order a burger rare, they cook it rare. Try their house hot sauce.
- Wechsler's Currywurst Bratwurst — 120 First Ave
at E. 7th
A tiny wurst joint specializing in Berlin currywurst, with over a dozen respectable German beers including Berliner Weisse, Schneider, Schlenkerla, etc.
- The Well — 272 Meserole Street (Brooklyn)
(btw Bushwick Ave. and Waterbury St.) Bushwick
Beer garden and music venue located in the former Hittleman brewery on Brooklyn's Brewer’s Row, with almost 70 (mostly worthy) taps. L to Montrose Ave.
White Horse Tavern — 567 Husdon Street
Memories of Dylan Thomas. A large, old-fashioned pub notable more for its ambiance than its beer.
- WunderBar — 37-10 11th Street (Long Island City)
F to 21st St. Queensbridge (about 8 blocks: 21st St. is really 14th St.)
German bar and restaurant
Zum Schneider — 107 Avenue C
(at E. 7th Street)
A Bavarian-style bar with long communal tables. Simple German food is available.