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Spring Market Brings Fresh Produce, Meats To Our Gastropub

SlowFoodSnailHave you heard? Jimmy’s No. 43 has been selected as one of the best gastropubs in the U.S. by Food & Wine. Aside from already having received the Slow Food NYC Snail of Approval, we’re thrilled to be recognized for our diverse menu dedicated to locally sourced ingredients.
Now that Spring has sprung, we’re back to shopping at the Union Square Greenmarket several times each week in addition to other area markets. Some of our favorites from our current menu include:
  • Fish Tacos – Four days each week (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat) we meet up with a fish monger for our “catch of the day” direct from Long Island. We typically use cod or flounder, which is currently readily available and as fresh as fish gets!
  • Duck from Hudson Valley Duck Farm is the best! Try our spring duck breast served with farro and kale. Better than beef, trust us!
  • Cheeses are all sourced from the northeast, with these farmstead cheeses, chosen each week by our friends at Saxelby Cheesemonges. The other day a customer asked, “What is a cheesemonger?” Visit Saxelby at the Essex Street Market and find out!
  • Ronnybrook Dairy in the Hudson Valley hand delivers all our butter, milk and cream every week.
Other menu highlights include our buttermilk biscuits, our Charcuterie Plate with salami from Flying Pigs Farm, smoked duck breast, ham from East Village Meat Market and our root vegetable pickles! And for dessert, we recommend our apple crisp or the bread pudding. They’re both to die for!
And if you want to try a sit-down fresh market dinner, please join us for next month’s ticketed “Romancing the Stove” fresh market beer dinner source at the greenmarket day-of by guest chef Annette Tomei (details here).

Liquid Lent Ends at Monk’s Trail

EmptyBelgiansWe hope you’ve enjoyed our regular updates about Liquid Lent. We’ve had a lot of fun reading about others who are foregoing food for beer during a season where you can “drink like a Monk.” Now as Lent draws to a close, we’ll be serving up a terrific list of beers on draft and in the bottle starting tomorrow (Friday-Sunday).

In addition, we’ll open at noon on Saturday (April 12th) for a pay-as-you-go celebration of the “Monk’s Trail,” with a ticketed guided tasting at 4 p.m. For two hours, you can drink with owner and Beer Sessions Radio host Jimmy Carbone at this sit-down tasting of 20+ beers that will include some rare bottle selections from the Jimmy’s No. 43 cellar.

Among the beers we will have throughout the weekend and at the ticketed tasting:

  • Classic Belgians and Trappists (e.g. Rochefort 8,10; Westmalle Dubbel, Triple; Achel Brown; La Trappe; Orval; Vicaris Triple; Duvel Triple Hop; D’Chouffe Houblon Chouffe; Andechs Dunkelweiss)
  • Rare Belgians (Het Nest Ace of Spades Saison, Hof Ten Dormaal/Stillwater collaboration “Bronze Age,” Blaugies Saison d’Épeautre, De La Senne Taras Boulba)
  • Plus Belgian-style and sours from the USA and Switzerland (Crooked Stave Surette, Vielle Saison; Brouwerij West Triple from Los Angeles; The Commons Brewery Flemish Kiss, Urban Farmhouse from Portland, OR; Stillwater Brontide, Folklore; Trois Dames Grand Dame Oud Bruin Flemish Red from Switzerland; Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere from Michigan
  • Plus Food choices of charcuterie, bacon, cheese, mini-cheeseburger sliders, cheese plates and other brunch offerings
We also invite you to visit the other East Village bars celebrating Liquid Lent this weekend:

  • ABC Beer Co., Burp Castle, dba East Village, Eastwood, Malt & Mold, and Top Hops and, of course, Jimmy’s No. 43
  • Plus you can “check in” at Four-Square for a special badge celebrating Liquid Lent

Weekend Dinners Match Wine Against Beer, Bring Westeros to the EVil


The Dragon Egg Frittata at our Westeros Feast.

This past weekend we held two dinners of very different themes. On Saturday, we used our Wine v. Beer template and paired rare beef with roasted parsnips, which we paired to a Rhone red and a Trappist strong ale. Both brought out unique flavors in the meat, and it was a treat to enjoy wine during “liquid lent.”

Then last night, we held a five-course, five-beer pairing modeled on Game of Thrones, which returned to HBO for its fourth season. Interestingly, owner Jimmy Carbone has never seen the series but has read the books.

The dinner allowed us to launch Ommegang’s latest GoT beer, Fire and Blood (which we still have on tap this week for as long as it lasts). Among the pairings were:

  • Cheese and Honey paired with Bell’s Oberon, a wheat/saison-style beer
  • A “Dragon Egg” Omelette: a frittata that we paired with Le Trou Diable’s “Saison du Tongka” a traditional saison from Quebec
  • “Pigeon pie,” which we actually made with ground lamb, roots and served with Ommegang’s Abbey Dubbel
  • Bloody Duck: Hudson Valley-raised duck breast served over farro grain and kale and paired with Fire and Blood
  • “Sweets” for dessert: baked apple crisp with oatmeal topping and Ronnybrook whipped cream paired with Grado Plato San Felice chestnut ale

These pairings show the best of Jimmy’s No. 43′s food and beer/wine offerings. We hope you will join us this week, as many of these items are available on our spring menu. And be sure to come to our Belgian beer tasting this weekend or to our next dinner featuring pork dished paired with sour beers on April 28th.



Thursday Tap Returns with Bell’s Oberon

OberonThe weather finally seems to have given way to spring, and we’re celebrating this afternoon by bringing in a very special keg of Bell’s Oberon, a wheat ale fermented with Bell’s signature house ale yeast, mixing a spicy hop character with mildly fruity aromas. The addition of wheat malt lends a smooth mouthfeel, making it a classic seasonal beer. Plus, at only 5.8% ABV, it’s perfect for our Liquid Lent.

Jimmy’s No. 43 owner Jimmy Carbone recently had the pleasure of talking to Larry Bell on the 200th episode of Beer Sessions Radio, so we’re thrilled to have one of the kegs of his latest brews. Join us from 5 p.m. on, while supplies last. And, as always, our regular beer/restaurant service is available!

What Would Tyrion Lannister Drink? Westeros Feast This Sunday with Ommegang’s Fire And Blood

Whether you’re a fan of the George R. R. Martin books or the HBO series, you need to grab a seat at the table to celebrate the return of the Westeros clan on television and the launch of Brewery Ommegang’s latest Game of Thrones beer: Fire and Blood.
We’re putting together a great themed menu (tickets available here) that we will pair with traditional brews that the Stark, Targaryen and Lannister clans might drink to slake their thirst (before, you know, slaughtering each other).
We’ll leave the war games to the middle ages, but our menu will consist of the following:
  • Dragon egg Omelet (aka frittata)
  • Root and grain stew from north of The Wall: farro, parsnips, salt pork
  • Cheese with honey
  • Medieval Pie: Mutton stew with rye crust, thyme, vinegar, currants, and bayleaf
  • Baked apple crisp for dessert

In addition to Ommegang’s Red Ale, we will be taking inspiration from this summary of beer styles that would have been in the daily diet of medieval people: Hefeweizen, Saison, Belgian Strong, Marzen and English Ale.

Hope to see you on Sunday, April 6th, at 7 p.m. for our Westeros Feast!