Monthly Archives: August 2013

A review of Manhattan's Harlem Public

Located at 3612 Broadway near 149th Street, Harlem Public is a solid beer bar offering 16 tap beers and another 20 or so out of the bottle/can.  The space was about medium-sized for a Manhattan bar, not too large or small.  While we did not try the food, the menu looked promising.  Add in the diverse crowd and friendly staff and we look forward to returning to Harlem Public.

A review of Brooklyn Tap House in Brooklyn's Clinton Hill

Located at 590 Myrtle Avenue in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, Brooklyn Tap House is a beer bar along a stretch of Myrtle Avenue that is developing quite a Brooklyn NYC bar crawl. This spot is the anchor for such a crawl. It offers 45 tap beers, which include a nice mix of local and U.S. craftbeers. The space is filled mainly with communal tables, so it’s almost doubles as a beer hall. There is some cool Brooklyn themed mural on the wall at the back. Brooklyn Tap House also has spacious outdoor area on the eastern side of its building. Picnic tables and a bean bag toss are available. You’re lucky if you live nearby and can get to this spot easily. Otherwise, it’s quite far from the nearest subway stop. Either way, it’s worth a visit.

New NYC bar alert!

We learned that a new spot called Social House is opening for business today, August 23, on Manhattan’s Upper West Side; located at 447 Amsterdam Avenue (between 81st and 82nd Streets).  Social House looks like it’s half bar / half restaurant.  We hope to visit Social House soon and have a review of it posted shortly thereafter.  Here’s hoping that Social House will fit into one of the many Upper West Side themed NYC bar crawls!

A visit to SingleCut Brewery in Astoria, Queens

Located at 19-33 37th Street in Astoria, Singlecut brewery consists of a sizeable taproom area, along with the brewery in the back of the building.  During our visit, the taproom offered ten of their own beers, most of which are named after famed guitarists.  The taproom is open Wednesday through Sunday and tours are available on Saturday (3pm and 5pm) and Sunday (4pm).  If you’re taking the N train to get to Singlecut, you will have nearly a mile-long walk from the Ditmars Blvd station.  But don’t be discouraged.  This brewery is worth going out of your way for.

A review of Brooklyn Crab in Red Hook, Brooklyn

Located at 24 Reed Street in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, Brooklyn Crab isn’t really a bar (though it has a sizeable bar area), but we had such a great experience there, we want to review it anyway.  In the good weather, Brooklyn Crab is a summertime, outdoor 3-level seafood restaurant/bar.  It’s really not something you expect to find in Red Hook.  Brooklyn Crab has several different sections, including two bars, two outdoor seating areas and a mini-golf course in back!  The beer selection is so-so, but let’s face it, you’re not coming here for the beer selection, you’re coming here to eat.  Do yourself a favor, when you’re done at Ikea/Fairway, get thee to Brooklyn Crab.  Heck, you don’t even need Ikea/Fairway as an excuse to visit Brooklyn Crab.  You can make it the only destination of your day.

A review of Lavender Lake in Brooklyn's Carroll Gardens

Located at 383 Carroll Street in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, Lavender Lake is another off-the-beaten path spot that you must visit.  The feeling of the spot is slightly more Williamsburg than Carroll Gardens.  Lavender Lake is mostly bar, but there is a small dining section as well.  Also, a sizeable outdoor backyard.  Beer selection is small-but-solid, with 8 quality tap beers.  We look forward to returning.