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Heartland Brewery Union Square
Active Beers: 27
Beer Ratings: 575
Beer Avg: 3.52
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
35 Union Square West
phone: (212) 645-3400
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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Reviews by TheDeuce:
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$$
This is my second Heartland Brewery review, also went to the South water-side location for dinner.
Again, a well-lit, really crowded establishment, decor is kind of cool, seems clean and well run.
Beer selection included a lager, a red ale that I tried last time, an IPA and an oatmeal stout, once again in the crowded atmosphere I decided to just sample one repeatedly, seemed the best way to get a taste of the quality in that sort of atmosphere. Can't knock it for being crowded.
I had the lager, it was fine but formulaic, full review forthcoming. The bartender was quick enough but didn't seem impressed with me since I wasn't one of the high rollers like the rest of the people in there. Whatever, to hell with him.
Got my bill and found that the beer was 6.50 a pint, good lord, definitely not worth the price.
Overall, like the other location it seems like a nice place but I could only really try one beer. I will return to sample the rest of the beers.
02-17-2008 14:14:49 |
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10-22-2013 20:25:41 |
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More by Goobastic
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.25 | selection: 3 | $$
You can't walk by them but they are certainly not a destination either. Luckily Manhattan has some great beer bars because the brewery situation is bleak. Though I did not eat it seemed like more of a restaurant that brews on the side. Nice clean spot that had a lot of activity so it seemed popular. Tried to nurse a Saturday morning hangover but they did not open till 1pm. There are a few around the city so chances are you will end up walking by one of them. Do stop but don't go far out of your way.
07-03-2013 12:35:10 |
More by Mfoleybrews
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
I liked this place nice decor just big enough so the noise level won't kill you. I started out with Cornhusker Lager and ended with a Seasonal Apricot ale both tasted great compared to some Micro breweries where they go over board with taste. We ordered fried dill pickles which we both liked and both got burgers cooked to order nice and hot and juicy. The only draw back was waitress who seemed to have her mind else where but overall we enjoyed our lunch and would return again. Great beer people the beer alone is worth the trip...
06-07-2013 18:09:39 |
More by jamesg60
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $$$$
Went here on a recent trip to New York. Did not go to the Union Square location but the location north of times square.
Atmosphere is nice. I was able to get a table quickly. Service was also good. I ate here and had the fish and chips which were I must say in my top five places for fish and chips. Really well prepared.
The beers were hits and misses (see reviews). Lagers were ho hum to weird but the porters and dark beers were very good to excellent.
Biggest gripe. The price. Absolutely ridiculous. I spent almost $60 here for fish and chips, a flight and two pints. Granted. Alot to consume but that much?! Food and drinks were way too expensive. Gouging. I know it's new york city but come on.
03-17-2012 02:19:36 |
More by jneiswender
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Six locations in NYC. Out of the three I've been to, my favorite is the Chophouse at Times Square (43rd between B'way & 6th). This one is in Union Square, and I've been there a few times. Like it's sister establishment, pretty cllassy joint, nice casual atmosphere, tasty homebrewed beer, pleasant seasonals, and good good food. Each Heartland is set up differently as thus has a different atmosphere. This location has two floors (including a balcony), but is somewhat smaller than the other locales, and this more on the busy side, and I often have to stand a while before even a bar seat opens up. As with the other locales, I'd imagine that really serious beer pursuers wouldn't bother with this place too much (hike over to Blind Tiger instead perhaps), but I think it's definitely worth hitting up the Heartland when you're in the city. As usual, a little on the pricey side, but not too bad.
04-29-2011 19:27:11 |
More by Rifugium
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$$
Popped in here in between trains the last couple of Fridays. The inside of Heartland brewery reeks chain. That said you would never know you were in New York. The place has a big bar and plenty of seating with tvs abound. The crowd struck me as a lot of business people and workers who were on their lunch break. The atmosphere is nothing that will win you over. The beer selection has five regular beers and four specialty taps. The beer is hit and miss. While the oatmeal stout blew me away, the honey porter was forgettable. I had a couple other beers there as well and it was very either much good or average. What does strike you is that pints—as well as everything else is expensive in New York. Most pints averaged $7 while seasonals were $7.50. I did try the food and had the mac and cheese. While small in size compared to most restaurants, this was very tasty. The chefs know what they are doing. I was also super impressed by the service. I sat by the bar and let the barkeep know I had a train to catch. Both times the plate was out quick and tasted great. He also answered all my questions about the beer. Heartland is certainly worth a stop, especially if you have a layover at Penn Station. Not the best brewery I have been to, but certainly not the worst.
04-14-2011 13:55:39 |
More by tigg924
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
Before moving their brewery operations across the river to Brooklyn, this NYC chain made beers on site. The Union Square restaurant was their first; currently, Heartland has locations across from Radio City, off Times Square, near the Port Authority, in the tourist-choked Empire State Building and at South Street Seaport, in the same space that was once home to the much lamented North Star Pub. (Sigh.)
At Union Square, one finds a crowded bi-level with a long bar on the right. At the end are brewing tanks - I guess they are there for show (or something.) Opposite are the tidy restrooms. The customers ran the gamut of drunken tourists, obnoxious douche bags, and the ubiquitous phone-cows, those blathering females with cell phones permanently attached to their yammering maws. If you seek quiet conversation, or solace and contemplation, go elsewhere.
While never overwhelming, Heartland beers are decent, nevertheless; they offer the same beers at all locations: on my visit (January 2011), there were six taps, which included a black lager, a wheat, an IPA and a very tasty Oatmeal Stout - it won an award at the GABF, I believe.
The best thing you could say about the service was that it was indifferent; perhaps, if one exploded into flames through spontaneous combustion, the bartender may sleepily glance over - just bring your own water in case. The menu was the usual: nothing to write home about, unless your relatives or friends have a strange interest in stereotypical pub grub. I had fish and chips, which sated me for the evening.
In any case, I don't imagine myself returning here - I prefer the Radio City location. Still, it got the job done.
02-11-2011 22:06:33 |
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