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Beer Ratings: 57
Beer Avg: 3.69
Taps: 13 / Bottles: 15
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Store ]
200 5th Avenue
On The Roof Of Eataly
phone: (212) 937-8910
(Place added by: brystmar on 06-03-2011)
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vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 2 | $$$$
Visited this once when it opened then decided to come back for a balanced review. Both experiences were a varying degree of bad. Best part about this place is the setting. You are on the rooftop of the Flatiron districts Eataly and there are good views. However, it ends there. Picture this. It's 95 degrees and you are roasting under the sun. Then you pay $10 for a warm flat beer that does not even taste good. This is not a biergarten it is a flop. But the worst part is the service. It is impossible to get to and no one is there to usher the people in. Also, the whole point of the biergarten is it's communal. However here they said my friends could not join us when we started, they needed to make an advance reservation. What? Between the $10 warm flat beer, bad service and stuffy vibe there is no fun here. Plent of other good biergartens in NYC now even in queens and Brooklyn.
07-03-2011 18:51:27 |
More by Mypintishalffull
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | $$$$
ok got to try this place right after the holiday rush thinking it would be a good time to sneak in after lots of people are partied out many people have left the city to go on vacations and such
ok lets start with the atmosphere ok i thought the whole reason why there is a premium here is because there is an amazing view? ok excuse me but i did not see any amazing view when i was here as a matter of fact the "view" is nothing more than looking at the walls they put around this place and a bit of some other buildings peeking out above but definitely nothing special what a gype
quality of beers is pretty good so good marks there but really what about the beers people want to drink? they have a lot of these crazy herbal and artisan beers on tap that are offsite but then shipped in but they are not even that good and why would you want to drink that on a hot rooftop?
service was really slow it also seems like they didn't know the beers that well if its a gourmet place then why are the people not trained to talka about the beers more intelligently? my server did not know the difference between a lager and an ale c'mon that is the most basic thing ever when talking about beer its like knowing difference between red or white wine
and selection was bad because they had many empty taps i mean c'mon you are charging us $10 for a beer at least give us a selection here honestly i'd rather drink a $6 bottle of refreshing light ipa or pilsner with no gimmicks than some overpriced beer that had some herbs thrown in it
overall not very impressive at all and this seemed like an overpriced and overhyped place to me i will gladly go back to zeppelin hall back home and enjoy that
07-06-2011 01:46:56 |
More by renegadeburger
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 5 | $$$$
I don't usually review but I thought this one was worth talking about, a year after opening. The quality of the house-brewed cask beers is low. Amateurish, even. Everything is packed with a gimmicky food product (the three on cask when I got there were a thyme pale ale that honestly just makes the thyme mask the hop aroma, what they call a chestnut mild but tastes more like a bad porter, and a DFH ancient ale with gentian and myrrh that was practically undrinkable and resembled bad, flat, sweet, fruity, medicinal homebrew. These were $10 apiece, and consider that they don't have to pay a distributor.) As for the non-house selection, it's quite good, although most are 750s in the $20 range, so prepare to share. They had carafes of Freshchester Pale and Moretti. The view is of the top of the flatiron building and the empire state, which is fairly cool, but this is a walled room with skylights, not a "rooftop". The "teku" glasses others refer to - high end glassware - have been eliminated. The wine is actually pretty good, and the food is even better. Our server outwardly made fun of one of our party for asking where the lamb came from...despite the menu being nothing but descriptions of where everything else is from (down to "Delaware honey" in that myrrh abomination.)
06-28-2012 19:05:42 |
More by ghostly
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$$$
I happened to be by Eataly and decided to stop by the Birreria. I had read that the house beers were $10 a pint. They weren't $10/pint, it was $10 for beer in a shaker pint glass. House beers were served from a beer engine and with a dense head. I ended up getting the Wanda, a English mild made with chestnuts. My friend had the pale ale with thyme. The beers were fine, but $5 fine. Considering how much they claim to pay attention to quality, I wish the beer was served in better glassware.
