The Best Burgers & Brews in the Big Apple
Chow down on the best beef patties and throw back the finest suds in the city.
Spend a day in Brooklyn Brewery's expansive, seriously-bare-bones garden & tasting room, where you can wash down delivery pizza with perennials (Lager, Weisse Pennant Ale...) and seasonals (Summer Ale, Black Chocolate Stout...) purchased using wooden drink tokens ($20 for five).
Eben Freeman and Michael White's cocktail-heavy supper club The Butterfly has maybe the best patty melt ever: Dry-aged, steaky, white label meat topped with caramelized onions, and sandwiched between rye that's crisped only on the outside to achieve maximum goo factor with the American on top and the gruyere on bottom.
A beer garden grows in Brooklyn...Radegast Biergarten in Williamsburg serves up stein after giant stein with Dentergems Witbier, Hacker Pschorr Weisse, and other impossible-to-pronounce-even-when-you're-sober Euro suds.
This is it, people: The Best Burger in NYC. Minetta Tavern's Black Label label burger is a $26 blend of prime, dry-aged Creekstone ribeye, skirt, and brisket that's redolent with musty, barnyard aromas, not to mention caramelized onions.
Umami's Manly Burger is kind of like a bacon cheeseburger topped with onion rings, only much more aggressive. The cheese is beer cheddar processed in house, the bacon is actually bacon lardons (which lay somewhere in between pork belly and bacon), and the onion rings are battered in malt liquor -- suck it, all burgers not made with 40s.
A German beer garden and restaurant inspired by traditional biergartens of Cologne, Loreley serves 12 brews on tap in either liter or half-liter steins, plus eats like schnitzel, bratwurst, and Gegrilltes Hühnchensandwich (trying saying that... one time fast!).
One of the largest outdoor drinking venues in the city, Astoria's Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden lets you pull up to picnic table, nosh on BBQ'd sausages, down as many liters of beer as you want, and take in some polka music all in the course of an afternoon.
For those feeling adventurous, the Pickle Shack has a contraption called a Randall that attaches to one of their tap lines and infuses a beer with whatever craziness they're working with that day: pickling spices, coffee, fruits, more hops, etc.