This is my favorite beer bar in manhattan. The selection changes daily and also changes with the seasons. While this means less IPAs and Imperial Stouts in the summer, there always remains a diverse selection of styles on tap (and there’s over a hundred bottles). This place has the best food of any beer bar in manhattan, hands down. The bartending staff is very nice and will comp you a beer more often than I’ve found anywhere else. I also think it’s the most comfortable of the beer bars because it has more seating than any other place and doesn’t get Gingerman’s after work rush or the trendy downtown crowd (who usually order the lousiest beers on the menu at the downtown spots if ordering beer at all) that most of the other manhattan beer bars get.
Average food, decent priced, maybe slightly high for NYC. Service was friendly and quick, but a lot of times confused, so that several times we had to order again or remember and the staff seemed also kind of uninformed about certain procedures with cask beers etc. Beer selection was very good. Prices are ok, though the fact for the cask beers, it was 4 Dollares a half pint and for the pint 6 - wasn’t understandable. Make the half pint 3, it is not extra work. The women at the casks was unfortunately not able to pour a beer - they should get trained. Clean, atmosphere was ok, though very loud.
I approached this place and a drunken girl smoking out front screams at me, &quo;come on in, this is the best and smallest Oktoberfest in the city!!&quo; Always a good start. The beer selection here is great, loads of bottles supposedly available, and taps galore. They seem to rotate the beers fairly quickly; I saw the bartender changing two non-seasonal kegs in the short time I was there. Random good beers also on offer here. Standard New York bar prices. A bit off the beaten path, almost in the East River, but a good atmosphere, worth the trip, especially if you’re making it with a good bunch of friends.
In short, a bland bar with beer almost as good as dba in a farflung ’hood nowhere near you.brbr
Thirty taps and a quality selection of bottles adds to a spirited, lively scene with lots of beer lovers in attendance. Nice owners only adds to Copperfield’s appeal. An authentic hand pump was a nice touch (but on my 10/07 visit it was empty!). Rogue, Lake Placid and Wagner Valley were well represented. Gives Blind Tiger a run for its money as DC’s bathroom is actually clean, however, DC lacks atmosphere. While the barkeep was friendly, our food order was botched up (they corrected it at their expense - thx for the free onion rings), and the space itself lacks something. Other beer bars are leaving DC in the dust (Spuyten has upscale food and atmosphere aplenty, Diamond has horseshoes, Wells has a beer-drinking robot, McSorley’s has sawdust floors, Barcade has arcade games, so surely DC can come up with something! Even Stanton Public has its TV dinner menu.
In short, DC has terrific beer but it needs a handpup that’s actually tapped with a firkin and it needs exotic beers like dba has and it really needs atmosphere - it’s a bit bland. Oh, and DC needs to take the food up a notch. Start serving odd platters like Spuyten Duyvil and Diamond do.
Beer selection is very good, but not in a world-class knock you on your ass kind of way. Instead, a decent sampling of many of the relatively easy (for a beergeek) to find greatest hits of the beer world. Food is decent, and neat breweriana adds to the atmosphere. Prices were great for NYC.
Really good beer selection. Good food. Big place. Was just there for there cask ale festival. Good selection. They have a great draft selection. Good fresh beer, never had a bad beer there.
NewYawker (6) New York, New York | January 24, 2004| Updated March 21, 2004
This is my favorite bar in New York. True, I live only a couple of blocks away, but their draft selection is always incredible and always changing. Cask ale always on and always in good shape, and they have tons of bottles from everywhere. Real friendly staff, combined with very good food and stuff to do makes for one of the best pubs I have been to ever. I recommend you come to David Copperfield's whenever in Manhattan.