To illuminate what the New York Times describes as a “cozy, wood-paneled den,” the owners of Bronx Ale House have outfitted their exposed-brick walls with growlers filled not with beer, but with glowing light bulbs. It’s a nice touch for an upscale alehouse where craft beers from across America fill 16 taps, 28 bottles, 7 cans, and a cask. To complement those pours, chef Eric Hubbard infuses standard pub fare with an artistry that has caught the attention of the Wall Street Journal, among others. His dishes include jerk chicken bites with buttermilk-ranch dressing and a half-pound burger topped with gorgonzola and an IPA-reduced onion jam. Along with the aforementioned growler lamps, the bar’s interior is comprised of wood reclaimed from a barn near Cooperstown and a warm gas fireplace beside which guests can dry off their glass boots before filling them up with beer.
When the owners bought the James Brown House in 1977, the bar it housed had gone nameless since the end of Prohibition. Furthermore, because the house—built in 1817 for James Brown, believed to be a black man who assisted George Washington during the Revolution—was on the National Register of Historic Buildings, a new sign would mean a lengthy review process. So they decided simply to paint over the neon “BAR” sign to make it read “EAR”. The move actually paid homage to the building’s history—the upstairs once housed the publishers of Ear Magazine. This is just one of the many stories in the colorful history of The Ear Inn, located within one of the last remaining Federal houses in the city. Thanks to the many goings-on in the rooms of the James Brown House, the bar has been the epicenter of spiritual worship, a smugglers’ den, speakeasy, and brothel. Today, it transports guests to another time beneath double-splayed keystone lintels, peg-set wood posts and beams, and a Flemish bond-brick façade. It also hosts live music and serves homestyle meals.
Spending summers on her grandparents' farm in Greece whetted Anna Zoitas's appetite for globetrotting and healthy, handcrafted cuisine. After refining her palate on further travels through Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean, she became a judge for the prestigious International Fancy Food Show. There, she examined more than 2,000 specialty foods and beverages, many of which she now stocks in The Artisanal Kitchen's online pantry.
Carefully crafted in small batches, all of Anna's handpicked products come from all-natural organic ingredients, from extra-virgin olive oils and jams to kosher, gluten-free coffee made from arabica beans grown 4,000–6,000 feet above sea level—roughly the height of the Jolly Green Giant’s top hat. Anna provides quick, healthy recipes on the shop's website, many of which incorporate products—such as arbosana olive oil—that can help boost health and reduce the risk of heart disease.
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With a kitchen that stays open until 1 a.m. every night of the week, Woodrow's chefs help keep the revelry alive with 24 beers on tap and a menu of traditional pub fare. They specialize in grilling thick-cut steaks and sirloin burger patties, occasionally accessorizing the freshly fired meats with blue-cheese crumbles or a whiskey-peppercorn sauce. The kitchen's grills sear entrees from brunch to dinner, and the chefs stir pots of house-made chili and slice sides of regular, parmesan-truffle, and Cajun-style fries by hand.
Downstairs, the recently renovated whiskey lounge's plush couches and armchairs cradle patrons sipping the distilled beverage amid black-and-red-brick walls and knotted wood floors. Intimate lighting helps create a laid-back mood, encouraging guests to enjoy one of the hops-heavy or malt-laden beers from the bar or re-create episodes of The Twilight Zone with shadow puppets.