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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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For the third year in a row, I’m going to attempt to eat every single item on Time Out New York’s annual 100 Best Dishes list. In no particular order, here’s my take on their Top 100.┬áLet the gluttony continue…

Pairing food and beer has become much more popular in the last few years. Fortunately, the food is no longer limited to chicken wings or a slice of pizza. I think that’s clearly evident at Eataly’s realtively new rooftop beer garden. Birreria also has an extensive menu of cheeses, sausages, and meats, but TONY directed us to the section of the menu I would have looked at last: the funghi (mushroom) section. Not usually what I think of when I think bar food.

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

The Eataly empire is a madhouse. I usually get intimidated and anxiety ridden when I walk in. They fit so many food options and kiosks in this space that there’s really nowhere else for them to add anything. So in true New York fashion, they decided to expand in the only possible way: build up into the sky.

La Birreria opened this summer on the rooftop and crowds have lined up to get a taste of refined Italian bar specialities, a beautiful view of Manhattan, and beer. Lots of beer. What’s even more exciting about this addition is that they’re not only serving Italian and local beers, but they’re making their own. This is another brewery to add to the growing number in New York City.

We arrived late in the afternoon during the week when most self-respecting New Yorkers were still hard at work. We walked right onto the elevator and up the stairs, passing all the brewing equipment and paraphernalia as if we used the Fast Pass on a ride at Disney World. When we finally made it up to the open-air restaurant, it felt very big and exciting – even though there weren’t too many people sitting at the tables. I could see why this place fills up and is such a hot spot. There is so much to look at between the big beer casks, the beautiful Manhattan skyline, and the neat retractable glass enclosure that will protect drinkers from the harsh cold winter, but not inhibit that breathtaking view.

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