Spring Booze News: Van Horn Backyard and Gowanus Yacht Club to Open Soon

04/27/2011 11:40 AM |


Did we just skip spring and go directly into summer? It certainly felt like that yesterday when it hit a whopping 80 degrees. Like any good food writer, the first thing I thought of was grabbing a drink outside. So, whats new in the world of getting sauced in the sun?

Fans of Alan Harding’s food truck over at Hot Bird might be disappointed. This summer, it will be replaced by more conventional fair like sustainably sourced sausages cooked by owner Frank Moe. The Prospect Heights spot might also bring in guest chefs from time to time to cook special meals. Even if you aren’t planning on eating, a visit to the L Magazine “Best Garden” winner is never a bad idea, especially with its 12 craft beers on tap and plentiful picnic tables.

Not too far away in Cobble Hill, the people at Van Horn Sandwich Shop tell me they are only about two weeks away from opening their 20-seat backyard, where you’ll be able to order a bucket of beer and a plate of the incredibly tasty bacon-lettuce-pimento cheese sandwiches.

In Carroll Gardens, the infamously fun and low-brow outdoor-only bar Gowanus Yacht Club is scheduled to open in about a week, according to Grub Street. No longer will you have to suffer the indignity of eating cheap hot dogs and PBR at home.

A recent visit to Spuyten Duyvil in Williamsburg informed me that next door neighbor St. Anselm isn’t opening up for a month or so, but at least you can booze and eat at nearby Trophy Bar, which will be serving up a menu of things like grilled cheese, cheeseburgers and pretzels every single night.

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