Blue Ribbon Beer Garden
190 Allen Street., Second Floor
Status: Certified Open
The latest venture from Eric and Bruce Bromberg, the brothers behind the Blue Ribbon family of restaurants and late-night hangouts, is Blue Ribbon Beer Garden. It's now open on the second floor terrace of 190 Thompson Street on the Lower East Side, in the Thompson LES boutique hotel.
This place has everything: barbecue and Cornish game hen, local beers like Brooklyn Lager and Sixpoint Sweet Action, large-format beers like Saison Dupont and Brooklyn Sorachi Ace, ping pong and board games, and an all-weather tent to keep the party going rain or shine. In addition to the barbecue plates?all of which come with beans, coleslaw, and corn bread for $15?the beer garden has a selection of snacks like boiled peanuts and pork rinds for just $3.
Blue Ribbon Beer Garden serves until 10 p.m. nightly, opening up at 5 p.m. on weeknights and at noon on weekdays. And this isn't the only 2013 expansion for the Bromberg boys. Later this summer they will open their fried chicken restaurant in the East Village, serving perhaps their most popular dish at the corner of Second Avenue and East First Street.