Birreria at Eataly
200 Fifth Ave., at 23rd St. 212-937-8910
The icing atop Eataly is its new 150-seat rooftop brewpub, which delivers on its sky-high hype thanks to its excellent house-made sausages and seasonally influenced, cask-conditioned artisanal ales created by a trio of American and Italian brewers, including Dogfish Head’s Sam Calagione. The chestnut-flavored Wanda and the peppercorn-spiked Sofia are especially lovely to savor when the retractable roof opens up.
Pilsener Haus & Biergarten
1422 Grand St., nr. 15th St., Hoboken, N.J.; no phone yet
Next month, Radegast co-founder Andy Ivanov brings brats and beer steins to Hoboken with his nearly 400-person venue conveniently located by a NY Waterway taxi stop. Hudson-crossers will be greeted by a 4,000-square-foot garden filled with trees and massive communal tables. The 21 European drafts—including the Haus Bier ($7 for 16.9 ounces), a crisp, well-balanced pilsner made exclusively for the bar by a German brewer whose name Ivanov is jealously keeping under wraps—are complemented by sausages, pretzels, and the occasional pig roast.
618 St. Johns Pl., nr. Franklin Ave., Crown Heights; 718-230-0293
The centerpiece of Crown Heights’ megapopular indoor-outdoor brewtopia is its 1,300-square-foot garden surrounded by leafy plants. Seating consists of steel patio furniture and long picnic tables, both of which are ideal for downing one of a dozen varying drafts, including lemon-scented Hoegaarden. Sandwiches and fries are available at the adjoining Dutch Boy Burger.
Beekman Beer Garden Beach Club
89 South St., nr. Beekman St. 212-896-4600
Arising from the sandy grave of South Street Seaport’s Water Taxi Beach, the month-old Beekman is a waterside rec room outfitted with lit-up couches, foosball, Ping-Pong, billiards, and dual bars built from driftwood. It serves sun-friendly suds such as fruity Magic Hat #9 and Ommegang Witte, which twin nicely with Buddakan vet Jason Mayer’s menu of lobster-and-crab rolls, oysters, and a La Frieda burger.