Waterfront Ale House

3.7/5.0 20 reviews
bar
540 2nd St
New York, New York United States 10016

212 696 4104
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Mon thru Thurs 11:30AM - 11:00PM; Fri 11:30AM - 12:00AM; Sat 12:00PM - 12:00AM; Sun 12:00PM - 11:00PM

Mayor: trapped (10) | Taps: about 15 | Bottles: about 30
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Beers At Waterfront Ale House

NameABVEntered
Long Trail Smash Project #1 - Pilsner Malt / Galaxy Hops6.8%3/14/2016
Dirck the Norseman Gurning Man4.7%11/20/2015
Long Trail Brush & Barrel Imperial Pumpkin 8%11/20/2015
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout10%11/20/2015
Long Trail Pumpkin Ale5.5%10/8/2015
Widmer Brothers Rotator IPA Series - Hopside Down IPL (India Pale Lager)6.7%9/27/2015
Hofbräu München Oktoberfestbier6.3%9/27/2015
Magic Hat Belgo Sutra8.2%8/28/2015
Long Trail Double Bag7.2%8/28/2015
Long Trail Pale Ale5.7%7/29/2015
Hofbräu Münchner Sommer Naturtrüb5.1%7/29/2015
Anchor Liberty Ale5.9%7/29/2015
Moody Tongue Steeped Emperor’s Lemon Saison6.3%7/1/2015
Gun Hill Indian Field Pale Ale4.4%7/1/2015
Two Roads Road Jam5%7/1/2015
Weihenstephaner Vitus7.7%7/1/2015
Weihenstephaner Korbinian7.4%6/24/2015
Two Roads Conntucky Lightnin Bourbon Ale8.5%6/5/2015
McGargles Knock Knock Ned’s India Pale Ale6.5%6/5/2015
Moody Tongue Sliced Nectarine IPA5.9%6/5/2015
Central Waters Lac Du Bay India Pale Ale7.5%6/5/2015
Brooklyn Summer Ale4.5%5/20/2015
Greenport Harbor Summer Ale5.3%5/20/2015
Magic Hat Electric Peel6.2%5/20/2015
Dirck the Norseman Finster Haus5.7%5/20/2015


80
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Maverick34  (52) New York | December 15, 2009
I have been coming here for about 5 years and it is hands down the best overall bar in Manhattan. The beer selection is always very good and constantly rotating. Also features an excellent bottle selection at very reasonable prices (nobody knows it either) that are only $1 or 2 above retail in many cases. The main event however is the food - easily the best bar food in manhattan. Sure, they have burgers and fries, but try the specials, it’s not that easy to find a soft-shelled crab po boy or curried mussels in a regular bar. Very high quality ingredients with an emphasis on new/unusual recipes. Lots of game on the menu, like venison (the venison nachos and the venison black bean chile are outstanding), ostrich, wild boar, elk, etc.
74
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
t0rin0  (1515) 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.
72
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
trapped  (98) 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.
74
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
podey  (57) New York, New York | March 1, 2013
Never seems to be overcrowded when I go which makes it more enjoyable. Definitely a neighborhood place, and I used to live right around the corner so have been there often. Pretty decent beer selection and the food’s not bad either. A solid offering.
68
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois  (1002) 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.
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.
74
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 4/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Pivoyager  (88) Gaithersburg, Maryland | January 23, 2012
This is an intimate venue in the Murray Hill neighborhood that attracts many regulars. It is dark and homey and can be difficult to leave once settled in. There are about two dozen taps on the chalkboard that compliment their hearty menu. Waterfront Ale House has a sister (or brother) in Brooklyn.
72
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
murphym45  (3) New York, New York | October 26, 2010
Fairly laid back atmosphere. Solid selection but a little bit pricey. Happy hour is $1 of all beers. They have a solid food selection and good barbecue (pulled pork was delicious). They also have a lunch special that’s $10.95 for an entree, soup of the day, and a beverage (which can include a beer, although they might limit your selection given some of the beers on tap cost as much as the whole meal).
68
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
zdk  (96) New York, New York | October 20, 2010
This is my new local, only a few blocks away. Nice decor with other locals but not overcrowded. I gotta try the food still. Prices are on the high side, so I want to come back during happy hour and maybe get some specials. Decent though not exhaustive tap list. Still got stuff here i haven’t seen elsewhere in the city. Bartender was slow but knows his product. Had a really nice pils on that was some homebrew contest winner. Will definitely be returning here.
76
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
j12601  (322) 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.
78
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Leighton  (933) 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.

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