Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Eating Out in NYC: Birreria

This year for the 4th of July, I decided to stick around close to home, and so met up with a few friends at Birreria - the rooftop brewery at Eataly, here in New York. It's a really interesting place in that it's a beer garden (so feels German), but it's at Eataly (so also feels Italian). I'd been meaning to check it out for some time, and this was a great excuse to finally get my act together!

Birreria - where they serve beer in wine glasses

We sampled a lot of the standard fare - pretzels, assorted cured meats and cheeses, etc. - but my absolute favorites were the Shiitake Fritti con Salvia (fried mushrooms with sage), and the Probusto house-made pork and beef sausages. The mushrooms were outstanding - salty and crispy, great texture, and not too oily. The sausages were fantastic - the taste and the texture really felt authentically hand-made, and I never realized how much of a difference that can really make. But the real star of the sausage dish was the potatoes it came with on the side - the seasoning (mostly coriander) and something else about how they were prepared... I've never had potatoes like that. Please take my advice on this one: Go to Birreria, order this dish, wash it down with some tasty beers!

Speaking of beers...

There are a number of great beers on the menu. Next time I go, I will absolutely be trying one (or more) of their house-brewed ales, but for this first trip I decided to order off the bottled beer menu.

The first one I had was a Dog Fish Head 90-minute IPA (pictured above, in the wine glass). I love a hoppy, bold IPA and this one certainly didn't disappoint!

Next, I went with a Southern Tier Double IPA - another solid choice that quenched my thirst for something hoppy and full-flavored.

Southern Tier Double IPA

Feeling adventurous, I decided to try something a little different - an Almond 22 Pink IPA, an Italian Pale Ale, made with Pink Peppercorns. It was definitely hoppy and full-flavored... but the peppery taste was a bit much for me. It might be enticing to those with more discerning beer palates than mine - but I think I'll pass next time.

Yep, Pink Pepper Beer

All in all, I had a great time at Birreria (picking up some salted caramel gelato downstairs at Eataly afterward certainly didn't hurt!), and can't wait to go back again sometime soon!

1 comment:

  1. Now that is my kind of place! I'll second your opinion on the Southern Tier Double IPA. Sold all over the Empire State (and likely beyond) and a must-try for all IPA lovers.