i went to Wild Hare on York and Ave 50 last night per the chowhound recommendations. it's just as described. good ales, limited menu. more of a pub than a restaurant. i had the delirium ale and the belgian fries - good stuff!
finally, a decent watering hole in my barrio for the 30-something crowd. it looked as the other half of the bar under construction is coming along. maybe they'll expand the menu once they're fully open.
once again, thanks for the recs!