The 5 Best Restaurants Serving Craft Beers in NYC

Our picks for the best spots in NYC for good brews and good food

New York City has it all when it comes to food. If you're looking to try out the latest trends in food (and are willing to stand in a line of some sort because, real talk, you will probably have to), you will definitely be able to find it here.

But, as with anything in life, some spots are indubitably better than others. Here at Mikkeller, we are partial to partnering with those places of only the highest caliber. As they say, good taste recognizes good taste!

Here's a list of a few of our favorite eateries in NYC where you can go to not only enjoy an insanely good meal, but a stellar Mikkeller brew to boot.

Italienne kills it with their Italian-French masterpiece dishes

Crostini and escargot

Instagram @italiennenyc

Italienne was one of the most anticipated restaurants to open in the fall of 2016, and since then its popularity hasn't dipped even an inch. Michelin-starred head chef, Jared Sippel, manages to marry French and Italian cuisine in a way that seriously can't be beat. Head on over to their location in the Flatiron if you're in the mood for feeling fancy (apparently they have one of the best 5-course tasting menus in the city) + you want to try the bread that many Yelp reviews say is something else.

Momofuku Noodle Bar is a verified contender for ramen GOAT, NYC ed.

Ramen

Instagram @momolongplay

Ramen has officially taken over the world, and here at Mikkeller we are 100% here for it. The ramen at Momofuku Noodle Bar is on a whole other level of salty, noodle-y perfection, and we are delighted that our beer has a spot on the menu at an establishment doing God's work. If, on the other hand, noodles aren't really your thing (if this is the case though, who are you even?), Momofuku Noodle Bar always has a great spread of main dishes that is constantly changing, as well as a selection of staples like steamed buns and chicken wings that you really can't go wrong with.

Agern brings top notch Scandinavian fare to NYC

Danish dill and radish salad

Instagram @agernrestaurant

Being a Danish brewery ourselves, we couldn't leave off our list the understated yet oh-so-good Scandinavian eatery, Agern. Tucked into a nondescript corner of Grand Central Station, this place, much like Scandinavian culture and style overall, says a lot within the confines of innovative simplicity. Agern takes a great interest in the sustainability of their dishes and the ingredients they use, often incorporating generally discarded food stuffs into centerpieces of original menu offerings (pork neck with bean salad anyone?). While there, grab a Mikkeller brew to complete the experience and be the most hygge you can get this side of the Atlantic.

Babu Ji beats their own path when it comes to Indian food

Babu ji tasting menu

Instagram @babujinyc

Head chef at Babu Ji, Jessi Singh, is an innovative and self-taught culinary jedi, who takes traditional Indian fare to a higher level. The Unauthentic Butter Chicken has garnered rave reviews, and if you're looking for something sweet, the house-made ice cream, Kulfi, has been named a must-try by GrubStreet. As for the restaurant itself, Bollywood movies play silently from a projector on a white brick wall in one of the upper dining rooms, and photos of Indian men and woman artfully cover the walls. Definitely a must-visit if you're in Manhattan and have a hankering for some killer Indian food-- all while accompanied by some top notch Mikkeller offerings.

Little Prince brings you your next favorite meal, the french onion soup burger

French onion soup burger

Instagram @littleprince

Although this list already boasts a French option, we had to include Little Prince in SoHo on this list. We came across the mention of their French onion soup burger multiple times on best-of lists-- we even found an entire blog post devoted to singing its praises. With such a following, it was a given that Little Prince would make the list, if anything just so that we could direct Mikeller lovers to try out this cult-favorite. If burgers just really aren't your thing, there are many other amazing French bistro staples to choose from that will happily have you humming an American in Paris.

Monthly Mixology: The Black and Tan

For those times you can't just choose one

March-- everyone's favorite winter-to-spring transition month. It starts out cold and can end (almost) warm. Flowers and leaves appear, baby animals start frolicking, MLB has its opening day… whatta' time to be alive, folks.

Twitterpation season is here!

In celebration of this green-hued month, here is a beer cocktail recipe that is also full of transitions-- the aptly named Black and Tan.

This mixed beer drink calls for the careful layering of a darker-colored beer poured over a lighter colored brew. In practice, this most often translates to the use of a pale ale on bottom with a stout up top. It's both Instagrammable and delicious. #WinWin

Black and Tan Beer Cocktail Recipe

Ingredients
  • 6 ounces a light-colored beer, such as Post No Pils
  • 6 ounces dark-colored beer, such as Proper Pint
  • Pint glass
  • A spoon

Instructions

  1. Pour the lighter colored beer into the pint glass.
  2. Slowly pour the darker-colored beer over the back of the spoon into the glass so that it sits on top of the lighter-colored beer without mixing
  3. Drink.


Are you feeling particularly inspired and want to try making a black and tan at home? Check out our awesome NYC beer delivery service, Beer Here, and get all the necessities to make every beer cocktail your heart could ever desire delivered right to your door. We got you covered!

