Who ever imagined it would be possible to eat and sip beer on a New York rooftop in the middle of Fall? After a journey of looping along the theme-park style line, passing through a turn style, and taking the elevators to walk up another few flights of stairs, I couldn’t believe the beauty and aura of bliss of Eataly’s beer garden that lay before me. I understand why they monitor entry so carefully – the fact that there’s room to breath, walk around and enjoy your surroundings makes it loads more pleasant than the likes of the Standard Beer Garden in the Meatpacking. And drinking in a beautiful, 100-year-old New York building makes it feel that much more special.
I rarely drink beer but the hot summer day drove me to order a deliciously light wheat beer. Of course I couldn’t be at Eataly without selecting a few items from the amazing array of options on the menu. Birreria specializes in mushrooms, and the Maitake con pecorino, a slow roasted mushroom with cheese, was the perfect accompaniment to my beer – crispy, hearty, simple, and savory.
If you’re determined enough to sort through the Eataly crowds to find the line to Birreria, and patient enough to wait in that line (which goes pretty fast), I recommend making this place your next stop for a cold drink al fresco.