RECOMMENDED: Food & Drink Awards 2013
Beer store with a bar? Beer bar with a store? Whatever the hell it is, this erudite yet unpretentious ode to all things ale beguiled wide-eyed beer novices and grizzled hops nerds alike. A spin-off of nearby Alphabet City Wine Co., the laid-back barroom was your sudsy reprieve from Avenue C’s hypercharged cocktail scene. The sheer volume of brewskis available (hailing from Quebec to Queens, Cali to Belgium) set ABC apart from fellow frothy contenders: Along with a dozen taps at the steel-topped bar, there are a whopping 350 bottles in the retail section to keep the boozing going well beyond last call. Plus, library-style leather armchairs, unfussy cheese plates of Stilton wedges and fig jam, and a soundtrack of devil-may-care dudes like Lou Reed and Marvin Gaye ferment into a brew den you don’t ever want to leave—and the best part is: They won’t make you. Alphabet City Beer Co., 96 Ave C between 6th and 7th Sts (646-422-7103, abcbeer.co)
Broadway Terrace at the New York Marriott Marquis
Located on the eighth floor of the New York Marriott Marquis, Broadway Lounge offers stunning views of Times Square. On a nice afternoon, you can sit on one of the two outdoor terraces to take in the vista, but during the colder months, you’ll probably want to take a seat on one of the indoor couches. Choose from a full menu of bar snacks, shareable flatbreads, a few entrees and plenty of cocktails. To drink, you might go for a rosemary and black pepper old-fashioned ($17) or the West Side Cosmopolitan with acai and white cranberry juice ($18). Little ones who don’t want to miss out on the fun can even order a nonalcoholic Broadway Baby: a combination of fresh fruit juice, strawberry puree and whipped cream ($11). Nibble on a four-cheese flatbread ($18), goat cheese and artichoke croquettes ($16), chicken-lemongrass potstickers ($14) or a wedge salad with bacon ($15) to share. And if you swing by between 5 and 9pm on Fridays, you can hear a live jazz trio and score a gin cocktail and appetizer for just $20.
Venue says: “The Broadway Terrace has the ultimate view of Times Square. Linger over a ball drop cocktail, and enjoy exciting snacks and appetizers.”