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Top Three Beer Gardens in NYC
Although Oktoberfest officially ended earlier this month, there are still plenty of places in the Big Apple to enjoy a stein full of bubbly brew and toast to autumn. Spencer Howard, concierge at W New York - Times Square, shares his suggestions for the top three beer gardens in NYC.
“The Standard Biergarten has been my go-to beer garden in Manhattan for years,” Howard says. “Forget you’re in the middle of the bustling Meatpacking District for an hour or two as you guzzle beer from steins while playing ping pong.” The venue is glass-enclosed during the chillier months, so visitors stay cozy as they enjoy lively libations and a menu of authentic German staples (think sausages and pretzels) by Chef Kurt Gutenbrunner. After visiting the beer garden, Howard suggests walking off your buzz on the High Line—the elevated park that hovers over the space.
Tucked away under the Queensboro Bridge on the Upper East Side, The Jeffrey is an espresso and growler bar by day (serving artisanal coffees from Brooklyn Roasting Co., breakfast pastries and growlers of beer-to-go) and transforms into a prime spot for craft beer and cocktails in the afternoon/evenings. “There’s a secret beer garden in the back where you can enjoy 30 rotating hard-to-find international and local brews, poured from the custom-made draft system,” Howard says. On the food front, The Jeffrey’s “gastro-bites” menu includes comfort food like pickled vegetables in jars, house-made beef jerky, as well as bar bites such as truffle popcorn, which Howard exclaims is not to be missed.
Across the East River in Astoria, Queens, The Beer Garden at Bohemian Hall offers a bountiful selection of beer on tap, from standard beverages like Blue Moon and Stella Artois to more unique varieties, including Schofferhofer—a grapefruit beer—and the Czech beer Staropramen. “An easy walk from the subway, this beer garden is more than 100 years old and has plenty of space to eat, drink and be merry,” Howard exclaims. “The energy is laidback and unpretentious—perfect for getting together with friends.” The extensive food menu sees traditional Czech entrées (think Classic Beef Goulash and Svickova, slow-roasted beef in vegetable gravy with Czech-style dumplings) alongside basic bar fare but “go with their traditional Eastern European bites over the burgers and wings,” Howard suggests.