Fin (1146) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | April 13, 2006
Visited the Empire State Building site it was pleasant but nothing great. Went downstairs which seems to be aimed more at the drinking fraternity than food seekers, the beer was fine, atmosphere ok though I felt it was dominated by far too many tv’s playing endless sport. Also seemed very expensive.
Visited on Sunday 24/11/13 around 11.45 am as I was waiting for Birreria @ Eat Italy to open.
Standard Heartland set up, long thin bar to the left as you enter, upstairs level, cipper on display.
Decent choice of beers for this chain, 6 regulars plus 5 seasonals - if you want to do some Heartland ticking whilst in the Big Apple I would suggest coming to this one. They also had a seasonal bottle for sale, Red Nose Ale.
The place was pretty deserted as you may imagine for this time on a Sunday. I chatted to the bar keep for half an hour or so as I ticked all the beers in the form of a tasting tray. NYC prices for sure ... $12.95 for the 6 house beers or $14.95 for the 6 house + 2 seasonal.
When I’d left I checked my change and realised I’d been overcharged by $2 !
That said I did get an extra taster so no major loss.
No go to but definately one of the best Heartlands to tick at.
Union Square location: Nice woody interior with plenty of space. I went there in the afternoon and it had a nice familial feel. What we’re in for is the beers though and I must admit that the stout is the only reason to go there, but it’s so well positioned and easy to get to, that only time contraints could justify not trying their stout once if you’re in the city.
Two years ago I visited this venue. I remember it was awkward getting in the door, awkward getting seated. I don’t remember the particular beers I hope I enjoyed. The food was ok, at least I don’t recall it being otherwise. The point being that really good places like Maggies up on 45th or so I can definitely recall with some detail. So I must consider this location average.
Visited the Times Square location. Had at least 10 on tap - all above average - loved the Farmer John’s Oatmeal Stout. Nice cozy setting, looks like a library inside an old mansion. Servers were chatty and quick. Did not try the food - only stopped by for night caps. Will seek on ant retrub visit to NYC
Visited two of these on my most recent trip into the city, the Empire State and the South St. Seaport... this rating is for the former because the latter was pretty crappy. I like any place that has five seasonals going at any one time, and this place did. Some were good and some were average, but you could always count on something decent. Food was solid, friendly service. Not cheap, but you’re drinking in mid-town, so what do you expect. It was pretty quiet when we were there, especially considering it was a Friday. Check it out if you’re in town... it’s worth it.
All the Heartlands are about the same. This one is well situated right by Union Square. It is a fairly large place for the area, and usually not too difficult to get a table or bar seat. In addition to their standard selection, Heartland usually has some seaonal offerings as well. Their beers range from mediocre to solid, and their food is solid - typical bar food.
Yet another NYC beer place I’ve been to a million times and not rated - this is probably my favorite Heartland location - it’s roomy inside, and quite laid back compared to some of the other locations - it’s location in Union Square is a plus, as the other locations are in mostly touristy parts of town - the food and beer is the same as the other locations, obviously (ie. overpriced and mostly lackluster) - if you must go to Heartland, then come here, but trust me, no one must go to heartland.