Named after the parking lot it replaced, this greenhouse of a building resembles a food court once you get inside. The blonde park benches? Not actually wood. Those garden chairs? Actually plastic. That fireplace? An electronic screen. Who knows whether the ivy is climbing the walls or glued on? At least a very real breeze is coming through the floor-to-ceiling windows. The best way to escape the Playmobil décor is to sit outside at one of the picnic tables on the small patio. Though it’s no beer garden, Soho Park is as good a place as any to pair a 16 oz. stein of Schneider Weisse with Belgian fries. With beers on tap from Sixpoint and Brooklyn Brewery, local pride comes into play. Neighborhood nods include fried pickles from Guss’ and sauerkraut from the Essex Street Market.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.