343 Broome St. – Bowery
Bar, Gastropub, American
We set out to check out a few new bars on a quiet Labor Day Weekend in NYC. Nothing like a 3 day weekend to send everyone out of town! Randolph Beer has been open for about 6 months and is located on Broome between Elizabeth and Bowery. It is a rather huge space and well-appointed. They have a large craft beer program with beers categorized by flavor and a simple and delicious food menu.
We loved the big, wide bar and rustic, reclaimed wood decor with metal accents and a tin ceiling. The front area had small cocktail tables with beer barrel chairs and a large dining area with huge booths that could easily seat 6. A collection of antique items line the walls.
The bar was copper topped with a really wide lip on it. To eat, you have to place your dish on the lip. It is a bit awkward for eating, but I’m betting practical for drinking. Spills go inward, where there is a nice trough on the inside edge of the bar. They kept their water bottles for service in an aluminum bucket at the end of the bar, which was a nice touch.
Also, they used iPads for taking orders and seating charts which were mounted into large railroad-tie like hunks of wood to give them a permanent location. TV screens were placed strategically throughout the bar, but had cool covers to camouflage them for nightlife. The back has an open kitchen and a giant table in front of the window.
A favorite spot, however, was the basement! There are restrooms on both floors, but head downstairs and check it out. There is a storage area enclosed with wood, painted blue with ‘post no bills’ signs printed on it. The room opens up into a huge graffiti-painted area. It is not only fun, but really well done. The bathrooms are painted as well. Empty kegs are piled in the corner, giving it the look of a street.
So far, so good. No doubt this spot draws a nice crowd at night! The food selection was nice, a mix of healthy and not-so-healthy options. We were looking to eat light, so I was pleased to find a kale and quinoa salad and Steve just ordered a Shishito pepper appetizer with Soy. We were both pleased with our meals.
I am sure most days this spot is pretty crowded, but based on the giant proportions it may be manageable. Check it out!