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1. Blooming Beer Gardens
Not long ago, beer drinkers in search of tree-shaded picnic tables and sudsy pitchers had to trek out to Bohemian Hall in Astoria, Queens. But a surfeit of new beer gardens has landed in recent years, particularly in Brooklyn. This summer is no different, except Manhattan joins the revelry. The most scenic, in terms of harbor views if not the finance-heavy patrons, is the Pier A Harbor House at the southern tip of Manhattan (22 Battery Place, piera.com). The maritime feel continues at Ambrose Beer and Lobster (18 Fulton Street, ambrosebeerandlobster.com) near the South Street Seaport. And for a wood-oven pizza to go with your craft beer, Industry Kitchen (70 South Street, industry-kitchen.com) is tucked under the F.D.R. Drive and offers fantastic views of the East River.