Outfitted to resemble a one-room schoolhouse, with beer lists on blackboards and wooden pegs for hanging coats, Nolita House provides an education in simple, affordable, seasonal dining. Learn how far a crispy panko crust can elevate classic mac 'n' cheese ($12 for the large plate or $8 for the small) or study the intersection of the delicious and the porcine with babyback ribs ($9). Forge a guardian's signature and take your tongue on an international field trip with Nolita's shrimp tacos ($16) or miso-saki-glazed cod ($18). Small varietal wines from boutique vineyards pair nicely with an olive plate ($3), arguments over roller-derby statistics, or cheeses, especially at Nolita's Wine and Cheese Happy Hours, held every night between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. ($12 for two cheeses and a glass of wine).
Bar 108 offers a wide array of international beer, wine, champagne, and liquor, and the full kitchen serves pub food like sliders and tacos. Since opening in January, the elegant and cool Soho hotspot has quickly become a popular gathering place for elegant and cool people, scoring numerous raving features by publications like The Luxury Spot and Time Out New York.
When people need insight about their world, they climb mountains to consult with the gurus who live atop the peaks. If they want insight about beer, they need only climb the wrought-iron stairs that lead up to Amity Hall’s bar. Every bartender boasts the title of Cicerone–certified beer server, tested to prove their expertise and knowledge of all forms of beer. They pull the taps on rotating drafts and pop the top on bottled beers to pair every guest with their perfect match. To complement their brews, diners pick plates from a menu that includes flatbread pizzas and stuffed burgers that can hide chipotle peppers, aged gouda, or your house keys. Wooden booths and distressed painted brick flank both levels of Amity Hall. Upstairs, a 20-foot high-definition TV displays sporting events, whereas DJs spin music on weekend nights downstairs.
In 2008, Jimmy’s No. 43 landed on New York Magazine’s “The Perfect Bar” list, under the category, “Good Food,” with accolades for its “Seasonal. Local. Delicious.” eats. Four years later, and the pub is still at it, sating appetites with local and organic food that the magazine calls “gastropub worthy eats, rich in flavor and texture.” Yet, despite its ever-changing menu of decadent fare, such as skillet-fried beer sausages and grass-fed burgers—all prepared by a series of “coming of age” chefs—the hip basement bar has another big draw: its lengthy beer selection that features brews from Germany, Belgium, and Brooklyn. Large groups and dates alike can clang classes amid the dimly lit underground space structured around rustic décor, such as arched entryways and deer heads with full beards.
Lunasa, meaning August in Gaelic, slings a menu of classic Irish pub fare in a warm, modern atmosphere. Gallop mouth-first into a bowl of house-made Crazy Horse chili ($7), before chomping on a goats-cheese panini, brimming with creamy goat cheese, fire-roasted red peppers, fresh basil, and pesto ($9). Fans of futbol can nosh on classic bangers and mash ($14), or house-made shepherd’s pie ($13), while praising a favorite soccer team's playing style or maligning a hated ref's clothing choices. The watering hole will broadcast live UEFA Champions League semifinal soccer matches on HDTVs, while hosting competitive chest-bumping and fist-pumping tournaments.
Village Pourhouse's beer selection is so diverse that the pub issues some customers a passport, stamping it each time they try a beer culled from 16 countries. They boast more than 100 brews that range from locally brewed ales to Japanese ginger beer, and even make beer the starring liquid in cocktails infused with fig vodka and pear cider.
Though beer takes the spotlight here, their pub eats play a worthy second fiddle. The menu fills bellies with pub classics, such as burgers, wraps, and hot wings. More eclectic dishes include lamb burgers and chicken tenders coated with pretzel breading. Bringing it all together, each dish is listed with its ideal beer pairing based on its astrological sign.