924 Manhattan Avenue (at Kent St)
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Cuisine: American, Polish
Our Rating: ★ ★ Meh
Cards: All major
Price: entrees $9-$12
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 4pm-2am; Fri: 4pm – 4am; Sat: 11am – 4am; Sun: 11am – 2am
Booze: Beer only
Subway: G train to Greenpoint Ave.
Village Voice says:
Martin Cyran’s parents ran a Polish restaurant on Greenpoint for years, serving a neighborhood of people who, like themselves, had immigrated here. But when that spot — called Happy End — shuttered, Cyran decided to take over the address, and he’s working on installing a restaurant he hopes will appeal to Greenpoint’s newest denizens.
“We were brainstorming what to do with the space, and we decided to celebrate the up-and-coming trend of U.S. craft beer,” an investor in the project explains. “We want to celebrate New York State craft beer. We have so many different breweries here, and the beer is just fantastic.”
The team installed 30 taps, and it put together a beer list that’s rooted almost entirely in New York City, though it ventured out to Long Island and upstate for a few selections as well. And though the Brew Inn won’t have a bottled beer list, it will sell beer in growlers, which can be stored in private lockers, and it’ll pour wine on tap, too. It’s also working on upgrading the liquor license so it can serve spirits.
The local vibe shines through in their array of drinks. They have thirty craft beers on tap, all from NYC and the surrounding area. You can drink these by the pint, or order a flight of 6 for $6. Brew Inn growlers are also available to purchase which can then be stored in a locker at the bar (or kept at home) in order to receive a discount on beer each time you visit. They also have cider and wine on tap for non-beer drinkers. The food menu, designed by chef CJ Bivona, showcases both Polish and American dishes, giving a nod to neighborhood culinary traditions whilst providing a contemporary twist. Menu items such as grilled sardines, deviled eggs and po’boys sit happily alongside pierogis and kielbasy and all provide much comfort on a cold winter’s night. Not to mention helping to soak up the effects of all that craft beer.