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The Stag's Head
Taps: 16 / Bottles: 65
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
252 E 51st St
phone: (212) 888-2453
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-09-2009)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 13
Reviews by KBrennan1000:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in for the Found-hog Day Founders tap takeover, particularly the Breakfast Stout infused with bourbon and maple, then filtered over oak chips (the Canucky Breakfast Stout, as they called it). Our bartender was fast with the orders and pours and kept our water glasses filled the whole time. Decent selection, better prices than a lot of bars near me. We arrived at the perfect time and got seats at the bar with no wait. About 10 minutes later the place was packed and noisy but not upsettingly so.
02-05-2012 15:15:35 |
More by KBrennan1000
More User Reviews:
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I went into the Stag's Head after a long day of work last week and was pretty pleased. Walking down a few steps below street level, I was greeted with a dark-wood basement paradise reminiscent of someone's awesome man-cave. It's not dank, per se -- too clean for that -- but the mild gloom was warming and welcoming. Additionally, there were several TVs with different games on but the volume down, and a sedate singer-guitarist performing folk-rock in an unobtrusive way. It was all very homey.
Service was decent and the breadth of their selection is pretty good, but the quality of the selection seemed pretty good to me. Now, I'm from out of town, so most of the beers available were unknown to me which may have added to the appeal. Still, I would like to revisit this place and explore more of their tap selections. I will admit, though, the real appeal of the place to me is the atmosphere: it's the perfect kind of drinking hole I want to go and have a beer after work.
Prices are par for the course for Manhattan. There is a menu but I didn't happen to get anything while I was there.
04-01-2013 15:02:58 |
More by flagmantho
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I really enjoy this place. With rotating taps and a constant procession of visiting brewers, the everchanging tap-scape at Stag's Head means your return visit won't taste like your last. My first visit was Chelsea Brewing's night. Then Greenport Harbor Brewing Co had control. Then later the Boulder Beer Company was in charge. Never a miss. And the staff, not just good looking, they are also quite knowledgeable! Got a question? Don't recognize what beer? Or maybe your trying to right the right pairing for the delicious entree you just ordered, just ask!
I'll be visiting again, and often.
03-15-2013 00:22:19 |
More by CitySwigger
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I read about this joint and decided to check it out with the wife after a visit to the nearby Japan Society. This is not an area we normally venture into, but The Stag's Head sure was a pleasant surprise.
It appears to be a "different" kind of bar in this generic, pub-filled area of Manhattan. Lots of wood, iron, breweriana and some good art (believe it!)
It's not crowded and it is not loud. On a Friday evening. In Midtown Manhattan. I'm in love!!! :-)
14 craft taps were listed on a chalkboard above the bar and the table section too. Elysian Jasmine IPA, Southampton IPA, Smuttynose IPA, Breckenridge Pilsner... plus some real cool stuff like Lagunitas Undercover and Sumpin' Wild, Harpoon Triticus and Uber-Bock, Pretty Things Saison.
Service was good, prompt and didn't miss a beat, although I was a bit annoyed that the Jasmine IPA we ordered kicked and so we only got one pint. Should have discounted or free, don't you think...
Their beer menu is updated on beermenus.com, which is always a huge plus on my book. Price is not bad, with beers between $5-$7 (pints or 9-oz snifters). Didn't try food, but it looks a little better than your average pub shit, what with candied bacon cashews, jambalaya croquettes with cajun remoulade and empanadas with chipotle-braised chicken.
They also have brewery events (Oskar Blues-Two Brothers was coming up when I visited) and an outdoor patio on the second floor that seems to be popular (was crowded during our visit, while the rest of the bar was roomy and nice).
This is one of the better beer bars in Midtown East. I look forward to coming here again!
05-31-2011 05:39:23 |
More by DoubleSimcoe
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I work in midtown east and was extremely pleased to find a craft beer bar close by.
The atmosphere mainly depends on the day of the week Sun-Thur it is generally pretty laid back decent music and I can get a seat at the bar. Fri & Sat expect it to be loud and crowded. It is connected to the bar next door(Cornerstone) by an open doorway, so on their karaoke nights the music is really loud and not that great.
The beer selection is all american craft beers and is generally great with 16+ taps and 30+ bottles and cans.
The bartenders specifically Nick and Todd are great both of them know their beers and can explain them in great detail. Though there is a chick who bar-tends and I will not go when she is bar-tending(generally Fridays). I went three times with her behind the bar and waited 15-20 minutes to get my first drink each time. I always sit at the bar so I can't rate the servers.
The food is your standard bar fare, hamburgers, pulled pork sandwiches and the like. I have never had any complaints.
