BY KELLY MARIE MANCUSO
Ridgewood’s largest retail district is now home to the area’s newest gastropub, the Ridgewood Ale House, located at 57-38 Myrtle Ave.
The two-level sports bar and restaurant has a large yet cozy loft-like interior complete with exposed brick, vintage industrial pendant lamps and chocolate leather booths.
“We saw the location and knew that Ridgewood needed a nice place for people to hang out,” said owner and Bushwick native Marcos Cordova. “Something different that wasn’t already there.”
With flat-screen televisions lining the dining room walls and bar, Ridgewood Ale House has become a top local destination for sporting events and viewing parties. Pub patrons can cozy up to the 35-foot wooden bar and enjoy one of Ridgewood Ale House’s 33 craft beer selections, including 12 taps featuring offerings from local Queens Brewery and Brooklyn Lager.
The ale house also boasts an impressive menu of specialty cocktails made with the best top-shelf liquor. Their signature drink, the Ale House Rocks, is a flavorful combination of Midori, peach schnapps, gin, rum, vodka, triple sec, sweet and sour mix with Blue Curacao and Red Bull ($12).
Diners can enjoy traditional pub offerings such as signature 8-ounce pure beef burgers ($7.45), New York strip steak ($24.95), chicken fingers ($6.95) and sliders ($10.95) in the light-filled upstairs dining room in cozy booths, each with its own flat-screen TV. One of the best-sellers at Ridgewood Ale House is their authentic wood fired pizza available in both 12-inch and 16-inch pies. Popular versions include the classic Margherita ($10-14), chicken bacon ranch ($13-17), Hawaiian ($13-17) and the prosciutto and balsamic ($14-18).
In addition to offering expertly prepared pub fare with a twist, Ridgewood Ale House also features musical performances by local bands, as well as a live DJ every Saturday night from 9 p.m. until close. They also host karaoke every Tuesday night, as well as Happy Hour featuring $5 beer, wine, pizza and cocktails from 5 to 7 p.m. daily. Early birds can stop by Ridgewood Ale House on Saturdays and Sundays for their $13.95 weekend brunch, which includes choice of breakfast entree, coffee, juice, Bloody Mary or mixed drink.
On Sept. 13, Ridgewood Ale House will participate in the Myrtle Avenue Street Festival. They will feature specials, as well as a band performing live on the street outside the pub.
The Ridgewood Ale House is open from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. until 4 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.