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Hot openings

Hot openings

Put these newcomers on your radar now: They’re where you’ll be drinking when the weather really warms up.

By Hannah Norwick

The Pony Bar
Projected opening: Apr 22

The team behind the popular Hell’s Kitchen bar launches a second location of the craft-brew-heavy haunt. The uptown offshoot boasts the same handmade growler lamps and oft-rotating fresh beer selections as the original, and will offer 20 drafts and two daily-rotating cask ales. Priced at five bucks a glass, the suds will be culled from breweries like Barrier, Empire and Ballast Point (no imports, bottles or cans). Sop up the booze with pub grub like skillet sausages, beer-battered green beans and turkey chili. 1444 First Ave between 75th and 76th Sts (no phone)

Greenwood Park
Projected opening: Mid-April or early May

This project from industry vet Ted Mann (Public Assembly, Bar Matchless), along with Lawrence Hyland and Diane Yasilakos, transforms a former auto-repair lot into a 13,000-square-foot beer garden. Three retractable garage doors (in addition to one serving as the main entrance) hint at the venue’s industrial past, but the rest of the space has been gutted to add indoor and outdoor bars and 25 to 30 changing draft lines. When you’re feeling sporty, you can also try your hand at the yard’s bocce courts. 555 Seventh Ave between 19th and 20th Sts, Sunset Park, Brooklyn (no phone)

Dale Talde Bar TBD
Projected opening: Mid-May

Dale Talde, who just opened his packed Pan-Asian eatery, Talde, in January, is already expanding his reach in Brooklyn. The menus at the chef’s yet-to-be-named bar draw inspiration from American roadhouse food.(In keeping with the theme, a framed photo of the late actor Patrick Swayze, who starred in the 1980s film Road House, will greet patrons at the door.) Expect griddled burgers, smoked Duroc pork and Tater-Tots cooked in pork fat, along with cheap beers (such as PBR and Miller High Life), alcoholic slushes from an in-house machine and a whole lot of music till 2am. 247 Fifth Ave between Carroll St and Garfield Pl, Park Slope, Brooklyn (no phone)

Golden Cadillac
Projected opening: Mid-May

Bartending heavyweight Giuseppe Gonzalez (PKNY, Clover Club) teams up with Greg Boehm (Cocktail Kingdom) and James Tune (Pegu Club) to bring a 1970s-style cocktail bar to Alphabet City. Drinks will be categorized by their places in history rather than a common spirit, and some of the tipples from the less-refined cocktailing decades like the ’80s and ’90s (when things like lemon drops were all the rage) will undergo an “Alice Waters” revamp: Gonzalez plans to refine the kitschy Cosmo, for example, taking pains to choose an organic cranberry juice that he feels reflects the bar’s focus on quality ingredients. Keep an eye out for a few cutting-edge touches, especially an in-house carbonation system. 436 E 13th St between First Ave and Ave A (no phone)

Hair of the Dog
Projected opening: Late May or early June
This 80-seat spot will debut with 19 TVs, two fully stocked bars, a tin ceiling and exposed-brick walls. The cheekily named joint promises an abundance of drink specials, including half-price booze at happy hours. If you’re tied to your desk during the day, you’ll still be able to let loose here: Frequent DJ sets and a kitchen open daily till 4am cover the wee hours. 168 Orchard St at Stanton St (

The Well
Projected opening: June 1

Joshua Richholt, former manager of the Knitting Factory, will open this 15,000-square-foot beer hall inside Danbro Studios, the onetime home of the Hittleman Brewery. Plans for the expansive space include 60 taps, representing most of New York’s breweries, along with a bottle selection hovering somewhere around 250. The massive space—the outdoor beer garden alone is 11,000 square feet—will also host a farmers’ market and a full calendar of food and beer events, plus curling in the winter. 272 Meserole Ave between Bushwick Ave and Waterbury St, Greenpoint, Brooklyn (no phone)

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