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t0rin0 (1305) Do Not Resuscitate, California | June 6, 2014| Updated June 24, 2014
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
Visited May 26, 2014.
Cool bar in a cool neighborhood, though I suspect to a lot of people these days the adjective ďBelgianĒ really means Cantillon so some of the beer bros may not share my sentiments on this place. Iíll start with the cons. Itís a bit touristy, itís expensive, and while they have a sizeable bottle list they could at least mix in a saison and a lambic somewhere (yeah yeah, I know what I just said). They of course have the good stuff like some of the trappists and Rodenbach but no Dupont (especially when the new iteration of the Cuvee Dry Hopping just came out...) is an oversight. Prices are touristy of course. Also, the Chimay ď500thĒ anniversary beer that I ordered was mislabeled. I was surprised to see a new Chimay beer on tap, which tastes suspiciously like the White but a little lower in ABV. Turns out itís the 15th anniversary beer that is already on the site and at all the better stores. The pros I think outweigh most of the cons. They are at least somewhat dedicated to bringing in some obscure Belgian beers so even a jaded ticker can find something to try here. The service was quite friendly even though I had a hard time understanding the bartender because of his accent. Also, the apple pie with the scoop of vanilla ice cream was enjoyable. The proximity to several other beer bars is also a pro. Iím neutral on the atmosphere. Itís dark and wasnít very busy but the display of glassware behind the bar was pretty cool.
theisti (497) Leawood, Kansas | March 15, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
Visited mid-afternoon on a Thursday. Setup is mostly a bar up front, a few side bar tables, and tale seating in the back. Music was playing pretty loud, and a few folks were watching the Europa League match. Service was attentive, and quick to answer the questions I had. Belgian focus to draft and bottle list, naturally, and there are plenty of good beers to be had. Nice spot to stop and have a beer.
Tonkun (46) New Jersey | February 2, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 14/20
I come here once a month. Service is not exceptional but decent, especially when not too crowded. Food is ok except for the mussels, which is not exciting. Beer selection seem ok if they have everything on the beer menu. Overall, a decent place.
podey (57) New York, New York | February 2, 2013| Updated March 28, 2013
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Iím biased, but this is my local Belgian bar. Know the owner and managers and they go out of their way to get me something new and different whenever I go in. Good selection of Belgian beers (both bottles and a rotating draft list), good service and good food (frites are amazing).
Jow (137) New York | November 30, 2012
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
I walk past here most days butbtypically head to Stagshead instead. I was in Lambic mood so stopped in for a brew. The website said they had a cantillon rose de gambrinus in bottles which I doubted but wanted to see. They didnít. They also didnít have 3 fonteinen gueze that was on printed bar menu. Anyways got my third choice and bartender shorted me 5 bucks but apologized. Placevwas crowded and nothing special. Standard Belgium list but plenty good stuff, if actually there
LilBeerDoctor (335) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | January 9, 2012
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
A nice, cozy small cafe near Rockefeller Center. I came here for brunch with my family, and although it is not geared towards families, it was plenty appropriate. It is a small place with a small bar and a number of tables, but easily able to get a table on an early Sunday afternoon right before Christmas. I just got the BXL house beer, which was quite tasty. They had a number of other Belgian taps as well. My omelet was super tasty, as was my sisters French toast. Overall, quite a nice place. Prices are on par with the typical NYC prices. I would come here just to try the Ommegang BXL, it is a tasty saison. And the food is good too. Worth a stop.
altonbrownd (213) Brussels, Belgium | July 11, 2011
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 15/20
Quite liked this bar in midtown manhattan. Tried their house BXL cuvee but didnít stay too long. The music is very loud, prices high and the afterwork crowd not my types. But great to have a craft beer shop across from my hotel!
j12601 (285) Poughkeepsie, New York | July 17, 2010
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
Stopped in here after chatting with the bartender at the BXL on 43rd, who apparently manages this one in the evenings. Nice light open feel, similar to the other BXL, but as this one seems a little newer, has a little more elegance to it. The tap list wasnít much different that the first (meaning about 10-12 beers, most of which Iíve had before, but there was one new one for me), but the bottle list was much more impressive. Still nothing crazy, but you can at least get some solid Gueuzes here and a few other interesting things. They had a gazpacho on special, and as Iím a sucker for a good gazpacho, I ordered that as well. It was pretty decent, but I do have to say however that the gazpacho I had twice in the last week and a half at The Blind Tiger, blew it away hands down (and was about $2 less expensive as well I think). My only problem here came when it was time to cash out as my server had gone off to wade through a mountain of paperwork at a table across the room, and the two or three other servers couldnít seem less interested in me, my empty bowl, and empty glass, anxious look, and visible credit card. Service up until then was fine however, as my initial server was quite courteous and friendly. Worth a stop if youíre nearby, probably not if you have to go out of your way for it, and based on the prices, I wouldnít make this the place to spend the bulk of an evening.
PilsnerPeter (100) Flushing, New York | July 6, 2009
52 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 3/10 OVERALL 10/20
Came here with JoeMcPhee for the NYC premiere of La Trappe Isidíor. Relatively small place with tons of kitschy beer decor. Mainly Ommegang and Duvel stuff all over. The selection is very limited and very overpriced. The Houblon Chouffe Joe ordered was $10 and only about 6oz. I probably wonít return. (Unless a world premier for a La Trappe beer happens again with a Trappist Monk visiting.)
JoeMcPhee (502) Toronto, ON, Ontario | June 26, 2009
58 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 3/10 OVERALL 12/20
Stopped in for the NYC premiere of La Trappe Isidíor. Large bustling place with a pretty nice vibe. Solid bottle selection and the taps are pretty nice as well. While Iím glad to have gotten the chance to try the new beer, the prices in here are insane. 12 for an Orval I can live with, but 10 for 20 cl of Houblon Chouffe is absolutely insane. The not too bright bartender didnít help either.
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