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Hop Devil Grill

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94 Ratings
Ratings: 94
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: n/a
Taps: 24
Bottles: 60
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

129 Saint Marks Pl
New York, New York, 10009-5158
United States
phone: (212) 533-4468

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4.65/5  rDev +14%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

My third time here and the first time the "Belgian Room" was open. So, although their new tap system has yet to be installed, I think I can write a fair review. The Hop Devil Grill is a large bar/restaurant. Two very large rooms, each distinctly different from each other. The room closest to Avenue A has a large wood bar on the left as you enter, with a great deal of shelving behind it which contained glassware and interesting displays of European carvings and statues, in addition to other oddities. Underneath the shelving is 24 neatly lined taps bolted into shiny diamond plate steel, each one dispensing craft-brewed beers from various breweries such as Rogue, Lagunitas, Stone and Southampton. Belgium was also well reperesented with Gouden Carolus and Hoegaarden. There is an additional bar directly across the regular bar, but one designed to lean and drink on, on the other side of which are nicely designed wooden booths. On the walls are many different pieces of beer memorabilia, both new and old. As mentioned, the place is very big by NYC standards, and there is additional booths all around the walls opposite the main bar. In the back are some short steps which lead to additional dining area. As you make a left turn atop these stairs, a brief saunter arrives you at the "Hop Duvel" Belgian room. All dark wood and nothing fancy here. Quite Spartan actually, and I understand they are continuing to work on it. Another large room, however, and as you turn left through the inside entrance you come upon another very large bar with a big open display cooler behind it. Within are such goodies as several rare varieties of Cantillon, Westmalle, Rochefort, Orval and other interesting and rarely seen European beers of high quality. The bartenders were friendly and knowledgeable, and the owner shared a bottle of De Ranke Kriek with us. Special points for that kind of hospitality. Sandwiches were tasty. Draft beer was in exceptional condition, and I even had the opportunity to try a rare Rogue Pilsner, apparently a limited edition shipped only to Rogue's favorite bars. All in all, a great experience. I highly recommend Hop Devil Grill if you are visiting NYC, and if you live here as I do, make this your regular hangout.

Photo of Billolick
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This east side spot is another fine addition to the NYC beer scene. Less then a block from Tompkins square park this place is sure to move mega gallons of suds to thirsty lower east siders all year round. 24 on tap, mostly domestic micros and a limited selection of so so imports drafts. (Stella, Bass, Ho) U.S. selections and bottles were strong, with several fine and intriguing choices. Draft- Victory old HO, Perkunos hammer, Bklyn Sustainable Porter etc. Nice Belgian bottled selections, with a few that strayed far afield. (Flemish Primitive, Cantillon, Abbey des Rocs and a host of Trappists) nice! Bottles of Stone's Verticle Epic ($12) are not something you see at many bars. Friendly owner and Bar staff. Nice comfortable front room, medium sized and comfortable bar, with a smaller elevated room with tables in the rear. They will be adding an adjoining Belgian room and opening a rear garden sometime hopefully soon. Well worth a visit and will only be getting better.

Photo of apintofknowledge
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

The Hop Devil Grill bright and light compared to all the old dark beer bars of the East Village with a storefront that opens to the sidewalk, light-colored wood interior, and about 20 taps mounted on shiny diamond-plate steel. Only open about a month, the impressive list of taps, along with dozens of bottles, are listed on a chalkboard overhead. It's kill-the-keg night where Ithaca Smoked Porter can be had for $3 a pint. I can't resist, and order one.

The friendly bartender offers a taste of any beer you're interested in trying... just a sip or two in a shotglass... a nice touch before taking a chance on a whole pint of something new. They have a couple of great barleywines, but after taking a taste, I realize that a high-alcohol beer (10% or more) isn't the best choice for the end of a pub-crawl. He continues to rave about Stone Arrogant Bastard, so I go ahead and order one, and am certainly not disappointed. When my pint is nearly empty, he takes the glass and refills it saying it's on the house. Can't complain about a free beer!

All in all, a great new beer destination in a neighborhood that already has a few to begin with. Where it lacks in history & dust, it more than makes up for with great selection & great service. I'll certainly be back, and maybe try the food next time.

Photo of domus
4/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Went on the Grand Opening night, this past Thursday. Draught selection was very good, with some classic and some more interesting selections - Hop devil (of course), delerium tremens, a few German beers, two different victory stouts, etc. The bottle selection had some impressive selections, although the Stone Vertical Epic listed on the board was not on the menu, so I only saw it as I left. Food was fine for pub food, if a little pricy for the neighborhood. There was also someone there doing promo for some new whiskeys, rum, and Starbucks liquour, which was cool. Great decorations of beer signs, mirrors, etc. They seemed to be doing good business, and the service was generally good. A welcome addition to the NYC beer scene - hope they do well!

Hop Devil Grill in New York, NY
91 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.