Made a trip up to the top deck for a pint and to check out the scene of the new brewpub. They still were not producing beers from the brewpub, instead bringing in some of the house beers from Dogfish Head. I’m not interested in paying $10 for a pint of any Dogfish beer, so I moved on to a delightfully fresh pint of Victory Prima Pils. They have impeccable glassware, solid service, and a nice clean, fun atmosphere. The food, of course, looks good. Worth it, if you’re feeling particularly spendy.
An amazing place on the rooftop of a building at the intersection of Broadway and 5th Ave. The service was exceptional. The food and beer were pricey. The rooftop experience was excellent. There is not much view except of the Flat Iron building across the street. The beers are marginal, but the offer other beers from Dogfish and the Burton Butan was outstanding. The shopping on the ground floor of Italian foods and restaurants I worth the trip.
theisti (899) Kansas | August 23, 2011| Updated September 8, 2014
Located on the 14th floor (rooftop) of Mario Batali’s 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 didn’t 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.
I’m somewhat torn on this place. The location is very cool, up on the 14th floor roof of the building that houses Eataly. After a quick elevator trip you arrive at a gorgeous open feeling space that feels classy but not pretentious. Very well lit on a mid autumn afternoon. Bar service was quick and friendly. They have a lovely looking menu of small plates and such. The downside however is that I really can’t find much of a reason to come back. While the menu is great (and the plates I saw coming out looked wonderful), they’re quite expensive for what’s on them. There are a few interesting beers on tap, and up to three (they only have three) of their own on cask. But the cask pours are $10 for a chalice (they do halves if you ask), so again rather pricey. And the tap list of 8-12 (can’t remember exactly) is not mind blowing, especially in NYC. Seems very much aimed to the young disposable income crowd, who made up the bulk of a somewhat filled room while there in the afternoon. Probably worth swinging in if you’re passing by, but if you’re only in town for a day, certainly not a destination bar.
Cool location on top of Eataly, apparently others had my same thought. Space is tough if there’s a crowd, but worth the trip. Line up is limited but tasty. Not a regular but good for a change of pace, if you’re in the neighborhood or have reservations and out of towners.
Went here once with the gf. Nice rooftop bar and seating area great for nice weather. They have a bunch of italian beers in addition to their own micro brews - didn’t try any of theirs so I can’t really gauge the quality. Food was good, not great. Cool place though.
Stopped in here for lunch while visiting NYC. Really cool spot but I wish there was a view. Food was awesome but kind of pricey. Nice beer selection with lots of bottles. The bottles were very expensive. I had a bottle that was really over carbonated so we were comped a free beer. If given the opportunity, I’ll be back to this spot.
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. It’s a great spot - but I’m not sure they’re after the beer lover here with prices like these. There is a nice bottle list as well (mostly Italian stuff, unsurprisingly) although I can’t see me paying these prices for it.
I’d 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 it’s also quite a pain. The service was OK, the prices were terrible (but I knew they would be, so I wasn’t 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 don’t see myself rushing back, but I did like it. I wish there was a beer bar with an atmosphere like this that didn’t have the crazy wait/crowds, but I know that’s quite an ask considering the location. After all that rambling I just did, I’d recommend visiting this one at least once. It’s worth a shot so you can decide for yourself whether you like it or not. For myself, I’ll probably revisit eventually, but I’ll try to do so on a weekday or something where the crowds will me as minimal as possible.
As other people have noted, the cask beer is expensive. It is also not something that one would necessarily write home about. The view from the roof is pretty great. The crowd, coming from someone who lives in Brooklyn, is very much not my people. The bartenders seemed pretty chill and were playing good electronic music. Downstairs, you can buy a bunch of Baladin and DFH beer in bottle format. It ain’t cheap down there. I haven’t at the food on the roof, but I can only imagine that it is quite tasty. You can definitely get beers here that are hard or impossible to get elsewhere.