As elegant and refined as it is intimate, comfortable, and welcoming, The Beagle proudly features an ambitious and much lauded mixed drink and cocktail program, one of the city’s most in-depth selections of Sherry by the glass, and a menu of simple, good fare
Why “The Beagle”? We’re wearing our hearts on our sleeve here, but we chose the name because we feel a kinship with Charles Darwin. On December 27, 1831, H.M.S. Beagle set sail from Plymouth, England with the young gentleman naturalist aboard. For five years he sailed in search of the undiscovered, only to find himself flung farther into the past. Our own approach to cocktails (bookish, historical) and food mirrors this. Only, we don’t get seasick.
Who are the owners? Matt Piacentini and Dan Greenbaum. Prior to opening the Beagle, Matt managed the bar at ‘inoteca liquori. Before that he opened Clyde Common, in Portland, OR, with his second oldest friend. Before that he kicked around the Twentieth Century Fox lot in L.A., delivering sandwiches to Dennis Franz and, once, tickling the ears of a baby elephant. Before becoming the Bar Manager and co-owner of the Beagle, Dan mixed drinks all over the city at the likes of the John Dory Oyster Bar, Henry Public, and the brooklyn Social.
Who else is involved? Tom Richter, the T-O-M-R in Tomr’s Tonic, is head bartender, and Chef Jeff Creager, formerly of ‘inoteca LES, helms the kitchen.
Why do I keep reading that the Beagle is a “Portland” place? We wish we knew. We don’t even know what that means. We suppose it’s because Matt co-owns a place and grew up there, but the Beagle is definitely NYC in every way so before you complain about the lack of an Oregon Pinot Noir by the glass, or express disappointment that we’re otherwise somehow not “Portland” enough, just stop. Stop it already.
Wow, you guys like sherry! We do. When we aren’t drinking cocktails, we drink Sherry. We have one of the longest lists of Sherries available by the glass in the city. Sherry is awesome. It isn’t just for tapas, although it does pair amazingly well with food.
The wallpaper is cool. Is it vintage? William Morris, a member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and pioneer of the Arts & Crafts movement, designed the pattern in 1882. He named it Brer (or Brother) Rabbit, after the Uncle Remus stories, which were favorites of his children. The paper is classic, not vintage; it never went out of style or print.
And the rest of the décor? The Beagle’s décor is inspired by early last-century Vienna, William Morris, the servants’ working quarters of big country houses, and the not unpleasant restraints of small budgets.
How do I get a seat? We welcome parties of 6 or less on a walk-in basis. We do not accept reservations. We are available for private events for up to 60 people. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org
When did the Beagle open? May 10, 2011.