Advice for Aussie BA visiting New York, late May

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  1. spicelab

    spicelab Crusader (773) Nov 6, 2009 Australia
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    I'll be visiting New York for a few days in late May, based in Battery Park, and am hoping to cram in as much bar hopping as humanly possible (for a thirty-something male).

    I'm leaning towards hiring a pushbike to help me get around and stoke my appetite for good beer and fine food.

    At this stage I'm massively psyched about Torst, but am having serious difficulties assessing the pros, cons, quirks and nuances amongst the zillion other venues.

    I like pretty much all styles, but favor sours, barleywines and well-made, non-gratuitous hoppy offerings.

    I've cobbled together a provisional list including:
    - Rattle and Hum
    - The Cannibal
    - Ginger Man
    - Pony Bar (Hells Kitchen)
    - Brickyard.

    Would really appreciate people's thoughts and advice.

    Many thanks.
  2. corby112

    corby112 Poo-Bah (3,908) Nov 19, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    Whenever I go up to NY I usually just stay in Brooklyn. Haven't been to Tørst yet but I'm really excited to be going next week. Other spots worth checking out in Brooklyn are Barcade, Bierkraft, Mug's, Pacific Standard, 4th Street Pub and Spuyten Duyvil.
  3. dbrauneis

    dbrauneis Site Editor (6,092) Dec 8, 2007 North Carolina
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    Between those two posts, you have a good list for bars/restaurants.
  4. Quackus

    Quackus Aspirant (221) Mar 28, 2012 New York
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    Take Top Hops over Brickyard, and I think you're about right. Particular advantages of Top Hops is that (1) it doubles as a very good bottle shop and (2) it's within easy walking distance of two other excellent bottle shops (Good Beer and WF Bowery).
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  5. joeebbs

    joeebbs Initiate (0) Apr 29, 2009 Pennsylvania

    for sours Torst and Spuyten Duyvil are probably your best bets. I've done Rattle and Hum and that has some great stuff but is dressed up like a dive-bar. Ginger Man has great stuff too and is a little more "classy" if that makes sense. But just check out those bars' websites before you go or while you're here to see what's on tap. (except for Spuyten which hasn't updated since like 2010)
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  6. dbrauneis

    dbrauneis Site Editor (6,092) Dec 8, 2007 North Carolina
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    Also, BeerMenus is your friend to see what different places are pouring.
  7. phooky

    phooky Aspirant (209) Jan 23, 2010 New York

    Except for Torst and Spuyten Duyvil.
    And Ginger Man doesn't update their beermenus page, but their website is always updated with the current drafts.
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  8. dar482

    dar482 Poo-Bah (3,476) Mar 9, 2007 New York
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    I personally didn't care for Spuyten Duyvil. Mediocre handful of beers on tap, around 5-8 from what I remember. Then all the bottles were $20+. If I were to spend that, I would rather spend it on Cantillon at Torst.
  9. phooky

    phooky Aspirant (209) Jan 23, 2010 New York

    I agree, but before Torst, you really didn't have many other choices for the sours. I am very interested to see how Torst's opening effects operations at Spuyten Duyvil.
  10. dar482

    dar482 Poo-Bah (3,476) Mar 9, 2007 New York
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    I mean, I will say that I don't completely dislike Spuyten Duyvil. I just went there disappointed as a beer drinker. They had Great Divide IPA and then I felt I was out of options as the beers on tap were mediocre and nothing on bottle was reasonably priced (a single serving bottle).

    However, it has a rustic feel. Cool seating in the front. A huge back outdoor area. Cheese, coldcuts, and pickles as snack food. It's in a decent part of Williamsburg so you can bar hop. I would go back, just not looking for beer.
  11. corby112

    corby112 Poo-Bah (3,908) Nov 19, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    I'm not a big fan of Spuyten Duyvil either but thought that I would mention it because of it's proximity to other cool Brooklyn bars. Their draft selection is okay but the bottles are insanely expensive. Plus, they were out of the first 8 bottles that I asked for. Couldn't they just cross them out with chalk? We ordered one 22oz bottle, a glass of mead, a diet soda and two appetizers. The bill was over $100. I've been back a couple of times but only when I've know that they tapped somehing special.
  12. spicelab

    spicelab Crusader (773) Nov 6, 2009 Australia
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    Thanks a lot for all the tips. Seems my finger is roughly on the pulse.

    I'll revisit this thread prior to arrival to see if anyone is willing and able to join me for a couple.
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  13. Mr_Brodie

    Mr_Brodie Initiate (16) Dec 13, 2012 New York
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    Before going to Torst check to see if their restaurant part is open, I think it is around May. Going by the Chefs history Torst might literally best in the world for food and beer. I can't wait to eat there but at the same time I fear 2 hour waits to get in. It is just a matter of time before the press turns it into the #1 destination spot in NYC.. The place is great, I don't want to share.

    The Top Hops area is good advice. While in that area you should include One Mile House and New Beer Distributors. New Beer is like a museum with a HUGE bottle selection at the best prices.. It just happens to be in a dirty warehouse.

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  14. dar482

    dar482 Poo-Bah (3,476) Mar 9, 2007 New York
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    Good Beer and Bowery's Whole Foods are also in the area to check out, along with Top Hops.
  15. smo

    smo Initiate (0) Apr 11, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    This. Probably the most important piece of advice!

    Also check out Blind Tiger, they usually have events on Wednesdays and you can find some pretty unique offerings from time to time. Good Hunting!
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  16. unclejazz

    unclejazz Defender (612) Oct 24, 2011 New York
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    Here is my new Queens-North Brooklyn pub crawl.

    Start at Tørst(off Nassau G)
    Diamond on Kent(bocce in the back garden)
    Brouwerij Lane(great taps/growler fills/bottles/backyard)
    Alewife Queens(nice walk over Pulaski bridge nice tap and bottle list)
    Sunswick 35/35(great taps and local bar feel & food!)
    Queens Kickshaw(small but great selection and great coffee for a pick-me-up)

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