After dinner next door at Heartland Brewing I happened across this place and thought Iíd give it a try. This is primarily a bar. Iím not sure if they serve any food but itís a narrow room with just enough room to get some seats at the bar and to let people walk by behind those seats. I found a small table at the end of the bar where I looked through the beer list and found a house beer made by Ommegang. I was dubious but decided to order a glass anyway. It was pretty good but I was unsure if it was just a rebranded Belgian Pale Ale or not. It had been a while since I had had that particular beer but this one seemed darker and maltier and had some spiciness to it. Sure enough it has its own entry in the database. No idea what the connection is between this place and Ommegang but itís kind of cool that they have their own beer made for them. I didnít stick around too long to fully experience the ambiance but the people that were there were friendly as was the server but I didnít talk to them much as I was only there for a beer and needed to get back to the hotel.
Charming moderate sized European style restaurant and bar in midtown. Smallish but acceptable sized bar at lunchtime, it was not too crowded. What brought me here was the Ommegang cuvee house beer, and I am glad it did. There are a moderate amount of taps and bottles, with a pure Belgium theme.
Long narrow place with a few taps and and several bottles. A lot of it is stuff that is fairly common, but the beer is well cared for and the bartender knew what he was talking about. Cool ambience though. Worth stopping in on the way to a show, but I wouldnít make a whole night out of this place as the selection isnít quite what it could be.
Very much in the heart of Manhattan is a medium size friendly pub. Sits less than 100 people. Manages to keep a friendly neighbourhood pub atmosphere despite its center-of-Manhattan location. I had the Ommegang Cuvee BXL which was exclusive to this place, not sure if Ommegang is still brewing this exclusive beer for them anymore. It was a somewhat disappointing Ommegang offering anyway. I was there early after-noon, it was peaceful and quiet, I didnít eat there and I cannot comment on the night crowd. Beer list is nothing to attract the beer geeks, except maybe for the Cuvee BXL. Mostly common Belgians offerings and some common USA offerings. Not a bad pub but with places like Ginger Man and Rattle N Hum walking distance, I cannot imagine myself ever going back there.
Ambiance is medium size bar that leads to a sitting area, reminds me of a college bar (a little run down). Clientele college age. Busy on a Saturday night. Beer was served in proper glassware (Corsondonk Brown in tulip and Lindemans Framboise in Flute). Bartenders were fun and knowledgeable. Good selection of Belgian style beer.
Went here after Heartland (Times Square) and before HB Burger (which is in between the two, all three in a row) to hit three places right next to each other. The tap list and bottle list were not amazing, but they are the only place you can get the Ommegang Cuvee BXL that is made just for them apparently. Itís a decent enough beer, so possibly worth the stop if youíre in the area. My server was quite friendly and in spite of a modest lunch time crowd took time to chat with me about beers, Belgium, and the upcoming Belgium Comes To Cooperstown that he mournfully said he was unable to attend this year. Opted for the cheese croquettes as a light snack and they were quite good. The rest of the menu looked decent, albeit a touch on the pricey side, but youíre in Times Square, so itís sort of expected. Beer prices again, a little high, but due to location Iíd assume. Nice ambiance, clean and well lit, and a very open feel for a smaller place.
I went to the east version of the cafe on a Sunday night to watch the Oscars with non-beer friends. This place did an okay job. I expected much worse and was pleasantly surprised to have good food and beer done pretty well. The prices were pretty high and the selection was not that great for Belgians, but we enjoyed ourselves and were treated well.
jredmond (277) New York, New York | July 1, 2008| Updated June 19, 2012
Stopped in for a brew after a night class in the city. Place caught my eye from outside, I just prayed it wouldnít be too overpriced for the location (between 6th and 7th on 43rd). The prices werent outragous - but a little pricey. Majority of beers go for $7-10. Glassware seems pretty legit - seemed to have all the beers they offer. On Draft: Chimays, Marsedous 8, hoeG, Lindemans, Palm, Rodenbach Grand Cru, Karmeliet. (sp?)
I went here two days in a row while in NYC. I know that goes against a lot of tourist rules but I had the most awesome time Iíve ever had outside of Belgium.
*Decent tap list. Decent Bottle List. Nothing mind blowing*
*After you sit there for a while, random bottles just start getting offer from Fantome, De Dolle and Boon*
*The wait staff was great. We spent about 4 hours dancing to grunge rock, and being entertained by the staffís awesome karaoke skills*
*One of the waiters offered me his floor to crash on next time Iím in NYC*
*Excellent service as in, when your glass is almost empty, they are ready to take your next order*
*Good glassware selection, clean taps but other than that, itís very much a dive bar looking place*
*I canít wait to go back*