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Jimmy's No. 43
Taps: 12 / Bottles: 40
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
43 E 7th St
phone: (212) 982-3006
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-28-2005)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 22 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$$
Incredibly disappointed with my experience here.
Went for the event with Chuck Silva during NYCBW. Sat down to eat first and the service was terrible and the food was ok, but I expected better from reviews I've read about the place. It took a whole hour for me to get my steak entree, to find my potato puree replaced by poorly done potato chips.
As far as beer, the servers didn't seem knowledgeable and the bartender poured the wrong beer for me twice.
The night was saved by the event with Chuck, which was fantastic to have that kind of conversation with a brewmaster.
11-01-2009 22:59:35 |
More by spacecowboy
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 2 | food: 3.75 | $$$
I used to frequent this little dive craft beer bar since St. Marks is one of my favorite areas in NYC. However, I was unfortunate enough to attend the New Year's Event here one time and I can say with confidence, I'll never go back. Possibly the worst beer-related experience of my life.
Atmosphere here is usually pretty good. Its down in a basement and pretty divey but for people who want a nice, quiet, out-of-the-way place to enjoy a decent beer, its more than serviceable.
Quality is decent. Beer is served at the correct temperatures though it seems like the pour size dictates the glassware type, not the beer style so keep that in mind if you're a stickler for such things. Overall though, nothing to complain about.
Service is pretty much who can stuff money in front of bartender first. Reminds me of a saloon in the wild west. If you find yourself at the end of the bar, prepare to be "that guy" or else be SOL.
At the New Year's event, the bartender that was taking care of us had no clue about the beer she was serving though she was nice enough. What was irritating was that the event stated there would be "special" beers served. When we got there, all there was, was flowing beer from the regular taps and about 3, 3 ounce pours from cheap self beers such as Maine Zoe, De Dolle Export Stout, and another off-the-shelf beer I can't remember. That wouldn't have been so bad except for the fact that the owner himself, Jimmy Carbone, was sitting at a table with a bunch of his female friends pulling out bottle after bottle of Drie Fonteinen and Cantillon for the table. What the heck? The whole night I wondered why the real "special" beers were only reserved for people the owner knew. And if all that wasn't enough, the "Champagne Toast" that was supposed to come at mindnight.... well... never came. No one came around to pour the champagne before the ball drop and I left absolutely disgusted that I had chosen to spend New Year's here.
Food is decent but super overpriced and the portions are unimpressive. Pretty par for the course for a NYC bar though.
Jimmy's 43 is, overall a pretty run-of-the-mill craft beer bar that serves just enough taps and has just enough bottles to call itself a dedicated craft bar. The tap selection is never impressive and the bottles are way, way overpriced ($50 for Parabola, $65 for Black Ops). Also, keep in mind that you should never, ever go there for a special event unless you're lucky enough to know the owner or else you're in for a real rip-off.
01-25-2013 18:57:17 |
More by SpeedwayJim
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$$
Of the three neighboring beer bars in the Lower East Side--along with Standings and Burp Castle--I think I like this one the best. Located directly underneath Standings, Jimmy's has a nice beer-lover's atmosphere and serves a good selection of beer, with 10 taps, a cask, some bottles. Limited menu--mainly apps and price fixe--but it's still something, as opposed to the other two places which don't serve food regularly. Still, the food I had wasn't really anything special: sausage appetizer was basically a $7 pizza topping. Staff is ok, friendly but a bit unattentive.
04-29-2011 19:48:24 |
More by Rifugium
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
So overall I can't really say anything bad about this place.
When you walk in there is a dining room that is long an narrow, and bar to the right, and another dinning room that runs parallel to the first, but is not connected. The about the top of the room there are what appear to be old wine barrels, and the place is dimly lit and cozy. Music was kinda alt-country, but I was surprised that I did not recognize any of the tunes.
