Belle Havana’s menu mixes and matches classic Cuban and French flavors served alongside Westchester’s Best Mojito 2008, which comes muddled with fresh mint and garnished with bona-fide sugar cane. Chef Alexandre Cheblal’s knives have chopped and diced all over the United States, France, Japan, and Switzerland and infuse each fusion feast with international flavorizers. Devour pork and pickles inside cubano sandwiches ($7.95) or chomp tuna in a nicoise salad ($7.95). Start dinner with small plates of escargot served in cilantro-jalapeno butter ($8.95) to coat stomachs for the successful consumption of half a cornish game hen ($18.95) or red snapper wrapped in a banana leaf ($22.95).
Named a Bronx beer nerd's best friend by The New York Times, The Bronx Ale House features a rotating cast of ales, ciders, lagers, and stouts to fill glasses, goblets, rubber boots, and eventually mouths. On their on tap and bottled beer menus bespectacled beer lovers will find a variety of New York brews such as Blue Point Toasted Lager and Ithaca Flower Power IPA, as well as international mainstays including Guinness and Chimay Blanc. Once you've made your sudsy selection, pair pale ales with classic bar grub such as sliced beer sausages, fried mac 'n' cheese, hot wings, burgers, fries, and more.
Every once in a while the muddled sounds of conversation, music, and cue balls clanking against pool tables spill onto the corner of 236th Street and Broadway. The source of the sounds is The Bridge Tavern, a neighborhood pub with an emphasis on the community. Its ceiling stretches over the establishment with a mural dedicated to Kingsbridge and another mural celebrating the Yankees. Amid a row of Bronx street signs and a wraparound bar, servers fuel the chatter with beer, wings, and half-pound burgers.
On a warm summer evening, candles on the patio tables in Maggie Spillanes rooftop garden illuminate guests toasting with mojitos and margaritas or steadily sipping Guinness and Maggie’s red ale—2 of the bar’s 16 beers on tap. Beside the drinks lay plates of American and Irish pub-food favorites, including eight types of sliders, corned beef, and lamb stew.
Downstairs, courtesy of the MLB package, 17 flat-screen televisions beam high-definition images of baseball players. Additional entertainment comes in the form of trivia and karaoke, as well as a DJ spinning contemporary tracks mixed with the occasional hyena cackle.
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 with live DJs, open only to those given the style “lady” by Queen Elizabeth II. Saturdays feature live music, and the kitchen now serves brunch on Sundays. Occasional classes douse gray matter in beer knowledge, including food-pairing advice and brewing tips, and brewery events are held the second Thursday of every month.