Yet another NYC beer place Iíve been to a million times and not rated - this is probably my favorite Heartland location - itís roomy inside, and quite laid back compared to some of the other locations - itís 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.
Visited the one near Radio City. Nice interior with lots of wood and nick nacks hanging about. Real friendly staff. My one visit I had an excellent meal. Very good for a place like this. The beer was pretty good too. I consumed the Barelywine and IPA. No complaints. If Iím in the area again I wonít hesitate to stop in.
I was at the Empire State Building pub, crowded, but in mid afternoon I got a seat at the bar. Speedy and friendly service, while the beers are rather run of the mill. The sampler tray is nicely priced.
Sure, there are better pubs, but itís worth a visit. With their locations, itís not a detour from where a tourist is going anyway...
Combine this with the Ginger Man a few blocks away.
Radio City location. Didnít eat the food. Super sampler came with 8 x 5oz beers (they were out of the saison and gave me a cider instead). Beers average to below average. Service on the slow side (not sure if this is a NY thing though).
Rather a restaurant than a brewpub. Beer selection includes seasonals and specials. You can order tasting flights. Decoration is nice, the food is fine, beer is OK. Nice stop for lunch if youíre around.
Union Square - This was a nice place. Expensive, but in the middle of New York so i cant complain. I had a burger which was good and two of their beers. The bartender was inattentive and wasnít talkative or helpful.
Mediocre beers and decent food add up to a so-so combination in NYC where the beer alternatives are many. At least the Heartland brews are better than those at now-defunct Typhoon and comparable to those at Chelsea Brewing. Try the Farmer Jonís Stout - itís the reason for coming. The Seaport location is less crowded than the Times Square or Union Square venues.