A Craft Beer Cafe
It isn't easy to find a place where you feel equally at ease hopping on WiFi, reading the paper, or drinking enough beers to render you incapable of figuring how to hop on WiFi and/or read papers. Attempting to bridge that gap: Alphabet City Beer Co
Twelve taps flow from the steel-topped bar, filling up pints to stay (or 64oz growlers to go) with Narragansett (only $7 a growler!), Brooklyn's Ama Bionda, Abita's Andygator, and Stillwater's Debutante, a great enticement for your friends to come out.
They've also got loosies (currently avail only for takeout) geographically organized in a cooler up front, which include suds like Jolly Pumpkin's Tramp Stamp, the gold-medal-winning Firestone Union Jack, and the Schlenkerla: a smoked beer that "goes great with BBQ"... because it's freaking beer
As for brewcompaniments, there's a deli case filled with various meats & cheeses, which can be loaded into simple, local-minded sandwiches including the avocado/Serrano ham/Sriracha EV Grieve, and the ham & garlic chevre Richard Hell, a namedrop you'll likely need WiFi just to figure out.