Drinking in the park with a riverside view is just the best way to have a beer!
In my never-ending quest to brutalize my body with ongoing 5K races this year my most recent endeavor led me to Riverside Park on the UWS of NYC. Check-in for the race was at 6pm at Ellington in The Park. It was one of those last-minute decisions on a hot, humid, and rainy day that I am glad I went forward with. Even if at one point I questioned my sanity. How did I not even know this place was here after living so long in the city?
How can you not love this kind of spot? It’s kind of a hidden gem way uptown on the west side and buried in Riverside Park off the 103rd street entrance. Walk down the stairs and over to the right and you will see it overlooking the Hudson River.
There is a small bar up top with outside seating offering great views. Walk the stairs down and there is another larger bar below level with both outdoor and some covered seating. Also offers great views of the river, athletic areas, and the normal backed up traffic on the Riverside Drive – LOL! You can also find the bathrooms down here too.
Reading their website I discovered that the top level bar is made from a repurposed shipping container. Now that’s pretty inventive. The lower level lounge area is adjacent to all kinds of outdoor activities including beach volleyball, soccer, and softball.
Decent beer list on tap and in cans. Full bar and cocktail selections. Friendly bartenders serving up drinks. As I mentioned I was here last night to run a 5K race, and afterwards was able to hang out and enjoy a post-run beer and some eats. They also have a nifty bar menu of food items to choose from – burgers, salads, wraps, pizza, hummus, guac & chips, tacos, and more.
Ellington in The Park is open May through November, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays, and from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends. I will definitely make the trek uptown to hang out here again on some nice Fall days coming up. They also take event reservations for groups of 25 or more during weekdays.
So choice and the best thing about this place is that very few seem to know it’s here other than those who live in the area – and no annoying tourists!
Ellington in The Park – http://www.ellingtoninthepark.com/