Taps: 101 / Bottles: 112
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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Reviews by Gmann:
3.83/5 rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25 | $$$
The place is located right next to the Port Authority so there is a lot of foot traffic right in front of the place. As such, it also has a lot of "mainstream" folks that pack it up. The bar has 3 floors; a smallish bar on the first floor, a sizable 2nd floor, and an open ended 3rd floor (I think, as it was closed when I went). There were several TVs on the walls showing some European futbol events. The large windows on the 2nd floor are nice for some people watching. One interesting note, you get your one personal bathroom when you need to go. Overall, a big plus for the size of the place.
The draft list had a good amount of quality brews, definitely a beer bar selection. The bar does cater to non beer drinkers but overall it is more beer focused. On draft, they didn't have anything I couldn't easily find elsewhere. Their bottle selection was just a glass cooler in which you had to figure out what was what, no menu. They had some nice selections but if you weren't around the cooler, you wouldn't know that they had these.
The service was kind of poor the night I went. I received 2 different beers than what I ordered and they didn't do anything extraordinary. The beers were served in proper glasses.
A decent selection across the styles. Could use a bit more diversity. I appreciate the printed menu so you could see what they have.
Overall, an above average beer bar. It gets pluses for being in a touristy area. Attractive bar area and the deck would be nice during warmer weather. Needs to offer some harder to find brews.
01-20-2013 05:27:14 | More by Gmann
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3.99/5 rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.25 | $$$
A small first floor bar with a large second floor dining area. Great beer selection with lots on tap and many more in the bottle. I was happy to find BCBS on the bottle list but the waitress later returned to say they didn't have it. So I went with the Green Flash Citra Session IPA. What a beer! We split several apps and the food was only OK. Good place though!
07-23-2013 11:06:54 | More by GJ40
4.08/5 rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Stopped by this week while in NY.
Sat at the bar on the second level. The downstairs bar is way small, and the rain made the rooftop unattractive.
Staff was friendly and helpful. Based on the website, I was hopeful to get BCBS coffee, but they were out. I ended up with Union Jack, Big John, and Stone IRS.
Prices were a bit steep but not unexpected based on the location. Most drafts were $8 - $14. A few of the more interesting bottle selections were fairly high. I would have loved to have tried Black Ops, but at $40 for bomber, I decided to pass.
Very convenient location since it is literally across the street from the port authority bus terminal. I will probably have to stop anytime I'm in the area.
07-07-2013 00:01:51 | More by richj1970
4.24/5 rDev +2.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5 | $$
Taking the A train from JFK to Manhattan for G's birthday weekend, we emerged from the Port Authority station directly across the street from Beer Authority. After a long flight, it was a great way to start our weekend.
On a Thursday night, there was a DJ playing music a bit loud but we survived sitting around the edge. Our waiter was friendly and efficient, bringing beer and the daily special in short order: a vegetarian shepherd's pie. Dinner was great with a lentil based that tasted a lot like our favorite camping dish but with a thick, creamy head of mashed potatoes. We just wonder why this sort of meal isn't readily available in Minnesota.
Believing in drinking local, I started by trying a couple of brews from Spider Bite. Eye Be Use, a Double IPA, was disappointingly unrefined but I still followed up with Boris the Spider, a Russian Imperial Stout. Slightly better but the blunted hops couldn't come through the unbalance RIS. Nice experiment but I'm not a fan. I accidentally spilled the last of this beer on my blue jeans; generously, our server brought me a short pour to replace my clumsiness.
During research, I came across the new Bronx Brewery and happily got a chance to try their Black Pale Ale. No Sublimely Self Righteous, but this American black ale has a solid malty base and a clean dark bite that makes is a good choice. We ended with a draft of Dogfish Head Noble Rot, an earthy and interesting saison that we returned to on Sunday.
