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    Belgium in Manhattan

    On the island of Manhattan there must be as many types of restaurants as there are cuisines to be found on this planet. The obvious “French”, “Italian”, and “Chinese” restaurant concepts come to mind almost immediately. These are establishments that try to replicate the eating experience found in the restaurants of the particular nation. To my way of thinking, in the cause of accuracy, there is no way that there can be a “French”, “Italian”, or “Chinese” restaurant in New York City because New York City is not in France, Italy or any province in China. Nevertheless, the efforts of many folks native to those areas can be as close to the real thing as can be.

    One of the less noticed, but interesting to both culinarians and beer aficionados, are two Belgian offerings.

    The first, alphabetically is BXL East. This is a medium sized place with a representative selection of Belgian brews on draft as well as in the bottle. The ambiance is more modern than traditional and the theme that makes beer the star of the occasion gives beer drinkers a rather large range of choices of styles from most of the important Belgian breweries as well as some of the smaller breweries.

    The menu features the variety of mussel dishes made famous by the chefs and cooks of Belgium. If you are interested in the actual dished featured the following link will take you there… BXL  (BRUNCH) (DINNER) (MUSSLES)

    Here is a 360 degree view of BXL East on a Wednesday afternoon…


    The second Belgian-style restaurant is in a second incarnation. The first home for MARKT was the Meat Packing district of Manhattan, where it drew the attention of the late-night denizens of that neighborhood as well as the weekday shoppers and tourists. It should be noted that when MARKT was downtown I was a guest of the Stella Artois folks at beer-tastings on at least two occasions that I can remember. Their chefs and brewers were both informative and entertaining.

    And then, for reasons not known to me they moved the restaurant north to the corner of 21st Street and 6th Avenue. What is interesting to me is how they managed to maintain the same configuration of bar, tables and wait-stations. In short, the move was location only. In almost every other aspect it is the same. However, it is worth noting that the Stella Artois folks are also still a notable presence.

    After watching the following video you may be inclined to wonder how authentic the menu offering are so why not take a look at MARKT MENU (LUNCH) (DINNER) first?

    Enjoy the visit to MARKT on a Wednesday afternoon in the summer…



    A Taste of... 

    Blue Moon Brewing Co. 13th and Ford Street Golden, Colorado, 80401 United States phone: (800) 642-6116Blue Moon Belgian White

    Preface: First of all let me refer you to a previous Blue Moon post… There is a date stamped on the neck of this bottle: DEC0511 E30042005.

    The following notes are made after a mouth wash with room temperature sparkling water. These notes have not been influenced by reading promotional material or any other review of this brew.

    The following are my tasting notes:

    Appearance: A cloudy golden honey colored brew with an extraordinary fine carbonation that knits a rapidly dissipating head of tiny bubbles.

    Aroma: The first impression finds hints of apricot. A second reveals some orange undertones as well. The third nosedive picks up some lemons as well as echoes of the first two aromas.

    Flavor: After a refreshing initial impression a hint of apricot jumps to the forefront followed by a slight citrus tang. The second sip reveals the depth to the apricot that blossoms into a slightly yeasty richness. The third swig and the apricot can be noticed not only the flavor but in the aroma.

    Mouth feel: This is not a light bodied beer. There’s a fullness here that never gets obese.

    Finish: The finish is remarkably quick and leaves a palate with a clean refreshed sensation.

    Comments: If ever the last gasp of summer could be expressed in a beverage this would be it. I can almost smell the suntan oil, hear the roar of laughter, and only imagine the swimsuits and the people in that populate this last of the season keg party in a bottle.

    The Brewery – The Blue Moon Brewing Co.

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