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Carmen da Silva
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Concierge, Tribeca Grand Hotel
Carmen da Silva
Concierge, Tribeca Grand Hotel
355 W. 16th St.
646.625.4847

New York City is full of bars offering tried-and-true beverage staples. If you want to test out a watering hole with a few creative concoctions on tap, try a gastropub—a bar and restaurant that serves high-end beer and food. Carmen da Silva, concierge at Tribeca Grand Hotel, says Chef April Bloomfield’s two gastropubs—The Spotted Pig in the West Village and the Flatiron District’s The Breslin Bar & Dining Room “would certainly be among my top recommendations.” Chef Bloomfield is famed for her meat-focused menu at The Spotted Pig. At The Breslin, located in Ace Hotel, the UK-born chef has added cask beers and a chef’s table to the line-up, serving nose-to-tail pig dinners. “Although The Spotted Pig remains a popular no-reservations pub, at The Breslin, you can reserve the chef’s table for groups of eight to 12 people to enjoy Bloomfield’s meaty feast,” she says. da Silva also recommends The Breslin’s lamb burger, which she dubs “one of the best burgers in town.” In Little Italy, Randolph Beer boasts a comprehensive craft beer selection—with 36 varieties of the bubbly brew on tap, including “a delicious bourbon stout.” The menu also has flair, and patrons may enjoy a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with bacon, the Nitro Milk Stout Ice Cream Sandwich, and creative twists on Brussels sprouts and mac ‘n cheese. The ample-sized space is great for large groups and takes reservations. For a cozy atmosphere, The Wren in NoHo offers a more limited farm-to-table menu, including jars of chicken liver mousse and smoked trout pâté, fried cauliflower and the restaurant’s famed burger. The list of beverages includes cocktails, wines and draft beers. This is the place for night owls, as The Wren’s open until 2 a.m. on weekdays and 4 a.m. Thursday through Saturday, with the kitchen open until 1 a.m. daily. On the Upper East Side, The Penrose is “a true gem in an area with fewer casual dining options than lower Manhattan and a great choice for pre- or post-museum outings,” da Silva says. The Penrose carries a dozen bottled beers, as well as a dozen beers on tap—including a draft beer of the month and at least one seasonal bottled beer. For something a little stronger, this gastropub also has an extensive list of whiskey, bourbon and rye offerings. Food is served until 1 a.m.