Tap 79: New Gastropub Features Beer, Burgers, and Scooby Snacks
Tap 79 opened about a month ago on the 79th Street Causeway, providing a much-needed local haunt to grab a burger and a few beers. The gastropub, located just west of the first bridge to North Bay Village and the beach, takes over the old Buddha Sushi Bar space and is the younger, more casual brother of wine bar/restaurant Bin No. 18.
Courtesy Tap 79 Tap 79: New gastropub on the causeway.
Many of chef/owner Alfredo Patino's marks are on the menu, including a fine selection of tablas (three for $21, five for $30, or eight for $40) -- imported European meats and cheeses -- served with artichoke and truffle mousse, fig jam, and olives.
Other Bin No. 18 favorites that made their way north are the clams and chorizo ($12), Brie fundido ($12), and lamb and feta meatballs ($6/$12). The menu, which is still being tweaked (the Mediterranean mussels and kale caesar are being nixed), concentrates on casual dining, as befits a "gastropub" setting. A large focus is on the burgers (made from a blend of Angus short rib, brisket, and chuck), salads, and sandwiches. Some interesting small plates (pub grub) and bar-grub munchies are featured, such as house-cured beef jerky ($6), rosemary-spiked nuts ($4), and spicy rock shrimp ($12).
The beer selection is small enough not to bombard patrons with choices but large enough to provide something for everyone. Offerings on tap rotate, with Bells' Two Hearted Ale, Brooklyn Brown Ale, and New Belgium Fat Tire among the choices over the weekend. Bottled beers are more exotic, with a La Chouffe and a Krombacher Weizen available. All beers (and wine), by the way, are half off during daily "tap hour" from 4 to 7 p.m.
Photo by Laine Doss Tap selections rotate.