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5 Great Murray Hill Gastropubs

Want both tasty food and high-quality beer? Look no further these gastropubs will give you the best of both worlds.

If you’re both a foodie and a beer lover and you’ve never heard the word gastropub, it’s about time you familiarized yourself. Gastropubs serve up great beer with delicious food, and some of the best ones can be found in NYC’s Murray Hill.

Located in East Midtown, this neighborhood is a fun alternative to more the city’s more conventional dining districts. If you’re an NYC resident sick of your go-to eateries or a visitor searching for a good drink, the following restaurants are guaranteed to alleviate your ale-ments.

The Cock & Bull

Infused with an old-fashioned English-tavern vibe, the Cock & Bull is sure to please. It has ten different beers on tap and a menu chock-full of traditional British dishes, like fish & chips and Scotch eggs. And if you don’t even want a barrier between your beer and your food, that’s an option too the Beef & Ale Pie is perfect for you. The bar also provides a British soundtrack, in case you’ve lost touch with your love for the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.

The Black Sheep

The next stop on your UK-inspired restaurant tour should be the Black Sheep, a fantastic Irish pub. Unlike others of its kind, this place has an inviting rather than intimidating atmosphere. It’s open for brunch, lunch, and dinner, and offers a private party room on the second floor with its own bar. The menu includes a variety of burgers (the BBQ burger and the pizza burger are just a few highlights), as well as some deliciously hearty entrees.

Barn Joo

Given its Korean inspiration, this gastropub is a departure from this list’s UK trend. That’s right Barn Joo serves up Korean BBQ along with a huge variety of drinks. Much like a Tapas restaurant, the menu offers tasty Korean dishes in small portions to give you a taste of everything the kitchen has to offer. And if you like a little extra leisure in your dining experience, Barn Joo has a lounge and a stage for performances, which often include karaoke. The club-like atmosphere is further enhanced by a sleek, sexy aesthetic.

The Pig N Whistle

Pig n Whistle is a bar that combines Celtic and American themes, offering the best of both of both worlds when it comes to drinking in NYC. Its high ceilings and big TV screens create a larger-than-life atmosphere, and the happy hour is not to be missed. You can order a bucket of beer here, a healthy five-can serving of Budweiser. If you’re worried about putting a dent in your wallet, the food here is totally affordable for those watching their weight as well as their wallets, there are a bunch of healthy salad options.

The Brickyard GastroPub

First things first this place serves white truffle mac n cheese. Though the Brickyard GastroPub really doesn’t need any other offerings, it has a bunch, including 24 on-tap craft beers and a ten dollar weekly brunch menu. With nine TVs, this pub also functions as a sports bar, but the incredible food and exposed brick walls render it classier than its peers. If you’re looking for a chic, yummy spot to watch the world cup, Brickyard is your answer.

RARE Bar and Grill

Famous upscale burgers, a bustling pub room, and an amazing list of ales, wines, and spirits could you ask for anything else? The owners of the RARE Bar and Grill thought so. That’s why they added a year-round rooftop lounge to their Chelsea location, offering flat-screen TVs, late-night DJ performances, and 360-degree views of Manhattan. Gastropubs offer great beer and great food, but RARE is a pub that can go (23 stories) above and beyond what’s expected.

Next time you’re in NYC, make sure to check out one or all of these cool gastropubs. You’ll sate your hunger, quench your thirst, and hopefully get tipsy enough to do a little karaoke at Barn Joo or better yet, enough to sing without any music at all!

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