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Little Town NYC

Little Town NYC

Cuisine: American

Cititour Review: In a space that used to be a wine bar, Little Town has created a concept any true New Yorker (and any transplant) will appreciate, serving local beers and ingredients that take their inspiration from New York state’s numerous towns.
On a recent visit, my friend and I were invited to take any seat we wanted.  Perching at a table next to the open windows on a cool night, I was already starting to feel at home.  When the menus arrived and I saw the long list of NY-brewed brands, in both bottle form and on draft, I had a tough decision to make.  With rotating daily specials and even some local wines and spirits, there’s a drink for everyone.  I chose the Southampton wheat beer (almost all beers are priced at a reasonable $6) and focused my attention on the food.
Everything on the menu displayed the town the dish came from, which is a nice touch.  Appetizers ranged from toasted goat cheese and honey on a baguette ($8) to an “I Love NY” sampler platter including hot dogs and pretzels ($16, serves 2).  We decided to skip the appetizers, though, and head straight for the main course.  If you’re in the mood for cheese, go with the macaroni ($8).  Several people around us ordered it and the huge portions of gooey cheese and noodles looked fantastic.  I opted for the French dip au jus ($11), featuring prime rib and an au jus made with the beer of the month, Brooklyn Brown.  The combination of the meat with the melted Swiss cheese made for a mild, yet flavorful bite that was tasty enough even before dipping it in the sauce.  Homemade potato chips accompanied the meal; these were clearly made with care and disappeared quickly.  My friend had the burger ($12) with béchamel sauce, bacon, and a poached egg, and he agreed that the potato chips were the star of the dish.
On a Wednesday night, the mix of diners vs. people there only for the beer was about equal, and the atmosphere was casual at 9pm—though I’m willing to bet on the weekends, the crowd spills over from Sidebar next door to make for a rowdier scene.  With only two televisions in the main bar area, Little Town is not exactly a sports bar, but no one will stop you from cheering on the Yankees over your platter of Long Island oysters.  This is New York, after all.  And there’s something undeniably comforting about eating and drinking local favorites with the locals.

Review By: Chelsee Pengal

Neighborhood: Union Square

Little Town NYC
118 East 15th Street (Irving Pl)
New York, NY
(212) 677-6300