The city is heating up for summer and if you are looking for a spacious indoor/outdoor casual American restaurant with 2 Ping Pong tables, pinball machines, good eats and a focus on drought beer, listen up! We recently visited the perfect place to let your hair down and raise a pint — Treadwell Park on 1rst Avenue and 62nd Street.
Here is what’s on tap.
Long wooden community picnic tables line the second floor that happened to be packed to capacity this particular Sunday afternoon with presumably neighborhood locals ranging from toddlers to grandparents. Overall it was predominantly a 20s to 40-something crowd donning their favorite sports team apparel.
The industrial-chic walls are sprayed with vibrant graffiti art and surrounding the games and 12 TV sets with sports, sports and more sports. The vibe is boisterous but not to the point of obnoxious. In other words, the ambiance is upbeat and you can carry on a conversation.
Treadwell Park offers a full menu including outside-the-box appetizers like Kimchi Griddle Cakes and Bacon Lollies to familiar full dinners like Baby Back Ribs and Fish & Chips as well as traditional beer garden fare like burgers, brats, sandwiches and salads.
Start with a smart cocktail. The Sunbather is a refreshing drink made with Acquavit, cucumber, dill lavender bitters, lime and club soda. It’s not only thirst-quenching but also wakes up the olfactory with its combination of ingredients. Pair it with the house-made Guacamole. I tried a sampling of this favorite appetizer created by our amigos south of the border. I was told that it gets rave reviews by the regulars but I found it lacking in salt and lime. It’s your call.
Hands down and thumbs up, Treadwell Park serves an amazing Mac & Cheese. Smooth and creamy, the hot skillet is a mouth-watering, gooey delight made with a combination of gorgonzola, cheddar and asiago cheese. You can add on jalapeño, bacon or smoked chicken. Just say, yes. The combinations and flavors perfectly meld together and make this a very tasty and decadent dish.
For entrée, you can never go wrong with the popular Merchant’s Signature Burger: Pat La Frieda’s brisket blend, provolone, Nueske’s bacon, BBQ sauce and French fries — fresh, juicy, flavorful and well worth a trip to the Upper East Side.
We would be remiss to not mention the Treadwell Park beer list. You should also know that they make floats with beer — yes, as in ice cream floats. That was a beverage beyond my palate and pay grade. They apparently take their suds very seriously with a rotating selection of craft draft beers.
You don’t have to be a beer snob to explore their taps, it’s actually a great place to learn about the beverage that dates back to Mesopotamia. For example, The Firestone Walker Double Jack is an American Imperial IPA from California. I immediately detected the citrus of grapefruit and tangerine. It also has the essence of basil and pine — thoroughly enjoyable. Another recommendation is their Radeberger Pilsner Zwickl, a highly hopped premium lager. It was perfectly paired with the Merchant’s Signature Burger.
It’s also noteworthy that the music selection at Treadwell Park is spot on with current rock hits to tunes by Elton John, The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, etc. With summer on the horizon, this is a good place to kick back before heading out to The Hamptons, Fire Island, hills in the Adirondacks or wherever you roam.