I heard about this place a few months before it opened and I had wanted to visit ever since. A world class beer bar with a michelin quality restaurant in the back? You better believe I am in on that. Atmosphere was awesome. Tons of people enjoying themselves, beautiful bar and decor to match. Quality is one of the highest I have come across. Their draft system is state of the art, their build quality is amazing and their food is some of the best in the city. Service was a touch hit or miss. When they came around it was top notch but I was left with an empty glass for a bit longer than I should have been for sitting at the middle of the bar. Selection was pretty good on our visit. They obviously had plenty of Evil Twin but they also had some killer Belgian’s that I had never seen before. If you include the back restaurant I am not sure how you can’t say the food is world class. If you don’t then it is adequate but nothing over the top. I got the bread and butter and while it was awesome I am not sure I really got my money’s worth. Prices were high across the board, even more so than the better Manhattan bars. Overall this is easily one of the best beer bars I have ever come across. I look forward to visiting again the next time I am in the area.
Where do I start with this one. Ambiance is very interesting, small tight bar, small woden long tables with tap list written on mirrors above the taps. Very hipster esque. Service was good for how crowded it was, and friendly bartenders. Selection is just off the charts between the one off tap stuff, awesoem bottle list, and even some surprises not listed on the menu i;ve never seen a list like this before, ever! I thoguht value was very good considering the quality of beer that is being offered on tap, and the fact that everything can be had in 8 oz portions, mostly for $5, which allows many ticks to be had without breaking the bank. Overall an absolute must stop if in NYC area.
VastActiv (146) Oulu/Helsinki, Finland | February 18, 2015| Updated March 6, 2015
Quite weird neighborhood. Cozy Scandinavian interior which means that chairs near the desk are very bad. I was expecting clinic hospital style place but I was wrong. Many good beers but prices are high naturally.
Art (131) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | June 18, 2015
Long layover at JFK? Take the hour long taxi ride to Brooklyn and visit Torst! Well worth the trip and the $$. Awesome place kinda tucked away. Stopped by on a Thursday at 3:00pm so there were only a few people there. Really cool atmosphere. Clean "dive bar" feel mixed with a hipster coffee shop. Tap list alone is well thought out and has hit after hit. Bottle list is pretty nuts if you want to pick off a bottle of something you’ve been searching for but the taps are enough to keep you occupied. Very friendly staff. Will definitely need to return.
Torst is one of the most unique and refreshingly different beer spots in NYC and probably the entire US. The design is beautiful. It’s never overcrowded. The bar tenders are knowledgable, skilled, and really friendly in my experience. The food is worthy of every accolade at the bar and Luksus. The beer is served better than anywhere I’ve been to in NYC. The draught selection is always a pleasure to drink from though it suffers from too much of the Dannish and Nordic beer mafia, who are not all that IMO. That being said I’m totally happy to see lots of Evil Twin. It only makes sense. The bottle list is also not so interesting as it’s first few months open though there are many gems. Major problem is that it’s too expensive to make it a regular spot.
This place has a pretty great selection of beer. It also has very tasty Danish bread, which is a reason to go here all by itself. The selection is heavily tilted toward the Italian, Danish, and Belgian beers. There are old bottles of fun things like De Dolle Stille Nacht Reserva. The ambiance is cool. The music is good. Bartenders certainly know what they are doing. Apparently the tap system is also one of the most advanced in the world. The only and biggest downside is that it is very expensive. A tiny glass of beer could set you back $13 or so. Obviously, if money is not an issue, then this place is superb. One minor point in response to the previous rating: the bar tables are not marble... they just look like it.
Awesome new brew mecca that is sure to be a huge hit. I came by on a dreary, snowy Monday evening, a few weeks after it opened, and there were plenty of customers already. And why is it already on the way to becoming a living legend? Because the quality is awesome, that is why. The drafts emphasized Evil Twin of course (since he/they run the place in case you didn’t know), but there were a number of other interesting selections as well The brews are served thru a "flux capacitor" or something like that, which is a phrase borrowed from a science fiction story, but at Torst it is a device that allows different beers to be served at different temperatures and with differing amounts of added gases. Not surprisingly the bottle list also features some rare items. And if that weren’t enough, the staff is friendly and helpful, and the prices, given the quality on tap here, are quite reasonable. They will be adding a tasting menu soon also, put together by a rising young chef, and I am looking forward to giving that a try. I am tempted to keep my mouth shut so that more and more people don’t start pouring thru its unmarked door, but I have to tip my hat to the "evil twin" and his crew - this place is something special.
What can be said that hasn’t already? Phenomenal and diverse selection... clean and modern Nordic vibe... multiple pour options... efficient service. It can be slightly out of the way if you’re in Manhattan, but you should go out of your way to visit.