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Massive Beer Hall Opens in Flatiron with Local Brews and Quirky Appetizers

 Flatiron Hall opened near Madison Square Park last week, serving American Cuisine and local brews.
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FLATIRON — Chicken tikka masala wontons and other quirky appetizers are on the menu at a new two-story beer hall in Flatiron.

Flatiron Hall, which opened last week in a 7,500-square-foot space on 26th Street near Fifth Avenue, features beer-friendly eats along with a wide selection of suds brewed in Greenpoint.

The unusual starters include the wontons, made with spiced chicken and mint yogurt sauce, along with pastrami Reuben spring rolls, made with Carnegie Deli pastrami, gruyere, sauerkraut and mustard sauce, restaurant founder Jon Bloostein said.

“I have taken my 20 years experience and several different restaurant concepts and tried to take the very best components of each to build a menu that appeals to my neighbors,” said Bloostein, who lives near Flatiron Hall and owns the Heartland Brewery chain and Houston Hall in Greenwich Village.

"We develop new appetizers with every new restaurant we open and have tuned up every one to have a high level of flavor to pair with our full-bodied house beers and uniquely flavorful cocktails."

The appetizer menu at Flatiron Hall also features sashimi tacos with mango salsa and wasabi cream; a giant pretzel with cheddar ale dip; and deviled eggs with crispy prosciutto. Entrees include steaks, burgers, salads and sandwiches, with prices ranging from $13 to $28.

The 12 specialty beers on tap at Flatiron Hall are only available there and at Houston Hall, Bloostein said.

Flatiron Hall — which has 30 tables on the top floor and a beer cellar and 18 communal tables on the lower level — currently serves lunch and dinner. The restaurant will add brunch starting July 28, serving baked apple French toast, greenmarket vegetable frittata and blueberry and farmer cheese blintzes.

In addition to the food, Bloostein hopes diners will notice the beer hall's decor, which includes furniture dating back to the 19th century gathered from across the city and state.

The doors and façade were created from a series of elevator doors from the late 1800s, and the main bar on the top floor, which dates back to the 1920s, came from a speakeasy in New Rochelle, N.Y.

Upon entering the beer hall, guests are greeted by a collection of more than two dozen antique flatirons, including some fueled by coal, kerosene and gasoline.

“I spent the last year collecting artifacts, illustrations, furniture, furnishings, bars, mirrors, steins, and flatirons to create a very particular experience for my guests,” Bloostein said.