I was here on a Saturday night, and there was plenty of shooshing going around. I don’t really understand why people get so loud if they know that they are going to be shooshed. The place had a fairly good beer selection at pretty standard New York prices. Mostly foreign stuff from the big Belgian breweries (Maredsous, Duvel, Timmermans, Kasteel), but I managed to get the rather obscure Meantime Barley Wine there. The only American beer on tap was the execrable Creme Brulee Imperial Stout. Nice decor, with a monk theme. Extremely small tables. Service was quick enough I suppose.
This place is a bit of an oddity. It has a "quiet policy" where the staff apparently has a "shush" button that gets pressed when the noise level from the patrons gets too loud... Very interesting decor, lots of murals of monks on the walls. The place is fairly small and has a kind of library/reading room feel to it. I had been looking forward to going as I was hoping to find some interesting Belgian beers on tap. They had a decent Belgian selection on draft and in bottle but nothing out of the ordinary on this occasion. The prices seems fair for the selection. They don’t have food but the menu said they bring in free pommes frites with sauces from the place around the corner on certain evenings which sounds pretty cool. The service (i.e. the lone bartender) was nice enough but seem less than enthused about being there and more interested in reading her magazine. As the place is right next to standings and Jimmy’s No. 43 its worth a stop if you’re in the area.
This place is kind of interesting - mostly due to the fact that they advocate a "hush, no talking loud" policy. The "shushing" from the bar tender can get annoying, but they do keep a decent amount of cool beers rotating and also maintain a decent bottle selection. Definitely worth checking out if youre in the area. There sister bar right next store also stocks American craft brews and smells of awesome buffalo wings.
A unique NYC bar in that it has a ’quiet’ atmosphere. That is, whenever the noise level gets above a low murmur the bartenders or in-the-know patrons will "shoosh" the rabble-rousers. It’s interesting. The beer is pretty good with a nice variety of Belgian brewers represented. Prices are pretty average, ambiance is pleasant. Worth a visit.
Superbe endroit à visiter. Bières inusitées, autant que l’ambiance. Ce bar caché dans Greenwich Village vaut amplement le déplacement! Petit et intime, il vous permettra de déconnecter de la frénésie New Yorkaise.
The only other time I was here (about 10 years ago) it wasn’t nearly as good. Now, the quality of the beer and service is vastly improved. It’s a little more noisy now, but that’s not really even a problem. Still love the beer arrival mural surrounding the room. Excellent choice of beers available on draft and in bottles. Bartender, in his uniform of cassock, was very friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. Plus, it’s in a great area and near to McSorley’s just down the street. I’m glad I returned and will do so again in the future.
Good selection of belgian beer and micro brews, a good tap selection as well, I finished my evening with a Lagunitas Barley wine on tap, it was so good, we sat at the bar and the bartender was great, he new his product and was lots of fun to talk to, they dont have a kitchen but in the evening they order in a tonne of tasty fries with lots of different sauces to try at no charge. I would definatly visit this place again when in New York.
keithk (15) brooklyn, New York | February 2, 2009| Updated June 2, 2011
This place demands to be taken more seriously; what used to be an oddity, on account of its quirkiness, is really beginning to dawn on me as a treasure. A nice quiet small place, where the decibels level is low and the begian beer is taken seriously? Fantastic! The selection of Belgian (and Belgian-style) beers on tap is impressive and it rotates (take that, staic, boring Vol de Nuit!) so it’s worth poking your head in and checking out what’s new every time you walk past. No food, and the bartender might actually shush you if you get too loud. Decor is cool, read JoeMcPhee below for a description.