6 Women In Beer to Follow On Instagram

The future of beer is female

Because beer is an equal opportunity beverage, here are 7 beer loving women to checkout on Instagram.

@isbeeracarb

@isbeeracarb

With a bio that includes the line "whatever I'm getting cheese fries", @isbeeracarb is probably the most relatable person on this list. Run by San Diego local lady brewer Megan, @isbeeracarb's feed contains beer reviews, Megan's experiences working at a brewery, and just the right amount of dogs. Pass the cheese fries, please.

@48beerproject

@48beerproject

The woman behind @48beerproject, Heidi Geist, aspires to visit 48 states in one year's time-- all while doing 48 works of art at 48 different breweries. As of February 2019, her project is half way finished, but there are still many states Geist has yet to visit (who else needs a nap just thinking about this?). Any ways, you can check out where @48beerproject will be next here.

@webikeforbeer

@webikeforbeer

Started by friends Rachel and Vicky, @webikeforbeer is all about beer, bikes, and breweries in the San Diego, California, area. Welcome to the Geographical Location Envy club, friends #IsItSummerYet?

@blackstarlinebrewing

@blackstarlinebrewing

Black Star Line brewery is the first black, queer, female-owned brewery in the US. Founded by L.A. McCrae in 2018, it was originally located in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Sadly, in early 2019, the brewery was shut down due to racist threats and less than transparent business deals that ultimately crippled their financial viability. Black Star Line is currently looking for a new and safer location to call home and hopes to be back in business soon.

McCrae's presence in the craft beer industry is an important one that provides some much needed diversity and a safe community for all beer lovers. @blackstarlinebrewing has not posted new content since the new year, but this is probably not the last time we will hear from L.A. McCrae and Black Star Line Brewery.

@nomsandbeer

@nomsandbeer

For those beer loving foodies that can't cook worth shit but like to torture themselves with food porn, say hello to @nomsandbeer. Run by a woman named Michelle, @nomsandbeer showcases food and brews from the Hudson valley with a good quantity of drool-inducing photos. Case in point: the second photo on this list-- a hot curry and Thai chili pepper infused waffle sandwich with fried chicken coated in a spicy peanut sauce and topped with cabbage, basil and carrot slaw dressed with sesame oil, rice vinegar and sesame seeds. Road trip to Hudson Valley, anyone?

@drinkingwithchickens

@drinkingwithchickens

Although not specific to beer, it is this author's humble opinion that @drinkingwithchickens deserves a seat at the table. Why? Because chickens and alcohol.

5 Reasons to Get into the NYC Brewery Scene

The best breweries in NYC are only a hop, skip, and jump away

The best breweries in NYC are only a hop, skip, and jump away. Here are the top five reasons to start checking them out.

There are a Ridiculous Amount of Breweries 

Although there are some annoying things about living in the city (hello, cost of living), one thing nobody can complain about is the amount of amazing breweries in NYC. From tiny craft locales to much larger operations, there's something in this city for everyone-- even you pilsner-philes out there.

Breweries Offer up Opportunities to Explore New Places

Jeffrey Swanson

New York City is big. Like, stupid big. If you live and work in one neighborhood it can seem like a hassle to leave your little bubble when you have your fave restaurants, watering holes, etc. already staked out. However, it becomes much easier to motivate yourself to get out to a new place when there's some craft brews waiting for you at the end of your journey. Explore a new area and try some new fantastic brews? Win win.

The Events

Mikkeller art baseball player

What's better than just having a beer? Having a beer while doing something cool. Sports, live music, perusing art, whatever-- it doesn't really matter what it is, but there's a 10/10 chance that the experience will be greatly enhanced by beer. Most breweries in NYC hold events, although, not trying to toot our own horn here, the fact that Mikkeller is right next to Citi Field pretty much guarantees a good time. It's pretty damn awesome, if we do say so ourselves. *toot*

The Food

The best breweries in NYC also boast some of the best food in NYC. Here at Mikkeller we have menus put together by Claus Meyer and burger shop Whitmans (SO good), but each brewery has a different vibe and caters to different tastes. Whatever floats your boat, though, you can find it at a brewery (and beer makes everything taste better, too).

The Art

Beer, the beverage, is cool. It always has been, and, if there is a god, it always will be. But the label on those beers? They haven't always been quite so cool. That is changing, however, now that we are in the era of Instagram. Showcasing the beverages you're drinking on social media has become more popular than ever, and breweries have responded by stepping up their game in the art department. Amazing beer label art can now be found on many craft brews-- just check out this profile on our own artist, Keith Shore. Even though the point of beer as a beverage is obviously to drink it, it doesn't hurt to hold an actual work of art in your hand while doing so.

Monthly Mixology: The Black Velvet

February's Lil Pick-Me-up

February sucks, no matter how you look at it. The main complaints are usually some version of the following three reasons.

