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[ Store ]
167 Chrystie St
phone: (212) 260-4360
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 134 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$
The store has the feel of a wholesale warehouse with slightly dim lighting, that being said I like the place. It is a little dingy and oddly organized but one of my favorite places to beer shop in Manhattan.
They have a really good selection and everything is available in singles. I have found many a beer that no one else had still available at New Beer. Also, the staff seem to be quite the beer geeks and you often find some great beers that are pre-cellared for you (especially if you spend the time to really check the bottom shelves).
The staff is knowledgeable but not pushy, they can answer your questions if you have them but they are happy to let you wander and peruse the selections.
Prices seem to be on par with other stores in the area or sometimes just a shade cheaper.
02-24-2012 19:09:48 |
More by dbrauneis
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Low lit warehouse feel, not a ton of staff but the one or two people who were on the floor asked if I needed any help but I was more than happy to just browse around at their huge selection. All beers in 6/4 packs can be purchased as singles and a lot of beers here were a buck or two cheaper than the whole foods down the street. This was my second time visiting here and it's my favourite place to shop in NYC. Big selection of domestics and lots of Belgian and other imports. Found a few things here that weren't available at Whole Foods either.
02-15-2012 19:51:10 |
More by peensteen
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I wasn't sure what to expect when I first walked in here. The look of the place from outside seems suited for warehouse/big bulk sales. While I am sure there is some of that going on, the selection here is quite good, but most of it standard on the East coast.
Service is pretty solid too. I was thinking walking up to the glass I was going to run into a surly NY typical attitude but I didn't. They also had answers for any product question I had.
It was quite a cool February day that I visited so items on the shelf were great temperature wise. However, noticing that the place is air condition units, it makes me wonder how the beer here holds up on a hot day.
Prices here are also slightly cheaper than the Whole Foods up the block. I suggest you purchase here first, then go to Whole Foods and get what you couldn't find.
02-13-2012 23:39:24 |
More by smakawhat
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
It's a warehouse so atmosphere doesn't really play a part in this place. And most of the employees are behind a pane of glass in a booth so service isn't really part of this place either. But it's a wholesale/retail depot; those things aren't the point. The point is the selection. More hard to find beer than I've seen in any one place before. I only allowed myself a mixed 6 pack since I knew my vacation fund was running low and that I'd have to be carrying any purchases around the city. A little on the pricey side but it was the perfect opportunity to take advantage of NY distribution and pick up a bunch of goodies that I can't get in MA. If I didn't have to catch the bus home that afternoon I could have spent hours (and hundreds of dollars) here.
02-05-2012 16:49:21 |
More by KBrennan1000
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$
THE GOOD - Excellent selection. Decent prices on most brews.
THE OKAY - Service from the staff. Have to bag your own bottles. No free glassware. Only four growler taps.
THE BAD - they close early. Some beers are clearly overpriced.
overall this is an excellent place to find some great brews, however the service is meager and the prices aren't always the best. I'm sure I'll be returning to this place, but I'll be very selective about what I buy here, because some brews are overpriced. I know this is valid because the whole foods down the street sells certain brews for less. If whole foods looks economical compared to is location, then I know I'm paying too much.
01-12-2012 04:30:24 |
More by negroobserver
District of Columbia
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
great store. bare bones. no frills. basically like a mini-warehouse/garage in the middle of the city with a few coolers, a few taps for growlers, and rack upon rack of "room temperature" beer arranged by country. found madame rose, cascade kriek and lambrucha as well as some ithaca and captain lawrence. great selection and very good prices for nyc (or anywhere for that matter). they let you buy singles/make mixed six packs. friendly, helpful staff. definitely worth a stop if you are looking for great beer in manhattan and don't need all the bells and whistles. bowery whole foods is very close as well, so potential for some very very good beer shopping within very little time.