The bar tenders were friendly and quick....They have a very nice import and local based beer list....one thing that I found a little odd was that every beer that was imported by the Shelton Brothers was pointed out specifically... I figured that if they were going to point this out that it was not out of the question to ask about it, but bar tenders did not know.
Beer wise they have a probably 8 tap and a cask...as well as a nice bottle list. On tap this past weekend they has St. Brenardus abt 12($10 goblet), La Chouffe($9 goblet), Sixpoint Otis Oatmeal Stout on Cask($8 imperial pint), Sixpoint IPA, Cimay Tripel, and several others.
A very relaxed environment and I imagine quite nice if you are lucky enough to get a table.
02-19-2007 22:23:46 |
More by jameaterblues
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
After visiting McSorley's, I walked down on Seventh Street looking for Jimmy's. I missed it! Looked around and back and saw the sign. Who would have thought? This joint is in a basement! Sort of those "hidden" speakeasies that proliferate in the East Village.
Unlike McSorley's, Jimmy's was totally empty when I visited on a Monday at 3:30 pm. Hipster-ish bartender (beard and beret on tow) was friendly but reserved.
I inspected their 11 taps and was not impressed. Lots of locals and regionals (Bronx Pale Ale, Crossroads, Barrier, Wandering Star) and Sierra Celebration, Pretty Things, Nickel Brook Headstack IPA out of Cali. OK, but boring, and too heavy on the IPA's. No variety, everything under 6.0%. Hopefully this is not always the case?
Small and pricey bottle menu, with a lot of European beer (Harviestoun, Ridgeway, Nogne) and 4 vintage beers. Some good ciders too, like the Basque Isastegi.
It is cash only, which I don't like. Their food menu (didn't try because it is not served untl 5:30 pm) is small but appealing, with a focus on local ingredients. They have beer events and dinners, which is always a cool thing.
The best thing about Jimmy's is the ambience. Cave-like, cozy, warm, with nooks and crannies to explore and great music to boot (Whiskeytown, a band to remember). Reminded me of the bar downstairs at Brewer's Art in Baltimore.
Very relaxed overall, although I'm sure it can get crazy and loud at night. Prices were fair- $6 for most pints, one dollar more for 20-oz imperial servings.
I will be back.
12-03-2011 08:42:36 |
More by DoubleSimcoe
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped by Jimmy's on a Saturday night. It's located below street level, down the stairs and into a small room. There is additional seating with rooms in the back. The atmosphere was pretty cozy with dim lighting and candles. A rather small bar area is located on the side with wooden tables for seating throughout. Wooden casks decorate the area above the bar.
I noticed about 8-10 draft lines. Some draft highlights included La Chouffe, Chimay Cinq Cents, Ayinger Brau Weisse, Aventinus, Smuttynose IPA and Strubbe Pilsner. There is a nice focus on quality here. All of the beers I tried were fresh and poured in proper glassware, including a very sweet Aventinus glass.
Overall, a solid little bar with some great imports on tap. They also have a room that hosts shows or live jazz music. Worth checking out, but not worth going out of your way for.
04-15-2006 16:13:18 |
More by Hibernator
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Jimmy's is down in the basement and you could easily walk by it without even noticing it. The place is dark and a little run down on the inside but I did not come with high expectations on the decor. I have to say this place had one of the grossest bathrooms I have encountered - kind of reminded me of the one in Trainspotting.
I think the selection of beers here is usually pretty good but was excellent because they had a brewery beer dinner the evening before so a lot of those beers were available as well at brunch time. Beers were well poured and served in appropriate glassware though perhaps a little on the cold side.
The food is quite good at brunch time and we enjoyed what we ordered.
Service was good, waitstaff was attentive and we were well looked after with prompt delivery of our food and beverages by friendly folks.
03-19-2012 15:41:46 |
More by dbrauneis
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
LOVE JIMMY'S!!! It's literally next to Burp Castle, so you really can't go wrong. I love the comfortable basement/speakeasy feeling that comes with the low vaulted ceiling, the yellowed cream and orange walls, the wooden barrels, and the mounted deer heads. It's just cozy!