As far as the other selections, a few locals, but most of the beers are from Beerifico Baladin. Some interesting saisons with wild yeast, saisons with grape must, as well as some local NY brewery beers. Guest drafts were between $7-$9 for a 12oz. pour when I was there.
It was in the middle of December, so it was quite cold outside, but it was covered in the winter. It was quite warm and the place was quite lively. Although there were 5 bartenders behind the bar, they weren't very attentive. Didn't try the food.
12-21-2012 21:59:43 |
More by dauss
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$$
Great sights great location but not that impressive otherwise.
Their selection is alright about 10 beers on tap, 3 of their own cask beers (none of which impressed me--their ales were extremely stale unfortunately)
Service was horrible. We had a reservationa nd still had to wait 10 minutes for our table...waiter had no idea about the beers (although i've heard good things about the waiters here we might have gotten a rookie by chance or something). regardless he took forever. at the end of our meal we ordered a round of beers and they started cleaning up our table before we were even half way done. it was 1030 no one else was coming to the restaurant like come on i know you wanna get your next table in but relax and maybe you would have gotten a better tip.
Their food was pretty good but definitely overpriced as were the drinks.
07-03-2011 19:47:59 |
More by alf212
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$$$
First off, you have to go in knowing you are walking into a tourist trap. With that, expensive prices come hand in hand. It is on the rooftop of the new Eataly establishment. The prior reviewer gave a good overview of the concept.
So, the setting is top notch. Rooftop drinking in NYC, how cool. It is not that you have a great view of anything in particular, but regardless. Good staff. I have gone twice, both times the waiters seemed to know their beers.
On my most recent trip, there was only 1 real house beer...a cask peppercorn wit. Interesting, but come on $10 a pint is asking a lot, especially for a session beer. By far, the most expensive house beer I have seen in my travels. $5 would be sufficient. they continue to promise a chestnut ale is coming, but still nothing. Most draft beers are not even served in pints, they are served in "tekus" which I have no idea what that means, but it is smaller than 16ozs for sure.
On tap, outside the new Life & Limb from DFH, it was Moretti, Sly Fox and several DFH standards. The bottles are interesting, but unless you want to shell out $16-$30 for a bottle, you are out of luck.
The food is not typical Italian/pasta fare. It is most cheeses, salads and meats. We had the 3 cheese platter for $11 which was good, but we got 3 tiny pieces.
This is a mixed review. I like it there, most for the atmosphere and uniqueness. the prices are just a bit out of hand, even for NYC. If you want to try it, just know what it is beforehand.
08-21-2011 18:10:12 |
More by Nutleybeer
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Nice space on top of the roof. We got there about 11:30am and had no elevator wait, no wait for a table and the full attention of our waiter.
He had great suggestions and an honest assesment of the beers. He was very friendly and knew his beers. I had their Gina, brewed with thyme..pale ale on cask. It was very good. My girlfriend had a Sly Fox hefe and that was also very good. Food wise and beer wise....this is NOT cheap. I had their Maitake Mushrooms (2) with a pecorino cream sauce, served with asparagus and pea shoots....for $15. They give you good bread and very good olive oil for dipping. But that was lunch for me. Not a lot of food, but it was excellent and I was satisfied...not full, but it was enough. My girlfriend had the pork shoulder with beer-apricot sauce....a more substantial plate, served with kraut..it was also very good.
As we ate the place filled up....so we were glad to have been there early..I'm sure that an hour later and we would not have had the service that we had....they were slammed pretty much.
I would say that it was NYC rooftop pricing
( I'm improvising here)..but I would recommend a visit; especially if you can get there early.
09-04-2011 17:30:43 |
More by Hautacam
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$$
Love the space, loved the food, beer they brew is ehh, guest bottles and taps are nice but expensive.
Nice place to take folks from out of town, cuz the room is bright, airy, pleasant and impressive. Went when it was quiet, midweek for lunch at the bar, so no crowds, and no stress, can imagine prime times would get kinda hectic.
Enjoyed some anti pasta and a tasty sandwedge, along with a few of thier house brewed drafts.
