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Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City

img_0681 I’m doing something I’ve never done before on this blog. And that’s because I just came back from an adventure that was unlike anything I’ve ever done before in my life. For six weeks of the summer, I was travelling around Europe meeting wonderful locals and eating amazing food. And I got paid for it!!

The real reason I was there was to make videos on some Urban Adventure tours. Stay tuned for 14 new episodes of Locals Know. But until then, to whet your appetite (and for me to re-live my incredible dream-come-true journey), I’ve decided to document the food I ate in each city.

So instead of picking just one dish of the week this week, I’m going to pick 14 – one for each city I visited.

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My search for the best beer in New York continues….

PAULANER, 265 Bowery (between Houston Street and Stanton Street), Lower East Side

People look at me like I’m crazy when I tell them they can go to the Paulaner brewery on the Lower East Side. Anybody who knows much about beer, history, or Germany can tell you that Paulaner Brewery is an historic Munich brewery opened by monks in the 17th century. It’s one of the gathering points every year for the famous Oktoberfest.

Tank to Glass

But more recently, the Paulaner brand has expanded across the world opening up brewpubs in places like Singapore and Moscow. Its first US location opened about three years ago in New York right on the Bowery, which is notable since this was the old Kleindeutschland (little Germany) neighborhood from the 1800’s

In the Middle of the Bar

Many people might walk by this German beer hall and mistake it for a typical sports bar. But you might notice all the brewing equipment and then discover there is wonderful, authentic German pub food available and the brewmaster Andreas Heidenreich is brewing the freshest lagers every single day right on premises. (more…)


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BIRRERIA, 200 Fifth Avenue (between 23rd and 24th Street), 14th Floor

It’s been a while since I’ve visited Manhattan’s most centrally located brewery. It’s also a beer destination that many never think about. That’s because Birreria is hidden on the rooftop of the very popular Italian mega-grocer Eataly. But up here, a handful of brewers make some really unique cask-conditioned ales to pair with the restaurant’s seasonal menu.

Most of their beers feature surprising herbs, fruits, or vegetables in the brew and it makes for a refreshing and culinary-focused experience.

At any given time, they only have three housemade beers on tap. Two are usually seasonal and the other is one of their “flagship” beers. One that has been floating around for a while, but I never got a taste of is the Gina. (more…)


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My search for the best beer in New York continues….

GUN HILL BREWING COMPANY, 3227 Laconia Avenue (between Boston Road and Duncan Street), Allerton, Bronx

Bronx is the new Queens. Did anyone ever expect that? Queens still reigns supreme in the sheer number of craft breweries that have opened there, but the Bronx is gaining steam. The borough now has Bronx Brewery, recently opened Chelsea Brewing Company, and Gun Hill.

Just Behind the Bar

Gun Hill, which is quite a walk from the subway, was the borough’s first official brewery to open since Prohibition. I got to visit it in the very early days when the owners were still putting the final touches on it. But from the beginning, I could tell this would be an exciting beer destination.

Why Choose Just One?

But since there was no beer to taste back then, I couldn’t be sure how good the beer would be. I’ve had a few samples at some beer bars and festivals since their debut, but have had mixed feelings. Now that I’ve returned to the tasting room (which is amazingly open every day of the week), I can safely say that their beer is excellent. (more…)


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My search for the best beer in New York continues….

CONEY ISLAND BREWING COMPANY, 1904 Surf Avenue (at West 17th Street), Coney Island, BrooklynMost people only go out to visit Coney Island in the summer. Very few actually see it when only the residents are around in the dead of winter. It’s a very different place. I kind of like it because it’s quiet and nostalgic as the shops and rides await the tourist season a few months away.

I’ve been out to Coney Island a few times in the freezing cold – most recently to visit the newest iteration of Coney Island Brewing Company. (more…)


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Come back every Wednesday for another funny, informative video documenting my inept food adventures. NYC Brewery Tour explores the growing craft brewery scene in the city and visits all the unlikely spots that are brewing fresh, delicious beer.

Most New Yorkers have never heard of Greenpoint Beer Works, but oddd are they know the names of the beers that this commerical brewery produces. This is the home of Heartland Brewery’s production facility and also the place where Kelso and Cuzett Libations are made. It has only recently opened up a tasting room to the public and it’s a great place to see how beer is made. We often visit them on our Private NYC Brewery Tour.

NYC Brewery Tour – Greenpoint Beer Works


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