Yesterday I had not only the best draft beer in NYC but also the best ribs. I had both at the Waterfront Ale House on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn.
Let's start with the beer. I have had Bluebird Bitter in bottles from the Waterfront Ale House in Manhattan (2nd Avenue and I believe 28th Street) for about 5 years. I love it. But yesterday, I had the draft in Brooklyn. For beer lovers in general, and bitter lovers in particular, you ought to run, not walk, to the Waterfront Ale House in Brooklyn (I don't know about Manhattan) and have a pint or two.
I lived in England for about 5 years and I can say with some certainty that this is the BEST bitter and perhaps the best beer I have ever had. It has been properly kept and shipped. The temperature is right. And the flavor is amazing. The complexity of the taste tickles the tongue and the aftertaste is sublime.
I am a little less sure about the ribs, but they were great. I went to Biscuts, Pearsons and the new Philly's Smokehouse over the last several weeks and the Ale House's ribs leaves them all in the dust.
The ribs are properly smoked and chared and have the proper consistancy. The sauce is homemade with the right amount of vinegar. The sauce is not one that would win any taste tests by itself, but it makes the ribs even better.
This is a great combo. While the ribs will last, the beer will not, so get there fast before I finish off the keg.