Heartland Brewery and Rotisserie - Empire State
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Reviews by mechamifune:
2.9/5 rDev -24.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 2 | $$$
Noticed this place after my wife and I had walked out of the empire state building, so we stopped in for lunch.
As a whole I found the place pretty underwhelming. The waitstaff was pleasant enough, but not particularly interested in doing the job. As was previously stated, their knowledge of the beer didn't seem to go beyond what was written out on the menu.
The beer itself was very average. The IPA, which I still found to be relatively bland, was probably the best out of the few i tried.
Food was average, some of it to the point where it felt processed. That probably wouldn't have bothered me so much if I wasn't paying as much as I was for it.
As a whole, it was like many other things in manhattan, overpriced. That much I expected, but I was at least hoping the beer would compensate for it, which it did not.
So if you simply must visit a brewpub while visiting manhattan, i guess go for it, since nothing was outright bad. Otherwise, i'd suggest trying out some of the other endless food options in the area.
01-30-2009 21:00:45 | More by mechamifune
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3.2/5 rDev -16.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2 | $$$
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 | $$$
Stopped in here the other day as the Ginger Man and Rattle and Hum which are both very close were packed. Restaurant was fairly crowded and seemed to be mostly filled with tourist which makes sense given its location within the Empire State building.
Quality and selection of the food was decent, typical basic bar food though priced like it is a premium item. They had about 12 taps on when I was there and a number of them seemed interesting. You can get tastes of them for about $3 each. They also offer half pints which is nice.
Service at the bar was good. Food was delivered pretty quickly after ordering. Beers and water were refilled quickly.
Overall it was a decent fall back option for me, though given the location there are many other better places around if beer is solely your focus. Also don't expect it to be cheap. Realize it's in tourist location but $16-18 for a basic burger is pricy.
07-18-2013 14:57:39 | More by duceswild
United Kingdom (England)
3.37/5 rDev -12.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3 | $$$
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
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
Heartland Brewery and Rotisserie - Empire State in New York, NY
87 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.