The Art of Beer La Cerveceria Rocks the East Village

| September 14, 2012

Peruvian influenced tapas with a killer list of American Craft Beers are enough of a reason to venture to the East Village, but add unprecedentedly friendly service and a nice selection of new world wines and I have a new home.

Natural woods, a marble bar, a wall of beer and a quirky, but hip design sense highlight La Cerveceria. On a beautiful fall evening we headed downtown to dive into starters like the Lobster Guacamole (fresh avocado, lobster, shrimp and plantain chips) and the Spicy Tuna Sliders (sushi-style mini burgers with ginger and potatoes). There are also some Latin influenced dishes including incredible fish tacos (roasted peppers, onion, lime and fresh herbs) and an array of delicious quesadillas. Add four different types of Ceviche and five traditional Peruvian ‘Potato Cake’ dishes with toppings like braised short ribs or mushrooms, and your beer, or selection from their extensive wine menu, is sure to never be lonely.

Without a doubt La Cerveceria has the best bottled beer selection that I have ever experienced and the art of pairing is alive and well. This is sure to make any beer enthusiast stand up and cheer. The standouts were a Canadian brew made from rose hips and hibiscus called Rosee D’Hibiscus and the Lighthouse Ale which is made right on New York’s Fire Island—but let’s not overlook the cocktails. The Pomegranate Ginger Saki Mojito (fresh basil, agave, sake, pomegranate juice and ginger) was an alchemic libation of significant acclaim.

Whether sitting at the bar working your way through the beer menu, or at a table for a more traditional dinner, La Cerveceria truly seems to have something for everyone. Go out of your way to stop in on this unique new restaurant and now, one of my favorite haunts.

Filed in: Cocktail Hour