01-07-2012 14:19:44 |
More by timtim
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Visited last Thursday. Easy walk from Grand Ave train station, which was good for me, an out-of-towner. Obviously doesn't look much like beer stores in Texas. Looks like basically an empty warehouse, really bare bones. It's kind of like being in a cellar. Not much in the cooler up front. Most everything is just out at room temperature, but it's so cold in there...however, not sure how this works in the summer. According to another review, it's just fans during warmer weather. Now, I know NYers don't get the temps we do in the South, but well, take it into consideration, whatever your purchase may be.
But lots of beer. New stuff (seasonals) are towards the front, convenient. Other than that, organized by country. It was a bit difficult to see everything (gotta kneel down to those lower shelves), so give yourself some time to explore. I went when it wasn't that busy, but I can imagine it getting a bit difficult and claustrophobic if it was busy. But New Yorkers are used to that, right? ;)
Service was decent. I mentioned what I was looking for to the guy walking around, & he made a couple of good suggestions. They also let me bubble wrap those puppies and load up my suitcase right in the store. And that makes a huge difference whenever it's freezing outside!
Costs were a bit pricey to me, but then again, this is Manhattan, so I hear it's really not that pricey. There were a couple of things, though, that I had to leave out, since I just felt they were a little too expensive. It's just a bit hard to be too realistic when I was buying only beers that doesn't even get distributed to my state. I was also buying mostly bombers and 750mls, and I think the better value is in the sixers (which you can split!)...but not what I was shopping for. Still, most I've ever spent filling up that suitcase, but I got a lot of good stuff.
Oh, and they weren't doing growler fills when I was there, so can't speak on that front. But if that's something you're making the trek for, probably couldn't hurt to call and check first.
Overall? I was impressed with the selection. I picked up some Goose Island beers that I hadn't seen in Chicago when I visited earlier this year. There were also some nice seasonals. Lots of imports (Belgian, Italian, Scandanavian) that I just hadn't really seen elsewhere, and this was my 4th beer run of the year (others were Chicago, San Francisco, and Tampa). If I lived there, it'd be in my regular rotation.
01-02-2012 20:32:28 |
More by fragilehearted
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$
This is, hands down, the best beer store in Manhattan proper.It is cheaper and has a better selection of two other spots not to far from this location(Whole Foods on Houston and Good Beer on 9th between 1st and Ave. A)
This operation is run bare bones with a few coolers and shelves full of beer. Organized by country the shop boasts great selections of Belgian, English, and American craft beers. They also have a nice choice of Italian craft beers. The prices are on the low end on NY prices. There are a few incredible bargains including Allagash,Stone, Captain Lawrence, and Jolly Pirate to name a few. Any beer fan would be able to find many options to be left quenched and happy.
11-25-2011 18:23:28 |
More by unclejazz
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Wen to this place for the first time a few days ago and really liked the place. I have been looking for a place in the city where I could find a decent selection of beers for a reasonable amount of money. Compared to most other places I have seen in New York, this place is amazing. They have a good selection of American microbreweries from all across the country. They also have a nice selection of European beers, especially Belgians. Overall, I really liked the place and if you are in NYC and looking for a place with a good selection, I would definitely recommend going here. The guy who worked there (maybe the owner) was really helpful and more than willing to point out good brews and make recommendations.
10-14-2011 15:43:21 |
More by 3HovsepiansBrews
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
New Beer is the best beer store I've encountered to date -- I've never seen such a wide variety of beers in one place. It offers a no-frills beer buying experience in what basically amounts to a warehouse.
New arrivals generally come in on the first shelf to your left as you walk into the store, and the selection is arranged by country of origin after that. I think they have a great mix of domestic/local beers as well as imports.
While the owner may not always be walking around the store, he always asks if there's anything he can do to help when he walks past you. His offer is always genuine, too -- he's even called a distributor on the spot to ask a question for me.
Some people may consider New Beer a bit pricey, but I think it's reasonable given its location in Manhattan. The beers here are usually significantly cheaper (and never more expensive) than at the Whole Foods beer store just up the block.
09-04-2011 23:21:41 |
More by schlimenhaumer
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