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Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1394 York Ave.
phone: (212) 734-6152
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Reviews by Soonami:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
It is difficult to review beer bars else where in the country when Philadelphia's best are now your standard to compare other's with. I was visiting the medical complexes on the Upper East Side of Manhattan on a work trip and after dinner down the street at Finestra, I came to David Copperfield's to grab a beer with some friends on recommendation from a friend I made earlier in the day.
The bar was had appropriate signage from the street, which made it easy to find, and it although it looked small from the outside, had enough space for our party of 11. The bar is rightfully dimly lit with all manners of vintage and new beer paraphernalia decorating the walls. The tables, chairs and benches were comfortable darkly stained wood and leather. The beer list, although it features 30 taps was slightly underwhelming. It was Smuttynose night when I was there and they had some nice beers on tap, but nothing that I hadn't seen elsewhere or couldn't buy in a bottle. The rest of the selection, was again, good beers, but nothing fantastic--the best was probably Chocolate Oak aged Yeti, but after that it was pretty pedestrian. The bottle selection was okay, but it was fairly expensive and nothing that isn't available at Whole Foods in the city.
Overall, I would say that David Copperfield's is a nice bar if you happen to be in the UES, but I don't think I would travel there unless I knew something was special was on tap because it's mostly middle of the road American craft beers that is offered.
edit: forgot to mention service
-The wait staff was very friendly even though we rolled in with a group of 11 and were very accommodating movie chairs and tables and getting out drinks quickly. They offered suggestions to people who needed them and were very courteous.
08-28-2010 14:50:57 |
More by Soonami
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vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 2 | food: 4 | $$$$
I recently moved to about 2 blocks walk from this place. Figured I'd check it out with the girlfriend.
Atmosphere is pretty nice although the place is tiny. Its NYC... what could I expect? Music provides a pretty yuppy atmosphere but its nice and laid back like I like it. Gets pretty crowded at night though. Rather standard for the area.
My girlfriend and I both ordered wheat beers. Mine came in a hefe glass and her's came in a pint... huh? Beer's were a touch too cold too.
Service was terrible. We put in our orders quick enough. But the beers took 10 minutes to get to us and the food took about 35. 35 minutes for a salad?!? That's pretty inexcusable. By the end, I couldn't wait to get outta there.
They had about 3 wheat beers and about 15 "summer beers" which were split pretty evenly between pilsners, light lagers, and pale ales. Really? Do we really need 10 different beers in 1 or 2 styles? A stout and porter round out the selection. Bottle list is ok but nothing to be impressed by.
Food was actually decent. My girlfriend got the Mac and Cheese and I got the Cobb salad. Both were better than average though not memorable.
This is one of the most expensive beer bars that I've been to in NYC... and that's saying something. $7.25 for a Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen? Are you kidding me? I think the cheapest craft beer on the menu was $6.25. I don't mind paying a premium for good beer but this is ridiculous. And before I forget... you can get a flight of 5 beers to sample (you know, since the variety is so great)... for $20... TWENTY FRIGGIN DOLLARS FOR 5 SAMPLES.
I've been to about 5 or 6 well known craft beer bars in the area and this is by far the worst of them. Even though its only 2 blocks away, I'd rather hop on the train and travel about 20 minutes to get to Rattle N Hum. Skip this place.
08-07-2011 01:57:18 |
More by SpeedwayJim
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
I came here for a Brooklyn Brewery event a friend of mine suggested and was pleasantly surprised. I don't think I would ever come here otherwise (because of the location, near the East River; I'm by the Hudson).
Copperfield's has some 30 taps, with a whole section devoted to summer beers and some good stuff like Sculpin, Lagunitas Undercover, Southern Tier 2XIPA and the Brooklyn beers for the event I attended, which included vintage Monster, Chocolate Stout and Blast!
Most beers were $6.75, except for Sculpin ($7.75) and Monster ($8.25). Good or bad? Not sure... a little pricey, maybe, but alright for Manhattan.
A good bottle selection too, with some vintages, Ithaca Brute, Ithaca 12 and 13 and even 1 ounce of Utopias for $15. They fill growlers and have some (but not a lot) Happy Hour specials, mostly for well drinks and macro beers.
I loved the ambience, so mellow and laid-back, with low music and just an all-around quiet, grown-up place. Not what I expected in Yorkville (famous for college bars and a scene)!
Didn't try food and did not even looked at the menu, maybe next time. Service was close to exceptional, with the server being top of things refilling water, bringing more beer and asking if we were OK. Nice! We got to meet one of the bar owners at the Brooklyn event and he was the coolest guy. Had a great time chatting with him.
