The problem with gastropubs, of course, is that too often they are too much "pub" and not enough "gastro." In fact, most are little better than dressed up sports bars, minus the TV sets. (Some even have TV sets.) The places listed here are true gastropubs -- bars that would work as restaurants even if they lost their liquor license.
The most striking thing about this game-heavy gastropub isn't its meaty menu -- although, admittedly, that's striking indeed -- isn't the food. It's the unlikely location, on the far end of Henry Street (hence the name) a couple of blocks from the BQE. The burghers of Brooklyn Heights aren't know for their avant-garde tastes, but Henry's End is such a warm and welcoming place that they will even get with the program and have some elk carpaccio or board steaks, even if they aren't too sure about it.
The Spotted Pig invented the New York gastropub, for all intents and purposes, and it's still the best, thanks to the brilliance and integrity of chef April Bloomfield.
A subterranean gastropub, Jimmy's is under the radar both literally and figuratively, but the place has an impeccable, beautifully curated beer selection and constantly overachieves with its creative, meaty menu.
Everything about Daniel Boulud's downtown eatery sounded ridiculous: its name, its sausagefest menu, it's elaborate compound hamburgers. But guess what: it's a fantastic addition to downtown, the sausages are extraordinary, and the burgers terrific.
The consummate Brooklyn gastropub, The Vanderbilt is all it's cracked up to be: supremely cool, with great cocktails, and original, exciting food.
Always in the sweepstakes for the best new southern restaurant in NYC, the Commodore definitely has the most fun vibe. The fried chicken, biscuits with honey butter, and black-eyed peas are all right from the Georgia playbook.
Awesomely fun and funky, with naked girls on the walls and a menu of unreconstructed Filipino bar food, Jeepney is one of a kind -- a Manila bar by way of a cool and accomplished NYC restaurant.
The gastropub sibling to Resto, Cannibal is all about beer and meat -- and in particular the kind of cured pork and large-format cooking that Resto so excelled in. If you ever went to Resto and said, "I wish this place were meatier," this is the bar for you.