Before the craft beer scene exploded, there was cider. And for those of us who can’t tell an IPA from a pale ale, cider is sometimes the preferable option. Plus, the colder months are prime time to enjoy the apple-based beverage. While not exactly hard to come by, finding a good bar if you’re a cider lover takes some digging. Now that we’re in late fall, there’s a seasonal apropos to the warming beverage. Read on for some cozy bars and restaurants where you can get your fix.
Perhaps the most widely-recognized cider tasting spot in the city, Wassail prides itself on its “dedication to exploring the the exceptional pairing qualities of cider.” In addition to seasonal cuisine, you’ll find an abundance of can’t-find-anywhere-else cider options (and in contrast, only two beers) on the menu at this LES bar.
On the other side of the bridge, there’s Cardiff Giant, a Clinton Hill-based haunt with an emphasis on their curation of beer and cider. They’ve got an extensive selection by the glass or bottle, and boast an all-New York spirits list, too (talk about local!).
Another Lower East Side locale, Top Hops is a cozy beer shop and tasting room. With hundreds of options to take home or enjoy on tap, it’s the perfect spot to swing by after work and grab something you’ll enjoy.
The Gramercy Tavern offers traditional American fare with a twist, alongside a top-notch beverage menu including cider. Their selection includes almost entirely New York made ciders, so you’re sure to impress out of town guests with something new.
Hearth in the East Village is exactly where you want to cozy up once the winter turns cold. The Italian-inspired restaurant pairs their seasonally-focused menu options with ciders by the bottle and glass to warm your soul in the winter chill.
Written by Kirby Kelly
Feature image via Wassail