A review of Sanatorium in Manhattan’s Alphabet City

Located at 14 Avenue C in Manhattan’s Alphabet City, Sanatorium is a hospital-themed cocktail-focused bar/lounge.  The layout includes a standing room only bar on the left side of the space, with the majority of the space taken up by low-level lounge-style seating. Cocktails are all the rage right now and, at $15/drink, Sanatorium’s cocktail price is somewhat mid-range for Manhattan.  In addition, staff was friendly, but we wonder how long a place like this will last in its current location on Avenue C.  Stop in here on your next Avenue C NYC bar crawl.  Note that Sanatorium has a rather late opening hour.  On the day of our visit, the spot opened for business at 8pm.


A review of The Hairy Lemon in Manhattan’s Alphabet City

Located at 28 Avenue B in Manhattan’s Alphabet City, The Hairy Lemon picks up where Croxley Ales left off.  The Hairy Lemon is more neighborhood sports bar then neighborhood craft beer bar.  The Hairy Lemon serves 20 tap beers, but most were not of the particularly hard-to-find variety.  The space feels materially different from Croxley Ales, though the new owners did keep one church pew for seating that the former occupant used in abundance.  Stop in here on your next Avenue B NYC bar crawl.

The Hairy Lemon

A review of Death Ave in Manhattan’s Chelsea

Located at 315 10th Avenue in Manhattan’s Chelsea (and just a few blocks south of the Hudson Yards development), Death Ave is a Greek restaurant that also brews its own beer.  We had been waiting over two years for the home brews to start flowing!  Finally, on a recent afternoon NYC pub crawl along 10th Avenue we stopped into the main restaurant (the recently-opened tap room is now also open for lunch on most days) for a few beers. Our samplings included the Kolsch and Pale Ale.  Death Ave also offered a few Belgian-style ales.  The braised lamb sandwich is outstanding!

Death Ave

A review of Circa Brewing in Downtown Brooklyn

Located at 141 Lawrence Street in rapidly re-developing Downtown Brooklyn, Circa Brewing is a spacious restaurant-brewpub whose food specialty includes pizza.  The beer offerings listed on the menu were numerous, though the bar tender informed us that a few kegs had been kicked.  We believe this is the first brewpub to open in Brooklyn and it’s one of those spots that doesn’t feel as though it’s Brooklyn or any part of NYC, really.  Circa Brewing is open for lunch and dinner everyday.  If you’re a fan of craft beer, then you need to visit Circa Brewing.

Circa Brewing