Cheat Sheet: Greenpoint's Dirck the Norseman
The Gist: A waterfront brewpub in the home of a former plastic bag factory shelling out all manners of hearty pub fare - except burgers.
The Vibe: Industrial chic meets old world Europe. With a glowing fireplace and the Allman Brothers in the background, it's a place where we viewed friends gathered at a picnic table on one side while a solo diner read his book quietly at the bar.
Eat This: Pig knuckle. Despite what we might think when seeing the word knuckle, this isn't a fried bit of bacon we pop in our mouths, but rather a moist chunk of braised ham hock bathed in Germany's Riegle Kellerbier to give the dish a hint of orange flavoring.
Drink This: Though the brewery's own batches won't be ready for public sale until at least 10 more days, the German draft line up is a more than an adequate substitute. Opt for a half liter of Dentergems Bruin Ale or a Gaffel Kolsch while perusing the menu, as brews are priced by size and start at three dollars for a fifth of a liter.
Skip This: Chicken schnitzel - a big portion that left a very little impression.
The Damage: $34 for dinner and a drink, though if you plan on sampling multiple beers on hand, things could get pricey.
The Verdict: Though Greenpoint and Williamsburg are filled with great beer bars, Dirck's way off the beaten path location and relaxing atmosphere make this a great stop for a drink on a waterfront walking tour. However, we're likely to keep walking elsewhere for a dinner menu with more variety.
7 N 15 St., Brooklyn; 718-389-2940