Hop Devil Grill
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Reviews by rhoadsrage:
4.44/5 rDev +8.8%
For the record Hop Devil Grill (which doesn't serve food) and the Belgian room have two separate doors, with two separate bouncers and no way of passing from one to the other without going out on the sidewalk. We chose the hop devil and were not let down.
They have no food so we talked to the guys beside us for recommendations. We hiked a few blocks to Dumpling Man for some great steamed and fried dumplings made fresh while you what but then stopped of at Crif Dogs in the basement two doors down from Hop Devil for some cheese tater tots and chang dogs(bacon wrapped with kimchee). This was all food to prepare us for some great East Cost beers.
From Southampton's Grand Cru to Racer X on Cask this was a treasure trove of great beers. It happened to be Bear Republic night so many of the taps were only BR beers but there was plenty in bottles wash down the medley of food.
This is a bar that I could go back to again and again and it would still never make it through all of the selection. The bartender talked about how great the Grand Cru was and told me I won't be let down. She was right. They also had an amazing selection of beer bottles on display (although empty) with some Utopia to Angel's Share, that gave me the impression that the staff had many good times aswell.
This is a great beer part and someone mentioned that The Belgian room is starting to serve food so I will have to go back and see.
04-28-2008 03:42:28 | More by rhoadsrage
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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
Hop Devil Grill in New York, NY
91 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.