Hop Devil Grill
Taps: 24 / Bottles: 60
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 91 | Reviews: 83 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by rem5:
4.78/5 rDev +17.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
After searching beerfly for a new place to check out, I found this place. It was quite a cool place. Me and a lady friend ate outside. Food was outstanding. I had the DH Cheddar Burger Deluxe, and it was perfect. No complaints. Spicy BBQ sauce made it that much better. The fries were a little bigger than shoestring, and also seasoned. They had natural flaked seasalt on them... just how i like it.
As for the beers. They had a pretty good selection, but what stood out was the Cask Hoptical Illusion from Blue Point here on long island. Now, ive been the the brewery and this was never available on cask. It was a first and was well worth it. It had nice subtle cask flavors and an extremely fresh hop nose and flavor. It was like making out with a flower goddess. I also had the North Coast Old Rasputin not realizing it was in the bottle. Still an excellent beer however. And finally I had the Rogue Love and Hoppiness. This was on tap and very fresh.
The server used all proper glasswear and was very knowledgeable about the beers she was serving. She was very nice and even cracked a few jokes. Prices were very reasonable for the city. The burger was 7$ or so and the beers were between 5.50 and 6.00 on a friday night. Apparently they have a day during the week which they call "kill the keg" where beers are dirt cheap just to clear the stock and make room for fresh beers. Thats cool!
In conclusion, i would recommend this to anyone who is in the east villiage and looking for a good brew. I was unable to visit the belgian room which is right next door, but I did peek in and it looked pretty cool. I will surely need to visit again and start at the belgian room first.
06-10-2006 14:06:47 | More by rem5
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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.