New Yorkers are embracing outdoor drinking and eating like never before right now, and biergartens offer the ultimate outdoor hang. There's usually an abundance of open-air space, you can enjoy strong brews and hearty food and, occasionally, there's a polka band. (Admittedly, you may have trouble finding the latter at the moment.)
Now, there’s a brand-new biergarten to hit up if you're looking to escape your apartment. N 11th Street Cookout has officially opened its gates in a massive lot across from Brooklyn Brewery, the Williamsburg Hotel and the Wythe Hotel.
The biergarten, set up on astroturf with enough picnic tables to comfortably seat 88 guests, was designed for the socially distanced era. Steve Brett, the general manager of N 11th Street Cookout, formerly headed up the Polish/Slovakian drinking den, Radegast.
At the on-site food truck, you’ll find ballpark-style food and snacks like cheeseburgers, hot dogs, soft pretzels, elote and fries.
As for brews, the menu is stocked with local breweries including Braven Brewing Co., Brooklyn Brewing Co., Five Boroughs Brewing Co. and Montauk Brewing Co.
The cocktail and bar program, designed by James Defoor (formerly of Greenwich Village bar Dante), has cocktails on the menu including mezcal mules, cold brew americanos and frozen drinks like passionfruit frosé and frozen hibiscus lemonade. (Don't forget, current New York regulations require a food purchase with beverages.)
The biergarten is open Monday through Friday from 4pm to 11pm; Saturday from noon to 11pm; and Sunday from noon to 11pm.