7 New Beer Gardens & Halls for Summer in NYC

By Kelly Dobkin  |  June 24, 2014

The beer-garden trend is still in full effect, with new entrants popping up all over the city, especially in Brooklyn. Check out seven new halls and gardens for getting your suds on this summer in the slide show below.

  • Ambrose Hall/Beer Garden in South Street Seaport

    This new beer hall recently opened Downtown featuring a 14,000-sq.-ft. beer garden. Chef Jason Meyer is behind the gourmet bar food at the hall component, which spans 1,600 sq. ft. The adjacent cobblestoned beer garden also offers up a selection of German brews indoor and out.

    Tap count: 12

    What to eat: Baguette sliders, charcuterie plates, German-style bratwurst from Schaller & Webber, salads, a lobster roll and open-face sandwiches.

    Ambrose Hall: 18 Fulton St.; 212-785-0018. Ambrose Beer Garden: 19 Fulton St.

  • Paulaner on the Lower East Side

    Wolfgang Ban of Seasonal and Edi & The Wolf and former Stephen Starr Restaurants alum Markus Tschuschnig have redesigned this beer hall and brewery which closed in April, bringing in chef Daniel Kill to revamp the menu as well as master brewer Andreas Heidenreich.

    Tap count: 5, including the newest, The Summer Block, all made in-house

    What to eat: Bratwurst burger and meat platters like crispy pork knuckle to share, any of the sausages.

    265 Bowery; 212-780-0300

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    Berg'n in Crown Heights

    This 9,000-sq.-ft. Crown Heights beer hall from the Brooklyn Flea/Smorgasburg folks is one of summer's most hotly anticipated new openings. Once completed, the beer hall/food court will feature four permanent booths for longtime market vendors Asia Dog, Mighty Quinn’s BBQ, Pizza Moto and Ramen Burger, plus a beer list curated by Brooklyn Brewery brewmaster Garrett Oliver, ice cream from Blue Marble and pastries by Choice and Dough.

    Tap count: 10 beers plus 1 cider 

    What to eat: Wings from Mighty Quinn's, ramen burgers, pizza.

    899 Bergen St., Brooklyn; opening in July

  • The Well in Bushwick

    Currently only open for events, but opening soon to the public, this massive 4,000-sq.-ft. Bushwick beer garden and event space features over 300 beers, including one proprietary brew made by Coney Island Brewing Co., as well as frozen drinks, champagnes, cocktails and more.

    Tap count: 60+

    What to eat: Carolina pulled pork sandwich, Schaller & Weber sausages, McClure chips.

    272 Meserole St.; 347-338-3612

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    Arrogant Swine in Bushwick

    This massive ode to the Eastern Carolina whole-hog experience from finance-guy-turned-pitmaster Tyson Ho is readying for a summer opening in Bushwick. The giant BBQ restaurant and beer garden is based on Ho's successful pop-up series, Hog Days of Summer.

    Tap count: TBD

    What to eat: Whole hog, duh.

    173 Morgan Ave., Brooklyn, opening in July/August

  • Black Forest Brooklyn in Fort Greene

    This Fort Greene biergarten from husband and wife team Ayana and Tobias Holler, which opened in December, gets to stretch its summer legs this year. The menu reads like one you'd find in Germany, with plenty of authentic fare both food- and drink-wise.

    Tap count: 14, all brewed in adherence to the German Beer Purity Law of 1516, meaning the beers can only be brewed with water, hops and malt as ingredients

    What to eat: Flammekuchen (Alsatian flatbread), Jaegerschnitzel (hunter’s cutlet), any of the sausages or schnitzels.

    733 Fulton St., Brooklyn; 718-935-0300

  • Bavaria Bier Haus in the Financial District

    This beer hall and restaurant opened in December but features massive three-liter pours of beer served in boots and other glassware, much like it is in Germany, and features a traditional German menu.

    Tap count: 15 German beers

    What to eat: Kartoffelpfannkuchen, aka potato cakes, braised short ribs, sausage.

    19 S. William St.; 212-480-8142