Well, that day arrived my friends. Skip did not forget about this magical place that needed exploring. She even consulted an expert, our friend over at Geeky Beer Gal who assured Skip it was worth a visit.
When my companion and I returned to NYC for a leisurely trip, we took at break from shopping and walking to have a few beers and a bite to eat. I will inform you that the reason this place is named, Beer Authority is that it is in very close proximity to the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Upon walking in you immediately get that cool bar vibe. The place is huge and we were quickly escorted upstairs to a table for lunch. They have a very large wooden bar which looked cool too and I am told they have a rooftop deck/bar that is awesome, weather permitting.
The beer list is extensive and fairly impressive. I am still a novice when it comes to this stuff, but I have come to recognize some breweries and can navigate a list pretty well. Given the time of year we were there my companion and I both were in the mood for a pumpkin flavored beer, we were then easily convinced by our waitress to try the Dogfish Head Punkin Ale as it came with a cinnamon sugar rim... wow. It was very good and had my favorite thing about pumpkin flavored stuff- the spices. The sugar rim was neat but made my hands sticky- the beer would have been good without it. Given that it was an ale, my companion who is not a huge beer drinker liked it a lot. First up food wise was an appetizer that caught my eye immediately! Pork Belly Skewers!
|Pork Belly Skewers|
|Goose Island Imperial Stout|
Our waitress was pretty chatty and even recommended the second beer my companion got. We enjoyed talking with her about a number of things, not just beer. And while this place is called the Beer Authority I am not sure they really focus on hiring staff that could be considered a beer authority, Geeky Beer Gal agreed with me on this. The staff is perfectly friendly and adequately knowledgeable but don't expect to walk in and "talk shop" with anyone if you are a true beer enthusiast. You'll certainly have a good meal and enjoy a few nice brews.