NEW YORK CITY | Tørst is one the most highly regarded craft beer bars in New York. Located on Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint, a street better known for Polish restaurants Tørst isn’t where you’d expect to find such a bar, but it doesn’t really matter. It’s the creation of Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergso, the guy who started Evil Twin Brewing, and Daniel Burns (ex Momofuku test kitchen) and takes its beer and food seriously.
Walk through the plain front door and you enter a space with a very modern Danish aesthetic. A large white marble bar dominates the space, with Danish designed stools, more marble, steel, glass and wood completing the look. It’s sleek, but welcoming, with shared tables helping create a cordial atmosphere.
There are 21 rotating taps, which feature a selection of local and imported beers. There are venues with many more taps in town, but what makes the tap list at Tørst so impressive is the extent that it’s all quality. Almost all of the taps contain things that you want to try, and may not have tried before. Even for seasoned craft beer travellers like us, the list impressed us. It’s mostly seasonal and one off beers, including rarities that you don’t often see, and probably won’t see elsewhere.
As to be expected from a venue part owned by Jarnit-Bjergso, Evil Twin beers are always on rotation here along with beers from breweries like Suarez Family Brewery, Brouwerij Boon and AleSmith Brewing Company. Tasting paddles aren’t offered – depending on the beer it’s served as either a 5, 8 or 14oz pour, in some of the most stylish beer glasses you’ve ever seen.
If you want to look beyond the tap list, Tørst’s bottle selection contains over 200 bottles of beers from around the world. As you can probably guess, there are a lot of rare bottles on this list, with several vintages of certain beers available. Even better you can even buy bottles to take home if you want, but do note that not all bottles are for off site sale – some have to be enjoyed at the bar.
From 5pm Tørst serves a full dinner menu featuring food that’s a considered, clever fusion of American and Scandinavian flavours and techniques. Chef Matt Cruz recently took over the reigns in the kitchen, but the food is still as good as ever. The French Montanta, which sees beef shank and Gruyere served on a baguette with a bowl of bone marrow jus is sublime while the burger, a double beef patty with Smoked Provolone, Suarez Family onions, horseradish aoili, pepperoncinis, and iceberg lettuce, is fantastic.
We’re loath to call anything the best anything in a given city, but there’s a very strong argument to say that Tørst is the best craft beer bar in New York. Keep an eye out on their website for events – Tørst regularly hosts tap takeovers, beer launches and the like.
615 Manhattan Avenue
New York 11222
Sun – Thu: 12:00pm to 12:00am
Fri – Sat: 12:00am to 2:00am