When you slide up to the bar in the shady beer garden at the new Port Chester Hall, you’ll want to order the house Red Ale and a warm giant pretzel. Then settle in and listen to the trains whiz by.
The newest location from Heartland Brewery, a brewpub mini-chain with five posts in Manhattan, opened at the end of May at the Port Chester train station, and only weeks into joining the local scene, already has a casual and cheery atmosphere.
Beer comes ice cold in thick, German-style steins and the oversized salted pretzel dangles from a hook above bowls of cheesy ale dip and sweet honey mustard. The menu favors beer-friendly bites like Kobe slides, bacon wrapped barbecue shrimp and crispy fried pickles, but you’ll find some lighter options, too. We like the garden vegetarian bowl: a robust mix of roasted vegetables and warm wheatberry salad tossed with toasted almonds, greens and pomegranate lime dressing.
With 10 in-house beers, plus wines and some gussied up specialty cocktails, Port Chester Hall consumes a massive space that features a shiny dark wood bar, pub-style tables, stone fireplaces and a private room decorated with colorful vintage steins. The stone beer garden is outfitted with long wood tables for big groups, a larger bar than the one inside, mounted high-def screens, two-way outdoor fireplaces and space for live music.
Lunch is served on Saturday and Sunday only, and dinner service starts every day at 4. There are plans to install outdoor space heaters for the beer garden for year-round use, and hopes to host private events like weddings, showers and birthday parties once settled.
Only a short walk to the Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s, Port Chester Hall presents one more option for a pre-show bite and a drink, but commuters will appreciate morning coffee service starting at 6 a.m. and a fun happy hour, steps from the train.
It’s like a year-round Oktoberfest, and it’s on your commute.
If you go …
Port Chester Hall, Port Chester Train Station, 3 Broad St., Port Chester; 914-305-8383, portchesterhall.com. Hours: 4-12 a.m. Monday-Thursday, 4-2 a.m. Friday, 11:30-2 a.m. Saturday, 11:30-12 a.m. Sunday.
Great for: Big Groups, Solo Dining, Live Music, Watching the Game, Craft Beer, Cocktails, Dining at the Bar, Fireplace, Girls’ Night Out, Historic Building, Kid Friendly, Late Night Eats, Meeting for a Drink, Outdoor Dining, Going Out on Mondays, Private Room, Singles Scene, Small Plates.