You’ll find a wealth of museums, botanical gardens and beaches to keep you occupied in Staten Island. This diverse borough has something for everyone, whether you want to enjoy the great outdoors or roll up your sleeves and experience some cultural attractions. And of course, Staten Island beers from local breweries are going from strength to strength. So hop a ferry across the water and see a different side of The Big Apple.
Our top spots for drinking great Staten Island beers…
We love Craft House for its rustic decor and super friendly team. You’ll find a great selection of beer on draught here, and a classic all-American BBQ menu to pair with it. And if you’re a fan of grits then you’re definitely in luck! The Hop Shoppe is a great spot for playing skee-ball and sampling some of the freshest most sought after beers in the city. You’ll find the likes of Cigar City, Ommegang and Almanac served here. And if you also like your whiskey you’ll definitely want to check out Bootleg Mannings Craft Beer & Whiskey Bar. The bottle list has some cheeky surprises on it, and if you’re peckish you can’t go wrong with their quesadilla. Oh, and can you order food until 3.30am, so you needn’t worry about any pangs of hunger in the wee hours.
Locally brewed Staten Island beers to look out for…
Beers from local breweries can be found at a whole load of bars and restaurants. We recommend checking out the Flagship Brewing taproom, where you can drink the beers fresh from the source. They create some fantastic traditional brews, from a Dark Mild to American Pale and event a Kølsh style. New kids on the block Kills Boro Brewing Co have got the locals pretty excited. They have been operating since August 2017 and are now distributing. They’re very much in the early stages, but you can swing by the brewery for growler fills. Keep an eye on their social media for updates, and join them at they embark on their beer adventure!
And lastly, you can’t talk Staten Island beers without a special mention for local heroes Staten Island Beer Company. Their motto is ‘beer cures what ales you’ and we couldn’t agree more! John Schulman began brewing in his basement, and twenty years later he and his family have set up shop. They are building a business that is helping to revive a forgotten borough, changing the reputation of Staten Island brewing. This is a local company for all diverse Staten Island communities. They work hard to ensure that they create a range of well-balanced beers that locals and visitors love.
Staten Island’s great eats
You’ve got some pointers for finding the best Staten Island beers, but what about good food here? A clear favourite with locals is Ocean Sushi. They have a reputation and their regulars claim they never disappoint, despite the slightly garish decor! They serve up a wide range of sushi rolls as well as hot dishes and plenty of veggie options. If you’re looking for something really casual then check out Nurnberger Bierhalle. You can get stuck into some fantastic schnitzel and Bratwurst, not to mention German beers. The interiors are in-keeping, with old tin walls and ceilings and some quirky German antiques.
Prepare yourself, this one will make your heart melt. You’ll find some very special ladies in the kitchen at Enoteca Maria, the grandmothers, or nonnas in Italian. Owner Joe Scaravella understands the intrinsic link between food and nostalgia, ‘like my grandmother used to make’ was the spark here. Forget hiring trained chefs, why not assemble a team of the women who taught us to love food? At first the menu was all Italian, he has now gathered grandmothers from across the globe to share family recipes. A truly unique dining experience, go hungry, because you will want to eat everything!
The best sights in Staten Island
If you want to find yourself in the midst of what could be a horror film set, then look no further than The Staten Island Farm Colony. This comprises a bunch of eerie abandoned buildings, and was initially built as a utopia for low earners on the island. Residents grew vegetables and lived quite sustainably. Sadly this was short lived, many residents were elderly, infirm or mentally ill and numbers dwindled. The site is now heavily graffitied and has supposedly been the spooky site of satanic rituals. The buildings are a favourite spot for ghost hunters, shrouded as they are in mystery and scandal. They have actually been the subject of the spine chilling documentary Cropsey.
Onto slightly less sinister attractions! Get some fresh air in your lungs and let mother nature amaze you at Snug Harbour Cultural Center & Botanical Gardens. This place is vast, with fourteen distinctive gardens to explore. We love The Connie Gretz Secret Garden, which takes inspiration from Frances Hodgson Burnett children’s classic novel. If you’re an animal lover, head down to the Staten Island Zoo. They have over 70 endangered animal species and participate in breeding programs, as well as organising educational programs and workshops. You can even see the Amur Leopard, the world’s rarest large cat.
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