Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Tuesday Nights: Pony Bar

Towards the end of the last year, my friends thought that we weren't hanging out enough. It's true, we weren't. So they started Tuesday night get-togethers. Every Tuesday, we'll pick a bar to drink, eat, and hang out for a couple of hours. Whomever can make it will attend. If you're busy, it's okay. There's always next week. So this is Tuesday Nights on Tasty Eating where you will find bars that serve food and how we like them.

On this Tuesday Night, we went to the Pony Bar. Their focus is on American craft beers. They offer a constant rotation of draft beers from all over the country. There is a great variety of beers for all palates. If you really like something, you can always get it to go in one of their growlers. However, if you're not into beer, they also offer a full bar and some wine.

This night, I ordered a couple of different beers. Nothing really stood out to be except for their pumpkin pie beer. I forget who was the maker but I really enjoyed it. It really tasted like pumpkin pie. The spices were just right while the beer itself was slightly sweet. It screamed of the holidays and it was just perfect.

For food, we ordered a few plates to share. This is a fried oyster and bacon sandwich with a side of chips ($9). This sandwich was really good. The oysters were plump, juicy, and delicious. The bacon was thick and salty. And the thick cut pullman's bread held up really well with everything. The chips were house made and really crunchy. The pickles were really good too. They were sour but not too much so and they also retained a nice crunch. I really enjoyed every part of this plate.

Here are some baked soft pretzels ($5) that came with some mustard. They came out nice and hot but really soft. The salt added great flavor and texture. The mustard was tangy and paired well with the bread. We really enjoyed this as well.

These are green bean tempura ($7) which were really addicting. Beer battered and fried, these beans were crispy and really flavorful. I can just sit there and eat these all by myself. They didn't really need the mustard but it added a nice spice to it.
Lastly, we ordered the composed plate ($9) which included coppa, soppresatta, prosciutto, cheddar, provolone, and one other cheese I couldn't remember. This was served with some toasted bread and mustard. This was just okay for me. I thought that this was the weakest of all  the dishes. It wasn't bad but I felt that it wasn't worth the cost. I'd rather order another sandwich.
Pony Bar was really good. I enjoyed the beers, the food, and the service. The crowd was friendly but not rowdy. A good mix of young professionals and neighborhood residents flowed through. I would definitely come here again.

Pony Bar
637 10th Avenue
New York, NY 10036
(212) 586-2707

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