1. Regardless of relationship status, the existence of Valentine's Day and all that it entails often has people feeling a certain type of way: annoyed.

2. The novelty of cold weather and snow has worn off by this point. What was once a welcome excuse to sport the trendy, layered look is now just a huge pain in the ass.

3. All the warm and cozy feelings everyone had at the beginning of November are long gone. No amount of time spent drinking hot tea while snuggled up reading an actual book is going to bring back The Hygge.

All of us in jail *cough* I mean in the middle of February.

While we may be smack in the middle of the worst part of the winter season, that doesn't mean you have to settle for a crappy drink to get yourself through it-- or that you even have to settle for one type of alcohol, for that matter.

Seasonally depressed person, I present to you your newest favorite beer cocktail-- the black velvet.

The traditional black velvet provides the grounding you need to get through February via a hearty stout while also keeping things light with equal parts bubbly to stout.

Things are looking up, my friend.

Black Velvet Cocktail

To make a black velvet, you will need:

  • a bottle of champagne
  • a bottle of stout

It could not be any simpler to prepare: starting with the stout, pour equal parts stout and champagne into the same glass.

Aaaand voila: you've got yourself a black velvet.

If you're feeling a little extra, you can serve it in a champagne flute as per tradition, but TBH it'll probably be just as good from a coffee mug or whatever else you've got that's clean... although it definitely won't be as Instagrammable.

Your call on that one.

Cheers, fellow February inmate/doggo!

Winter Shandy Recipes

Get 2019 started off right by trying out some of these awesome shandy recipes!



The traditional shandy is a mixture of beer with a lemon or lime flavored beverage. Shandies are popular in many parts of the world with each region adding their own unique spin on the drink.

The Shandy Punch

Makes one bowl of shandy punch. Great for parties, get-togethers, or bad days.

  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2/3 cup maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup (apple) brandy
  • 1 cup (strong) ginger beer
  • ~4 12-ounce pilsner beers
  • sliced lemon

Strain the lemon juice into a small saucepan, stir in the maple syrup, and bring just to a simmer over medium-low heat. Once the syrup is well incorporated into the lemon juice remove from heat, transfer to a medium bowl, and chill.

To assemble the punch, add the brandy and well-chilled ginger beer to the lemon-maple mixture. Stir well, then transfer to a punch bowl. If you have an ice block, place this (or equivalent ice cubes) in the bowl as well, along with some thinly sliced lemon. Now add the beer to taste - 4 bottles of pilsner seems about right, but you might go a bit more or less depending on how strong or sweet you like your punch.

Recipe from Quito Keeto.

The Single Shandy

A classic shandy with an orangey twist, this shandy is for those moments at home when a simple beer just won't cut it.

  • 5 ounces pumpkin-spiced or amber beer
  • 2 ounces lemonade
  • 1/4 warm orange marmelade
  • Orange slice

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, stir first 3 ingredients until cold. Strain into a child highball or pint glass. Garnish with an orange slice.

Recipe from Rachel Ray Magazine.

The Immunity-Boosting Shandy

Featuring copious amounts of ginger and grapefruit, this shandy recipe packs a punch and is sure to leave you feeling better in more ways than one!

  • 4 cups grapefruit juice, preferably fresh
  • ¼ cup finely chopped pickled ginger
  • ¼ cup (or more) pickled ginger juice
  • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper Beer, preferably light lager (for serving)

Vigorously stir grapefruit juice, pickled ginger, pickled ginger juice, a small pinch of salt, and a good 20 cranks of pepper in a large pitcher. Taste and add more ginger juice, salt, and pepper if needed. Divide beer among ice-filled glasses and add a splash of grapefruit-ginger juice to taste.

Recipe from Bon Appetit.

The 'Qué Onda Wey' Hard Shandy

Francisco Galarza

A shandy recipe for two featuring everyone's favorite friend— tequila! The only thing that could make this better would be some tacos.

  • 1 bottle of Mexican beer, preferably lager
  • 1 bottle hard lemonade
  • 2 shots of tequila
  • Lemons or limes to garnish

If you have time, put two glasses in the freezer for about 30 minutes. Pour half the bottle of beer, and half the bottle of hard lemonade into each glass. Add 1 shot of your favorite tequila to each glass. Squeeze a wedge of lemon or lime over the top. Kick back and enjoy.

Recipe from Recipe from Artful Dishes.

The Hipster Shandy

Luke Michael

Using in-season winter pomegranates, this is the shandy to serve any friends you may have with bougie-hipster palettes. No basic shandies here!

  • 4 ounces cold pomegranate juice
  • 4 ounces cold lemonade 8 to 12 ounces of your favorite wheat beer, cold
  • Lemon wedges for garnish
  • Pomegranate arils

Add the pomegranate and lemonade in a frosty glass and store. Pour the beer over top, squeeze in a lemon wedge, and garnish with another. Serve with a sprinkling of pomegranate arils inside.

Recipe from How Sweet Eats.