All in all, the best choice for quality beer in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Not that I normally venture this far, but if I do, it is nice to know I can stop at Copperfield's. Cheers!
07-19-2011 02:43:58 |
More by DoubleSimcoe
United Kingdom (England)
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Visited DC's house of beers for the first time on a visit to NYC in early March 11.
Arrived in the bar for a beery Friday lunch with 3 friends just before 12 noon and the place was empty. By 12.45 / 1pm it was crowded and folks were struggling to get a table, largely a local office crowd, 95%+ male!!!
Beer selection was decent, approx 30 on tap and I enjoyed offerings from 21st ammendment and Stones, finishing off with Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Stout (for dessert) !
Table service was a little slow as it got busier and we did go thirsty for more than a few minutes between our 2nd and 3rd drink.
Food wise, the burgers looked great (although unfortunately I didn't have one). I opted for the Nachos and felt short changed. I can only describe the portion size as 'UK' and it was most definately the smallest/meanest portion I've been served on the left hand side of the pond!
In summary, I would come here again, but only if I was close by. I don't think it was worth the effort to seek this bar out and go out of our way, which we did on this occasion.
03-19-2011 12:31:52 |
More by Ruds
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
This bar is a great spot for the location. There isn't much around the Upper East Side/ Yorkville that can compare with regard to beer selection. We noticed right away that there are a good number of staple German and Belgian brews and regional breweries on draft. I tried the relatively new Ommegang Pale on draft. Very good. My girlfriend had the draft Rodenbach. We also had a 21st amendment Fireside Chat and a Stoudts Scarlet Lady both on draft. I thought it was unusual that my friend looking for an IPA couldn't find one on draft. I like IPA, but it was almost a welcome break from such an ever-present style. Food was decent greasy bar food and the service was good.
11-27-2010 00:10:13 |
More by elinash
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
David Copperfield's is a really great place to go for a good brew and more than decent pub grub and service. The prices are decent, especially for New York, and it also has a really laid back vibe that is conducive to having a really great time with your buddies. They have quite a few good craft brews on tap. There bottle selection is also good. However, their Belgian selection is not that extensive. The waitresses are really nice and know how to pour a proper pint for you so anything you order will come out delicious.
11-26-2010 05:42:39 |
More by 3HovsepiansBrews
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
I've been to Copperfield's a few times now, and I must say it's a very underrated beer bar. Unlike most beer bars in New York, it's on the Upper East Side, which might explain its relative lack of recognition and traffic. But this makes for a more laid-back, quieter atmosphere, which I like.
There's about 30 taps, I think, plus a cask, and also a very good bottle selection. I don't think Copperfield's will "wow" every beer geek with its selection, but it's very, very solid. They will always have a few beers from Southhampton, Ommegang, Brooklyn, Southern Tier, and/or other regional breweries on-tap. Duvel Green, Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen, Brewdog IPA, La Chouffe and Maredsous rounded out the import drafts. They had several bottles from Alesmith (at one time Speedway Stout), too. The bartenders were very friendly and helpful, providing free samples and beer conversation. Granted I've only had wings (very average) here, the food is still not that great, I'm told. I'd really only come for the beer and the good bartenders.
Copperfield's is a beer bar first, restaurant second. The tap-list is consistently solid and impressed me more than that of another well-known NYC bar named after a sightless cat, at least when I was in town.
07-29-2010 19:50:39 |
More by dasenebler
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This was my first time at DC's, but I have to say I really enjoyed it. I went with a friend for dinner, and we kicked back and ordered some brews.
The atmosphere is none to interesting. It looks like your average pub and have maybe 8 tables and 4 booths and the bar area. There were a lot of plaques up on the wall from different breweries and brews (Anchor, Chimay wood carved crest, Celebrator Doppelbock etc.). This was a nice touch. On the ceiling there's a huge Haufbrau Haus flag. We sat in a booth which was comfortable enough (but the benches kept sliding around which was weird).
The waitress was friendly and offered to start us off with a drink as soon as we sat down. I took a quick look at the draughts. There are about 20 "featured stout" on-tap including Left Hand's "Fade to Black 2009" and Sierra Nevada's 30th Anniversary Fritz and Ken stout. I was surprised that Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Stoudt's Double IPA, and other styles were featured under "stouts". Guess they assume their clientele won't know the difference. They always have one cask conditioned ale on tap (this time Flying Dog "Snake Dog IPA". There was a very meagre selection of Belgian, German, and Irish beer (about two or three decent selections from each country).
