Group outings call for a little elbow room. For your next get-together, head to Ambrose Hall in the South Street Seaport, where three sister venues provide ample space for a relaxed night out. The Seaport is steeped in history, and you can enjoy it out firsthand from Ambrose’s corner beer hall. When you step in, check out the rustic white beams overhead — they’ve been holding up this ceiling for over 200 years. Belly up to the bar and you’ll be met with some good-looking taps. The brews rotate to fit the seasons, with craft faves like Captain Lawrence, Coney Island, and KelSo making the cut. Grab a table so your crew can spread out with some sustenance, maybe a North American take on nachos (kettle-cooked potato chips topped with beer-blended cheese, scallions, and bacon), or bratwurst, or a big plate of charcuterie. When you’re fueled up, the outdoors may be calling. Through the windows, you’ll see acres of picnic tables and lounge chairs, part of the Ambrose Beer Garden. Here’s where it gets really chill. You can kick back on the big lawn, and maybe catch some live entertainment on the intimate stage. The garden’s walk-up bar isn’t limited to beer, either: artisanal cocktails like the Aftermath, with jalapeño-infused tequila, crème de cassis, and lime, will keep the conversation flowing. If your gang wants a little perspective on the scene, there’s a third option, the Ambrose Surf Club. Above some shipping container shops, the rooftop space offers a laid-back perch for overlooking the action along Schermerhorn Row. You’ll also appreciate the unlimited headroom.
Photo by Michael Daddino