It's a rare thing, to see two food items as well-suited for each other as beer and pizza. And here, the pizza is homemade and made-to-order, while the beers (all 54 of 'em) are available to drink in-house, or take home.Ah, the ol' neighborhood pizza joint. It's where we head after long days at the pool, frustrating days at work and, well, pretty much any day we can find an excuse. And Empire State Pizza + Growlers is the epitome of that idyllic neighborhood pizza spot, but with quite a bit more beer. When we stopped in on a sunny afternoon, the cozy place was just gearing up for the evening rush. The space is open and comfortable, with plenty of booths and tables, as well as a large, separate bar area. And there, good friend, is where they keep all 54 of their drafts. That's right, 54 of 'em.
It's a rare thing, to see two food items as well-suited for each other as beer and pizza. And here, the pizza is homemade and made-to-order, while the beers are available to drink in-house, or take home. And that pizza, by the way, is nothing like that cheese-and-toppings-sliding-off stuff found at fast food joints. That's because Empire State is focused on quality, from the pizzas to the salads to the rotating beer selection. As Todd says, "I like to think you can feel the love in our food." We can, Todd. And it tastes great. He's in the shop early every day, making dough and sauce from scratch, crafting crowd favorites like the San Gerrano Pizza (with artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, sundried tomatoes, tomatoes, black olives and feta), which somehow taste even better than they sound. Beer, wings, pizza and growlers? Can't ask for much more than that.
Large Hell's Kitchen Salad, $9
Fried Chicken Wings, 10 for $8.25
Coney Island Dog, $2.50
San Genarro Pizza, $15.94 (12") / $17.94 (16") / $21.94 (20")
House Brew, $5 a pitcher
Tuesday - Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday & Monday, noon to 9 p.m.