Heartland Brewery and Rotisserie - Empire State
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Reviews by BlackHaddock:
United Kingdom (England)
3.37/5 rDev -12.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3 | $$$
18th Jan 2013: I liked this place: and yes I was obviously a tourist.
I had 10 hours in New York, so my wife and I decided to walk along Broadway through Times Square, see Macy’s, turn onto 34th and look up at the ESB before taking 5th Ave up to Central Park (via Central Station and other touristy bits). When we walked away from the ESB along 5th Ave and turned for the view and photo shoot: my wife noticed the brewery.
It was almost 12:00 so we walked back and went in. We sat on the ground level with very few others, watching street life: downstairs was empty, but very impressive, clean, tidy and different (to me anyway). Ground level is fine too and the beers I tried were OK: the Red Rooster Ale being the best for my taste buds.
We didn’t eat. Staff were friendly and happy to talk about beer or whatever. All in all a pleasant spot to while away an hour to rest your feet before tramping around the city again.
06-12-2013 09:17:25 | More by BlackHaddock
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3.2/5 rDev -16.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2 | $$$
Heartland Brewery is a small chain of brewpubs located throughout New York City. My hotel was a scant half-mile away from the location in the Empire State Building, so that’s where I spent the majority of my last night in the city.
It’s pretty much exactly what I expected from a touristy chain in Manhattan. The rooms (multiple) are gigantic and glitzy. Everything is extremely well-polished and overstated. There’s a ton of televisions, a lot of lights, and a lot of decorations to distract the eye.
The food sucks. I ordered a buffalo burger with some fries not expecting much, which is exactly what I got. The bun was a bit stale; the burger was overcooked and tasted like it had been frozen in patty form for some months. The fries were unexceptional. It might have even been sub-Applebee’s-standard.
The beer was also less than impressive. I ordered a flight, which came with all of their year-round brews and the choice of one of their current seasonal offerings. I do appreciate the vast variety and sheer number of rotating taps. However, none of them would be able to stand out in a crowd of other mediocre brewpubs from across the country.
At least the styles were discernable.
One awesome thing I will say about this spot, which is probably true of any spot in Manhattan, is the people. I sat next to an interesting couple arguing—the man with a thick Irish accent—for several hours about their relationship. I sat next to an interesting Cornell graduate student and struck up an interesting conversation on the economics of being a PhD student. When he left, an interesting older Italian man looking to open businesses in New York practiced his English with me and invited me to stay in his villa on the Italian coast. A random Swedish girl ordering a drink thought it was odd I was drinking alone and invited me to sit with her and her male companion.
It was an interesting night at least, even if everything else was average at best.
04-04-2014 14:16:45 | More by bigkingken
3.66/5 rDev -4.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
Stopped in here the other day as the Ginger Man and Rattle and Hum which are both very close were packed. Restaurant was fairly crowded and seemed to be mostly filled with tourist which makes sense given its location within the Empire State building.
Quality and selection of the food was decent, typical basic bar food though priced like it is a premium item. They had about 12 taps on when I was there and a number of them seemed interesting. You can get tastes of them for about $3 each. They also offer half pints which is nice.
Service at the bar was good. Food was delivered pretty quickly after ordering. Beers and water were refilled quickly.
Overall it was a decent fall back option for me, though given the location there are many other better places around if beer is solely your focus. Also don't expect it to be cheap. Realize it's in tourist location but $16-18 for a basic burger is pricy.
07-18-2013 14:57:39 | More by duceswild
3.75/5 rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
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 the Empire State Building, 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. The Empire State location has two floors (including a basement), and is a bit busier than the Times Square locale, I think. As with the Times Square locale, I'd imagine that really serious beer pursuers wouldn't bother with this place too much, but I think it's definitely worth hitting up the Heartland when you're in the city. Again, a little on the pricey side, but not too bad.
04-29-2011 19:25:01 | More by Rifugium
4.1/5 rDev +6.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
The best thing about this location is its location. The worst thing about this location, is also its location.
This is the one in the Empire State building, and Heartland must turn a lot of dollars here due to all of the tourists in queue to visit the observation deck. Who knows if they're really profiting though as the rent must be sky high.
So, it's not really a place that you'd go and hang out in for a pint after work, although I'm sure people do; and it's really busy during the day on weekends which normally means a wait even to get a seat at the bar.
As for looks, it's pretty open and bright, which is nice; but it's also a little more 'common' than your standard Heartland. It doesn't have the more modern feel of the Union Square location, nor the nicer appointments of some of the other stores. Still, it's pleasant.
The food and service are pretty much the same as the other locations, and the beer IS the same as the other locations. I'd rank it second to last in their chain overall, but there's not much else in the very immediate area (stones throw) so why not?
12-12-2010 23:49:08 | More by NeroFiddled
4/5 rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Let me start by saying, it's not a bad thing that this place caters to tourists. In fact, it's a bit of fresh air after being in the city inundated with hole in the wall eateries, with some being clean and others not so much, while avoiding national chains.
It does have that Applebee's/Chili's feel to it, but I won't knock it cause it knows what it wants to be, a place that doesn't feel high and mighty.
The server was attentive, he knew what was on-tap for their seasonals and had his own opinion on them.
They had about 5-6 regular beers on-tap and about 3-4 seasonals as well, for a typical brew pub that's more than enough selection, although most seemed to be a variation of some golden ale.
I ordered a couple different pints, while not exceptional, were more than adequate for a hot summer day of walking in the city.
Can't say too much about the food since I had only ordered onion rings, they were good, but not enough food to judge on.
For being a tourist, I enjoyed this place more than enough to go back again. Easy to find, not too pretentious, prices are reasonable and they have their own beer. I didn't see any facilities where they brew on-site, which might explain the "beer bar" status, but it's not unheard of to have their beers brewed elsewhere, especially since they have more than one location in NYC.
09-10-2010 02:04:00 | More by deltatauhobbit
3.78/5 rDev -1.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Fairly large and central safe location. Staff was good here, its a tourist spot and room for easily 250 people, and it was filling up after work. Beer quality and seasonals have picked up, much better selection. Nice very long bar to sit at.A good turnover of beer so its fresh. Not reputable as the best place to eat in town, its a possible stop if you are in Manhatten for more than a couple days, and have already gone to the Rattle 'N' Hum and The Ginger Man. Prices not bad for beer in NYC. Big windows so you see and are seen here.
02-19-2010 04:52:25 | More by Sammy
Heartland Brewery and Rotisserie - Empire State in New York, NY
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