33 Nassau Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Rating: ★ ★ ★ Good
Cards: All Major
Price: Sausages $8-$13, Beers $7-$12
Hours: Mon-Wed: 4pm–4am; Thurs-Sun: 12pm–4am
Subway: G to Nassau Ave.
Food/Menu: Sausages, Bar Snacks
Booze: Full bar
Happy Hour: No
NY Times says
THE PLACE Along the northern edge of McCarren Park, around the corner from squat warehouses, vinyl-sided homes and shiny condos. Spritzenhaus means “fire station” in German, and this 6,000-square-foot space tries hard to live up to the macho name. Think exposed sprinkler systems, raw metal and a wood-fired oven. Two walls also open up with garage-style windows, affording pastoral views of the park in the warmer months.
THE CROWD During the day, it skews toward young parents in preppy attire pushing Bugaboo strollers. After 9 p.m., the age drops and is more reflective of the neighborhood’s new mix. A recent Saturday saw hedge-fund types in polo shirts who live at the new luxury waterfront condos, young Polish men in tight T-shirts and Etsy designers in homemade skirts.
DRINKS The beer list features nearly 50 German and American craft beers, ranging from better-known brews (Bitburger for $6) to the hard-to-find (Arcobräu Zwickl, a pale unfiltered lager brewed in Moos, Germany; $7). Carafes of riesling are $48, and dozens of bourbons and Scotches are served.
Urban Daddy says:
Let’s conduct a little experiment. To begin, find an abandoned office. (Caution: remove all staplers.) Next, grab some communal tables, a couple of growlers and a soft Bavarian pretzel. Then, inject the entire sample with a massive quantity of growth hormones. We can’t be 100% sure, but we think this is how Spritzenhaus, a 6,000-square-foot behemoth of a beer garden, was born—opening next week.
Exaggerated Fact #426: what you’re looking at here is an Austro-German fortress of beer and brats that’s roughly twice the size of Delaware. Or to put it more accurately, a near-endless beer hall with enough space to fit a snaking 100-foot bar, a hundo count of craft brew taps and a wood-burning brick oven—and to potentially tilt the balance of seasonal drinking power (and the earth’s gravitational pull) towards Brooklyn. (So yes, a better choice than Qatar to host the next World Cup.)
Encompassing almost the entire north side of McCarren Park, this massive steampunk-looking space will be your spot for housemade sausages, thin-crust pizzas and the kind of tapped Belgian beer that’s well-suited to washing down both. When the sun’s out: load up an oversized glass at one of four filling stations and take a zinc-top table on the sidewalk. When the weather’s not cooperating: there’re traditional indoor communal tables or, better yet, a fireplace with ledged seating.