WÜRSTBAR

Jer­sey City, New Jer­sey

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Meat and beer come to­gether in a wellthought-out Czech-in­spired con­cept that com­bines house-made sausages and a care­fully cu­rated beer list that draws from some of Amer­ica’s best craft brew­eries and the world’s best-known brands.

What it is:

From the bar/restau­rant group be­hind other for­ward-think­ing but his­tor­i­cal-look­ing spots in New Jer­sey, such as the As­bury Festhalle & Bier­garten and Pilsener Haus & Bier­garten in Hobo­ken, comes WÜRSTBAR, a small neigh­bor­hood bar that fo­cuses on sim­ple but fla­vor­ful. The sausages go be­yond the brat, and the beer list looks heav­ily to Euro­pean styles for in­spi­ra­tion.

Why it’s great:

In a word: sausages. In the age of mass-mar­ket every­thing, it’s re­fresh­ing (not al­ways the word as­so­ci­ated with meat) to get the gen­uine ar­ti­cle. From veni­son to rab­bit, duck, lamb, and more, there’s a taste as­so­ci­ated with what­ever your mood or the beer with which you want to pair some­thing. The beer list changes daily, usu­ally with a few small-pro­duc­tion of­fer­ings from the likes of Two Roads (Strat­ford, Con­necti­cut), Black­berry Farm (Wal­land, Ten­nessee), and oth­ers. But the best deal is the 0.5 liter of fresh-tapped Pil­sner Urquell for $4.50 dur­ing the elon­gated happy hour. Sim­ple is beau­ti­ful. —John Holl DE­TAILS Hours: Noon–mid­night, Sun­day–thurs­day; Noon–2 a.m., Fri­day & Satur­day. Ad­dress: 516 Jer­sey Ave., Jer­sey City, NJ Web: wurst­barjc.com

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