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Jimmy's No. 43
Taps: 12 / Bottles: 40
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
43 E 7th St
phone: (212) 982-3006
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-28-2005)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Bethy and I stumbled into this place after catching the awesome Flaming Lips show at Webster Hall, and since it was pretty much a few blocks away, it made sense to finally check it out. Bethy was wary after we found the weird looking Standings/Burp Castle complex with its chain link cage, and became even more suspicious when I started leading her down into a dimly lit basement. "Don't worry, trust me," I said, "People have been saying good things about it, and I trust those people." Well, it turns out those people were right.
Quite the basement feel to this place, all dark wood and dimly lit, with an interesting ceiling made from curved wood planks, which is reminiscent of an oak barrel or such. There are also some actual wood casks lining the top of the wall, to remind you that the M.O. here is definitely beer. There is a little room to your left (about four tables), a littler room to your right (with a couple tables and the six-person bar), and a much larger room in the back of that, in which there was private gathering when we stopped in.
So it was around 10:30 PM on Sat. when we stopped in, and although there was no one greeting customers at the door, I just yelled over to the bartender that we wanted food and ale, and we wanted it now, damn it. She kindly said to take any table we wanted, which we did. We found some food menus and beer menus sitting there, and a friendly waitress came by soon thereafter to take our order.
Nice little beer selection here, about 8 well-chosen drafts, and 20 bottles. A little extra focus on Belgians and Germans here, with a couple of Chimays, Maredsous 8, De Koninck, Aventinus, on draft; St. Bernardus 8, Corsendonk Pale and Brown, Ommegang, Strubbe Pilsner, Einbecker Ur-Bock, Harvistoun Old Engine Oil, Maredsous 8 and 10 in the bottle, Victory HopDevil, Sixpoint Bengali Tiger IPA and Brownstone on draft, etc. There are about four vintage bottles, too, including, I think, an early 1990s Thomas Hardys, Just a nice, well-chosen selection. Bethy and I both had a Bengali Tiger to start, very fresh, and I had a St. Bernardus 8 bottle for dessert.
The food was quite interesting, not too expensive, fairly small plates with the idea to taste a couple of things. We were given bread and oil/balsamic to start, and then we split the german beer sausages, which were chopped up into rounds, deliciously browned, and served with a nice mustard. She got a special, some roasted aspargus dish with cheesy polenta cake or some such deliciousness, and I got the risotto with apples and cato cheese. Both were quite tasty.
Overall, we really enjoyed this place, would make a special trip to come back, and would definitely hit it again if we happened to be in the area. My ratings just about sum it up. This place is good.
04-03-2006 16:08:20 |
More by bultrey
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
In the redone, multiroom basement below Standings (formerly Brewskis) this newcomer has alot of character, its dark and middle ages looking, alot of seperate rooms and a respectable beer selection. About a dozen taps and 15 or so bottles including some "vintage" selections. No macros, plenty of middle of the road Belgians and germans and a smattering of interesting USA selections, including a few from six point when I visited. I checked this place late in the evening so I cant offer any comments about the food. Worthy place to visit on a neighborhood crawl or for a few brews in this interesting, differant and athmospheric new beer spot. The bartender was friendly and knew abit about her offerings.
02-15-2006 03:45:31 |
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