Artsy's Backyard: William Hallett.

William Hallett.Artsy Guy here, on a break from the desk on a drippy day in Astoria. Pretty recently, my 'hood was graced with a gem of a gastropub: William Hallett. Named for a pioneer of these parts, this place is also blazing trails in the way of comfort food: the turducken sandwich and foie gras sliders give just a hint at what awaits.  This evening, I opted for their brilliant mac and cheese and side of the bacon brussels sprouts.

The wine list is varied and interesting, and there's a full bar.  But of course the beer taps are what catch my eye, and the regular selection here includes Founders Centennial IPA, Stone Smoked Porter, Coney Island, Kelso, Sly Fox, and more.  Yes and yes.

So, if you're in Astoria, Queens, in the NYC, get thee to William Hallett.  They're open late with an after hours menu until 2am.  That's what's HOPpenin!

...because Mark and Artsy told me to. Churchkey!

Jimmy here! I'm in DC for a couple of days, and have been lucky enough to land RIGHT DOWN THE STREET from Birch&Barley/Churchkey, two wonderful additions to the District gastropub/beer bar scene.  The beer menu is astonishing, including their own 'tasting paradigm' to help newbies find their way (and taste their way) through the craft beer scene.  Add to that a food menu that rises far above most bar fare, and you've got something very special.  This place is a true gem!