New York NY 10003
Basement restaurant with exceptional beers.
Directions – 6 train to Astor Place, walk east briefly to the far side of Cooper Square, turn right for one block, turn left on East 7th Street for less than a block. Alternatively, L train to 3rd Avenue, walk south on 3rd Avenue (becomes Cooper Square), turn left on East 7th Street for less than a block. Alternatively, F train to 2nd Avenue, use the west (2nd Avenue) exit, walk north on 2nd Avenue, turn left on East 7th Street.
This subterranean restaurant is a gem with all sorts of unusual beers on tap and in bottle. There are regular promotional events and craft beer dinners, and the owner is the host of Beer Sessions Radio every Tuesday on the Heritage Radio Network. He also is the founder of The Good Beer Seal quality accreditation award which is enjoyed by a number on beer bars in the five boroughs of NYC. The tap handles must be the most eccentrically untidy in the city, when a new beer goes on the name is generally on a sticker or piece of tape slapped over what was on before. The food has a great reputation, and the ambiance of the place is wonderful – though it can get a little cosy in the limited basement space when popular. This bar is one of three in a tight cluster, the others being Standings and Burp Castle (q.v.). Don’t miss. (2/2015) UPDATE 10/2015: Gravity casks are now tapped every Saturday (not summer).
We finally visited in April 2016 after having heard lots of great things. Unfortunately we were a little disappointed. Firstly it was freezing outside and yet the door was wide open, so it was freezing inside too. Secondly, our lasagnes were not hot enough, so we sent them back to have them heated up, and they then took a very long time to reappear. When they finally appeared they were pretty tasty though. The beer range was good, and we will return in future - if only to experience this place when it's a bit warmer inside!
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