t0rin0 (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | August 13, 2013| Updated August 20, 2013
Visited May, 2012.
So I heard about a brewery that had opened in New York that was a collaboration of three big name breweries. I had to check it out. The restaurant and brewery are on the roof top which is pretty cool. The roof is mostly enclosed with glass that can be opened but still allows you to look out over the city if itís raining (like it was while I was there). The food was good albeit extremely expensive. A taster (large taster) of each of the three house beers plus some various cheeses and meats was well over $50. The beer was all as Iíve come to expect from Italian beer, namely weird and not really to any one particular style. These beers all had strange ingredients in them like various nuts and spices. Unfortunately the IPA was out at the time. If you have the money to spend this place can be fun but youíre going for the atmosphere and experience and not for the beer. Also, it takes about an hour to get a table and you cant go up the elevator until they call you. That said, there is a deli/grocery store downstairs and several places to have a glass of wine downstairs. If youíre into the wine and cheese thing killing time downstairs may be just as much fun as upstairs.
Visited on Sunday 24/11/13 around 12.15 after mid day.
Just over from the Flat Iron this brewpub is located atop a high end Italian deli/food store.
You need to take the lift up to the 14th floor to reach it where youíll find a roof top bar and beer gardem which was already pretty busy for a Sunday.
3 house beers available, all on cask dispense only - love that hand pumping shit in Merica! The samples in the 3 house taster I took were large, too large for ticking on my own tbh at 6oz and the beers were middle of the road to boot.
Other beers on keg included a Del Borgo offering plus a number of Italian craft bottles and some lcoal numbers.
House beer was $10 a pint, way way overpriced for what they were serving up.
Nice location, food looked good, perhaps the place to take your wife or girlfriend but for quality beer and choice - Nah !
theisti (880) Kansas | August 23, 2011| Updated September 8, 2014
Located on the 14th floor (rooftop) of Mario Bataliís Eataly NYC. I visited after hours, and had to enter through the Eataly exit on the South side of the building. The layout of the restaurant is bar down the entire right side, tables fill out the rest of the space. I visited on an evening that looked like it may rain, so the entire rooftop was closed up tight. I have no idea if they open the views up on a nicer day/night, but when I visited it hardly seemed like a rooftop. They had 3 of their own beers on cask, along with maybe 10 guest taps. The bartender was attentive, though was primarily trying to look cool for the young and pretty crowd that was jammed into the place on a Thursday. I did not have any, or see any food. As mentioned, pints of their own beers are $10, though for NYC I didnít find that too far out of order.
76 = ★★★ (Worth the visit, must for locals, and visitors with time)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
An impressive terrace with a view in one of the trendiest and most touristy places in town. What happens below is obviously of note, but upstairs is where the beer happens. Impressive place indeed, but certainly lacks the coziness of the places Iíve come to appreciate. The locally brewed beers are not devoid of interest in spite of the tourist trap allures and would make the trip worth it to the extent that you are visiting with people who may have other interests than beer or stay for an extended time in town. Pricey, but fair.
I really donít understand some of the reviews. You canít compare apples to oranges...and I wouldnít compare La Birreria to say my favorite beer bar...the Blind Tiger. Yes this place is expensive...itís a brewery sitting on the roof over the top Italian tourist market in NYC...on Madison Square Park...with a glass roof that opens for goodness sakes! That canít be cheap to do. Yes it gets crowded (see above where I mention the glass roof and brewery in the same room). As for something from DFH or Italy...címon...this is an amazing colaboration between Sam C. and the owners of two of Italyís best craftbrewers...Baladin and Birra del Borgo. We have Sam to thank for this...he is the one who partnered with them and helped make this all possible. He then purposely took a back seat stylewise to showcase the new Italian craftbeer styles. Yes these beers are different...but itís great to have the chance to try them...and to get them exposed to a decerning NYC craftbeer crowd. I highly recommend this place. If you are a craftbeer fan...come early on a Sat or Sun afternoon to avoid the crowds (or a weekday if you are playing tourist). The food is amazing.(make sure you try the beer and apricot pork shoulder).
Visited for lunch on January 30, 2012. Nicely located on the top floor of this building with a glass roop. Had the soup and tried the three own beers they had available. Good service. Was a bit hard to find, but once you got in the building and looked around you saw the sign and got directed towards teh elevators. Drawback thay you couldnít really get a sampler of beers.
This is a grand place, sitting atop of an old 15 storey building, with a nice view of the east side skyline (or was it west), open year round (the glass roof is closed in the winter). Beers are pricey (10$ a pint of Birreria beers) but very good ( 2 Birreria brews available), nice selection of guest taps from Italy and the US (7$ for 12 on.). Food is simple but good and service was very friendly, and knowledgeable. A must in NYC.
Popped in here with a bunch of RBians this last weekend while I was in town again. First the good - this place is beautiful. Really, truly, beautiful. Classy without being ostentatious or overwrought. Has a few beams running over the top providing a nice bit of shade to the rooftop patio. Large red ceiling fans get a workout on hot days (like the one we were there on). There was a small selection of their own beer - all of which were pretty standard and pretty boring. The food was great (as you might expect), but incredibly expensive. A large selection of cheeses and some tasty charcuterie with unlimited bread for eating it with. The chestnut honey they serve with the charcuterie is pretty damn tasty as well. Itís a great spot - but Iím not sure theyíre after the beer lover here with prices like these. There is a nice bottle list as well (mostly Italian stuff, unsurprisingly) although I canít see me paying these prices for it.
Iíd been meaning to stop in here since it opened, and I finally did today. As is to be expected, since it is part of Eataly, the place is a mad house. They used a texting system to tell you when they were ready for you, which keeps the crowds downstairs, and makes the upstairs more manageable. This is really a place that I like more in theory then in practice. What I mean by that is that it is a beautiful roof-top beer bar, with fans to keep it nice and cool and a retractable roof to make it work in all weather. It sounds great in theory, and the place is really nice looking, but itís also quite a pain. The service was OK, the prices were terrible (but I knew they would be, so I wasnít thrown for a loop or anything), and the food is quite good. We stuck to just a meat plate and a cheese plate, and enjoyed the selections along with a few beers. The food was quite good, but overpriced, and the beers were good, interesting, and again overpriced. Considering how crowded it gets and the prices, The beer selection is decent, some interesting drafts, and 3 of their own creations on cask. The bottle list also looked pretty solid, but again, overpriced. I donít see myself rushing back, but I did like it. I wish there was a beer bar with an atmosphere like this that didnít have the crazy wait/crowds, but I know thatís quite an ask considering the location. After all that rambling I just did, Iíd recommend visiting this one at least once. Itís worth a shot so you can decide for yourself whether you like it or not. For myself, Iíll probably revisit eventually, but Iíll try to do so on a weekday or something where the crowds will me as minimal as possible.
BMan1113VR (424) Los Angeles, California | January 5, 2012| Updated April 30, 2012
Fun place. Yes, its pricy. The food is awesome though. Beer is solid too. Good and succinct draught selection, bottles too. House beers consist of 3 cask beers. The two year rounders (Gina and Wanda) are both unique and tasty. I wasnít the biggest fan of the seasonal (Ruby), but it wasnít bad either.Covered roof in the winter with enough heaters to get it up to a somewhat uncomfortable temperature (low 80s even). Great looking place in general. Both brewers are extremely friendly, as is the wait staff. Beautiful copper JVNW brewing system (tiny though, 3.5bbl brewdeck). Food was spectacular and very filling. The salumi plate and fried mushrooms were amazing. That said it is very pricy, even for NYC. A fun stop, especially if someone else is footing the bill.