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BEAPart of It/New York, NY: Spirits + Caffeine

BEApartofitNYNY: Tips, tricks, and recommendations for those attending BEA and New York City.

In a span of five days, you have heard about food, bookstores, food trucks, and expo advice for your upcoming jaunt to New York City for the BEAExpo. Now it’s FRIDAY. FRIDAYY!  Which means it’s pretty much happy hour, right? (For those of you, 21 and older of course. Ahem. We must be responsible.) If you haven’t guessed today I’m walking about beer, wine, and coffee — some of my favorite beverages.

Truth? I was not a beer drinker for a long time. In fact, I thought it stunk and I never had any desire to have it. But my husband and I have steadily grown fond of craft beer since we started dating, and I actually figured out WOW BEER CAN TASTE GOOD. Yes, it really can. (Though I prefer a draft. ha! Bad beer joke!) One of our favorite hobbies is trying new beer. (It brings a whole new level of joy to grocery shopping.)

So let’s start there:

Heartland Brewery (various locations throughout Manhattan)

This is where I fell in love with beer. Every season they feature a few different brews, and the food is pretty good too. (Although kind of on the pricier side.) For food, I love the Taco Salad and the Buffalo Chicken Salad. As for beer, they have a pretty decent sampler here (you can share and try a little bit of everything). My favorites are: Harvest Wheat (light) and Oatmeal Stout (dark).

Keep in mind: they are strict about people ordering food when seated in the dining room. There’s plenty of room at the bar and in the front lounge to grab a beer though!

Beer Authority (40th Street/8th near Port Authority in Manhattan)

THIS has become one of my favorite spots. I love the food. I’ve come to realize a lot of places that have good beer don’t always have the best food but Beer Authority has a nice menu and FRESH burger sliders and awesome tacos. Share plates! Appetizers! A menu of specials! But the best part is: over 90 beers on tap. There’s also a roof top bar! Yay! Love the food, love the beer selection, and while the wait staff is so so, this is one of my top choices any weekend.

FYI: They do have a Sunday brunch with a jazz band too!

The Pony Bar (two locations: Hell’s Kitchen + Upper East Side)

A great spot to drink and have lunch on a Saturday afternoon. It’s pretty empty. Saturday nights are another story, but if you have the time and love craft beer from the United States — this is a cute spot. I’ve had a ton of great times here and the beer list is always changing. Best of all? The beers are 5 dollars. Something that is almost unheard of for GOOD beer in New York City. P.S. The pulled pork sandwich is amazing.

Now for those of you who are wine fans… my coworker was sweet enough to put together a list of some wine places she enjoys:

Riposo 72: 50 W. 72nd Street (b/t Columbus & Central Park West)

Riposo is small and has an intimate feel, but is usually not crowded. Staff is very nice and helpful. The sign on the door is not prominent, so keep an eye out.

The Tangled Vine: 434 Amsterdam Avenue (at 81st)

The Tangled Vine is a bit more expensive than some other places, but the wine and food are really good – and it’s usually pretty crowded as a result. Worth it though!

Buceo 95: 201 W. 95th Street (at Amsterdam)

Buceo 95 has a great wine selection and some excellent Spanish tapas. Look for the red sign that says “Vins + Tapas.”

Aroma Kitchen & Wine Bar: 36 E. 4th Street (b/t Lafayette & Bowery)

Aroma has a very cute atmosphere – it’s definitely on the pricey side though and I’d recommend more for serious wine connoisseurs!

AYZA Wine & Chocolate Bar: 11 W. 31st Street (b/t 5th & Broadway)

This place is great – fairly small space but fantastic wine and food, and very friendly service. Highly recommend for groups (though you may want to call ahead).

Ardesia: 510 W. 52nd Street (b/t 10th & 11th)

Ardesia feels trendy but the prices are not bad at all. Good selection of small plates to go with you wine!

Kashkaval: 856 9th Avenue (b/t 55th & 56th)

Tiny space but worth the trip – Mediterranean wine and small plates. Highly recommend the fondue!

Thanks, Co-Worker!!

And last but not least:



Gregorys Coffee is my favorite place. Their iced coffee is the best I’ve ever had + their pastries are all made on the premises. Yum!

If you happy to find yourself in Queens, I do love the Lucid Cafe. Their Green Tea Latte is an absolute masterpiece.

For the tea fans, Rachel from Hello Chelly introduced me to Argo Tea (there are a few locations as well). My favorite is the Vanilla Earl Grey. (I love that you can get the tea hot or iced!)

What’s there left for me to say? Cheers, friends! And please share your recommendations below!

Stick around the rest of the weekend for a few more posts in the BEApart of It: New York, NY series!

May 14, 2014 - 12:28 pm

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April 23, 2013 - 4:57 pm

molly @ wrapped up in books - Great list! I loved the wine bar recommendations and was thrilled to find one with a vegetarian menu!

April 21, 2013 - 10:33 pm

Alexa Y. - You know, growing up, I was raised to believe that I was going to be a mixed drinks kind of girl when I started drinking alcohol. But since moving the US and trying out beers, I’ve found I’m hooked. I’m now that girl who will probably have a beer in hand in lieu of a mixed drink or some wine lol. Just putting that out there 😉

Great suggestions! I have to try Beer Authority sometime 🙂

April 20, 2013 - 11:01 pm

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April 20, 2013 - 1:04 pm

Tabitha S. - OH. I love these posts you guys have been doing! Just wrote down Gregory’s Coffee in my planner, so I’ll remember it for once I start school. Iced coffee is my weakness.

April 20, 2013 - 9:03 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Oh girl, I looooove craft beer. When we visit Colorado, we make a point of visiting the local craft breweries. Now I just need to find someone to go with me to these wonderful places you’ve mentioned because my friends are not beer drinkers! Haha.

April 19, 2013 - 11:00 pm

elena - you make me want to drink craft beer. </3

April 19, 2013 - 6:17 pm

Tara - So… which one of these are we going to go to when I visit?? 🙂

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