Mon-Fri, 4pm-4am; Fri-Sun, noon-4am
M, R at 36th St.
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This LIC beer-garden behemoth, just a block and two subway stops away from 59th Street/Lexington Avenue, is built for size, not ambiance: The 30,000-square-foot complex includes a patio that can hold 900 people (give or take space for the fire pit), while two full bars take up minimal room in the cavernous interior. The décor is modern industrial, enhanced with painted brick walls and packed with enough picnic tables to house the masses downing liter steins of foreign draughts or pitchers of house-made sangria. The nineteen or so beers on tap lean toward the German — Franziskaner Hefe-Weiss, Spaten Oktoberfest, Radeberger — with a few notable exceptions (Captain Lawrence is domestic). The menu includes bratwurst, knockwurst, kielbasa, and a decent eight-ounce burger that can soak up even the heaviest lager. An equally cavernous second floor is available for private parties.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.