We tried to repeat our first stop on Saturday night after seeing Tom Hanks in Lucky Guy. An extremely poignant play based on the life Mike McAlary, a 1980s tabloid columnist in New York. Not only did we intimately learn about a part of NYC history and culture, but the gritty, authentic underbelly of the newspaper business written by late Nora Ephron. Unfortunately, we weren't able to discuss any of this at Beer Authority. The band joked about playing too loud and continued to shake the rafters. We put in ear plugs while I drank a beer and finally starting texting each other out of desperation, leaving disappointed and had to talk over the play while kicking our way through the late night crowds of Times Square.
On Sunday afternoon, we needed to head back to the hotel to pick up our bags after a visit to the 9/11 memorial. I wanted to give Beer Authority a chance in the daylight and to give the mac & cheese a try.
Happily, this visit was pleasant. I started with a Green Flash West Coast IPA, a favorite hoppy treat when I get the chance. By the time we ordered the mac & cheese, I was on to Ommegang Barrier Relief, a Belgian IPA that's a collaboration ale with Barrier Brewing to rebuild that Sandy ravaged brewery. A beautifully blended IPA with a Belgian funk was a solid choice for a last beer in NYC. The beer paired surprisingly well with the mushroom and garlic Mac & Cheese, unusual and intriguing, I would gladly order it as a meal again.
On the way out, we ran into an intrepid band of beer hunters, one also a blogger at Hoptical Allusions. Need to leave for the train to fly home, we didn't have to time for more than a pic and a cheers on the way out. Each had a tray of four tasters—sixteen on the table. After two trying visits, a third with a chance encounter with fellow beer travelers bolstered my spirits and our experience. With great beer that is well served, Beer Authority is the go-to place in the heart of Manhattan for craft beer. However, in the future, I will make this our pre-show stop to relax and unwind before hitting Broadway, saving the post-show discussion for a much quieter place.
More at http://pintsizedrevelations.blogspot.com/2013/03/beer-authority-new-york-ny.html
05-19-2013 19:24:49 | More by FightingEntropy
4.48/5 rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25 | $$
This is a relatively new place; apparently owned by Rattle N Him. Unlike Rattle N Hum, it's much larger, with 3 levels including a small bar on the lower level, a restaurant / bar / large screen television area with lots of windows on the second level, and a 3rd (open) level that includes picnic tables and of course a bar. The location is convenient; just across from the Port Authority on West 40th Street. There's a nice mix of food to choose from. The brisket sandwich I had was good. They also had a choice of appetizers, entrees and desserts. The staff is friendly and helpful. All in all, a nice first experience. I plan on returning.
05-05-2013 21:48:56 | More by JohnW58
4.01/5 rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | $$$
Man, this place is huge. Walked in later in the evening after a dinner. Bottom bar is small, and the upstairs layout is huge. Consider it the antithesis of The Blind Tiger.
Selection menu is just like Rattle 'n' Hum. Menu divides everything into style. I ordered what I had specifically come for, and was told that it was out. The bartender then crossed out several beers that were no longer available, which was discouraging. I think I said, "Oh, such-and-such a beer is out too. Hmmm." And the bartender then suggested Yeti, which kind of annoyed me as I was asking about moreesoteric stuff, and I would figure she'd know I wanted to try something unique. All of the staff were chomping on gum and texting on their phone, which I found...annoying. It seemed to put things into a, "Yeah, whaddya want?" kind of thing. I was considering getting some of the rarer Bourbon County Stouts there, but decided against it as I was just getting bored of the whole thing and didn't want to spend all my night there.
Eh. I don't think I would bother going back. They clearly are raking in the money and don't care about my business.
05-02-2013 18:08:38 | More by RblWthACoz
4.61/5 rDev +11.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Being a big fan of Rattle n Hum I was excited to try their new place Beer Authority. I always like to have somewhere near Times Square and Port Authority for when I am stuck up there. I tried the roof garden on my first visit. The selection is not as large as it is on the second floor and the view of Port Authority isn't exactly scenic; however, somewhere to sit outside and get fresh air in NYC is always nice. My second visit I sat at the bar on the second floor. The bartender was friendly and great. My beers were poured perfectly and I had an awesome time. Still haven't tried any of the food, but very happy to have and escape when I'm stuck in the area.
12-11-2012 19:46:18 | More by laurastradford
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Beer Authority in New York, NY
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