New York's culinary delights come from all over the state, but why go to Buffalo for wings when it takes seven hours to drive there, or Hudson Valley for cheese when Long Island sends hers in every weekend? Bringing the best of NY State to Manhattan: Little Town NYC.
From the team behind Village Pourhouse & SideBar, this "contemporary brewhouse" aims to bring the best that NY's diverse regions have to offer under one roof, which happens to cover an urbanely rustic space featuring dark wooden accents, subway tiles behind the bar, and, for tables, handbuilt butcher blocks, not to be confused with a butch block, which in certain bars would actually save you a lot of wasted effort. Comestibles kick off with Fire Island chili, fried strips of upstate chicken coated in pretzel crumbs, and, of course, Buffalo wings (plus Crispy Cilantro and signature 10-spice Mango-Chili flavors), followed by fried LI oyster rolls, classic Reubens, and nightly regional specials including Monday's Albany-inspired blue-cheese covered pizza sticks, a fitting ode, considering no one up there can figure out how to split the pie. The 60-plus suds list, meanwhile, is sourced entirely from crafty NY breweries, including bottles of Harlem's Sugarhill Golden Ale, Capt Lawrence Brown Bird, and Keegan's Hurricane Kitty, plus drafts of Defiant Little Thumper from Pearl River, LI's Black Duck Porter, and Six Point Bengali Tiger, which shockingly isn't avail in a growler.
More to look forward to includes weekly beer tastings, and theme buckets like the Long Island, filled with Red Wagon IPA, Lighthouse Ale, and Southampton Double White, perfect for anyone actually from the island, as they always bring their own orange.
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