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Type: Bar, Eatery

911 South Street
Peekskill, New York, 10566
United States

(914) 402-1950 | map

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Added by Billolick on 08-19-2012

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4/5  rDev -4.1%

I thought Birdsall and Peekskill Brewery were the only legit places in Peeksill to get a quality brew, but here is Gleason’s to prove me wrong. From the owners of Birdsall, Gleason’s is a pizza-driven restaurant with a serious bar and some good brews.

The interior is “urban chic” cool, more SoHo than Peekskill, and less dark and depressing that Birdsall (which at times can feel like “The Lost Weekend”, particularly if you’re at it alone). The bar is tight, but the tables by the window past the bar are a lovely spot to hang out and watch the action. Service is impeccable.

The eight taps and twenty-two beer bottles don’t offer anything exciting, but they will go OK with your flatbread pizza. Sly Fox Stout, Hurricane Kitty, Freshchester Pale, Carton Boat, Widmer Alchemy were on tap during my visit. I recommend imbibing a cocktail- they have some serious concoctions.

They are sort-of-famous for their pizzas, and justly so. We went for a wild-mushroom flatbread with mornay sauce and were seriously wowed. You know how a lot of times the menu says “wild mushrooms” and then they taste like cultivated and canned? Not here. The ‘shrooms are real, seared on a pan and then spread on the pizza. A winner.

So come here for the food, and maybe have a beer.

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Photo of slander
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

When in Peekskill. You know, I should probs look in on the breweryings while I’m in town, and by ‘should probs’ I mean ‘definitely will’, but I’m taking in lunch at Gleason’s up the hill and around the bend some now. Yes, the recent addition that doubled the number of good bars in town to get a beer...

Parked front row center, metered, and set up inside, barside; straight single wood panel topped with a lip, wood panel base, and block foot box. Along the top where I believe a tap set up once lived, there sits now a fitted piece with a painted bar scene on it (It is unmistakably the work of Ross Chambers; I recognize the style from what he exhibited at the Brooklyn Brewery years ago. It’s good stuff). Seating for 11 on hightop shiny stainless steel chairings along the straight part of a bar that hooks to meet the barback in the corner.

Barback is counter space below a wall blackboardable for the printing of tap & bottled selections down on the end. A wide center shelving piece sits on piping uprights of some sort displaying wine & booze. Narrower versions of the same to each side, with arched framed mirrorings in between, and cool taller backlit wood framed stained glass panel window pieces on the ends. Glassware shelved below the bar in the center, with tiered booze to both sides, and cupboard space on the ends. Mugs stacked on the end of the bar above a glassware rack, and a cooler holding bottles back there, too. Glass bowl lighting over the bar, and drop filament bulb lighting up front.

Wide slat wood floors and pressed tin ceiling pieces over parts of the bar. And it’s hard to tell in this light, or lack thereof, but it seems they have a color scheme of 3 tone gray scale. Front wall holds a large center window and smaller ones to each side, logo’d Gleason’s, and mounted baby deer heads in a row above. 4 shorty 2 seat tables there sharing common front windowsill cushioned seating. Adjacent wall holds a steer skull with a row of small candleholders to both sides, and a funny wall mounted arrow lighting piece. A single corner TV mounted forward for the looking at.

Rear room space holds 6 tables on the wall to the left, and 5 to the right (turnable for larger party push together when they happen), the center open wide for the walk through. Framed horizontal mirrors, a large lit bulb Gleason’s marquee piece, and a collage of old movie posters on the opposite wall (it is pretty cool). And a few framed pieces otherwise. Drop filament bulb lighting fixtures, each with 3 bulbs caged, and all of them with alternating bulb types, cages, & drop lengths. Happy hour & specials boards to the rear. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the large print of Jackie Gleason shooting billiards (probably from ‘The Hustler’) in one of the bathrooms. Yes, he lived in town; no, he doesn’t hang here, ‘cause you know, yeah.

8 non rotating taps with non descript handles on a pressed tin panel on the side barback wall. ½ of them New York State craft offerings (Captain Lawrence Brown Bird Brown Ale & Freshchester Pale Ale, Greenport Harbor Black Duck Porter, Southampton Double White), and the other ½ craft regional and beyond (Smuttynose Finest Kind IPA, Lionshead Pilsner, Sly Fox O’Reilly’s Stout, Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat). I drank the Greenport Harbor Black Duck Porter & Captain Lawrence Freshchester Pale Ale, served in heavy glass mugs.

And bottles, 20 of ‘em or so. A dozen of them are craft beer selections local (Captain Lawrence), New York State (Southern Tier, Spider Bite, & Sixpoint), regional (Weyerbacher, Flying Dog), and beyond (Green Flash, Lagunitas). The remainder is a mix of imports, cider, N/A, & macro. And a dozen + wines, suited well for those chatty wine drinking women that have just arrived for lunch. They are loud and have not yet imbibed. Can’t wait to see what the addition of drink brings.

Food, they’ve got a small tight menu; 2 soups, 2 salads, 3 pastas, 10 pizza options, specials, and a few deserts. Started with the soup Minestra (a parmesan broth with vegetables, a soft cooked egg, & a cannelini bean crostini). And a pizza as it is their thing; I went with the Margherita (roasted tomato sauce, basil pesto, & fresh mozzarella). A solid soup and a damn good pie.

Had to go feed the meter but it was only 4 feet out front the door so that wasn’t too bad. Tunes are ‘tender’ play list (REM, Counting Crows, Beatles, Cure, Police, Coldplay, The Cranberries, Chili Peppers). Jason B tending, knows his game. Good drink, killer pizza, chill house, a welcome addition to P’skill.

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Photo of rbastone
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

This 'sister' bar to the Birdsall House has doubled the number of places I now go to for beers/dinner in Peekskill. Although the draft beer list is not as lengthy as the Birdsall - it is solid; the bottle list is well thought out and diverse enough to keep a beer geek happy.

The staff members are always engaging and friendly; they are a great group of people that make all patrons feel welcome. If you spend enough time at the bar - you may even be treated to one of Garry's bad jokes or one of Jason's home-distilled libations.

The pizza is amazing - as is the pasta (nightly specials like the seafood stew have also been consistently on target).

A definite gem - drop in and find out for yourself.

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Photo of Billolick
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

They just opened a few days ago. Another BA worthy spot in Peekskill, NY. Created by the same folks behind the Birdsal House.

Medium sized rectangular room, the bar is up front as you enter and there are over a dozen tables heading towards the rear. Grown up and calm without any TV in sight, comfortable place for a relaxed meal.

The excitement here is the pizza or should I say Flatbread. I took a mussel pie and a margherita pie home and the verdict was….very tasty pizza! They offer 9 choices (12 inch pies, $10-$15), gonna try the octopus pie next time I’m in. Also on the menu, four salads/soups and four pasta options.

Beer wise we are talking eight all craft taps (Smutty, Southampton,Greenport Harbor, Captain Lawrence x 2, Goose Island, Slyfox) Bottle list features more CL (four choices) Green Flash, Southern Tier, Flying Dog, St Bernardus, Sixpoint Resin cans and Duvel. So you will find ample quality beer to go with your very high quality flatbread.

Nice addition to my local beer world. Fine place for a visit, meal, beer or two. Must hit spot as part of any Peekskill beer visit/crawl

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