05-06-2011 08:03:21 |
More by circuscyaneus
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
In Midtown East , there has not been a good beer bar that I can recall, so the Stag`s Head is an added welcome to the scene.
The atmosphere is relaxed, with some horns on the wall as goes with the name of the establishment. Antiques and a few books also sit on a shelf to one side, making it some cozy. Beer selection on tap included Allagash Curieux, DFH 90 Min, North Coast Red Seal, Pretty Things Jack D`Or, Fisherman`s Brew, Kelso Nut Brown, a couple others. Bottles included Brooklyn Local 1, other NY beers, Abita, Stone, Victory, and even a couple from Jolly Pumpkin. The staff, although not well versed in all of their beers when I visited, were very friendly and helpful. Food was average, may eat somewhere else nearby next time. But, I will certainly stop by again for a couple beers. For those of you who work in the area, be sure to stop when you have the chance.
08-31-2010 21:52:23 |
More by mltobin
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
I happened upon this place because it's next to the hotel I frequently stay at while visiting NYC. The atmosphere is pretty laidback and the waitstaff were attentive. Their knowledge of the beer was a little spotty. One day I went and the bartender knew about each of the beers on tap; another day, she wasn't sure where most of them were even from.
That said, their draught and bottle selections were impressive. The beers tasted fresh and seemed to highlight microbrews from the east coast and especially those found in New York state.
The food is standard pub fare, not great, but not bad either. Overall, it's a nice, lowkey bar in Midtown, definitely worth a visit if you enjoy local features when traveling.
07-29-2010 13:13:58 |
More by SBinF
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
The atmosphere is a plus for The Stag's Head under the condition that you're sitting outside in their self-proclaimed "beer garden." Otherwise, you can expect the usual bar/pub accoutrements.
Overall the service was subpar. Our waitress mixed up our drink orders, and often what we wanted to drink mysteriously was no longer on tap. The suggestions were alright, though I don't think all that knowledgeable. However, our waitress did inform us that she was an "IPA whore" -- always a good sign. Add to that the fact that she was smoking hot, and a lot of our complaints simply melt away.
Beer selection was decent: mostly local stuff on tap (though there was some Rogue available). Bottle selection was good not great. I could definitely come back and be satisfied with new choices. A third time might be pushing it, though I hear they have pretty decent rotation.
Food was average. Basically, expect to order a burger and have no reason to complain. Of course, you'll also probably not be sending the chef your compliments.
Yankees and Celtics games were on the TV.
Overall, good value and unique atmosphere make this mid-town stalwart are pleasurable experience -- just know that heading about 20 blocks south to Ginger Man or Rattle 'n Hum will buy an all around better experience.
06-01-2010 23:39:46 |
More by BeerNemesis
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $
We enjoyed a couple beers and split the chicken quesadilla. The taps had a good selection of New York craft beers as well as standard craft beers and a few imports from Germany, Belgium and the U.K. The bottled beer was good but nothing special. We were there on a Sunday evening, so I don't know what it is like on a typical weeknight or Friday/Saturday, but we really enjoyed the relaxed and friendly vibe. The food was very good -- better than a typical pub would be expected to serve. One of the best things is the location -- on a block dotted with about a half dozen very good beer bars. We would definitely go back.
03-31-2010 04:27:14 |
More by dpkpr
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Found this place while looking for an honest to goodness beer bar in East Midtown, of which there are few. I guess you've got David Copperfields in the East 70's, but my Mets fan buddy who I was meeting for a drink refuses to go there now because the last time all five televisions were tuned to the Yankees game, and when he requested the Mets on at least one, the bartender gave him shit for it.
Stag's Head is basically an after-work sports bar that just happens to serve good beer, as opposed to say, Standings in the East Village, a craft beer bar that also shows sports. Despite it being a Friday night with March Madness in full swing, the crowd was generally low-key and appreciated what they were drinking, which is never a given in a neighborhood ruled by In-Bev heavy sports bars.
Good selection of predominantly east coast craft brews on tap. A few Harpoons, Allagash Dubbel, Cisco, Smuttynose, two Cape Ann Fishermans brews, some Oskar Blues, and refreshingly, no Bud or Coors in sight. Pretty extensive bottle list to fill in the blanks. Pints were 6 bucks, with a few select drafts at 4 & 5 dollars during happy hour.
Food didn't appear to be too special, but our nachos and onion rings were more than fine. Service was quick, and noise level, while loud, wasn't so deafening as to make conversation impossible. A solid find in a neighborhood that's generally got nothing to offer beer geeks.
03-28-2010 22:42:39 |
More by dmgnyc
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