2015 New Highway, Farmingdale, NY 11734
(631) 381 - 9500
DescriptionThe Black Forest Brew Haus is located at 2015 New Highway, Farmingdale, NY. The large, paved parking lot has eight handicapped spaces.The double-door entrance has a slight "lip," an entrance foyer (with benches), and another set of doors. The floors are stone, with some wood.
A main level, alcove seating area is to the left of the entrance. The other dining areas, as well as the bar, require three steps up to them. There is a ramp from the parking lot, through the outdoor patio, directly to the dining area that is closest to the performance stage. The patio has a large bar, and picnic tables with umbrellas.
Multi-stall, handicapped-accessible restrooms, with baby-changing stations are located on the entrance level, behind the hostess area.
If you are seated at the stage level you must either be able to manage the steps or go back outside, down the ramp and around to the main entrance to access the restrooms. There is ample room to navigate and good space between tables.
- Number of handicapped spaces: 8
Location of handicapped spaces: near entrance
Surface of lot: paved
Distance to venue: close
Paths and walkways: concrete sidewalk, concrete ramp to patio
Location of handicapped entrance: *
Ramps: concrete ramp to outdoor patio
Steps and staircases: to bar and dining areas
Width of aisles: wide
Places to sit: tables, chair, banquets
Location of restrooms: entrance level, behind hostess area
Type of restroom: multi-stall, handicapped-accessible
Ease of entry and exit: OK
Baby changing station: yes
Available food services: this is a working brewery
Friendliness of staff: friendly and helpful
Notes: *One can enter at the street-level, main entrance, but then requires steps to almost all dining areas, except alcove to left of entrance. One can enter by going up ramp to outdoor dining patio, and directly to dining area closest to stage. ** Technically, one floor - however, there are steps to each of the dining areas.
A ski club “happy hour” brought us back to the Black Forest Brew Haus, this time on the outdoor deck. This place is somewhat “off the beaten path,” in an industrial area close to Route 110 in Farmingdale. There are eight handicapped spots in the large, paved lot.
The double-door main entrance has a slight “lip” leading to a stone entryway (with benches on both sides) and another set of double-doors leading to a very large venue with an equally large outdoor patio. If you are heading to the patio, there is no need to enter the building. Just go up the ramp.
The inside of this venue is much more appealing than the outside makes it seem. The theme is Bavarian brewpub. The atmosphere is dark woods, with copper brewing kettles right out in the open. This is a working brewery. I was told that if you like “fresh beer” this is a good place to get it.
Each of the seating areas requires three steps up. When questioned, the hostess explained that there is a ramp from the parking ot to the outdoor patio area, with doors leading directly to the dining area closest to the performance stage. Then I asked about the restrooms, located on the main level behind the hostess area. Although they are multi-stall, handicapped-accessible, with baby-changi stations, one has to either be able to manage the stairs or go back outside, down the ramp and around the building to the main entrance to access them. Not bad in the summer, not great in winter. If you stay at the bar you are on the same level as the restrooms.
The happy hour food was good and plentiful. During the summer, hamburgers and franks are being grilled. All of the staff were very pleasant. They were happy to show me around and answer all of my questions. Several of the bar patrons told me that the food here is good, especially the German selections.
As always, we at Destination Accessible advise you to check a venue’s website, www.blackforestbrewhaus.com, when planning a visit, to “know before you go.”
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