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Reviews by AllThingsNinja:
4.36/5 rDev +11.8%
We visited the BXL between dinner and a concert in Times Square. Given, the neighborhood the modestly sized bar (with super narrow entry way) is decently sized. The atmosphere is contemporary European, and has a bit of an upscale feel. It was a Friday night, and the bar was packed when we arrived at 6:30, but the crowd started to thin by 7:30. The music can be a bit loud, but that didn't really bother me. They have a 15-20 beer draft list, and served everything in proper, usually beer specific, glassware. The beer experience is excellent. We didn't try the food. The bar menu had typical Belgian bar treats - mussels, frittes, etc. I saw some guests eating dishes that seemed to be from a different dinner menu. The food looked good enough that I wished we came for dinner and not just drinks. I'm not a NYC resident, draft prices seemed sensible for the area. The BXL is definitely my Belgian Beer stop when I'm in the neighborhood..
12-14-2006 11:55:24 | More by AllThingsNinja
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3.93/5 rDev +0.8%
A fun little bar and restaurant quite convenient to times square and port authority. Emphasis is on the Belgian stuff, with 10-12 taps and a variety of bottles. They allow you to do 3 and 5 serving flights which is a nice option.
Excellent mussels and frites, highly recommended.
The vibe in here is fairly mellow I've found, not super raucous like some other mid-town bars. Prices are on the high side. A good option if you're in the neighborhood and need your Belgian fix. Not an extensive selection but usually a few good options between their regular and rotating drafts.
11-18-2011 14:20:02 | More by tobelerone
3.94/5 rDev +1%
Went here after a show for a few beers as the crowds dispersed. Small cafe place a peice of Europe half a block from times square. With all the maps of nyc available to tourist, i am glad some one had the briliance to include one of brussels. Service was friendly and prompt. Only belgians available here, which is no problem with me. Beer was served in correct, clean glassware. Did look at a menu but not order. 6 versions of mussels and fries, should have come here for dinner instead of heartland. Prices were typical for the city. Overall an enjoyable expirence and will surely return in the future.
10-24-2011 20:23:19 | More by UDbeernut
3.66/5 rDev -6.2%
Charming moderate sized European style restaurant and bar in midtown, near the theatre district. Smallish but acceptable sized bar at lunchtime, it was not too crowded. The bartender and I spoke used several French words. What brought me here was the Ommegang cuvee house beer, and I am glad it did. There are a moderate amount of taps and bottles, with a pure Belgium theme to them. Worth a stop for the cuvee, however otherwise everything else is more commonly available about town.One hit wonder, but now on radar screen.
03-03-2011 15:04:36 | More by Sammy
3.73/5 rDev -4.4%
BXL Cafe- another one of those beer joints in my neighborhood I've been to multiple times.
I'm not super impressed by this one. Beer selection is good but not great, with the classic Belgians, Maredsous, Chimay, Stella, Leffe, some Ommegang at times, Delirium and some house brews like Cuvee BXL, brewed by Ommegang exclusively for BXL.
Proper glassware is used, and servers know their beers. Quality is indeed good.
Atmosphere is whatever, a small place that gets crowded fast with tourists and happy hour office guys (plus cooks like myself getting out of the restaurants nearby).
A little loud and hot and uncomfortable when packed, but manageable enough.
You could sit at the end of the place where the dinner tables, if you're having a formal sit-down dinner. Food is OK, but not spectacular. Belgian-bistro staples cooked by efficient Mexican cocineros.
Everything is expensive here. I think the cheapest shit is the house beer, at $6-$7, everything else is $8 or more.
OK to try once, I guess.. but after that, forget about it.
01-23-2011 07:26:21 | More by DoubleSimcoe
4/5 rDev +2.6%
We must have walked by this place a dozen times without noticing it. Finally stopped in to meet up with friends after a show.
BXL is located in the heart of Times Square. Ducking in we found a small place filled with people. Despite the crowd, we lucked into a table for five almost immediately. Service was quick and attentive.
