The original Guss’ Pickles on the Lower East Side. Image via Guss’ Pickles
New Yorkers take food seriously right down to the pickle on their plates. After all, the pickle has history in this town. It started as a peddle-cart finger food back in the 1930s on the Lower East Side. With a plethora of competition, it didn’t take long for the best pickle vendors to emerge successful and among them was Isidor “Izzy” Guss of the famous Guss’ Pickles. His pickles lived on after his death in 1975, creating a sort of pickle war between the family who bought his business and the company who sold him his cucumbers. In the end, the name Guss’ Pickles went with the cucumber supplier. The Baker family, who bought Guss’ pickle business eventually sold to Patricia Fairhurst who renamed her shop Ess-a-Pickle and then, after moving to Brooklyn, Clinton Hill Pickles.
Finback Brewery. Image via Tasting Table
We’re excited to announce that the Untapped Cities Holiday Happy Hour will be at Finback Brewery on Wednesday December 10th. Finback was a reader’s choice in our article on the Top 12 Microbreweries in NYC and at this special free event you’ll be able to take a tour of the Queens brewery and try some of their great offerings, with drink specials just for attendees. Entrance to the event is free, but you do need to grab a free ticket below. Mingle with Untapped Cities readers and our large group of NYC-based contributors. The event goes from 6 to 9 pm.
Finback Brewery has an expansive evergreen offering with awesome names like Coasted Toconut and Plum & Proper, along with seasonal beers. If you’re looking for more unique flavors, this is the place for you–with sour beers and others flavored with the likes of jalapeno, coconuts and plum. But there are also more easy drinking options, like the Fort Tildenist brew.
We hope to see you there!
Beer is as American as apple pie and baseball, and definitely more New York City than Taylor Swift. Here at Untapped Cities, we’ve been known to enjoy light beers, dark beers, weird beers, local beers and even Jewish Beers. For the fall, we’ve rounded up 10 beer halls you have to check out in NYC.
Image via The Infatuation
This is the spot that everyone knows about but still loves. Radegast is a Williamsburg institution that stays packed and thankfully does not take reservations. To experience the 22 beers they have on tap and over 50 different bottled beers from around the world, it’s first come, first served. When the summer months disappear making way for the fall and winter, the beer garden (with retractable roof) is not as packed. The beer hall features a beautiful red-oak bar (along with a bartender in full German garb) that keeps the hipsters coming for a large mug with a large pretzel and bratwurst on the side.
Coney Island Brewing Company. Image via Wikimedia Commons by Amuggle
In 2011, the Coney Island Brewing Company opened up to much fanfare, selling (really small) batch brews–in fact, before it closed in 2012, it was the smallest commercial brewery in the world, according to the Guinness World Records. Only one gallon of beer was produced per batch, out of a space in Sideshows by the Seashore which they were allowed to use rent-free. According to World Record Academy, the equipment consisted of “Bunsen burners, hot plates, and old-timey mechanisms that cast a Prohibition-style moon-shine vibe over the entire operation.” But despite the nano-batch production, Coney Island Brewing Company was actually part of Schmaltz Brewing Company, which produces the equally fun line of HE’BREW beers. Sadly Hurricane Sandy flooded the property and Schmaltz sold the line to Alchemy, a subsidiary of Boston Brewery who makes Sam Adams.
Arcade Bakery at 220 Church St. is located in the lobby of Tribeca’s Merchant’s Square Building. Image via Workstead.
Conceived by Robert Highsmith and Stefanie Brechbuehler of the Brooklyn-based design firm Workstead, the setting of Arcade Bakery is quite unconventional and rather hidden from the street The space is a long hallway arcade with vaulted ceilings that slopes downward from the street-level entrance, with alcoves along both sides of the corridor. Since the sloping floor creates the problem of regular chairs and tables, the designers created folding tables mounted onto the walls. To go along with the elegant building which houses it, the bakery’s cafe uses antique brass for lighting and beautiful touches of mahogany millwork.
We took a trip to The Noble Experiment, the distillery in Williamsburg that produces Owney’s Rum and the only exclusive rum distillery in New York. Walking down an industrial street filled with street art and a furniture manufacturer, it’s easy to miss the beautiful tasting room and distillery that’s peeking out of a huge window just above eye level. The area is changing rapidly–art galleries with adjoining bars, and soon a coffee shop moving in. Landlords are holding out, giving short-term leases in the hopes that the neighborhood will be rezoned for residential.”Hipsters” and musicians will remember this area for the DIY music venues that paved the way: Death by Audio and Shea Stadium. The Noble Experiment moved in two years ago, subdividing a massive space once run entirely by the furniture company next door.