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New York, Hopped Up

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A February 2007 trip to New York by MojoGoes

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Quote: Some NYC-area haunts for beer from pints to pitchers.

Luke's Bar and Grill

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Restaurant

Luke's Bar and Grill Photo, New York, New York
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With warm wood tones and dark green accents, Luke's is the ideal place to enjoy a laid-back, but well-prepared meal with friends or even a date. The menu includes standard pub grub—the burger is fantastic and cooked to perfection—but also offers more refined dishes such as chicken paillard, fish, and stir-fry; just don't overlook the Mike Wallace meatloaf, the beer-battered fish and chips, or the Buffalo wings. If you need something lighter, there are plenty of salads and appetizer options. Service is prompt and courteous but if you can, ask for Johnny, he's the man. Luigi, the manager, is almost always around and runs a tight ship to make sure that the needs of the patrons are met. On...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 22, 2007

Luke's Bar and Grill
1394 Third Avenue
New York, New York
(212) 249-7070

Ear Inn

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Attraction | "Ear Inn - Ya Heard?"

Ear Inn Photo, New York, New York
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This is a great little place to get a drink or a good pub meal. One of the oldest bars in New York, it really gives the feel of a dusty Irish pub. You can sit outside in the summer which is cool, but be aware that motorcyclists frequent this place, at least on Thursdays. It's cool if you like bikes since they park them right out front, but it gets a bit crowded.It is also sometimes referred to as Anchor Bar as it used to be big with sailors and stevedores way back when. The enormous mooring cleats outside are testament to that. Don't be confused, it's still the same great place.The food is good, and perhaps a bit underrated, too. Great burgers and sandwiches, but don't hesitate to order so...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 7, 2008

Ear Inn
326 Spring Street
New York, New York 10013
(212) 226-9060

Back Forty

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Restaurant

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We went to Back Forty on the Fourth of July since the restaurant is close to the East River (for the fireworks) and because they had advertised a sort of summer grill menu for the weekend. The restaurant is situated in the ever-gentrifying Lower East Side and, if you’re not a local, you’d probably wonder just where you were heading while walking around the neighborhood. The Lower East Side, all but unreachable by most subway lines in Manhattan, is not overrun with tourists but don’t worry, you’re safe. Entering the establishment through its large, contemporary-styled wood door, you are welcome by an overall feeling of clean and relative calm. High ceilings, white walls that are mostly unadorned,...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 18, 2008

Back Forty
190 Avenue B
New York 10009
(212) 388-1990

Brooklyn Brewery

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Attraction | "The Brooklyn Brewery"

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Whether you are a local, a frequent visitor, or are just passing through the 5 boroughs, the nightlife is one of the biggest draws of the city. Of course, there are thousands of bars, pubs, clubs, and even speakeasies in The City, so which to choose? Each and every native tippler will surely have a local favorite. However, if you are into a pub vibe or a more casual night out, the Brooklyn Brewery might be just what you are looking for. Easily accessible by subway, The Brewery is a relatively young brewhouse (just over a decade in its current location) and creates some of America's best reviewed beers. The doors are closed to the public except for special events (check their calendar at ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 27, 2007

Brooklyn Brewery
79 North 11th Street
Williamsburg, Brooklyn 11211
(718) 486-7422

Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden

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Attraction

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The beer garden is a little slice of Europe plopped into the middle of Astoria. A three-minute walk from the second to last stop on the N train, the beer garden is a walled wonderland of lagers, weissbocks, ales, and other brews to wet your whistle. The garden itself is very simple, dotted with picnic tables, benches, and a central stage where the occasional oompah band might belt out some polka classics. Beer is served in pitchers for around $15 each and can be bought from either the bar in the garden, or the bar inside Bohemian Hall. The line can get long outside but the inside bar is a little more every-man-for-himself. Waitresses also tend to tables, bringing the ewers of elixir straight to p...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 29, 2007

Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden
29-19 24th Avenue
Astoria, New York 11102
(718) 274-4925

Blind Tiger Ale House

Attraction | "Blind Tiger is Outta Sight"

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Though the Blind Tiger has moved, it has maintained its dedication to all things beer and also retains the wood-paneled pub/cafe vibe that makes it such a cool place. Now located at 281 Bleecker Street, just east of 7th Ave, the Blind Tiger is a far cry from some of the NYU-student-laden establishments farther east down Bleecker. True, it smells of beer, but that beer is delicious, varied, and constantly changing. On Wednesdays, the Tiger usually has a beer tasting for a different brewery, bringing in up to 30 different kegs and casks for beernuts to sample. Of course, the tasting is "free," but the beer is not. There is no admission, which leads to a packed house, but it's worth the jostling if you'r...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 16, 2008

Blind Tiger Ale House
518 Hudson St
New York, New York 10014
+1 212 675 3848