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Good Brews: NYC’s 5 Best Beer Gardens!NYC's 5 Best Beer Gardens
As summer quickly approaches, you’re probably ready to head to one of NYC’s outdoor drinking destinations. And thanks to the city’s abundance of beer gardens, you don’t need to go far to find the perfect place to booze (al fresco, of course). We’ve rounded up our 5 favorite NYC spots where the brews are always blooming.—CHASE ROSEN
Located directly underneath the High Line and adjacent to The Standard Hotel, this beer garden has long wooden tables with plenty of room for big groups. Whether you’re looking to drink, eat, play ping-pong, or do all of the above, this spot has it all. Food and drink tickets are $8 each and the menu includes German beers, bratwurst, curry-wurst and big, fresh pretzels. Open 7 days a week, this Meatpacking destination is perfect for a date, post-work drinks, girls night out or birthday celebration. Oh, and don’t forget to take photos in the photo booth next to the bathroom inside the Standard Grill for your scrapbook!
848 Washington Street | 212-645-4646
Eataly’s famed rooftop beer garden is open year round, but in warmer months you can take in some beautiful views while catching some rays (thanks to a retractable roof). The spot offers cask ales brewed on site ($10 each), several drafts (starting at $6), and over 20 bottled selections. And if the trip up Eataly’s elevator makes you a little hungry, you can order off a menu boasting traditional Italian dishes with an eastern European influence. We recommend the Probusto sausage ($21), skirt steak with salsa verde ($24), selection of meats and cheeses ($11-$21) and a side of seasonal house made pickled veggies. Bon Appetite!
200 5th Avenue| 212-229-2560
What do you get when you combine beer, sun, and sand? The Beekman Beer Garden Beach Club, located adjacent to South Street Seaport on the north side of the alley along Pier 17. The massive, 18,000 square foot space has all of the ingredients for a perfect drinking destination: beautiful views of the Brooklyn Bridge, a life-sized chess board, pool tables, and oversized chairs perfect for catching rays enjoying live music. As for the beer, the selection includes varieties including Blue Point, Six Point, Smuttynose, Magic Hat #9 and a list of wines and spirits. Need a snack? The food menu features bratwurst and saurkraut ($6), fish and chips ($15), loaded nachos with pulled pork ($9) or an all-beef hot dog for only $3 to name a few. Don’t forget your sunnies!
South Street Seaport at Beekman Street (North Side of Pier 17)| 212-896-4600
No need to book a plane ticket to experience a perfect taste of Germany. Simply head to Loreley on the Lower East Side (or in Williamsburg), which offers German beer, German-style comfort food, and tables crafted by a carpenter from—you guessed it—Germany. The downtown spot offers indoor and outdoor seating, a selection of 12 imported beers on tap—you can try a sampling of 11 for $30—and live music. We highly recommend ordering some pretzels and wurst on the side.
7 Rivington Street| 212-253-7077
64 Frost Street| 718-599-0025
Looking for a tradition beer garden experience? Head to Hofbrau Bierhaus, located just a few steps from Grand Central Station. Inside you’ll find waiters dressed in lederhosen garb, huge growlers filled with 24 Hofbrau varieties, and a menu full of delicious wursts. As for decor, expect enormous skylight windows, large wooden communal tables and a big outdoor patio for sunny days (similar to the Munich location). We recommend trying the sauerkraut balls ($9), wurst sampler ($24) and of course, apple strudel dessert ($8). Prost!
712 3rd Ave (at 45th Street) |212-867-2337