Neighborhood: Lower East Side
Address: 190 Allen St.
Those entrepreneurial Blue Ribbon brothers, Bruce and Eric Bromberg, are unstoppable. Until their fried chicken joint opens in the East Village later this summer, all eyes are on the Blue Ribbon Beer Garden, their chill hangout, complete with ping-pong table, on the second floor of the Thompson LES hotel. On this reclaimed barn wood-lined terrace, there a plethora of unconventional brews to sip, such as Echigo Japanese rice lager and South Carolina-made Westbrook White Thai Ale. Drunkenness is delightfully staved off with plates of BBQ Cornish hen accompanied by coleslaw, bean salad and cornbread.