DAILY BITES
Tavern 29

The neighborhood around 29th and Park Avenue--recently dubbed the NoMad district--has transformed from a veritable social desert to a thriving, growing community within the course of the last eight years, which has led to exciting new social and culinary developments popping up left and right. Tavern 29, which opened a little over a year ago across the street from the Gansvoort Park Avenue Hotel, is one of the best among those developments. Housed in a converted 19th century townhouse, Tavern 29 takes advantage of its unique set up to offer a distinctive bar and restaurant experience...or, rather, three distinctive bar and restaurant experiences. Tavern 29 boasts three separate floors, each of which has been designed with its own atmosphere in mind.

CULINARY OCCASIONS
Celebrate May Day with Sausage & Suds


Loreley Restaurant & Biergarten is at it again this season and will be celebrating May Day on April 28th. They will be kicking off beer garden season with Tanz in Den Mai (dance into May) festivities. There will be special spring beers and sausage platters available from April 28th to May 3rd during Loreley's 9th Annual Sausage Fest. But let's stick to what's going down on May Day.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
5 Events to Get You Warmed Up for Summer

Spring is here, and the best way to celebrate is to glug down tons of beer, learn (and taste) different wines, and of course, watch sexy burlesque dancers do their thing! Okay, maybe the beer drinking is the only thing you normally do, but everything else is sure to be a good addition to your springtime traditions!

The Naked Truth: A game/burlesque show unlike any other. The show features burlesque star Julie Atlas Muz, and is hosted by Jonny Porkpie at The Triad. It will also feature Trixie Little and the Evil Hate Monkey, Peekaboo Pointe, Bunny Buxom and Satira Sin. Audience members will be hypnotized by the moves of these performers as they take the stage. Lucky attendees can also partake of the action when they come on stage to take part in an interactive game show that has them attempting to expose (and guess) the performers' most intimate secrets (let's hope you don't have too many of your own!). All your hard detective work won't go unrewarded--awesome prizes will be given away! The show starts April 21st, with performances happening the third Saturday of each month until June. Tickets are $35 (general admission) and $45 (premium seating), and can be purchased here. It's time to uncover...The Naked Truth!

THE HOT SPOT
Garden Party: NYC Biergarten Edition

The gradual recession of boreal temperatures gives way to the reviving fecundity of spring. With warm weather finally becoming a main stay, the desire to immerse oneself in the outdoors once again becomes a reality. What better way to utilize these naturalistic tendencies than by pairing them with their liquid complement: beer.

Enter: Beer Gardens. As the brain child of undisputed brew-maestros (the Germans), the simple combo of foliage, edibles, quality folks, and the frothy, has been steadily building momentum as the premiere option for outdoor revelry. Seizing upon our intrinsic bacchanal impulses,beer gardens tap into a visceral ambition to expansively enjoy the world in all its natural splendor. Wreathed in an oasis of greenery, imbibers can momentarily shrug off the corroding mantle of urbanization, and enjoy life’s rustic pleasures—one brew at time.

THE HOT SPOT
The Beach is Back: Beekman Beer Garden Re-Opens

Beekman Beer Garden Beach Club is officially re-opening its proverbial doors tomorrow, April 14th. The beach club, right next to South Street Seaport, will be open Fri-Sun for the rest of the month, and beginning May 4th, it will thankfully be open seven days a week from 12pm-3am. This outdoor summer hub will be launching a new menu with additional beers on tap, as well as a slew of fun events.

Beekman has two 25 and 60 foot bars, fire pits, flat screen TVs, foosball, and ping pong tables to ensure your never-ending amusement. Beekman Beach will now have its own private entrance and bar for exclusive events and on May 27th (Memorial Day weekend), the venue will launch its first Bikini Brunch Beach Party, which will take place every Sunday for the summer. Get decked out in your best swimwear and enjoy music from NYC's top DJs.

GET THE PARTY STARTED
Oktoberfest Tracker: NYC's Best Biergarten Parties

A Muchich beer tent is an intense experience. Drinkers from around the world gather to chat about football, eat bratwurst, and most importantly, drink top-notch beer out of absurdly large vessels. Musical acts keep the crowd entertained, ranging from polka to punk. And there's always some Australian kid off in a corner getting drunker than he should. Fortunately, there are plenty of New York establishments willing to provide a similar experience. As Oktoberfest rolls on, check out these authentic outdoor bierhauses.

This looks to be the best deal in the city. This weekend, the Queens garden will be transformed into an Oktoberfest extravaganza, featuring 6 seasonal brews, including German staples Spaten and Radeberger. Best of all, in the spirit of a European beer garden, you can put your wallet away after walking in the door. Unlimited beer tasting, along with an all-you-can-eat menu, are yours for $65. Ticket sales close Friday.

THE HOT SPOT Error
Cafe de la Esquina @ Wythe Diner Opens Today

Brace yourself for today's opening of Cafe de la Esquina, situated at Wythe Diner. This hot spot is no longer just a NoLita haven, so all you Williamsburg hipsters better head to check it out. Loyal Wythe Diner customers need not worry about the upheavel of their favorite joint-- the red barstools and wood paneling will remain intact...with a few added spices like some unique Mexican artwork. As for the menu? This too will remain unchanged, although there will be a few welcome additions, including make your own tacos, and guac and chips (a staple for any Mexican diner). This isn't just your typical diner though folks, an outdoor (beer!) garden is in the works so that you can enjoy your fajitas in the glimmering summer sun (while it lasts). Check out the sweet digs below!

DELICIOUS DEBUTS
Harlem Tavern Opens Its Anchor

It's 5pm on Friday, July 1st, and Harlem Tavern is about to open its iron gates. But am I standing in the long line wrapping around the corner of 116th and Frederick Douglas Boulevard? No. Being the smart woman I am, I sent the boyfriend and his buddy to peep out the scene after drinking a beer at Bier International. They reported back that the anticipated chaos associated with a large patio-front restaurant/bar opening on a major holiday weekend in a neighborhood that craves more restaurants is present. At this very moment, I am so glad I am home alone drying my hair.

THE HOT SPOT
Mario Batali's Newest Hot Spot: La Birreria

Because having over 10 restaurants in the city is never enough, the Italian food guru is moving onto bigger things. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any bigger than Eataly, this charming restaurateur (have you seen those orange crocs?) understood the city’s need beyond food. We’re talking beer this time.