Brews are back in a big way, replacing the $18 mojitos of summers past. With Memorial Day on the horizon, enjoy your brew ice-cold and outdoors at one (or all!) of these brand-new beer halls or gardens.
Eataly, 200 Fifth Ave., 646-398-5100
In this city, it seems everything Mario Batali touches turns to gold. And we have a feeling that La Birreria will be no different. Set to open next month, this rooftop brewery atop Eataly will offer about 30 bottled suds from around the world in addition to six drafts. Eataly’s brewmaster, Brook Carretta, is working to create three original ales, all made in a copper-clad system on the roof.
• What to eat: Italian bites, such as salumi, fritti, vegetables, grilled meats and sausage.
712 Third Ave., at 45th Street, 212-867-2337
If you want to get a taste of Munich during Oktoberfest, climb up the flight of stairs to this new midtown beer hall. The waitresses wear traditional Bavarian dirndls and ruffled blouses, and they serve five varieties of Hofbräu beer from Germany’s state-owned brewery (the bar is an outpost of the 33,000-square- foot beer garden in Munich). The beers come in different sizes, the largest being a 2-liter boot. There’s a large sun roof in the center, a balcony and communal tables, which all make it feel like one big party.
• What to eat: A menu of Bavarian food, such as potato pancakes, sausages and pretzels.
845 Sixth Ave., btwn 29th and 30th sts, 646-600-7140
In the outdoor plaza right behind FoodParc in the Eventi Hotel, this 12,000-square-foot beer garden has 10 taps and serves a rotating list of brews. Five suds —including Magic Hat, Radeberger and Brooklyn Lager — will kick things off, with more added throughout the summer. The space also features a 35-foot LED screen that will show games, films and shorts.
• What to eat: Expect a selection from some of the city’s hottest chefs, including Ed Brown of Ed’s Chowder House, and Zak Pelaccio of Fatty Cue and Fatty Crab.
33 Nassau Ave., btwn Berry and 14th streets,
Rob Shamlian, owner of some of the LES’ most popular spots (Los Feliz, Spitzer’s Corner), has expanded his reign to Brooklyn with this 6,000-square-foot beer hall. The hall, which opened at the end of April, has 100 taps dispensing 25 beers. There are about 15 tables and industrial-garage-style doors that open. Lest you think it’s a fair-weather-only joint, there’s a fireplace that’ll keep things cozy on winter nights, too.
• What to eat: A full menu will be offered later this month, but for now there are light snacks such as oysters, pretzels and sausauges.
1 Penn Plaza, at 33rd and Eighth Ave., 212-629-7070
This midtown standby for sports fans, commuters and corporate types will open its own beer garden next month. The 6,000-square-foot space will feature a rotation of craft beers, wait service, and both communal and private tables.
• What to eat: Food will come from a kiosk with a “country-fair-style” menu of soft pretzels, kettle corn and sausages.
301 W. 116th St., corner of Fredrick Douglass Blvd., 212-866-4500
Next month, Harlem is getting its own American beer hall and cafe in a location that was once home to an auto body shop. The 8,000-square-foot space will have 150 seats in an outdoor beer garden and 150 seats inside. There will be 18 beers on tap, as well as specialty cocktails and a full wine list.
• What to eat: Dublin-born chef Darren Pettigrew will offer a full menu, including flatbreads, steaks and plank
The Lot on Tap
30th Street, under the Highline
"Top Chef" judge and Craft chef/owner Tom Colicchio will transform a parking lot under the northern end of the Highline into a massive 350-seat watering hole in June. The Lot on Tap will be operated by Colicchio's newest restaurant, Colicchio & Sons, and it will serve domestic wines, local and seasonal brews, and one Brooklyn Brewery beer made exclusively for the venue.
• What to eat: The Lot will feature a rotating collection of five or more food trucks, which will include lobster rolls from Red Hook Lobster Pound, ice cream sandwiches from CoolHaus and falafel from Taim Mobile.
A temporary beer hall!
Now through June, Hudson Terrace is hosting “Beer Garden Tuesdays” from 6 to 8 p.m. The rooftop space is being transformed into a beer garden where guests can sample and learn about five different brews each night.
Tickets are $25 per person at hudsonterrace.ticketlap.com.