t0rin0 (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | August 13, 2013| Updated August 20, 2013
Visited May, 2012.
I figured since the last time I was in NYC I stopped at the location in the Empire State Building that this time I’d check out a different location, even if they have the same beer. This one is set up more like a restaurant and less like a lounge. I got a booth near the back and had some dinner that was pretty good. I enjoyed the soup quite a bit and the steak wasn’t bad. The pint of the “Indian Pale Ale” was alright as was the seasonal that was on at the time. Nothing special really. While in the bathroom I saw a sign advertising a citra hopped gluten free pale ale. I really wanted to try it to see if even citra could save a gluten free beer but alas, they were out and the bartender had no idea when (or if) they would make it again. Too bad. Over all a nice place but like the other location, there is better beer nearby. Also, not sure if both places are rateable but next door (literally) is a bar with the same name that seems to operate independently of the restaurant. When I asked about buying a taster glass (it’s a miniature mug) they sent me next door where they happily sold me one… for $5.
Touristy place off Times Square.
Standard Heartland (Greenpoint) range.
Service was fine despite the place being pretty packed.
Not a venue to seek out but if you want to tick off their range you could build in a visit here.
(Visited 04/2006): Walked here from the Renaissance Times Square. Located on 43rd street, and there is a huge neon arrow sign that makes finding it relatively easy. No clue what the parking options are.
The interior is interesting. They have a definite middle america look inside, very pastoral with paintings on the walls depicting farming etc. Lots of brick and dark red hues, and a good array of historic breweriana everywhere. The bar is on the left when you enter and there is a list of beers currently available.
I was pleasantly surprised at the selection of beer. They had 8 different offerings, 3 of them seasonal. They have 2 different samplers, one with 5oz samples of the 5 standards ($9.95) and one including all 8 ($12.50). Aside from the usual brewpub offerings, they do experiment a little with beers like the Belgian Black Cherry Stout. All of the beers were well-made, and the styles that would be throwaways in some brewpubs were good too.
Service on a Sunday afternoon was good, and the place was surprisingly dead considering how busy the area was.
The food was very tasty. I had a BBQ burger and my wife got the Rueben. Good french fries also.
Overall this is the ideal setup for a brewpub for travellers. It is in walking distance from hotels, has a good array of beers and good food. Pricey but not really for NYC standards. Worth visiting!
theisti (839) Kansas | January 14, 2011| Updated September 9, 2014
Visited for lunch on a Tuesday. The bar is upfront, restaurant seating behind in the back. I ate at the bar, and the service was efficient and quick. In general, the food and beer menu were straight forward everyday brewpub - akin to a Rock Bottom. The quality was fine, I had the IPA and a reuben. Neither were memorable, but did the trick. Worth hitting, may not be worth going out of the way if you have limited time.
64 = ★★ (Just ok)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
COnveneinet location. Nothing special on tap in the seasonal department, one does not go out of their way for th beer here. Did have something brewed with thyme as a seasonal that had a minimum of my interest, outside of their regular so-so beers all served a bit overcarbonated.
One of the newer additions to the Heartland Brewery chain, this place sports a more intimate sort of vibe than some of the other locations. You walk into to a dark wood and brass covered front pub area. There are some tables scattered about the opening area and a larger dining area further back. Food is standard chain fare and the beer is the usual line up of stuff.
Times square crowd, times square prices. Same beer as all the other locations. Occasionally a lunch spot for me, not much else. Mediocre, but depends on what you are comparing it to, I mean within a couple blocks the options are very limited.
This is the second Heartland location I visit. This first was the classic uber-busy one located right under the Empire State Building. This location has a bit more of a pub feeling (a BIG pub) than the Empire State Building location which really feels like a huge restaurant. Same number of boring beers on tap from what I can remember. I thought the food menu would be the same but it wasn’t the case. This location is basic pub burgers and the likes while the Empire state building had more meaty items. If you need a burger and a beer really bad… otherwise not worth it.