6. Alewife Queens
Neighborhood: Long Island City, Queens
Address: 5-14 51st Ave.
A stranger comes to town—the set-up behind many a yarn, usually ending in tragedy or epiphany, maybe marriage depending on what genre your story settles in. The tale of Alewife Queens, fortunately, ends in a great draught selection (28 taps) and mac and cheese topped with BBQ pulled pork croutons. The strangers are the beer aficionados behind Alewife Baltimore and Lord Hobo in Cambridge; they've come to Queens to feed you well and get you drunk. Stay after 11 p.m.—not asking too much of someone who's already two pints in—and the pizza menu becomes available.