With craft-beer bars proliferating these days, only a blockbuster like Eataly’s rooftop brewpub could stir you from your IPA-induced stupor. While other newcomers fostered loyal regulars, La Birreria has been a destination drinkery since Day One, practically demanding a pilgrimage to its lofty perch to worship at the altar of Italian brewing. Finally, Gotham’s brewhounds had a direct line to one of the world’s most exciting new beer regions: an unprecedented stash of beers from the Boot, as well as innovative house-made ales reflecting trends on both sides of the Atlantic. You guzzled them all with accomplished rustic eats (fat probusto sausages, fennel-laced quail, gorgeous salumi) that were as satisfying 15 stories high as they would be at a taverna in the Italian alps. 200 Fifth Ave at 23rd St (212-937-8910, eatalyny.com/eat/birreria)
Marshall Street Bar & Restaurant
Syracuse alumni will find a taste of home at Marshall Street Bar and Restaurant in Midtown East. With more than a dozen TVs and drink specials for both Syracuse and NFL games, it’s a convenient spot to catch the big game. Not a big sports fan? Start a game of pool, try your hand at skee-ball or sink a few quarters into one of the other arcade games in the bar. Order something off the massive menu of gameday favorites, like loaded nachos ($10.99), pulled pork or beef sliders ($10.99) or mozzarella sticks ($8.49). The real draw, though, is the wings (six for $9, twelve for $17, a bucket of 50 for $60). Order buffalo or boneless wings doused in sauce ranging from “mild” to “abusive” to “suicidal”, or stick to gentler flavors like teriyaki and garlic-parmesan. Vegetarians won’t be left out, either: Marshall Street also serves soy wings for those so inclined ($12.99).
Venue says: “Syracuse sports games, authentic Buffalo Wings, or locally brewed New York beers, we're proud to call Marshall Street the home for it all!”