Inside The Snug Tavern & Grille, guests can relax after an entertaining day on City Island with a plate full of comforting British pub fare that, like the dreams of a British fisherman, focus on the piscine. The menu includes classic fried options such as baskets of crispy fish and chips, as well as familiar seafood dishes such as fried calamari. Clients can soak in the pub atmosphere with small munchables and a quick pint between outdoorsy activities, or opt for a longer stint by committing to the shepherd’s pie or platter of fried shrimp.
Surrounded by the urban tumult of New York City, Nicky's Beer Garden prides itself on its uncharacteristically down-home, southern charm. As owner Nick Ligotino told the Bronx Times in 2011, "I wanted to come up with something that’s never been seen here in the Bronx." His kitchen delivers this distinctive touch by smoking pork onsite, blending sweet sauces in-house, and coating pieces of fried chicken with a secret blend of herbs and spices. The restaurant also boasts a selection of beers from domestic and international breweries to accompany the Americana-tinged menu of hearty comfort foods.
Small tables line the dining room's gleaming wooden floors, but the restaurant's outdoor beer garden encourages guests to enjoy their evening alfresco. Picnic tables fill the stone-tiled yard surrounded by a wooden fence, shady trees, and a mural painted with barbecue sauce.
To attract a large and diverse crowd of folks from across the five boroughs, New York bars must possess one or more of the following three things: a great location, plenty of space, and a sizable selection of premium liquors. Fortunately, Bar Pelham has all three. Nestled in a bustling area of the Bronx, this sprightly hangout serves up creative cocktails made with Patron Café Dark Cocoa, fruit juices, or house mixes within an approximately 1,200 square feet space. Under the luminescent glow of modern pillar lamps, guests can also sip on on-tap beers, slam shots of Patron Silver, or clink cosmopolitan glasses at the white quartz bar. Of course, they can just unwind with some pretzels in front of one of the televisions broadcasting a thrilling sports game or senatorial filibuster.
Located in the heart of City Island, Alehouse City Island makes its mark on the local gastropub scene with creative versions of classic pub cuisine. Chef Stefano molds and grills distinctive burgers such as the Bullburger, a 10-ounce Angus-beef patty topped with grilled onions, condiments, and a fried egg. Eight varieties of local Schaller & Weber hot dogs pepper the menu, including the Baconator, a bacon-wrapped hot dog decorated with grilled onions, condiments, mayo, and pickled jalapeño. An impressive beer list of more than 50 beers washes down the hearty fare.
With its signature food challenge, the Hell Hound, Alehouse City Island dares its most adventurous customers—those who laugh in the face of danger, and laugh harder at the concept that helmets even exist. Topped with Texas-two-step chili, sliced jalapeños, and ghost-chili hot sauce, the quarter-pound hot dog singes taste buds with enough spicy firepower to intimidate even the bravest of eaters. Each contender gets one glass of water and 2.5 minutes to finish the Hell Hound, forever earning bragging rights and a place on the list of champions.
In a converted brick electrical plant where machines once hummed and pumped power to the railroad, streams of craft brews flow into glass jugs branded with the Growlers Beer Bistro logo. The New York Times-praised gastropub has earned a spot among the 31 best bars in the county, according to Westchester Magazine, and boasts an ever-changing draft list that has featured Brooklyn Brewery reserves, Two Brothers? Midwestern suds, and Smuttynose ales. Bartenders funnel the liquid gold into pints as well as half-gallon growlers for at-home enjoyment.
Growlers? seasonal cuisine menu is designed to harmonize with the current selection of brews and features upscale pub fare, such as the Devils on Horseback?bacon-wrapped prunes stuffed with blue cheese and featured as Westchester Magazine's Dish of the Week. The hearty fare also includes a burger of beef, pork, and veal topped with a relish of bacon, onions, and pickles.
The building's industrial past shines through with accents of exposed brick and ceiling beams, complemented by decorative additions that include a polished concrete floor, a long communal table, and reclaimed barn wood that frame an illuminated wall. Along with their Tuesday?Friday "Hoppy Hour", the pub hosts regular events throughout the week, from Tuesday trivia nights to Friday ladies nights. Saturdays feature live music, while the kitchen cranks out its signature brunch dishes on Sundays. Brewery events are held every Thursday of every month while a Wednesday open-mic night rouses laughter-friendly crowds.
Broken Bow Brewery began as a labor of love. The owners initially brewed beers solely for friends and family, but they decided to take their hobby to the next level after receiving heaps of praise and a confident "Go for it" from the local soothsayer. Today, they strive to maintain that same small-batch quality, but they share the fruits of their labor with thirsty strangers from near and far. A wide variety of beers—including creamy stouts and refreshing lagers—rotates through the taps in the tasting room, where visitors are encouraged to bring their own food to pair with the brews.