Westchester County’s Best Beer-Focused Restaurants
Growlers Beer Bistro
25 Main St, Tuckahoe
(914) 793-0608; growlersbeerbistro.com
Number of Taps: 17/Growlers: Yes, but only for takeaway/Flights: Yes/Spin: New American small plates, with some French bistro classics/Special Beer Feature(s): Also offers 24 bottles and 12 cans of beer, plus eight “craft sodas,” including Fentimans Dandelion & Burdock and Sprecher Root Beer. Cask-conditioned ales available.
The name is a bit of a tease, as this new “beer bistro” only allows growler fills for takeaway, but the restaurant, which opened on Labor Day, does offer a wide array of beers—including trendy, cask-conditioned ales—on tap. (There are scores more in bottles and cans.) Growlers is housed in one of Tuckahoe’s architectural gems, a 1906 powerhouse that once helped to juice the nearby train line. Thankfully, the team behind Growlers kept the building’s scarred concrete floors, original windows, and brick.
On its menu, you’ll find a mixture of vintage/trendy treats (“devils on horseback,” or blue-cheese-filled prunes wrapped in bacon), mixed with brasserie standards like roasted marrow bones with parsley, or bowls of mussels with white wine and garlic sauce. And, though you will definitely find a burger here, there are no wings
Despite its beery name, Growlers also taps into trendy, esoteric sodas. You’ll find Fentimans English brews (Dandelion & Burdock, quinine-flavored Victorian Lemonade) along with Wisconsin’s Sprecher’s root beer and cream sodas; this makes Growlers a good pick even for the designated driver.
Julia Sexton is a Westchester-based restaurant critic and food writer whose work has appeared in the New York Times and the Boston Globe. She recently began to appreciate craft beer after suffering through repeated, unsuccessful, underage dabblings with Budweiser.