From its picturesque rooftop beer garden with a city-skyline view to its giant projection screen broadcasting soccer matches and its Simpsons trivia night, Berry Park entertains patrons drinking German draft beers and devouring the menu’s upscale comfort cuisine. Indoor picnic tables bear duck-fat fries and veggie burgers blending herbivore-friendly items such as butternut squash and gluten-free quinoa, and tables in the beer garden shelter plates of shepherd’s pie with their blue Hofbrau München umbrellas. Brunch stretches itself across three hours every Saturday and Sunday, and the kitchen is open late on weekends to accommodate night owls and early birds with jet lag.
The Castello Plan broadens sippable horizons with an array of guided tasting menus presenting guests with five half-glass pours of wine or belgian beer. Customers can dictate the theme of their tasting by choosing from one of three flight options (a $50–$75 value, depending on tastings selected). The Wine 101 tasting elucidates the fundamental differences between merlot, chardonnay, and Welch's with samples of varietally correct ambrosia. The Wines of France flight, meanwhile, dabbles in the vinous offerings of such notable regions as the Loire Valley, Burgundy, and Champagne. Beer tastings guide patrons through the hoppy labyrinth of belgian blondes and dubbels, delving into the brewing history of Trappist monks and alternative uses for waffle irons along the way.
Ox Cart Tavern takes pride in crafting almost every component of its creative comfort cuisine from scratch, from fresh grinding all meats in-house to handcrafting its own ketchup. Chef David Pitula’s contemporary spin on American classics start with appetite whetters such as chili-coated sweet-onion rings ($4) or roasted-garlic and goat-cheese spinach pies ($7) with zesty chipotle dip. A board of burger options present variations on a beefy 9-ounce theme, with selections as versatile as a hula burger ($12), which dances to its doom with a sweet-savory stack of grilled pineapple, Italian ham, and Swiss cheese, to the bacon, cheddar, and sautéed-mushroom-topped Good ol’ Boy ($12), which attempts to distract diners by singing all 37 verses of “American Pie.” A pastoral version of fish 'n' chips situates beer-battered white fish near a pyramid of pickled vegetables and a heap of hand cut fries ($13), and the Gelato sundae ($6) sweetly caps the meal with a tower of homemade fudge and bourbon caramel, crowned with maraschino cherries, fresh whipped cream, and praline.
Plan B Sports Bar & Grill sates sports fans into the small hours of the morning with televised athletics and an internationally themed menu of Mexican-, American-, and Asian-inspired cuisine. Scissor into a pineapple-chicken-teriyaki sandwich ($9), or three-hole-punch a plate of empanadas with seasoned beef folded into two golden-brown pastry shells and dipped in chipotle sour-cream sauce ($10). Fries settle starch cravings in a variety of guises, from skinny and curly to garlic parmesan and golden country ($5 each). The cross-cultural savor of pulled-pork nachos reinstates family quarrels as to who gets the last bite and whether you can build a dodecahedron out of triangles ($10). Included with this Groupon, a pitcher of Budweiser, Bud Light, Corona, Amstel Light, or Heineken arrives to wash down mouthwatering mouthfuls.
Natural light shimmers on the vintage papered walls of Dean Street, summoning loyal neighborhood noshers to sample a fluctuating menu of gourmet gastropub fare. The restaurant fosters a family friendly feel, and platters of grilled burgers and fries ($12) and brussels sprouts and bacon ($6) evoke a timelessness that's equally enjoyed by single, polished rocks. Brunch, available on Saturday's and Sunday's from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., satiates southern stomachs with shrimp and grits ($10) and bananas foster french toast ($9) between bites of buttermilk biscuits ($2). Freshly steeped coffee wafts from the lower-level dining room daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
PSbklyn's servers slide dishes from a menu resplendent with burgers and brick-oven pizzas down a polished crimson bar. The aromas of wood-fired pizzas such as the Joey G., which asserts a flavorful presence with grilled chicken, barbecue sauce, and avocado-ranch dressing ($12), twist with the warming scents of the Reuben sliders ($6) in a mouthwatering tangle like an Oompa Loompa's game of Twister. In the lively dining area, patrons dress beef, chicken, veggie, or turkey patties ($10) in one of nine different ensembles, such as The Luca's sartorial armor of avocado, smoked-tomato jam and portobello mushroom (an additional $5). Kids hone their future-foodie instincts without crafting Play-Doh sushi by selecting a foundation for their meal from options including gooey grilled cheeses and pigs in a blanket and pairing it with fries, steamed vegetables, or applesauce ($9).
The Dram Shop Bar's menu lays out a succinct tale of stackable, 100% fresh ground-beef patties further explicated by American fare. Dram Shop's burgers, which can fly solo ($9), double up ($10), or triple in meat-weight ($11), don toppings and pair off with a serving of fries, hand-cut by serrated fingers. Drop the beef for just a pile of the fries, which come with a choice of roasted garlic aioli, chipotle mayo, salsa rosa, or house-made ranch ($6, choose three sauces for $2 extra), or break culinary tradition with Miss McGrath's irish nachos, which smother fries with bacon, cheese, sour cream, green onions, salsa, and pickled jalapeños ($9).