On the bottle front, there is some more diversity in selections. There are 8 Belgian beers to choose from including Lindeman's Peche, Duvel, and Delerium Tremens (and also Leffe Blonde and Stella for those less discerning). Germany has seven bottles to choose from including three from Schneider (Aventinus, Hefe, and Edel-Weisse) as well as Aecht Schlenkerla's "Rauchbier Marzen". Jamaica, Australia, Mexico, the Netherlands, and Sri Lanka each get one or two beers to offer (though nothing exciting).
Disappointingly, the U.K. only features Fuller's ESB, and three Sam Smith's (Nut Brown, Oatmeal Stout, and Organic Raspberry). Thankfully, the U.S. craft beer selection is a bit broader (about 20 to choose from). Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, DFH Palo Santo Marron, and Stone 13th Anniversary Ale looked good. Most beers are priced between $6.00 and $13.00, though there are a couple $20 beers (22 oz. HeBrew Genesis 10:10 for example).
I was most pissed off that DC only deigned it appropriate to name the beer, brewer and price. There are no descriptions, style info, ABV etc. That seemed lazy. Overall, I think the selection is pretty good (especially for the beer oasis that is the UES), but not amazing.
Food was solid, though again, nothing to write home about. I had a good time, but I think I'll try out some other venues before coming back. Then again, if I'm every stuck on the UES desperate for craft beer, DC's might just be the place to quench my thirst.
- Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier
- Duvel Draft
- Olde Saratoga Premium Lager
Price = $33 for a turkey club, wings, and 3 beers
05-24-2010 23:28:04 |
More by BeerNemesis
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
So this was not to be missed even if this is almost my final day. I've been living in the UES for two months now and held back my visit to the DC's for a while but still, was well aware of it. provided even after st paddy's many of my residents told me they'd been here. and i didn't. lame-o.
Nice place when you walk in. laid back, non-rigid. everyone's minding their own business, clearly, and we found a round high-stooled table near the bar. not the comfy ones at the back but still, a good seat. beer deco, seems almost generic but i kinda fancied the wide bottle display atop the actual bar.
Couple of people took care of us straight up, within a minute or so we parked our bottoms. you could even say they were harrasing, but seriously, gotta give 'em some credit. nice people, i'd say decently knowledgeable about the beer. i don't expect them to recite anything but still they didn't only know about the beers, they followed up on my previous drinks as so to advise me on what to have next. nice.
Selection was grand. they're faithful to their 30+ taps and some nice casks. gotta give 'em credit for that alone and then the bottle selection which is far nicer than most places in manhattan (and definetly tops the UES by far).
Food we tried the fries and the curry brat, well prepared, tasty and generous for their prices. overall, the place is an upper east sider wishing to feel more like a LES sorta place, which is a refreshing twist for the sector. lucky for us NYP folk we can even get away with 10% discount!
03-26-2010 05:28:29 |
More by Andreji
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
This place has been reviewed quite a few times but I thought I would throw my two cents in. The Upper East Side is beer wasteland for the most part, David Copperfield's is the exception. As York ave is far from the subway the location can be seen as out of the way for some but it really is not out of the way.
As you walk in there is a bar to the left and bar tables to your right. the bar is flanked by three TVs generally turned to whatever sporting event is on. In the back are larger booths and tables designed for dining. The decor is nothing to write home about but is typical clean American bar style. They play either Sirius Satellite radio or the Jukebox if someone plays it.
Beerwise is where they truly standout. The taps are constantly rotating with American crafts and some harder to find imports. They do a good deal of seasonals which is nice from the local brewers as well as those a bit further a field. There is also one cask pulled ale at any given time. Check the website for what is currently on as they update it frequently. In the times I have been here there is usually something good to be had on tap. Another good thing is that when a new brewery comes to NYC you can be sure that they will have those brews available. Turnover seems pretty good as selections have always been fresh.
Bottlewise they have a small but well thought out selection. I have had some Alesmith, Cigar City, Stone small releases(coconut, macadamia nut porter) and some rarer Belgians. Definitely worth a look on the beer menu when you get in. another nice thing is that they print out new beer menus for use in the pub on a daily(or so) basis so you do not have to squint at the taps or a board at the other end of the bar.
The food here is a step above pub grub. While most of the menu is typical pub fare they manage to do it rather nicely. the burgers in particular are good here and quite reasonably priced. Definitely not gourmet but worth a shot for dining in.
The servers here are good, attentive and knowledgeable. DC's usually does not get too crowded and is a good place to grab some beers with friends, watch a game or two or grab a bite to eat. If you live on the UES you are lucky to have a place like this within walking distance. For tourists this is a good spot after a day in Central Park or any of the museums on Fifth ave. It is probably about a 15 minute walk or a cheap cab ride from the Met.
01-06-2010 16:09:46 |
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