Typhoon Restaurant & Brewery
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Reviews by dwarbi:
2.01/5 rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 1.5
Fancy midtown decor. A Thai theme is unique for a brewpub, but that's about it. It looks nice but does not enhance the beer drinking experience. I don't find the crowd very appealing either. The service was pretty bad. The bar was covered with empty bottles and glasses from people long gone (this was at 6 PM on a Thursday). They brew four beers, but they were out of two. There were several bartenders and bar backs, but we still had to wait a very long time to get our choice of the wheat or the golden ale. When we went back to the bar to try the other beer we could get, it took twice as long. The wheat was pretty good, but the golden was not good at all. It's tough to go to a brewpub and only have 2 beers to choose from.
04-18-2003 21:29:19 | More by dwarbi
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2/5 rDev -12.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 1.5 | selection: 2.5
I will bear in mind that it was st patricks day when I was at this establishment. I don't think that helps them, but I will bear it in mind.
This brewpub has two levels, a bar downstairs and a fancier restaurant upstairs. I sat at the bar for a few, intending to eat, but left before doing so. The long bar has a faux basement look. It is decor, as the place is on the ground level, not the basement. While I kind of liked the look, it worked too hard to be a basement stuck in the middle of fancy office buildings. I saw no jukebox (strike one), and the music that was playing was some kind of modern house techno junk. The crowd (at least the ones who hadn't come from the parade) were afterwork office workers. The place had a list of 5 of their beers (although only 4 were available), guiness for the day, and 6 bottled beers. Also a list of 8 or more martinis, which tells you something about the clientele or target group. I am told the food is OK, thai inspired pub grub, which sounded interesting. I wanted some, but had such trouble getting beer, and such a headache from the "music" (i'm a 40 year old old fart, i guess), that I didn't get to it.
The beer was average, at best. Had Wheat, Pale Ale, IPA, and Golden. Nothing to write home about (strike 2). You are better off getting a quality beer at a place like David Copperfields.
But the service was killer bad. While I didn't give it the lowest rating possible, I have trouble actually imagining worse service at a bar. It one point 3 of their 4 beers needed keg changes, and it took about half an hour (although every time I asked it was "about 5 minutes). They seemed totally unprepared help wise for St Pats day, although they are near the parade route. There were no coasters, drinks were served on bar napkins (strike 3, you're out). And that was when you could get one.
Perhaps I would return here to try again for lunch, but I doubt it. I want to give any brewpub the benefit of the doubt, but this was not so much a bar as a post work yuppy hangout. Not my scene.
03-19-2004 18:00:46 | More by TheJudge
2.83/5 rDev +24.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5
I got a parking spot on East 54th Street!! (Oh, you just can't understand it). Moved past the fermenters near the entrance, and then slowly through the bar so I could take it all in and grabbed a stool at the rear of the bar on a Tuesday night. They had 6 beers on tap. one of them was Guinness. The other 5 were the house beers; the Pale Ale, IPA, Wheat, Alt and Golden Ale. Started with the IPA which was just brutal. It had a creamy head that just wouldn't dissipate. A creamy head on my IPA but it wasn't a hand drawn, and was bitter, but not nicely hop bitter, oh no. What's that smell? It's alcohol. It's... it's like... it's like it's medicinally hoppy. Not for me, no. I got through it, sampled the Golden Ale and decided I'd be better off having the Wheat which was an interesting beer. It had a color halfway to Dunkel, with a nose to match, and the flavor was very candy sugar sweetish, the appearance hazy. All in all a good pleasant darkish Wheat, certainly their best beer. Now, they also have Stella, Corona, Amsel, Heneiken and something called "Singha" in bottles. Why? I don't know. It's a decent looking place downstairs, with it's brick backings and brass and copper sheet walls. The candles burning everywhere gave the place a neat shimmery look. In addition to the beer board, they've got wine and martini boards up there. Focus, people, you're a brewpub, You make beer, push the product. Facing the bar there's a half dozen or more small tables in the area behind the stairs that go upstairs to the restaurant, almost a somewhat privatelike nook and to the far end, back of the bar, there's a great little room with a handful of couches and low lighting lamps. A great little room to hang in with a few friends if you can score it, I suppose.
Upstairs, they deal out a Thai restaurant but barside downstairs, the pub menu has spring rolls, Buffalo chicken tenders, spicy popcorn shrimp, pork dumplings, vegetable tempura and calamari Typhoon salad. Service was weak. Lots of people standing around but it was like they had to play some championship rounds of rock-paper-scissor and the loser was going to have to come over to pour me another beer. No love.
11-11-2003 02:41:17 | More by slander
Typhoon Restaurant & Brewery in New York, NY
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