There were about a dozen taps of Belgian and Belgian style beers. Tap list was fine but I was really in the mood for an Orval, which was delicious, and served in the proper glass. Followed that up with a Chimay Blue, also served in the correct glassware.
We had just finished dinner so no food for us, though it looked good.
I would not go out of my way to come here but it's a nice enough stop.
12-28-2010 20:01:34 | More by sholland119
3.5/5 rDev -10.3%
This was stop number one of my Wednesday NYC pub crawl. After the King Tut exhibit in Times Sq, I popped in here to rest for a bit with a beer. Low ceiling kind of place. Lots of decorations. A few tvs behind a very worn out looking bar. Bartender was decent enough, served me quickly. Selection was not as impressive as it could have been. They have all Belgian beers on tap, but these are what that have: Stella, Hoegaarden, Leffe, Chimay, Duvel etc. Yeah, lots of Belgian beers, but all the mainstream ones. BXL has a few other smaller breweries on tap like Brasserie d'Achouffe, and a selection of bottles, but again it's a lots of the everyday stuff. I went with a draft of a beer that I had not had before, a Belgian pils by Brouwerij Strubbe. Prices were OK considering it's Belgian beers and Times Sq. BXL seemed like a cool place to swing by for a quick beer.
07-16-2010 17:50:33 | More by morebeergood
3.65/5 rDev -6.4%
Price: $$ = reasonable for Manhattan. I think it was $7 or so for a good belgian-style beer, around $11 for the Trappists.
Location: Stuck in Times Square, BXL was quite the find. A little hole in the wall 4 short blocks down from the Mariott, with my favorite sport (soccer) playing all day long (except when it's rugby or European sports news...). Sure beats Planet Hollywood. NOTE if you're not stuck in Times Square, hit up the BXL on E 51st. It's walkable from Midtown, and it's much nicer (see review).
Atmosphere: Filled with suits and ties after work. After about 18:00, the seating area is only for dinner eaters. The two times we went, reservations weren't necessary, but a good idea. Gets crowded quickly after work, and it's a small place.
Beer: Reasonable selection. All taps, except the home-brew, were good, although most were not exceptional for a Belgian Bar. Appreciated the Steenbrugge and Chimay Blue. Appropriate glassware. Beers did not taste like they were born yesterday, but fresh enough to taste good. Service was curt, but nice, quick, and attentive. The BXL Cuvée was a huge disappointment. Tasted like it had been good three years ago but had sat in front of a fluorescent light changing temperatures and skunking rapidly for quite a while. Don't know why, since it was on tap.
Food: Mussels (moules) made me horribly sick in about 5 hours. They tasted excellent, and may have been the best I've had, but if you order them PLEASE ask them to over-cook them. The entire night was ruined. I couldn't even drink my Brooklyn Monster at the next establishment. Tragedy. The fries (frites) were disappointing compared to other Belgian establishments, but passing. Came w/ butter, interestingly.
Overall: Disappointing compared to its sister on E. 51st, but otherwise an amazing find for Times Square, with at least some really good beers. Excellent moules, but made me violently ill. Duvel-bottle-swigging after-work crowd, but everyone was nice and didn't look down on my shabby attire, so not unfriendly. What else are you going to do for beer in Times Square?
11-26-2009 06:32:19 | More by FretlessC
3.28/5 rDev -15.9%
I visited BXL because I was looking for a beer-focused place that wasn't too far from my hotel (it had been a long day). And what I found was an OK place - with a few interesting taps and pretty underwhelming food. I was grateful it was convenient to me, but once there, I wished I'd gone someplace better.
The bar was busy with tourists and regulars. Tap selection was OK - most of the crowd was drinking Stella. I had a Duvel draft and a Steenbrugge tripel...both were OK but not great. I had the onglet echalotte (hanger steak in wine/shallot sauce) with frites. The frites were a shade disappointing, and the meat was fatty and tough. The sauce was good though.
Service was a little inattentive. If I had the evening to do again, I would've walked a little further, or chosen a less beer-focused place with better food.
11-16-2009 20:27:56 | More by BeerBelcher
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