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Now Open: The Jeffrey Beer Bar & Cafe

The Jeffrey, opened under the Queensboro Bridge in mid-October, has a penchant for the unusual — whether that means rare beers, eclectic wines, or creative bar snacks.


The Jeffrey

(Photo: Courtesy of The Jeffrey)

The Story: Andy Freedman and Patrick Donagher know a thing or two about bars. Donagher opened Rattle ‘N’ Hum in Midtown, known as one of the city’s best beer bars; Freedman has long reviewed NYC restaurants and bars at “Wined & Dined.” The two then went on to open Alewife in Long Island City and, now, The Jeffrey. And as for the name? It comes from the movie Get Him to the Greek as in “Everyone Loves a Jeffrey!”

The Space: The Jeffrey spans two storefronts: one that’s an espresso bar by day, and cocktail bar by night, as well as a craft beer bar. It’s outfitted with a super high-tech tap system, allowing them to precisely control pressure and temperature across their 30 taps. Out back: a heated beer garden.

The Drinks: “We are one of the few bars in the city to be pouring the Firefly and the American Beauty from Dogfish Head,” Freedman told us, “as part of a 10-beer showcase of the brewery.” He also recommends Dieu du Ciel Peche Mortel from Montreal, Bockor Jacobins Rouge (a red sour), and Local Option Schmetterling Gose, “a sour and salty style from a small brewery in Chicago.”

The Scene: By day, a chilled-out coffee shop vibe; later on, expect an after-work crowd hanging out, sampling all kinds of beers and nibbling from a menu of elevated bar snacks, including housemade pickled veggies in jars, hot boiled peanuts and sriracha peas.

The Jeffrey
311 E. 60th St.

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