Waterfront Ale House

540 2nd St
New York, New York United States 10016
bar  3.7/5.0 20 reviews
Mon thru Thurs 11:30AM - 11:00PM; Fri 11:30AM - 12:00AM; Sat 12:00PM - 12:00AM; Sun 12:00PM - 11:00PM

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Mayor: trapped (8) | Taps: about 15 | Bottles: about 30
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
t0rin0  (1516) Do Not Resuscitate, California | September 3, 2013
Visited May 2012.

Didnt stick around too long, just long enough for a beer and some popcorn. To this day I’m still confused exactly what these "house beers" are. There were two. Sam’s Serious Pils and Sam’s Serious Maibock. I just kind of assumed that they were re-branded Brooklyn beers but I’m not so sure. No info on them anywhere online either. The bartender didn’t know or wouldn’t tell me. Oh well. I had a glass of the maibock and a taster of the pils. They had some free popcorn which I munched on while I grilled the bartender about the Sam’s beers and sipped my pint. After that I took off for the next stop. Cool place over all with an old bar feel to it. Not the most amazing bar for better beer but certainly not a bad stop.
68
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois  (1006) Tourist Town (West), England | February 2, 2013
Have visited this venue a few times over the years, usually after dinner in Blue Smoke as it’s about 3 or 4 blocks away. Medium sized bar, about as close to an English pub as you find in the US (ie fairly natural and not trying to plaster the walls and shelves in tat). A decent if unspectacular range of beers and not bad prices for Mahhatten (as slightly off the beaten track and leaning towards Brooklyn!). Service is fine, have been here when very busy and also when dead (never on a weekend night). They sometimes get funny about you sitting at a table if you don’t want to eat but my English charm usually persuades them to let me sit ! Not a venue to make a big effort for but worth popping by if it suits your general plans.
78
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Leighton  (960) London, England | May 17, 2010
Been here (Manhattan location...) once and had a great experience. Waterfront has a strong craft beer selection and great food. They also have popcorn, and I had a lot of it during my visit. As for the beer, I had some Ommegang and Blue Point. Value is very good. The bar is pleasant enough with a certain neighborhood vibe. Would like to visit again.
66
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 12/20
JoeMcPhee  (531) Toronto, ON, Ontario | November 26, 2006
Good rotating tap selection in a large dark bar. Loads of brewerania throughout the place. The owner is a beer geek and likes to talk shop. Food is good (I particularly enjoyed the chili). I usually kill time here while I’m waiting for my movie to start at the adjacent theatre.
66
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp  (423) Montreal, Quebec | February 2, 2013
Pleasantly relaxed pub that is just far enough from the busiest part of Manhattan to offer an ambiance similar to a “local small town pub”, a rarity in Manhattan. Beer selection, while not comparable to the classic NYC places (Blind Tiger and others) is still quite decent. There was 19 taps when I was there with the likes of Captain Lawrence, Ithaca, Sly Fox, Stoutdts, Nogne, etc. Prices were also cheaper than what I’m used to pay in Manhattan with most pints in the $6.50 range, a price that the Montrealer that I am finds acceptable. Bottle menu is also decent with the prices often comparable to buying the bottle in a store. They even had bottles of Black Ops with $2 or $3 more than buying one in a store (if you’re lucky enough to find one). Food menu was decent, this is a place you can stop for a full meal. Music was classic rock at moderate volume. Customers appeared to me like regulars of the place. Overall, worth a stop.
68
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 13/20
notalush  (390) Denver, Colorado | November 5, 2005
I prefer the one in Brooklyn to the Manhattan location (it’s bigger, and in a ’hood with a lot more going on) - the food at both locations is pretty good, but again, the Brooklyn folks win out - selection at both loactions is decent, but nothing to go out of your way for.
76
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
j12601  (340) Poughkeepsie, New York | September 22, 2010
In a city as big as New York it’s always nice to find a place that feels like it’s a neighborhood bar where everyone knows everyone else’s name. This is that place. Old time pub feel to it, and while there I witnessed a good number of people being greeted by name by others eating or working there when they entered. That’s the kind of place I like to find, especially when they have good beer selections and good food. Sat at the bar next to two gentlemen working their way through a huge wurst platter and the smoked garlic mashed potatoes on their plates looked good enough that though I wasn’t super hungry, I had to order a side of just the potatoes. They were excellent. There are a couple of house beers here brewed I believe by High Point in NJ, and they have a really good selection of other stuff. It may not be a beer bar at the caliber of some other NYC places (Blind Tiger, Rattle, Ginger Man) where the emphasis is beer first, but if you’re in the neighborhood this is certainly worth a stop.
22
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 2/10
  • SELECTION 3/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 3/20
austinpowers  (152) New York, New York | March 7, 2004| Updated October 30, 2007
10/07 Rerate: Run-down and the selection is only adequate. Not worth a look unless you’re nearby. It used to be quite good in 2005. brbrOld review: Good selection of Dogfish, Brooklyn, Victory and other quality ales on tap. Pleasant, but not dazzling atmosphere. Decent location next to movie theatre around 30th St. makes for good after-movie quaffing. When in the neighborhood, it’s worth dropping in, but given a choice, I’d hit Blind Tiger, Copperfield’s, dba or others first.
72
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 15/20
Eyedrinkale  (130) Astoria, New York | March 30, 2004| Updated August 16, 2004
Cool place for both food and beer. Stone, Brooklyn and DFH as well as full bar. The food is supposed to be good but I haven’t tried it. There is a second location in Brooklyn which I haven’t been to yet.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
trapped  (101) New York, Turkey | April 1, 2013
Nice high ceiling and a long bar, sports on TV, fair food menu, knowledgable barmaids, local (NY) craft beers, not-so-loud music, 20 or so tables and 20 beers on tap. Nice watering hole.

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