Posts Tagged ‘beer’

Clam Roll at the Sea Witch

March 13, 2012 Leave a comment

Believe the hype.  The clam roll at the Sea Witch is damn tasty.  For only $11 (which by NYC standards is a pretty good deal), you get a bun overflowing with tasty fried clams.  Add some delicious, crispy fries as a side, and you’ve got yourself a full meal.

Sea Witch Clam RollNothing pairs better with clam rolls and fries than a good rotating group of draft beers, which the Sea Witch has plenty of.  We heard from other patrons that the burger there is pretty decent.

The atmosphere is laid back — very neighborhood feel even with the nautical theme and giant aquarium.  I hope the quality of the clam roll keeps up as the area becomes more popular.  The backyard is going to be great once it gets warm enough.


Tailgating Made Easy

December 7, 2010 2 comments

In order to properly enjoy a football game, one must start with the all-important tailgating party.  Those of you who know nothing about sports are probably asking, “What exactly is tailgating?”

Tailgating comes in many forms depending on which part of the country you are in.  Some people stick with the basics: chips and dip, grilled burgers and hot dogs, and other easy to prepare items.  Others turn the entire experience into culinary decadence by preparing anything from BBQ to crab boils to lobster rolls to sushi.  Tailgating has become so popular that you can catch the antics of amateur chefs on the Food Network’s “Tailgate Warriors” hosted by Allegations of Deliciousness’ second least favorite personality, Guy Fieri.

For those of us who grew up in the South and Midwest or for those who went to colleges with big football programs, tailgating is pretty much mandatory before entering a stadium to enjoy the game.  Tailgating is also quite popular before NFL (pro football) games.

Besides our love of food, J. Frankfurter and I also share a love for the New York Jets, regardless of the Jets’ ability to choke big time and break our little hearts.  We decided to go the Meadowlands this season and catch the Jets take on the Green Bay Packers with a couple of friends.

One of the joys of living in New York City is never having to drive because of all of the public transportation options.  However, when it comes to tailgating, a vehicle of some sort is necessary to carry passengers, food, beverages and cooking equipment to the game.  Although both of us lack access to a motor vehicle, we employed the services of one of the many professional tailgating outfits that can usually be found at your local stadium.

We decided to go with Tailgate Joe because the food and beer menu (all you can eat and drink for a mere $25/person) sounded like a great deal.  For our particular game, there was plenty of Kelso beer to accompany maple breakfast sausage biscuits, Taylor Ham pork roll sandwiches, chili dogs, cheeseburgers, meatball sliders and homemade cannolis.

The food was good, the crowd plentiful but not annoying (i.e., you never had to wait in line too long for refills on food and beer), and you didn’t have to deal with cleaning up right before the game.  Also, since we were so stuffed from hours of eating before kickoff, there was no need to spend lots of money inside the stadium for mediocre food.  We highly recommend the experience for anyone unable to cook up a menu of their own.

Midtown Survival Guide: St. Andrews

June 4, 2010 Leave a comment


St. Andrews bills itself as one of NYC’s few authentic Scottish pubs, but unlike most other “pubs'”at midtown, it actually has good drinks AND good food.  Perhaps most importantly, it has an extensive scotch menu – one of the largest in the city.  If you are looking for a good quality single malt and a bite to eat, it is surely the place to be.  On top of that, it has a decent beer selection, including Boddingtons on tap as well as Wee Heavy, a tasty dark Scottish brew.   In the no man’s land that is Midtown Manhattan, there are tons of overpriced bars and indistinguishable Irish pubs.  St. Andrews adds a twist to the selection with its emphasis on all things Scottish and may, dare I say, provide a reason to actually venture into midtown during non-working hours. 

On top of that, it has very decent food – well beyond the typical “pub fare” one might expect at such a place.  There are Scottish classics (such as haggis, oatmeal-stuffed trout, and…uhh..cock-a-leekie soup) as well as more typical english pub food (bangers & mash, shephard’s pie).  Steak, lamb and seafood entrees are served in the restaurant section of the bar. 

Finally, St. Andrews serves the best burger you will find in this part of midtown.   In fact, perhaps the premier power lunch in the neighborhood is a St. Andrews’ cheeseburger washed down with a pint of Boddington’s.   It will set you up right for an afternoon of staring at your computer monitor, to be sure.

The space is sufficiently large that it is generally easy to find a table except at the very peak dinner hour (although it clears out noticeably after the pre-theater crowd has left).  This is midtown, so there are inevitably tourists and suits but the place manages to retain a nice, neighborhood feel to it despite its location and large size.  We’ve been coming long enough (and staying late enough) that the first question we get from the staff isn’t “Would you like a table?” or “Menu?” but “Boddingtons?”

Bar Review: Beer Table

May 18, 2010 Leave a comment

Beer Table

  • Address: 427 7th Avenue (between 14th and 15th Streets) – Park Slope
  • Website:
  • What to get?  Ask the owners.

Beer Table is the teeny, tiny bar located in the part of town the real estate folks currently call the “South Slope.”  Get there early if you want a seat.  There are only three small communal tables and a bench in the front window that could accommodate 2 people (maybe 3 hipsters, or at least their skinny jeans).

The beer menu changes daily.  The limited food menu of small plates, charcuterie and pickled items are meant to complement the beers.  The owners are friendly, knowledgeable and helpful in your decision making process.

Most of the complaints I have heard about Beer Table concern some of the prices for the beers.  Yes, $9 for a beer is expensive.  But the beers being served are specialty beers that are not likely to be found in any other bar and they are constantly being switched out.  If you are looking to get hammered on cheap beer, Murray Hill is about 30-45 minutes away by subway.  If you are looking to try some unique and interesting beers that often pair well with food, give Beer Table a try.

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Bar Review: Mission Dolores

May 17, 2010 Leave a comment

Mission Dolores

  • Address: 249 4th Avenue (between President and Carroll Streets) – Park Slope
  • Website:
  • What to get?  Anything on draft, handmade margaritas.  For food, go across the street and bring back tacos from Oaxaca.

Located in part of the space that housed the now-defunct lesbian bar Cattyshack, Mission Dolores is becoming a popular destination for those seeking outdoor drinking space.

Brought to you by the folks behind Smith Street’s Bar Great Harry, Mission Dolores has a relaxing atmosphere where a wide variety of people — from Brooklyn hipsters to Park Slope moms to suits, artists and everyone in between — meet up for craft beers that change out regularly.  I am a fan of the selections from the brewers at Captain Lawrence (Westchester County) and Sixpoint (Red Hook).

The Lord of the Rings and Indiana Jones pinball machines naturally inhabit this nerdy part of Brooklyn provide for a nice distraction from the usual outdoor bar scene.

On the occasions I’ve been at Mission Dolores, some people had their dogs along, much to the delight of their pooch-less drinking neighbors. 

Given its convenient location close to the Atlantic/Pacific subway stop and decent outdoor seating, look for Mission Dolores to get busier and busier as the weather gets warmer and warmer.