There is no city more diverse than New York. There is no other place where one can reach almost any desired cuisine, be that Thai, Ethiopian or Russian within a short cab ride. In this balanced mixture of cultures and traditions something striking that emerges during the summer and lasts until late-October is the German style beer garden (or if preferred, “Biergarten”). It does not have to be Oktoberfest for us to find the low-key beer and local food serving, the characteristic long tables, the tents and the laid-back atmosphere.
For anyone who has been to Germany or the Benelux countries and has experienced this type of relaxed, traditional festivity it will be a thrill to encounter the same feeling in the normally rushed and often uptight Manhattan scene and for those who have never experienced it, the New York beer garden will be as close of a replica as possible.
Head down to the Stone-street historic district, originally called the Brewer street for a reason – the part of the city that was built by Dutch in the 1600s and enjoy your beer and pretzels in the narrow alleyways that create an ambience of intimacy and coziness. For a modern version and more gourmet food options head to the South Street Seaport historic district’s Smorgasburg pop-up beer garden. Finally, if one wants to see an exciting alternative to the narrow street and backyard-style beer garden, visiting the Frying Pan, the historic floating lighthouse by the Chelsea piers is the perfect choice. The concept is similar to the traditional beer gardens: casual atmosphere, local beer and food however, added with seafood options, waterfront view and the breeze from the river.