Originally Posted by marquis
The East Village Tavern at East 10th and Avenue C is an unknown, unpretentious gem. The food is good and they have an absurdly large number of beers on tap -- usually including at least one cask "real" ale. They sell "flights" of beer which are a great way to try a ton of beers without getting completely s-face.
Down the street head for Zum Schneider if you want to have a real Austrian/Bavarian experience. Unlike the East Village Tavern, it gets packed.
East Village tavern is great.
Once went to Zum during October Fest - wild - had a great time there - food is great - beer is cold!