Hop Devil Grill
Taps: 24 / Bottles: 60
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 91 | Reviews: 83 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Andreji:
3.75/5 rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Note: i have since spoken to the folks at this bar by their initiative and since I had no time to go back this time around, but I still feel they deserve an upgrade in rating terms of service, but haven't altered the review itself.
So the famous hop devil on the corner of st-mark's and avenue A. by no means a fancy looking place and a rather discrete one, although i liked the wide-open doors approach.
Inside, a ramble, noisy in spite of there not being too many people. disorderly looking and dim lit. Some bare wooden tables all over the place. seems a bit un-cozy for the most part but hey, this is a bar. get over it. i didn't pay much attention to the music because it wasn't loud enough to occlude others' conversations. which seems ok because this should be background music.
We got either the trainee or the lousiest waitress in the history of mankind. she screwed up the next table guy's order on BEER and only told him after he'd already drank it. then their next round she couldn't tell which was which (hey, there were 2 TWO people on the table and one apparently ordered what looked like a porter so one beer was distinctively dark!). I had to basically hunt her down a couple of times to get an order through. and one of the times she apparently supposed we were asking for the bill (halfway through our meal) or she randomly just popped with this leather looking booklet. either way, disgraceful.
Selection is decent, international and random, and solidified by their expanding local brands. however, i don't rate them higher because i'm rather disappointed their beer menu was more of a plain-paper 3-side brochure on which the back was the tequila and wine choices. they seem to love their beers and then they seem to not love their beers. go figure.
food was not bad at all. i had the pork sliders and tried the quesadilla, both of which were very nice and affordable.
indeed a good place but NYC has many, many, many, many better things to offer.
03-23-2010 05:30:55 | More by Andreji
More User Reviews:
3.94/5 rDev -3.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 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
Hop Devil Grill in New York, NY
91 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.