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Northern Spy Food Co.
Taps: 4 / Bottles: 12
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery, Homebrew Store ]
511 East 12th Street
phone: (212) 228-5100
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
Northern Spy Food Co. is a relatively new (say, November '09) addition to Manhattan's East Village. It's not so much a bar as a New American restaurant with a focus on seasonal, locally sourced ingredients, and comfort staples. They make a mean roast chicken, killer ham and cheese sandwich, and a veggie kale salad for those inclined against the pig, of which there is (fortunately) a lot. But food aside, the place warrants inclusion on here because the owners take the beer selection very seriously.
There's four rotating taps emphasizing local brews (e.g. Sixpoint Sweet Action, Kelso Pilsner, Blue Point Oatmeal Stout), and twelve craft bottles in the fridge, any of which can be taken to go. A recent visit found Victory Prima Pils, Captain Lawrence Imperial IPA, Smuttynose Brown Dog, and beers from Ithaca, Keegan's and Wolaver's, among others. Plus, they knew enough to recently jump on a case of Troegs Nugget Nectar, and it's the only place in the neighborhood other than the Bowery Whole Foods that I think has it for purchase.
There's also a general store portion in back that sells a variety of local foods, as well as homebrew kits (and ingredients) courtesy of the Brooklyn Brew Shop. Good food, warm vibe, and excellent brews. Just a really nice addition to the neighborhood.
Update - June 2010 - A significant rise in popularity forced the owners to get rid of most of the general store in back to add more tables, and there's no longer beer to go. But the food is still excellent, as is the beer selection. Just be prepared to wait a bit for dinner.
03-24-2010 01:36:27 |
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