The bar can get pretty tight, but it's not like one of those over-crowded three deep bars as you might, just barely might, be able to fit 15 people in front of it! I think there are 5 seats at the bar, and 13 altogether in the bar area with the table by the stairs.
But grab a table because the food is good! ...limited, but good. Try the cheese plate (how can you mess that up?), and the scallops!!!
The beer selection is pretty good, and they also pour some cask at the back bar. It's a pretty good mix of interesting imports and locals (Chelsea, Captain Lawrence, Six Point, Greenpoint... I've oddly never seen Brooklyn...?).
It is slightly pricey though, but I say slightly because it is Manhattan after all.
07-03-2007 23:43:25 |
More by NeroFiddled
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
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: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
There's absolutely nothing on the internet about this. I know, 'cause I stayed late at work last night and looked and looked. And very little to be found in the library except in the secret back room at the main branch where you have to sign out the one book that tells what's what, but apparently none of the first 13 Jimmy's endeavors (each one named with successive prime numbers), have boded well. I don't know if they were in bad neighborhoods, lousy timing, lack of parking or what. I believe you just need the right prime number in your name is all, and I think 43 is it...
Downstairs, in the underneath where Brewski's used to be before Standings stood in, it's a neat little place. A google search for "Rathskellar" will probably bring you up pictures of Jimmy's if you want to see for yourself, this cavernous, subterranean haven for fierce velociraptors if ever there was one. A small 5 seat straight bar over in the front corner, with really no to-do in the way of a barback or props. Beyond there, 4 low tables and a raised longer table forward a rear service bar and 4 tables in a small half room off of that. A side hallway serving as a gallery with displayed art, and then there's a party room behind the red curtain where the do movies and music. Paneled windows to the front offer staircase views. Archways cut through the walls done white stucco over dark wood paneled lowers beneath curved arched brick ceilings, rows of old casks on racks above the seating areas and the bar, large framed mirrors, a few prints and small pictures, and a pair of antlers here, a tap handle display there. Low lighting throughout with infrequent drop lanterns, but small glass candles on all the tables, bars, and wall mounted shelves lend pleasant ambiance.
A dozen taps, locals (Sixpoint Global Warmer & Bengali Tiger IPA, Chelsea Hoppy Holidays & Imperial Stout), regional (Yuengling) and imports (Dupont Avec Les Bons Voeux, Dentergems Wit, De Ranke Guldenberg, Belhaven Ale, Harviestoun Bitter & Twisted, Radeberger Pils, Weihenstephaner Hefe), on a single tower on the bar and a cask (Sixpoint Brownstone) in the corner.
Also, a small tight bottle list made up of a dozen or so good imports (Orval, Achel Blond & Brune, Chimay Blue, De Ranke XX Bitter, Duvel, Bink Bruin, Ayinger Celebrator, Schneider Edel Weisse, Unibroue La Fin Du monde, Hitachino Nest White Ale, Harviestoun Old Engine Oil), a few large bottles (Stone Smoked Porter, Sam Smith Oatmeal Stout & Organic Lager, Ridgeway Lump of Coal) and a handful of vintage beers ('94 Rogue Old Crustacean, '03 George Gale's Christmas Ale, '94 Samichlaus). The beer menu lists the bottles choices in "bins" numbered into the 500's so I suspect they're sitting on some goods here and rotate the bottled offerings frequently.
And dinner trouble again, this time a great cup of gumbo (there was heat), and the free range skirt steak, grilled veges and mashed potatoes. Also, some (cast iron) skillet seared sea scallops, skillet seared sea scallops, skillet seared sea scallops, skillet seared sea scallops (say that 4 times fast, to yourself, quietly, elsewhere).
Service was pleasant but slightly off attentive. All in all in all in all, good stuff, I don't think they'll be having to roll out to the next prime number. Jimmy's is exactly why we should venture down them unfamiliar basement stairs sometimes.
02-28-2007 22:42:30 |
More by slander
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