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Hanging out at Spitzer’s Corner NYC for craft beer & good eats!

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Bartender, an Ommegang Rare Vos please. What? I said, an OMMEGANG RARE VOS PLEASE. Speak up, what? OMMEGANG RARE VOS!!!! Holy crap is this place loud! WHAT?

Spitzer’s Corner in NYC is that kind of place that somehow everyone knows about, and they are all there at the same time it seems whenever you go there. We went here on a recent Saturday night and it was packed – and loud! Sound bounces off of everywhere as the acoustics are horrible. My ears are still ringing almost a week later. Even so, I like this place as it has a cool communal vibe to it, and the food is pretty decent for a gastropub. Continue reading Hanging out at Spitzer’s Corner NYC for craft beer & good eats!

Cask Bar & Kitchen – a bit of class in Bro-Murray Hill NYC.

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Now this is a place to grab a proper pint! You ever see the outside of an establishment and then wander inside and feel as if you just walked into an optical illusion? I felt like we walked into a movie set or somewhere in another country. Cask Bar & Kitchen is like that. It takes you away and feel as you are no longer in NYC for a few hours. What amazing decor and ambience. Dark woods, wrought iron railings, candles, oil lamps, cool hanging filament lighting, all types of antique radios and articles are placed on shelves throughout. Brick walls adorned with old paintings and barrel tops add to the classic comfort feel of this fine bar/restaurant. The lighting is dark and romantic inside which adds to the overall vibe. Good selection of music playing just tops it off.

I put my name on the waiting list and told it would be a 30 minute wait. No problem as we found some empty seats at the large bar and settled in for a few tasty beers. They carry a real nice selection of craft beers and cask ales. We went for Ommegang Rare Vos which is a terrific creamy amber Belgian style beer. The bartenders are very accommodating here and they gave us samples of a few beers to try, and were actually very knowledgeable in describing them. Very friendly, hospitable, and beer nerds – always a plus. Continue reading Cask Bar & Kitchen – a bit of class in Bro-Murray Hill NYC.

Let’s take a delicious trip to Heidi’s House in NYC!

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Sometimes while walking the streets in this city you can still be surprised by what you will find when going down a block rarely visited. Such was the case not too long ago when I was on my way to a wine tasting event at a local store. As I was hurrying down 78th street towards York Ave I noticed this quaint little storefront with an old set of table and chairs having flowers and lights adorning them. I did a double take as I walked by, stopped in my path, and walked a few steps backwards to take a peek inside. Turns out, it was a very small wine bar. I grabbed a business card from the table outside and went to the event.

Heidi’s House By The Side Of The Road. I had not seen anything like this spot up here on the UES / Yorkville area I live in.

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Did someone say Beer Cheese and Craft Beer in NYC?

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It’s about time that the far Upper East Side where East Harlem meets starts getting spots like this that you would normally find only downtown. Earl’s Beer & Cheese is located in a pretty vacant stretch along Park Ave and 97th where the train overpass meets the tunnel underground. Not much of a view but who cares when all you need to look at are your terrific beers and wonderful cheese plates.

As others have mentioned the place is insanely tiny. Personally, that does not bother me as long as I can grab a seat or spot to enjoy my brew. For others I can see where they would become claustrophobic quickly. When we arrived here around 6PM on Saturday there were only around eight people there, but by 7PM  I had counted around 25 and it was jammed packed. This place has become popular very quickly in this neck of the woods, and for good reason.

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