If you love a solid selection of quality craft beers then Amity Hall in the Greenwich Village part of NYC is a terrific choice to start off your night. It you can’t stand the yuppy, preppy, frat boy crowd then for sure get here early to start off your evening. Our group did this not too long ago and quaffed down some tasty brews and ciders before making our escape to further escapades in the city.
The place itself looks great with a below street level pub area, and a much larger upstairs beer hall type room. Nice decor with brick walls, wooden bench seating, and chalkboard beer lists showing off the day’s selections. A few large flat screens in each room but not too many to make this a spots bar. It’s all about the beer here. Long lines of taps are behind each bar sporting an impressive array of craft libations.
We started off in the downstairs pub area and then moved to the upper level when it opened around 5pm. Found that many of the tables up there were already reserved but we commandeered a small bench in front of a fireplace that was just the right size for our group of happy campers. When we were handed the beer menu I was impressed. Really nice selection of beers and ciders. You have to love a $4 pint craft beer happy hour until 7pm! Yes, 12pm- 7pm! Also $4 mixed drinks and daily specials too. Continue reading Get your brewski on at Amity Hall in NYC!→
Every once in a while we like to do a little gambling, but don’t want to schlep down three hours to Atlantic City. Closer to NYC is Empire City casino, which is really a racino, and while nowhere near as good as AC as the slots are tight it does offer a quick alternative to satiate a gambling crave.
They have done some renovations to the joint, and added in a few new spots to feast at after making a deposit into the one-armed video machine bandits. One such place to have a meal and brew at is Dan Rooney’s Cafe & Bar. During our last trip to the casino we decided to drown our losing sorrows in a pint of beer and a hot meal at this Irish sports pub.
Our verdict? Decent food, beer, and sports bar but overall service is slow and inattentive.
Rotisserie chicken entrée was a solid choice. Sides are extra but the carrots were a good option as they are seasoned great, and onion rings were large and battered well but not greasy at all. Also, we ordered a whole chicken which was more than enough for two people. I felt the prices were fair and the food was actually pretty decent, and a little better than I expected for a sports bar in a casino. Continue reading Take a break from gambling at Dan Rooney’s Cafe & Bar→
With so many specialty cuisine spots opening up here in NYC lately it can be a bit dizzying to the average dining patron. With an exploding scene of gastropubs, craft beer joints, cocktail-centric spots, and terrific dining options there is no shortage of new places to discover. So much wonderful food and drink that having a gym membership is almost a requirement just to burn off all the extra delicious calories! One such spot that I am overdue in writing about here is Jacob’s Pickles on the Upper West Side. What’s not to like about this place? Sure, it’s a touch of Brooklyn hipster central located uptown on the UWS, but damn son, Jacob’s Honey Chicken and Pickles are da shizz!
If you have a hankering for good old-fashioned stick to your ribs comfort food then head on in and be sure to loosen up the belt or jeans top button. Always start with their freshly baked fluffy but dense biscuits & fixin’s that comes with house strawberry & orange preserves, clover honey, and organic butter. This in itself is a meal but just a warm-up for the gluttony to come. Oh yes, the honey chicken & pickles buttermilk fried chicken. Oh. Mah. Gawd! What you receive on your plate is a deceivingly fulling portion of finger licking good crispy buttermilk fried chicken slathered with clover honey and hot sour pickles. If they only offered a nap room with hammocks in the back after eating this. Zzzzzz……… Continue reading Oh My! Fried Chicken & Pickles at Jacob’s Pickles NYC!→