New beer bars: New York City’s ten best spots for 2013
The Pony Bar
As at the Hell’s Kitchen original, this Upper East Side spin-off delivers enlightened (and all-American) beer guzzling to an underserved nabe. And also like the original, its patriotic draft list features 20 stateside brews, plus two cask ales (unfiltered, unpasteurized, naturally carbonated) from as far north as Maine and as far west as Oregon. Illuminated on bright LED boards, the rotating selections include West Coast–style hop bombs (like Green Flash Imperial IPA, $6) and regional options (like Sixpoint’s crisp, sweet Spice of Life, brewed with Nelson Sauvin hops from New Zealand, $6). The 50-seat saloon—decked out with a canoe hanging from the ceiling, dim bottle lights and barrel tables—also offers famished drinkers elevated comfort-food plates, like sweet-and-sour “sloppy duck” sliders (two for $10) . On weekends, the crowds get boisterous and bro’d out, but on quieter school nights, this everyman craft-beer oasis is a real boon to the ’hood.