Best Beer Lists in NYC

October 25, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Here are the top-rated beer standouts in NYC.  

SERRA by Birreria
Italian · Flatiron · $$
Food 4.2 · Decor 4.1 · Service 3.8

“Hard to beat on a nice summer” day, this “cool” hangout atop Eataly is an all-year, retractable-roofed “experience” that changes theme (always Italy-focused) and menu seasonally, though an “excellent” selection of cask ales is a constant; the place is “hopping” from lunch till late, so “to actually gain access, go early” or make a reservation.
Cafe D'Alsace
French · East 80s · $$$
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.8 · Service 4.0

This “unpretentious” Yorkville brasserie is a “bustling” standby for “stick-to-your-ribs” Alsatian fare paired with an epic beer menu that merits its own sommelier; given the “too-close” quarters and “high decibels” , many opt to sit outside, weather permitting.
The Cannibal Beer & Butcher
American · Murray Hill · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.8 · Service 4.2

You can feed “your inner carnivore” at these joints where “fantastic” , “meat-centric” Belgian gastropub fare pairs with a “phenomenal” beer list; the “so-small” Murray Hill original draws “endless crowds” for a “social” scene, while the Gotham West counter is pretty “lively” too.
Eleven Madison Park
Flatiron · $$$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.8 · Service 4.8

“Brilliant as ever” , Daniel Humm’s New American “knockout” on Madison Square Park is “a total indulgence” where a “spectacular” tasting menu with pairings from a “massive” wine list provides a “culinary adventure” that’s “expertly” served in a “magnificent” art deco space; the “jumbo bill” is a given, but “throw the budget out the window” “you can’t afford to miss this place.”
Gramercy Tavern
American · Flatiron · $$$$
Food 4.8 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.7

You can rely on “top-class” dining with “no gimmicks” at Danny Meyer’s enduring Flatiron New American, where chef Michael Anthony’s “outstanding” set menus are presented by “eminently suave” staffers in an “upscale-country” dining room arrayed with “gorgeous” flower displays; it’s “not cheap by any means” , though the front tavern offers a “reasonable” à la carte menu in a “colorful” walk-in setting; P.S. gratuity is now built into menu prices.
Bar · Greenpoint · $$$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.4

They “keep your palate entertained” at this Greenpoint New American (set in the “intimate back room” at Tørst), where the “incredible” , Scandinavian-inspired creations out of an open kitchen are offered in tasting menu format only ($125); the “original” beer pairing option and “amazing show put on by the chefs” make it a natural for a foodie “special occasion.”