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Heartland Brewery and Rotisserie - Empire State

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Heartland Brewery and Rotisserie - Empire StateHeartland Brewery and Rotisserie - Empire State
BA SCORE
87
very good

32 Ratings
Ratings: 32
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.24%
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

350 5th Ave
New York, New York, 10118-0110
United States
phone: (212) 563-3433

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Reviews by jwc215:
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%

Located at the bottom of the Empire State Building, this location is easy to find and easly accessible. It has two floors. The top floor (the floor with the entrance) has tables on the right and a fairly large bar on the left. The bottom floor is located on the bottom of a large set of staris. The bottom floor is quite large with spacious tables and another fairly large bar. Both floors are well-lit with music playing in the background.

My friends and I sat at the bar on the top floor. (though I did note the bottom floor, esp. because that is where the bathroom is. The waitress was very friendly and helpful. While she wasn't overly knowledgeable about beer overall, she was very knowledgeable about the beers on the selection. She offered free samples when we wanted to try something, and served quickly and efficiently.

A dozen beers were offered. A half dozen were regulars and the other half were seasonals. The regulars included an IPA, an Oatmeal Stout, a Red Ale, a Light, a Czech Pils, and a Wheat. Another Wheat was in the seasonal (which included an interesting line-up of herbs that was rather tasty. (The waitress explained that they just ran out of the Black Lager.) The prices were $6.75 for a pint, $4.50 a half-pint, and $8 for a 23 oz. The seasonals and the Oatmeal Stout were about a half dollar more.
My overall impression of the beers was that they had a nice flavor, but very mild. They seemed easily drinkable, making this a very good intro. to craft beer, but they were tasty enough to be enjoyed by veteran beer-drinkers. Of the ones I tried (samples of several and pints of the Oatmeal Stout, the Red and the IPA), nothing wowed me but they were still all decent (except maybe the Scotch Ale, which seemed a bit "off", but it's tough to say from just a sample - my friend said that it did get better as it progressed, and he likes that style). They all poured with a decent head that left plenty of lacing. They were all served a bit too cold in a chilled, though not frosted, glass. They offer clear-glass growlers, and though we bought two, I forgot to take note of the price.

For food, we ordered a mix of different appetizers that we shared. They were all pretty good. The menu offers a range of bar-type food, and, of course, the rotisserie.

This is worth bringing a "newbie" to, or stopping in if in the area. It's also worth stopping in during a "pub crawl", or if you want to take home a growler of craft beer.

03-04-2007 16:25:49 | More by jwc215
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bcgeiman

Maryland

3/5  rDev -21.3%

07-20-2014 14:01:33 | More by bcgeiman
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njbusa

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

06-23-2014 23:38:16 | More by njbusa
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bigkingken

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -16%

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
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paulish

New York

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

02-05-2014 15:28:18 | More by paulish
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robebo44

Virginia

4/5  rDev +5%

11-24-2013 14:44:32 | More by robebo44
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bsm80x

New York

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

10-24-2013 14:40:16 | More by bsm80x
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duceswild

Maryland

3.66/5  rDev -3.9%

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
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.37/5  rDev -11.5%

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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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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
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Heartland Brewery and Rotisserie - Empire State in New York, NY
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