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Open for Business: Greenwood Park, 555 Seventh Avenue

Beer lovers, rejoice: The city's newest beer garden has officially opened for business. Greenwood Park, restaurateur Ted Mann's long-in-the-works 13,000 square foot eating and drinking establishment with a massive outdoor space, officially opened last night on Seventh Avenue between 19th and 20th Streets, in the shadow of Greenwood Cemetery.

When I last checked in at the space earlier this month, it was clear that the finishing touches were being applied. The outdoor section, complete with a fire pit and bocce court, encompasses the entire block, and the building behind it, a former car wash, boasts a long bar and a draft selection of 40 tap beers. Simple fare such as burgers and hot dogs are also on offer.

Not too much more information is forthcoming, but hey: beer and a big outdoor space to drink it, just in time for the summer to start really heating up. There's a daily Happy Hour from 12-7 as well, when all drafts are $3 and well drinks $4.

UPDATE: Gothamist has a great write-up, with a bunch of photos from last night.

Greenwood Park, 555 Seventh Avenue Brooklyn NY 11215.

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I'm rejoycing.

Those pallets are ugly. What do others think?

June 29, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterfaces

I think they are very Brooklyn. Creative, earth friendly and funky. Can't WAIT to go here this weekend!

June 29, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlinkin

$7 is not a happy hour cocktail price

June 29, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertimmy

The pallets are really cool up close and in person. Like stop and check them out cool. Seems so obvious when you see them, but I can't recall ever seeing them used like that. Great design is like that.

June 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterfluffleFlicker

Those seats look... uncomfortable. Maybe I just got old and started developing a few minor back issues, but now all I see in new places are the terrible seating choices offered. If it's an implicit move to get people out faster, I'd much rather just pay a bit more and not walk away with knots in my back.

June 29, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterparkslopeloper

Seriously just walk by the place, you dont even have to go in and youll see how cool it looks-having a place like this within walking distance is awesome

June 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJbob

Those seats are the standard outdoor cafe seats. DWR has them in beautiful silver.

June 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterfluffleFlicker

You have to see this place in person to believe it. The scope of it is large and it's clear that some major effort went into restoring, renovating and reusing materials in a very clever way. It's just a beautiful space and there's so much sky. Judging by all the press it's getting today, this will become a hotspot, so check it out soon before it gets too crowded!

June 29, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlinkin

It seems based on the Gothamist pics that there aren't a whole lot of tables given the enormous space. Are the photos deceiving, or is there not enough seating?

June 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLee

Several of the above comments strike me as shill-y.

June 29, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjustwondering

The place looks huge and great, but in the noble spirit of complaining, what's up with the plastic cups? Is there some vile sub-species of human being who prefers drinking beer out of plastic cups? If so, they are a dangerous, tasteless sect and we "normals" should be on constant guard against them and their no-doubt insidious plans for us (a return to wooden spoons for our ice cream, perhaps).

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBillly Diddles

Hey 'Justwondering'

Actually I own the place. Yeah, that's the ticket. I own the whole thing. Used to own the car wash, see?, before I turned it into a hangout for you and your friends. Right? I was gonna call it the Honeycomb Hideout bit General Mills himself called me and said, 'Fluffle, you can't do that'.

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterfluffleFlicker

I assumed there were piles of tires or something behind those palates.

July 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChicken Underwear

Just went-place was great, lots of choices and easy going with plenty of room. Large variety of folks both singles and breeders. Many beer gardens have plastic cups, such as the one in Astoria, its just too likely that there will be broken glass in such a wide open space.

July 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJbob

There were probably about 300 people there when I went so I can see not having the capacity to wash that many glasses. I heard it was even more packed on Saturday night.

July 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlinkin

Hey linkin and Jbob,

I hear you about the potential for broken glass and the logistical challenge of washing so many dishes but aren't these issues that all restaurants and bars face? Yes, it's easier to run a bar if there are only 5 customers (as opposed to 300), but when you are lucky enough to have 300 customers, you can afford to hire people to do things like clear tables of glassware, wash said glassware, and, if something does break, sweep up the pieces.

Again, this place looks great and I really do look forward to going, but for me the issue of serving beer in plastic cups shows a certain disregard for their customers. This is a place which is advertising 40 drafts on tap; they are clearly trying to appeal to people who care about beer, yet nobody prefers their beer in a plastic cup. It's like opening an massive espresso bar but only having paper cups. Yeah, you can do it, and it'll be easier and cheaper for you, but your customers won't enjoy your product as much. I'm not suggesting that nobody is going to come to this place because of the plastic cups. On the contrary, I think this place is going to make a fortune. However, I would contrast their decision to serve beer in plastic cups with, say, Bierkraft's decision to offer freakin' amazing, high quality toppings on their sandwiches. No, they don't have to make their own horseradish, or chutney (I mean, come on: homemade chutney? You think they're making money on offering homemade chutney on their sandwiches? Hell no, but they think it's delicious so want to offer it to people), or offer avocado at no extra charge, or arugula instead of iceberg, but it's these flourishes which show that they care about offering people the best damn sandwiches they can possibly make. I'm not sure it's a perfect analogy, but you get my drift. And no, I'm not on the Bierkraft payroll, but I had one of their sandwiches recently, so it's on my mind

I think the goal of a bar/restaurant should be to try to make everything as great for their customers as possible — to create something that they're really proud of. And I think all of us here recognize the places in our neighborhood that really go the extra mile to make everything perfect. Consciously choosing to not give your customers what they want (and make no mistake, Greenwood Park knows that nobody wants plastic cups) simply because it's cheaper for them, easier for them, and because they have an awesome space and think (probably correctly) that they can get away with it, is wrong. It's lazy and it's cheap.

But hey, it's all academic anyway. Once Calexico opens, we'll all just be drinking margaritas and those gross Mexican sodas 14 hours a day. Calexico!!!!

July 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBilly Diddles


Also, plastic cups is pretty lame. There are plenty of beer halls like this that not only use glass, but those huge authentic beer steins!

July 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFelton

Felton, you are a greedy man with a great capacity to dream: authentic beer steins indeed! Here's to dreaming!

July 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBilly Diddles

This place is a day care center. If drinking while dozens of kids run around you screaming and playing tag is your kinda thing, this is the beer garden for you. I'm steering clear. There was one kid riding around on a scooter. C'mon.

July 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterC.

Not a single child when I was there Friday night. Was a great time.

July 3, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterprospectperk

Hey billy, you sound like a real douche bag. If you really don't like drinking out of plastic don't go there. It as simple as that.

August 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBeer drinker

Beer drinker,

Heck of a good point. I never thought of it like that. If only everyone could see the light you're shining, then we could all just shut the hell up and there'd be no reason for local blogs or news sources, or really anything at all. We could all just pass our quiet, carefree days with sippy cups and canned food.

Thanks again for the sagely advice!

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