The Jeffrey - Wine & Spirits Magazine

The Jeffrey

While Tørst represents the upper echelon of beer bars, The Jeffrey offers similar quality in a more casual setting tucked beneath the ricocheting overpass of the 59th Street–Queensboro Bridge. Inside, behind the handsome dark walnut bar, co-owner Patrick Donagher, late of Midtown’s original craft brew oasis, Rattle ‘N’ Hum, and a current partner in Long Island City’s Alewife, dispenses some of the city’s best, and rarest, suds. The ever-changing lineup of around 30 taps recently included specialty brews like Omnipollo’s Mazarin, a hoppy Swedish take on an American pale ale, and Tilquin’s Oude Gueuze, a bracingly tart blend of one-, two- and three-year-old lambics from Belgium. (Don’t tell: The bar occasionally pours beers from California’s Russian River Brewing, a cult brand not distributed in New York.) Ex-Vanderbilt chef Michael Haigh supplies beer-ready food, dishing out classics like fiery deviled eggs and a rich, griddled rare roast beef and smoked cheddar sandwich. Weather permitting, a roomy 65-seat garden is open out back.

This review appears in the print edition of the June 2014 issue.
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