Weekend Recap for Sept 30-Oct 2

Alewife Queens Soft Opening:

Alewife Queens soft opening1. the drafts, 2. Cavatelli, 3. Braised bacon salad, 4. draft list

Friday night was the soft opening for Alewife Queens in Long Island City. I’ll need to revisit for a full review, but based on my experience, NYC has a new destination craft beer bar. This is no surprise, as Dan Lanigan, the force behind Boston’s Lord Hobo & Alewife Baltimore, is the man responsible for Alewife Queens. We enjoyed several beers and dinner. The food was top-notch – both the Braised Bacon Salad & the Cavatelli were absolutely delicious. This is definitely not your typical bar food and yes, the prices reflect that, but in my opinion, the city has been lacking in establishments like Alewife Queens. This could be considered a solid restaurant with a phenomenal beer list. But the bar snack list is equally appealing, so it’s feasible to drop by for a beer and a small bite at the bar as well. It’s also a large yet comfortable space and they’ll be adding a roof deck next Spring. And the beer list is killer, both drafts and bottles! I look forward to my next visit.

Jimmy’s No 43 Brunch:

Jimmy's No 43 brunch
1. Ham biscuit with coffee porter “redeye” gravy, 2. Black & Tan Griddle Cakes, 3. Bahn Mi Biscuit

I had been very curious to try the new brunch at Jimmy’s No 43. Simon Glenn of the fantastic Tchoup Shop, is behind the menu and it looked very appealing. Wow – I was not disappointed. We split the three dishes shown above and frankly, I was blown away by all of them. Freaking delicious, especially together. The ham biscuit is a perfect harmony of meat, gravy & bread, the black & tan griddle cakes are sweet but not too and the curried pretzel pieces on top are a tasty touch. The Bahn Mi biscuit is a fantastic take on a classic Eggs Benedict – the sauce is extremely flavorful and the perfect balance to the rich pork belly. And my Aecht Schlenkerla Krausen was delcious alongside all three dishes. Heaven.

After brunch, I headed out to Jersey to teach my Off-Flavors class at Amanti Vino. This was a lot of fun and well-received – lots of great folks in the class. I didn’t take any photos, but the Glen Ridge Homebrewers wrote up a very nice review on their blog. I look forward to teaching more classes at Amanti Vino in the future.

Meat & cheese platter at BXL EastI headed back to the city and over to BXL East, finishing the night listening to Chris Cuzme play the saxaphone while snacking on a meat & cheese plate.

Atlantic Antic 2011:

Atlantic Antic 2011
1. me with Cheerwine, 2. Pulled pork sandwich from Building on Bond, 3. Manny from Gotham Artisanal, 4. Smoked meat sandwich from Mile End, 5. Cuzme with a swingle from Steve’s, 6. Honey ricotta toast at 61 Local

Sunday was the Atlantic Antic. We had a super good time – lots of great food, beer & company. We took a break from the Antic to visit the Transit Museum which was free that day. I had not been in years and highly recommend a visit – it’s a fascinating experience. My favorite exhibits are the “money train” section and all of the vintage subway cars in the below station. Back to the Antic – the smoked meat sandwich from Mile End was probably my favorite bite of the day. We headed down to 61 Local after the Antic and enjoyed some local beer and the delicious honey ricotta toast, then on to 4th Avenue Pub to finish the night. Truly a fantastic weekend in every way.

Weekend beer highlights:

  • Ballast Point Sculpin at Alewife Queens
  • High & Mighty Fumata Blanca Smoked Rye at Alewife Queens
  • Aecht Schlenkerla Kreusen at Jimmy’s No 43
  • Wandering Star Bash Bish Bock at 61 Local
  • Barrier Greenroom Pale Ale at 61 Local
  • Southern Tier Harvest Ale at 4th Ave Pub
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