Here is where I went on my most recent NYC bar crawl, this time in the southern section of Park Slope (or is it South Slope?).
Freddy’s (627 Fifth Avenue btw 17th and 18th streets)
This is the new location of the Prospect Heights classic following its forced closure due to the Atlantic Yards development project. This new location was the old Ellis bar. Layout is somewhat similar to that of Ellis. Bar is on the left with four booths along the wall opposite the bar. The feel of Freddy’s new location is still laid back and chill, but it’s much larger than the old location. They have a small outdoor backyard with three tables. The beer selection is solid with 12 quality taps.
Brooklyn Pub (689 Sixth Avenue at 20th St.)
This is the location of the former Safe Haven Bar & Grill. Well off the beaten path, Brooklyn Pub is a sports bar with seven flat screen TVs. The bar is on the left and eight high-top tables serving parties of two or four on the right. In between the bar area and kitchen is more seating. There are six tap beers (including Brooklyn Lager and Six Point Sweet Action) and 23 bottled beers. A good spot for those who live nearby.
Korzo (667 Fifth Avenue at 20th Street)
If you are in the mood for Central European food, this is the place for you. The L-shaped bar greets patrons in front and the kitchen lies in between the bar area and the dining area in the back. 16 tap beers with a mix of European imports and some American craft brews. I did not have a chance to sample the food menu, but I definitely need to return for that.
Der Kommissar (559 Fifth Avenue at 15th Street)
This is a sausage and beer bar! Long, narrow spot with minimalist décor. A grill in front by the entrance is followed by an seven-person bar. Two small tables sit near the back of the space. A chalkboard menu (see below) graces the back of the bar. The place serves eight types of sausages! Also had eight quality tap beers. If you like sausages and beer, this place is definitely worth a visit. The only other place I know of in the five boroughs that is similar is Wechsler’s in the East Village.
Have you been to these spots? Please share your thoughts on these places and my commentary on them!