Neighborhood: Flatiron, Manhattan
Address: 200 5th Ave.
Brewpubs fuel the local beer scene in every great American beer city except New York, where insane real-estate prices don't jive with the space requirements of on-site production. Thankfully, money ain't a thang for Mario Batali and the crew behind Eataly, who decided to throw a working brewery on the roof of their Italian megastore like some bosses. It's groundbreaking, not only because it's 16 stories in the sky, but also because the recipes have been developed by a dream team of American and Italian brewers: Sam Calagione (Delaware's Dogfish Head), Teo Musso (Piedmont's Birra Baladin) and Leonardo Di Vincenzo (Rome's Birra del Borgo).
You can get the house beers on cask, alongside the best list of Italian craft beers you'll find in the city. And the food, like everything at Eataly, is top-notch—rustic, beer-friendly grub like fatty pork shoulder and whole quails seared a la planca. I ate a lot of sausages this year (pause), and I can say with confidence that the best were up at Birreria, looking out at the top of the Flatiron building.—CS