Hop Devil Grill
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3.94/5 rDev -3.4%
I've been to Hop Devil a couple of times but only now have I come around to review it.
This joint sure is dark! A little overwhelming, total cave. Cheap looking but not in a bad way, like a ratty sports bar in, say, Scranton, PA. They do have lots of cool breweriana around.
Noisy at 4:30 pm when I visited, even though place was pretty empty (only the bar was filled up, with what seemed to be regulars). I guess they have poor noise-proofing, hence the loudness? Music was real loud too, but hey, maybe I'm a bit too old for this kind of youth-oriented sports tavern of sorts...
Gotta love the homely feel, though, so different from the corporate vibe of many bars in Manhattan. It really feels like a small town in here, what with the friendly drunken regulars perched at the bar since opening time. A bit of an East Village feel indeed!
Nice friendly bartender was quick, super polite and not missing a beat. But the real draw here is the prices! Regular prices are not bad, but during happy hour... everything is HALF OFF!! Wow. Believe it. I thought no place in New York City had a real happy hour like that. Reminds me of Ohio...
So I got a Stone Belgo Old Guardian snifter for only four dollars. Sweet!
Didn't try food this time so I won't rate it, but I have in the past. Nothing exciting, they serve a competent mixture of Mexican fare (tacos, burritos) and American pub grub (wings, salads burgers) at good prices. I'm not here for the food, though, so no worries.
Selection is alright, not great but serviceable. This is the kind of place that does not amaze you on a daily basis but will shock you from time to time with rare shit like Dogfish World Wide Stout or Founders KBS. On my last visit, they had 20 American taps, 1 cider, 2 Germans and Guinness. Hop Rod Rye, Brooklyn Lager, Harpoon IPA, Ithaca Apricot, Kona Porter, Sam Noble Pils, Rogue Chocolate Stout, Smuttynose Porter... plus that Stone Belgo Old Guardian that was the only rarity, really. Maybe Stevens Point Belgian Wit too, since I have never since this brewery around NYC.
But I feel like at Rattle N' Hum: not exactly excited.
One thing that bothered me a bit was that I saw no sign of "credit card minimum", and when I went to tab out, the friendly bartender told me they had a $10 so I would have to have another beer. I was in a hurry and didn't want another brew, but hey, I *had* too. Not a huge deal, but I wish they had some signs advertising their credit minimum (I could have asked too, it is true).
(I have not been to The Belgian Room, but the taps didn't exactly give me a hard-on either: Delirium, Ommegang, Sly Fox...).
All in all, this is a fine spot for the East Village nation. It might not stand out tremendously in Manhattan, but there is a lot of competition anyway. Too many good bars, with better beer lists and (in some cases) food.
If you live nearby, though, or are visiting or strolling around the Village... heck yeah, check it out!
04-03-2011 06:47:16 | More by DoubleSimcoe
4.28/5 rDev +4.9%
The Hop Devil Grill & Belgian Room are places I wished I visited more when I lived in Stuy Town years ago when they first opened.
The Hop Devil Grill has decent food and insane wings that are so hot they will make you cry, but it's the great beer selection that keeps me coming back time after time; over the years, every time I went in for a beer I was able to try something new and have a good conversation with the bartender about beer each time I've entered this place, and over the years that's a lot of visits. The atmosphere has always been casual and laid back, which is perfect for a beer bar.
The selection and quality have always been impressive to me, and the bartenders have always been willing to provide a sample and some guidance, which is all you can ask for when goingto a place like this. The prcies are OK and some would say reasonable for NYC, but be prepared to drop some cash for quality beers when you come here.
04-02-2011 05:08:11 | More by CHickman
Hop Devil Grill in New York, NY
91 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.