Time Out New York (TONY) released its list of the 50 best bars for spring. Three local favorites made the list! I remember not too many years ago when Uptown wasn’t even an afterthought in these types of lists. See the two bars in Harlem and the one in Inwood that are featured below:
Whether the forecast is clear or questionable, Harlem’s first beer garden beckons with its bright, modern interior and a roster of ten impressive drafts and 25 bottled suds ($6–$14). Murky skies call for the rich and toasty Erdinger Dunkel Hefeweizen ($7), while slightly sweet Reissdorf Kölsch ($6) sates palates on days when the floor-to-ceiling glass doors open onto the pavement. Come early May, the venue will roll out a sidewalk café with additional seating. 2099 Frederick Douglass Blvd (Eighth Ave) between 113th and 114th Sts (212-280-0944, bierinternational.com)
Marcus Samuelsson’s neighborhood-influenced American spot delivers cocktails that are as worthy of a “hallelujah” as the fluffy corn bread they wash down. The vivid copper bar top, shelves scattered with antique bric-a-brac, warm marquee lights and a lively open dining room all set the scene for the spring menu’s playfully spicy and herbal offerings. Don’t miss Moses Laboy’s Dillio cocktail, a creation that draws on two cuisines Samuelsson knows well, skillfully combining peanut-infused bourbon (an African nod) with muddled dill (Scandinavian), plus lime juice, simple syrup and ginger liqueur ($13). 310 Malcolm X Blvd (Lenox Ave) between 125th and 126th Sts (212-792-9001,redroosterharlem.com)
Indian Road Café
If you can’t escape the city for the weekend, this rustic bar and café at the tip of Manhattan is the right place to spend the day pretending the Adirondacks are right outside the door. A straight-from-the-garden Hudson Valley vibe pervades the locavore-centric food-and-drink menus, featuring specialties like sausages from Vincent’s Meat Market on Arthur Avenue; Kingston, New York’s Keegan Brewery Hurricane Kitty IPA ($6); and Hudson Baby bourbon ($20) from Tuthilltown Spirits. The longer you relax at this earnestly welcoming spot, the harder it becomes to rejoin urban life. 600 W 218th St at Indian Rd (212-942-7451, indianroadcafe.com). Mon–Thu, 7am–10:30pm, Fri–Sat 7am–11:30pm, Sun 8am–10pm.
Read the whole list on TONY.
- What’s New in Harlem (uptownflavor.com)
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