We’ve spent a good portion of this summer exploring spots in Brooklyn and Queens and it’s been a great time. So now, we figure we need to show Manhattan a little love. Manhattan bars currently on our radar include Financial District’s Clinton Hall, Flatiron’s Flatiron Hall and East Village’s Maiden Lane. We gather that the first two are beer halls. Flatiron Hall is from the same folks behind Houston Hall. Maiden Lane takes over the spot where Life Cafe, a great East Village brunch spot, used to be. We are looking forward to visiting all three.
Located at 10-09 50th Avenue in Long Island City, Queens, Open Door brings perhaps a first to NYC: a tapas/craft beer bar. Normally, tapas places are wine bars, if they are bars at all. Open Door offers nearly 20 tap beers and some offerings are from the newest that Queens has to offer, including Bridge and Tunnel, Rockaway and Singlecut. We were quite impressed at how many local offerings were available. The layout is bar in front half, dining area in back. Food offerings included a Naan pizza (think Italian-Indian fusion). This is definitely a spot we want to visit again.