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Spitzer’s Corner

Posted in alcohol, bars, restaurant, Tom with tags , , , , , , on April 1, 2008 by criticalreviews

101 Rivington (at the corner of Ludlow). Lower East Side, NYC (Visited Friday March 14th, 2008)

So I am a little late with this review, but I thought the place was note worthy, and wanted to talk about. We were on the Lower East Side just walking around with friends from out of town, and someone pointed Spitzer’s Corner because all of the news about Elliot Spitzer was still fresh in the newspapers. I happen to keep a running list of beer bars in my head that I am meaning to checkout (and this was one of them).

We started off by just looking in the window at the taps, and it was enough to draw us in. They have about 40 beers on tap (see tap list here), and a nice bottle list as well (here). Prices are pretty typical Manhattan tap beer prices, domestic craft beers $6-$7 and Belgians (slightly better priced than most places) at $7-$8. We had a couple SixPoint Gorilla Warfares (a coffee porter made with Gorilla Coffee), and Souther Tier Unearthly IPA (11% abv and it was served in a pint).

It is not your typical LES bar because it is really nice inside, surprisingly so. ..it is really beautify built The whole place is wooden: floors, walls, doors, ect. I think the only things that weren’t made of wood were the taps and the bar itself(both metal). The tables are set up in the front bar in the style of a beer hall, where patrons share long tables with other patrons. The bar is very long (it has to be to have 40 taps, and two or three casks behind it). If you walk back towards the restrooms (which are downstairs and surprisingly very very clean…possibly the nicest bar bathrooms in the city), there is another large bar room. This room has a smaller bar with a bunch of taps as well (my only complaint is that I think it is a waste to have two taps of the same beer…both bars have the same thing on tap at Spitzer’s so there is no walking back and forth for different selections). This room has smaller tables, like a normal bar or restaurant but was not open while we were there (like I said it was the afternoon).

I really like the direction that some of these newer beer bars are going with their food…Although I didn’t try any of it(wasn’t quite hungry at the time), I would be interested in going back to eat lunch or something: Check out the menu (the grilled cheese sounds up my alley). Really gourmet.

Although it was a really pleasant experience on a Friday afternoon there were still some really loud people in the bar, and if the rest of the Lower East Side is any prediction this place is probably awful at night on Friday and Saturday too (I tend to stay away from this part of town on those night…maybe the correct word is touristy?), but I highly recommend for an afternoon pint…it would be even better if they had happy hour.

Photos from Yelp!
(Tom)