Birreria at Eataly
Venue: Rooftop Bar & Grill
Foursquare Check-in: http://4sq.com/1d2S1dG
Rating: 4 Stars
Birreria was another outdoor place that I had dared to frequent during New York City’s atrocious heat wave. On this day, the heat index was well over 100 degrees, I was in semi-formal wear having just come from a meeting, and the existence of shade on this rooftop seemed to be something that was frowned upon. Still, I managed to enjoy my time (albeit brief) at this rooftop that I had heard so much about.
Despite having worked only a block away from Birreria upon its completion, I never managed to find my way over here. Being that I practice the religion on NotStandingInLinesOlogy, I could never bring myself to take on the wait that was required to visit. Now that I am without a real job and have little better to do, taking a summer day trip to the roof was a lot easier–and devoid of a single second spent waiting in line!
So if you manage to get to Birreria by 4pm, you will be able to avoid any waiting. That said, if you are the type of person that burns easily, you may want to wait until nightfall and brave the line rather than the sun. I’m not susceptible to much in the way of skin burn, but there was no running from the sun. I asked the bartender for more water than I have ever asked a bartender for before in my life.
But I digress. You want to know what it was like being there. Well, it was probably what you expect. Obviously, the roof was beautiful, clean and had plenty of tables for those who might want to eat. The view was nothing special, so I wouldn’t go here for that, but it is a great place to people watch. And as it gets later in the evening/night, more and more people come out dressed to kill, and it’s not exactly the ugliest place to be on a weekday night.
As for the drinks, I steered away from my typical go-to drinks of “rum and coke” and a margarita, opting instead to try some of the house beer at this so called biergarten. Well, I was not fully-disappointed. I first went with the Birreria Wanda. Now, I am no beer aficionado by any stretch–in fact, I don’t even like beer–but I was not a fan of the Wanda. It just tasted a little too bitter for my liking, but hey, some of you may like that. However, the Birra Del Borgo was just the right mix of hops and bitterness, and I couldn’t help but be refreshed by the taste of it on this hot ass day. But again, I know nothing about beers, so take all of this with a grain of salt–for all I know, I’ve got my beer names and characteristics all mixed up.
Anyway, if you are looking for a nice venue to spend an afternoon or early evening, Birreria at Eataly is a great spot to do it, and it is certainly one of the more popular afterwork places in Flatiron. Try to avoid coming out when it’s 100 degrees, but now that the temperature is back in the 80′s and with the fall approaching, this is certainly one of the finer rooftops to check out on a weekday.