On a Thursday afternoon recently I had the chance to revisit an old friend.

The White Horse Tavern on Hudson Street in New York City (Manhattan) is a famous watering hole for a number of reasons and legends. All of them are available on the internet so I will not bore you with a recitation.

What I will do is offer you a few insights and observations.

First of all there are two rooms and a large outside patio. The picture below shows the view from the bar towards the back room where Dylan Thomas stares back at you. More importantly, between the rooms there is the WC.

The picture below I call “White Horse Tavern Ambiance”… it gives a glimpse of the comfortable aura that permeates the place in the early afternoon when regulars gather at the bar and the tourists seek the safety of the tables.

The beers are not limited to the draft selection. A good variety of both canned and bottled beers representing small breweries and larger breweries are also featured.

(Above: left to right, Guinness, Anchor Steam, Stella Artois, Hoegaarden Original White Ale, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Lagunitas IPA, Pacifico and Cider.)

The menu is pub grub and I can attest to the fact that a pint or two of the Lagunitas IPA goes quite well with the chili-dog and potato salad. Or perhaps the bratwurst, sauced with a meaty, not too spicy chili, served on a potato bread bun and creamy potato salad went well with the Lagaunitas IPA.