First Look: The Jeffrey on the UES

By Anne Roderique Jones  |  October 10, 2013
Credit: Cherie Cincilla

A seriously cool brew bar hits the Upper East Side with the soft opening of The Jeffrey Craft Beer & Bites, courtesy of owners Andy Freedman, Steve Israel and Patrick Donagher (founder of Rattle N Hum who's since moved on to run Alewife). Equipped with a custom-built draft system (by the designer of Torst's), it will serve 30 rotating local and global suds, along with unique wines and cocktails. There will also be a smattering of cheese and charcuterie from Murray's, as well as meaty sandwiches, housemade pretzels with pub cheese, Southern-style hot boiled peanuts and lots of pickled goodness (try the eggs). Bar food at its best.

The communal wooden tables already have a mix of cool customers - construction workers, pretty tattooed chicks, a handful of business boys - who all love to talk beer. Plus we have word that the spot's acquired the outdoor space from the bike shop next door, which will be combined with their own backyard to double the size of their beer garden. What's more, there's a storefront that will be used as an espresso bar by day, serving up breakfast pastries and coffee from Brooklyn Roasting Co. In the evening hours, a separate growler bar tasting area with 10 taps will be hosting brewery nights and beer-, bourbon- and whiskey-tasting classes. On weekend nights, the espresso/growler bar becomes a "cocktail lab" overseen by mixologist Jacob Tschetterr. Meet us on the UES? Oh, hell yes. 311 E 60 St.; 212-355-2337

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    Murray's cheese and charcuterie plate

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    Pickled red-beet deviled eggs

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    Southern-style hot boiled peanuts

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    Green bean salad with five-minute eggs, microgreens and Sichuan peppercorn vinaigrette

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    Roast beef sandwich with maple cheddar and IPA mustard

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