Very pleasant at the bar.
Not a place I would visit on a regular basis, but nice to visit to see fine food and fine beer being intermingled, enjoyed and mostly respected.
03-17-2012 19:53:38 |
More by Billolick
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
La Birreria has only been open for about a week so I hope to update this upon future visits as it can be a bit unfair to review a place that is still working out the kinks.
To get here you must navigate the tourists at Eataly and head to the back. There you must wait on line for the elavator which brings you to the 14th floor. Once there it is up another flight of steps, past some empty kegs and the brewing equipment to the roof. Note that the line can has been very long so far especially during peak hours. If you go at an off hour you can breeze up though.
Once up on the roof there are a number of tables to the right and a bar to the left. The retractable roof allows for great city views while offering ample protection from the rain. Seated at the bar, you face north which should provide a view of the king of buildings, the Empire State but unfortunately there is only a small slit of a window offering a glimpse at the building. However at night the lights do illuminate things quite well. The rest of the view is better , especially for the Flatiron Building. My only other complaint is there is no real way to walk to the edge to have better views.
Beerwise they had a number of Dogfish head and Italian brews as well as three housemade cask offerings. As of right now they are brewed down at DFH but this will change as the brewery becomes fully productive. I had their Thyme beer as well as the Maple brown ale. The Thyme was very mild while the maple brown was a bit more bold. Both beers were solid as was an Italian Pale Ale, ReAle . Being new, everything obviously tasted fresh.
Service was good, especially for a new place. The bartenders were knowledgeable and prompt. I did not get any food this time around but a few of the items I saw other patrons eating looked good.
The major problem I found was the price of the cask beers, $10 a piece. Compared to the $7 regular tap offerings this seems a bit much. One of the bartneders said this might come down so this point could change.
All in all there are a few kinks and the view is not quite as good as what I thought it would be but the place is running smoothly. The focus on brewing real ale for consumption on a Manhattan roof top is a great idea however the crowds and the prices will probably prevent this from becoming a regular hangout.
Mind you that this review is for the very newly opened establishment and as such is limited.
06-16-2011 16:05:23 |
More by sleazo
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$
La Birreria! The newest beer spot New Yorkers love to hate... :-)
I decided to check it out on a sunny hot August day. At around 2:30pm there was no wait. It is a bit difficult to get to, what with the elevator, stairs, hallways and general maze.
Loved the music, but the place looks like a cheap patio at a dive bar in Florida. Crowd was mostly European tourists, and some well-dressed locals, pretty girls and guys in suits. No beer nerds in sight.
WAY HOT! And no views whatsoever except for a tiny slice of the Empire State from the bar. The marble bar was so hot you could warm up your coffee on it. Even the servers were sweating. Enough said!
Selection: ONE house brew (Sofia, with peppercorns), one Dogfish cask (Eataly pale ale) and ten drafts, including Dogfish 120 and Raison d'Etre, Southern Tier Hop Sun, Moretti and Life&Limb. They also have wine on tap, FYI.
My Eataly Pale Ale was fine, drinkable, a hint of spice, tad boring but good for the weather. Not too casky. Had a "teku" (12 ounces) of Life&Limb, 20 cl of beer and the rest was head (bartender said that is the way they do it because it is high gravity).
Didn't try the food but would like to next time. Service was fine at the bar. Overall, I had mixed feelings about the place. Love the selection and service and music, didn't like the settings and the silly heat and the prices and the hassle to get up there.
Had the chance to chat with one of the owners and that was a nice touch. He explained how the costs of brewing on a rooftop adds up, hence the $10 tag for a pint, and also said that they are not a beer garden but a brewery on a rooftop, which makes sense to me.
Not a destination (avoid at peak times), but sure worth a visit or two, and definitely much better than the poor reviews here might have you think. I'm looking forward to the new house-brewed ales.
Note: On my most recent visit (Summer 2012) had a great Birreria Giuseppina, a "Golden IPA" brewed with decocted rigatoni and Belgian yeast strains.
09-14-2011 23:32:42 |
More by DoubleSimcoe
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