Vol de Nuit | New York, New York
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Vol de Nuit
Good based on 18 ratings
Type: Bar

148 W 4th St
New York, New York United States 10012 [ print map ]
212 979 2616


Hours: Sun-Thur 4:00 pm - 1:00 am; Fri-Sat 4:00 pm - 3:00 am

Taps: 8 | Bottles: 20

Vol de Nuit

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18 reviews for Vol de Nuit
 Ambiance  77%
 Service  73%
 Selection  61%
 Food  67%
 Value  51%
 Overall  66%
 Rating  71%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 12/20
t0rin0  (1511) Do Not Resuscitate, California | July 4, 2014| Updated July 15, 2014
Visited June 2, 2014.

This is a worthy stop if you want to go to a Belgian-style bar. After entering through the stone entryway there is an atrium of sorts where you can sit outside at a table and see the sky. Beyond that is the bar (inside) where they have a handful of Belgian taps and some bottles. They have two beers that they advertise as being house beers. One of them is blatantly the Bush de Nuits and the other is a "dry and hoppy" saison. I tried it but couldnít immediately figure out what it was so I went back to my Orval.

Speaking of Orval, this is the third bottle Iíve had in recent months where itís as "fresh" as weíre going to see it in the US (6 months old) and itís actually fairly funky. I normally dislike 6-12 month Orval because itís bitter and boring but maybe theyíve changed the dosage of the brett, I donít know. What I do know is that this is pretty good. I had another during the same week that was the same age at DBGB also in NYC that was very similar. If this is the new trend for Orval Iíll be buying more of it and not just when I find an old one at a liquor store.I hate that I have to pay $10 for an Orval at a bar, but I continue to do it. /OrvalTreatsie.

This place is open late like many bars in New York so they were decently busy during my visit on a weeknight. Despite having only one server for the whole place the service was friendly and poured me a free taster of the saison. Prices are high of course. You wont find a ton of "Rare" stuff here but itís a fun place to have a beer if youíre in the mood for an Orval or a Westmalle.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 14/20
podey  (57) New York, New York | March 20, 2013
Interesting atmopshere/setup for a Belgian bar. Fairly laid back. Selection is fairly average for belgians and price in on par with what youíde expect for Belgian beer. Service was good. Not amazing, and there are better Belgian bars out there, but good if youíre in the neighborhood.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
PRBeer  (411) Parsippany, New Jersey | March 5, 2013
Not sure why the reviews are so low. This is an authentic belgium beer bar. The beers are all good and on draft in the proper glassware (thatís the Belgium way after all). Although it is true that some other places in The City have some harder to find Belgiums...thatís really no knock on what a good job this place does. As for the food...what else do you need in a Belgium beer bar than Belgium cone fries with dipping sauces and excellent Belgium mussels cooked in onions and beer. Comfortable place to hangout including a front courtyard in warmer weather. Only warning is plan your bathroom stops ahead as there is only one unisex bathroom.
Glouglouburp  (423) Montreal, Quebec | February 2, 2013
An original bar with a different atmosphere. The place has a style that is halfway between cavernous and factory/industrial. Red lights and other strange type of lightning. This is not your typical neighbourhood watering hole. Original layout and divisions. Rooms with different atmosphere. When I was there the crowd was mostly young 20s hipsters-type of trendy New-Yorkers. Music was the lounge/trip-hop style, and they are probably playing whatever the cool trend is right now. Beer list is nothing to brag about. Mostly Belgian beers (if not only Belgian beers) with no special find but some comforting usual suspects. Basically this really is a place to visit if you want to see something else and donít mind venturing into the trendy-underground territory. This place really is something else.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 16/20
jkwood04  (65) Connecticut | August 9, 2012
A cool little Belgian beer bar. Definitely worth going to if youíre in that part of the city. Could have a better selection though, and have the beers of which there are posters on the wall.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 4/10   OVERALL 11/20
ben4321  (363) Hoboken, New Jersey | August 30, 2011
This is a solid bar. The setuo is pretty interesting with the outdoor area stuck between two indoor sections. The beer selection is mostly Belgian and Belgian-style stuff, with most of the easy to find stuff prominent (Leffe, Chimay, etc), and a few other things available as well. A decent little stop, but not spectacular. Kind of overpriced too, if I remember correctly.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 4/10   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainSavage8  (4) New Jersey | February 5, 2011
Full-fledged Belgian bar. Cool atmosphere - no loud music...in the heart of the village but almost hidden which was nice. The beer selection consisted of only Belgian beers. The more common ones such as Hoegarden, Stella, and Leffe ran from 6-7 while rarer ones were 8+. My only gripe was that they were not pouring pints. The glasses looked like they were 12 oz at the most...maybeeven 10-11. Not a place I would frequent but definitely glad I checked it out and Iím sure Iíd go again in the future. I didnít try the food.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 5/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 3/10   OVERALL 10/20
zdk  (96) New York, New York | September 30, 2009
Got a glass of delirium tremens here for $9. The staff and place was nice and great location but I just canít get over the price. It was a good to see/taste belgian ales (a bring-me-back to my trip to brussels this summer) but nothing that the hotel bar didnt serve for half the price there. I probably wonít be going back.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 14/20
Pwn3d  (63) Manhattan, New York | May 25, 2009| Updated February 6, 2010
Been 2 or 3 times here. One of which with COBrien (aka The White Mountain) and JRedmond. Looks like a garage door opening. Has a outdoor area leading into a dark Belgian style bar. Beers are not super rare, they do have all the usual Belgians suspects (kwak, chimay, delirium) and maybe a few extras. I go with the Leffe Brune here, which is relatively inexpensive and hard to find in this city. Belgian fare (Frittes, Mussels, etc). Staff is tolerable to drunken fools like me and my friends. Got incredibly smashed leading to the toughest morning at work Iíve ever had. If youíre in the area, walk in.. otherwise not really an essential spot in NYC.
puzzl  (138) New York, New York | December 5, 2008| Updated February 6, 2009
A decent Belgian beer bar, but with the Blind Tiger 2 blocks away and your being in NYC for cripes sake, this place is simply not worth it. All the standard Belgian fare, $8/glass, served with a TON of head. You really dont get your moneys worth. They never have special taps or anything. However the lines are clean and the beer is fresh and the place has a nice atmosphere, so its not terrible. But there are many better options.

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