Bronx Ale House is on 238th street in Kingsbridge, just steps from the 238th street 1 train stop. We walked from Bedford Park, which is about a 20-25 minute walk, but man, was it worth it. We even ran into the Paping Soapbox Derby, which was recently displaced from Brooklyn, at Fort Independence Park on our walk, a strange little bonus.
First let me say that I even love the name of this place. They could have named it the Kingsbridge Ale House, or even (gasp!) the Riverdale Ale House, but they chose to embrace the borough as a whole - well done!
So on to the beer: they're all so good. There are all types of beers, from all regions. The Saturday afternoon special of $5 for every draft beer is a fantastic deal, especially when you realize how good these beers are and that some cost $7 normally. The missus indulged in some apricot flavored wheat thing and after some dancing around the beer menu I settled on a delicious Leffe.
You'd think that the place has spent so much time and money on beer, that the food would be lackluster, but that is just not the case. The food was extremely good as well. Pub grub is the fare, so don't expect some foo-foo risotto, but I think our table of 7 ordered almost all of the sandwiches on the menu and everyone was very pleased.
The atmosphere is friendly and neighborly. Everything is new and nice, and the exposed brick inside, with the establishment's name etched into it is pretty cool. It was also cool to run into some other familiar faces from the Bronx media and nonprofit world.
If I were forced to log one complaint, it would be for Bronx Ale House to become a little more kid friendly. By 5 or 6 o'clock, there were at least 5 children under 5 years old in the place, and nary a high chair or booster seat in sight. It seems like Bronx Ale House will have this weekend afternoon family crowd, so it would be nice to get a few high chairs, some cheesy white paper placemats, and crayons. (Or maybe we parents should get bar friendly and not take our littluns to the ale house?)
Bronx Ale House will be seeing a lot more of ErLu. It's well worth the walk from Bedford Park, and it's even worth the trip from Manhattan or Brooklyn, as evidenced by our friends' from the Upper West Side vow to return because the beer, food, and atmosphere is that good.
The Bronx Ale House is actually the only Bronx stop on the 2nd Annual NY Craft Beer Week September 11-19, so let's get out there and show our support.