Last night we checked out Beerparc, the new biergarten-inspired outdoor extension of Foodparc (that's dog-friendly so we leashed up Dumpling and brought him too!). There are four new food vendors set up including Harold Dieterle's stall called Soi 29, Zak Pelaccio's Fatty Snacks (yes, the Fatty Family grows), a sausage stand from Edi & the Wolf, and inside, a raw bar and seafood selections from Ed Brown.
Naturally, there's beer, too. Ten taps that will pour five beers for now: Southampton Publick House Double White Ale, Tucher Helles Hefeweizen, Brooklyn Lager, Magic Hat #9, and Radeberger Pilsner.
Buy $3 tickets first (credit cards are accepted); each food and drink ranges from one to three tickets (except the lobster roll, which is four). You feel a bit like you're at Chuck E. Cheese counting up your wad, but here two tickets buys you Dieterle's awesome Thai fried chicken instead of a pencil sharpener. "This is food I can't really do at Kin Shop," Dieterle said of his outdoor picnic table-friendly food.
There are plenty of benches and tables outside facing the 34-foot screen broadcasting everything from artsy films to the Mets or Yanks games. We can't think of many things we'd rather do than park ourselves outside and dig into some of Dieterle's fried chicken and curry from Soi 29 with a cold Southampton ale. But coincidentally enough, we had spent the whole day moving SEHQ, which was formerly just a few blocks away from Beerparc, to a new office space in Chinatown. We may still trek back for some of the bites.
845 6th Avenue, New York NY 10001 (in the outdoor plaza behind Foodparc; map)
Beerparc will open at 4 p.m. on most days; 2 p.m. on Fridays; and noon on Saturdays and Sundays, closing around 11 p.m.