Despite our shared history and ocean coasts, there are a lot of English foods that sound more foreign to American ears than even the traditional dishes of India, Mexico, and Japan. But at ChipShop, guests can finally taste English favorites such as bangers and mash, treacle pudding, and steak-and-kidney pie with a side of chips. The chefs separate their menu into three broad categories—different styles of fish ‘n’ chips, varieties of shepherd’s pies, and puddings—with each dish showing off regional flavors, such as the Welsh rarebits or Scotch egg salads. Guests can eat their fill in the English-themed pub, or take the food to go to experience the culture of both New York and England at once without convincing the Statue of Liberty to accompany you to London.
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.
At Melt, fresh seasonal ingredients tweak traditional American fare to accommodate culinary muses from around the globe. The succinct menu melds comfort foods, such as mac 'n' cheese or burgers shaped like childhood teddy bears, with artfully presented steaks and seafood served at candlelit tables clustered atop sturdy hardwood floors. Painstakingly selected craft beers and wines raise spirits at a softly lit bar where staffers embellish the rims of vivid cocktails with fresh fruits and herbs.
Inhabiting a former sweet shop, Pete's Candy Store unveils a whimsical seasonal menu of eclectic cocktails and gourmet sandwiches amid free nightly live music and other bustling bar activities. On Sundays, revelers can gobble up a roasted turkey, cheddar, and spicy aioli sandwich ($8) during open-mic (5 p.m.–8 p.m.), and then enjoy the indie-folk sounds of The Go Round (8:30 p.m. in March) while trying to keep the Dragonfly Punch cocktail ($10) from winging around the heads of other bar patrons. On any day of the week, an artichoke heart, brie, and onion-relish ciabatta sandwich ($8) pairs well with a Bleeding Heart cocktail, made with Akvavit, Cherry Heering, and lyrics from Celine Dion ballads ($10).
Voted one of the Best Garden Bars by Time Out New York magazine, Nita Nita whips up tantalizing tapas and cogent cocktails for neighborhood nesters and town-painting dilettantes. The menu keeps table space packed with simple, well-executed small plates such as a luxuriant gouda macaroni 'n' cheese ($8) or a plate of garlicky collards flecked with parmesan ($6), all designed to be shared and snarfed. Nita Nita’s stiff drink menu, meanwhile, will stir the cockles and inspire impromptu soliloquies with an arsenal of spirits and imaginatively infused cocktails. The Hot Cocoa (chili pepper and cinnamon-infused Sauza tequila mixed with dark hot chocolate and marshmallows) matches Nita Nita’s warm, inviting interior, and The Beat (beet-infused Smirnoff vodka mixed with lime-rosemary syrup with a salt-and-pepper rim) will leave you feeling bold enough to blast “The Monster Mash” on the well-rounded jukebox. But libations are best when sipped amid the shapely shrubbery and thriving herbs of Nita Nita’s back garden, which is heated for nippy nights and romantic rendezvous, as well as guest appearances by Ernest Hemingway’s hiccupping ghost.
The Brazen Head is a great neigborhood bar with 15 craft beers on tap, 2 cask conditioned hand pulled beers, killer cocktails, excellent wines by the glass, a large selection of single malt scotch and premium vodka, and distinguished rums, tequilas & small batch bourbons. Not to mention darts, outdoor space and WiFi.