Bia Garden

Bia Garden

Reached via a modest tunnel beside a bustling restaurant kitchen, you’d never know Bia Garden existed without FourSquare or word of mouth. For the comely patio garden nestled at the rear of the Vietnamese restaurant is one of the most secluded and delightfully hidden you’ll find anywhere in New York. Bia was New York’s first Vietnamese beer garden, living up to the media hype with an exquisite ornamental patio area, enhanced with trickling water features and leafy shrubbery. Trademark Asian beers such as Kingfisher, ’33’ Export and Tsingtao compliment a y, minimalist menu, with offerings ranging from snack-size spring roll …continue reading

Nita Nita

Nita Nita

Located behind the quaint storefront of Nita’s tapas bar is a cute space that few on the tourist trail have yet discovered. Snaking vines, potted herbs and the faint aroma of roses permeates the air within the lush, secluded courtyard. The garden is inviting, heated by humongous tin gas lamps and decorated with the twinkling LED lights that seem to have become the modern replacement for outdoor flood-lighting. Nita Nita prides itself on serving “stiff drinks and great eats” – a humble promotion for what is actually an extensive European menu, featuring Czech, Italian and Spanish Fayre, along with a draft …continue reading

Washington Commons

Washington Commons

Hidden behind the deceptive facade of a small storefront lies one of the most popular European bars in Brooklyn. Nestled in the up-and-coming corner of Prospect Heights, Washington Commons lures with the promise of craft ales and experimental fusion cuisine. Although compact by New York standards, the rear beer garden is a delightful courtyard, fashioned in the style of an Italian vineyard with creeping vines and overhanging trees. Over sixteen beers are offered on a rotating basis, including the bizarrely named Gaffel Kolsch and Piraat.

Heidelberg

Heidelberg Restaurant

Nestled in the heart of Manhattan, within the Yorkville neighborhood, a twee themed alehouse lures locals with the promise of beer from a boot. Not a leather-bound hiking monstrosity we might add, but the “steifel” – a boot shaped glass popular in Germany, capable of holding up to 2 liters of smooth, Deutsch ale. Heidelberg’s garden is a-typical of the cozy, hemmed in back yards of Berlin brewery pubs, with a smattering of umbrella shaded tables and a convivial atmosphere. Head down in the fall for the Oktober Fest (October 12th) – a commemoration of King Ludwig I’s marriage to Therese …continue reading

Vol De Nuit

Vol De Nuit

When Frances Hodgson Burnett dreamed up his decadent 19th Century “Secret Garden”, you can bet he envisaged an isolated retreat, where no semblance of sound or Industrial Revolution could penetrate. The Vol De Nuit Bar and Restaurant has much in common with that fictitious English hideaway. Nestled behind a sophisticated facade lies a leafy 19th Century courtyard, bedecked with tangled vines and overhanging trees, plus around forty well spaced communal tables. Inspired by humble Belgian drinking dens such as the PP Cafe on Rue Jules Van Praetstraat, Brussels, Vol De Nuit brings a taste of Franco-Belgian culture into the heart …continue reading

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