With the strangely alluring neon sign that reads “BAR”, Alewife is my perfect fit for Long Island City in its current stage of evolution. The place is peppered with remnants of shady, but overwhelmingly, it is its undeniably bougie self. With that said, you’ll have to seat yourself. The freedom of choice allows you the lower level, second level and, of course, New York’s requisite outdoors option
Alewife, bar and restaurant.
On your way up, if you chose to enjoy the spring summer vibes outsides like we did, you’ll notice the tap options are extensive. Alewife also does a variety of events, with tap takeovers and day-of-the-week deals–so keep vigilant!
Take a cocktail and sit on the patio.
Beers aside, cocktails are another good place to start. Once we waded through the whimsical nomenclature (Zeus was framed!), we started with a dozen blue points ($22/12), with a nice homemade sauce. Well shucked!
A dozen well shucked Blue Points.
We then marched onward to brunch, with a hollandaise burger. Walking in, I had already eyed this open faced burger on a number of tables, with hollandaise oozing unabashedly. Matched with a true medium-rare treatment and garlic fries, no happier brunch was had.
Open faced Benedict burger.
Steak frites, another brunch time staple for those preferring beef in its un-ground state, was nicely seared and had good flavor. If I must nitpick this lunch time meat, I would have preferred if the flap steak came sliced, it’s simply not an visually pleasing cut of beef.
Had we not come so late in the day, there would be no blog post at all. I’d have blacked out with their $25 all-you-can drink brunch deal and let the lucky dogs find this place on their own. But I didn’t – and will most certainly indulge on a different sunny Sunday.
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514 51st Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101