theisti (826) 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.
Stopped by while waitng for a bus in NYC. Near time square. I knew this was going to be shitty. The only good thing this place had was an option for samples. Place looks like any ordinary bar and grill, kinda on the clean side. Ambiance is an older crowed not drinking brews but instead mix drinks. Service sucked balls, the bartender was a jerk! The selection of 8 taps sucked, this is geared towards the non beer glover and more towards the BMC people. This is a place to avoid. They are lucky they have a good location where tourist can get suckered into going.
Stopped in here a little after they opened on a Thursday morning. Didnít get anything to eat, but tried the two seasonals they had on tap which I hadnít had before. Both were way too sweet wheat beers with additives. Nothing great. My server at least was pretty good, in part I guess because it was empty, but she was a delight to talk to, and told me to try the place next door (HB Burgers, another Heartland place that I guess technically has the same address, but is in fact a different place with a different tap list (really just a couple more seasonals)) as well. Prices are the same unreasonable amount at all of the Heartlands it seems, $13 for a sampler of their 6 mediocre regular beers, add $2 more to try the seasonals too. $5 half pints. Ugh. I guess an ok stop if you need to tick their beers, but looking at the place from the outside it goes Chophouse, HB Burgers, BXL cafe all in a row. Go to BXL instead. Better beers there.
Chalsk (41) North Caldwell, New Jersey | December 25, 2009
Solid craft brew stop in Times Square. Your typical micro brewpub selection wise. Clean and upscale. You will pay for that.
Went to the Times Square location. Seemed to be an excellent casual dining restaurant, but the beers were subpar to say the least - one tasted like cornflakes, another like orange peels and the rest not only indistinct but virtually nothing at all. Service was nice, fast and reasonably priced, especially for the location - stop in for a snack between destinations, but the beer is mediocre and thatís being kind.
Visited over the í08 holiday season. Was referred by a non-beer geek pal... The bar area was small, maybe 10-12 seats. We sat in the restaurant, which served steak/burger fare. Food was average, but thatís not what this rating is about. The beer was hit or miss. The oatmeal stout was excellent, along with their seasonal red and IPA. The rest were off a bit, including an orangish wheat beer. Prices were reasonable, considering the area. Worth a stop if youíre trudging through Times Square and need a beer break.
(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!
Beautiful pub of good dimensions with numerous tables to dispositions of who wants eat something but little space at the counter. A lot crowded and decidedly noisy this local offers exclusively the good beers of own production. Optimally located in the vicinities of Times Square, also remaining lightly hidden itís however goal of many thirsty.