It’s official: On Tap at Whole Foods Columbus Circle (10 Columbus Circle, at 59th St., Upper West Side) is now open. The enclosed beer bar is on the north end of the store (from the escalator, it’s off to the right, near the cashier area.
Our first take? Holy crap, we’re in a beer bar in a grocery store! And it’s so well-executed that you kind of lose perspective that you’re in a Whole Foods. The vibe is a bit like a gastropub, with treated wood and shelves full of growlers. The service is a bit like a beer garden, with communal tables and food and beer ordered only at the counter, which doubles as a bar. There’s also portraits of our local brewers on the walls: Shane Welch from Sixpoint, Garrett Oliver from Brooklyn, Kelly Taylor from Kelso of Brooklyn, and Scott Vaccaro from Captain Lawrence
Details on the beer and food, plus a slideshow, after the jump…