Hop Devil Grill

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Hop Devil GrillHop Devil Grill
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

92 Ratings
Ratings: 92
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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Photo of tainohawk
5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of beerwinemead
5/5  rDev +22.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

The Hop Devil is so cool. I just found it last week and now I am hooked. I am just starting to learn all about beer now, and the bartender there, Michael, is sweet and told me if I want to learn, I have to go to beeradvocate.com and here I am!

He also told me to go to their mead party, and I went last night. I have never heard of mead being on tap anywhere, and they have three on tap! There is also 27 other taps with all kinds of beers as well. The vibe is really, really exceptional. Everyone is so nice, the music is so rocking, and the back lounge is so cozy. I got to meet the mead brewer and he was really informative.

Prices are good here. If you go on Tuesday, they have a special deal on tacos where they are only a dollar each! The best deal is the wings though. Buffalo wings here are soo good. The quality of the beer and wings makes for a good value. All week there are deals here, so its different every day. The service is super friendly.

Photo of newyawker
5/5  rDev +22.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I went to the Hop Devil Grill last night and all I can say is...awesome! They have an amazing beer selection with over 30 draft beers if you include their lounge and a large sized bottled beer selection as well. I don't think there is another beer bar in town that can compete with their Mexican food. I had a soup type dish called pozole I think, and it was fabulous. It came with hot tortillas and a bunch of toppings to ad as I saw fit. I also had the tilapia and shrimp fajitas and it is was a really great flavor combination when paired with the Rogue Chipotle Ale. My friend raved about his chicken wings and ancho pork burrito. Angela, their beautiful waitress took good care of us and gave us champagne, hats, whistles and confetti to help bring in the New Year. As far as their atmosphere, it is spacious and decorated nicely with Southwestern type signs, lizards, cacti and and really nice coloring. The lounge which used to sell strictly Belgian beer I am told is comfy with couches, coffee tables and is a little more relaxed than the larger "grill" side next door. I finished off the evening with a large bottle of Abbaye des Rocs Grand Cru. I will be back soon and it looks like the East Village is really beginning to compete with Brooklyn as having the best beer bars in the city.

Photo of david18
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I think this is my favorite place in the city even though I hardly get a chance to go there. It's in the east village and has the best selection of bottles, drafts and rotating drafts.

I've tried so many beers there for the first time including the hop head red and some ale smith selections. It's also the first place i ever saw Russian River beers as well as Port Brewing/Lost Abbey beers. Was also the first time I drank Absinthe.

If you're ever anywhere neat this place I would recommend you go there.

Photo of Stoneman78
4.78/5  rDev +17.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Stop three on our NYC pub tour. Started off in the Belgian room which was pretty empty on a Monday night. Nice open atmosphere with ample seating. The bartender was very nice and knowledgeable with good recommendations. Eventually meandered over to the HD Grill attached next door where I ran into the owner Mike (EyeDrinkAle from RB). Chatted with him for a good while and had a '96 Brooklyn Monster and Raspberry Kuhnen on draft! Had to attend to my friends, so we didn't stay too long. There was a great selection of craft beers and Belgians, and I wish I could have drank here all night long! Hop Devil and Ginger Man were my favorite bars from our NYC bar tour.

Photo of 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.

Photo of kenito799
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This largeish space has a decent beer bar with lot sof nice IPAs, lagers, weissbiers, etc on tap in the main bar. Staff there tend towards the young and cute, not necessarily filled with beer knowledge, but friendly and aiming to please.

The real draw for me is the Belgian Room, a quiet haven for Belgian beer lovers, with a truly exceptional selection of bottles available in all styles; lambics, trappist, abbey, ale; as well as belgian-styled beers such as Unibroue and Ommegang offerings. Even better, though, is the chance to try 5 or 6 of these on tap at any given time. I have enjoyed St Bernardus Abt 12, truly astounding (albeit with the astounding price of $11). Proper glassware used and staff is fairly knowledgeable and always friendly and free of attitude.

My go-to beer bar in Manhattan, in my favorite neighborhood (East Village).

Belgian frites are great, too, haven't tried the moules but they have them. The main bar serves a nice variety of pub fare.

Photo of mdlovullo
4.65/5  rDev +14%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

a stone's throw (literally...i've done it) from Thompson Square Park is 2 of the finest beer establishments in the city (haven't been higher than 80th...almost ever). The Hop Devil delivers! Named after the mysterious creature to spawn from hop stalks this place has an unbelievable selection that constantly rotates, a menu to match (most noteably the belgium fries next door...that wasabi sauce does the trick like Houdini!), and constant beer events to fill up this drunk's calendar for weeks on end. you can enjoy their $1 taco's on tuesday (vegetarian ones too...which caters to this chump's diet), kill the keg on wedneday (becuase they refuse to keep anything for too long they offer $3 pints all night for the keg that's....i guess....about 5-7 days old), or sign up for their beer alert to catch frequent brew nights devoted to one of many craft breweries in the U.S. (most often te brewmasters themselves are in attendance for these events). I know, it probably sounds like i work there (and i probably would if keith'd hire me), but trust me i don't. before i forget the staff is friendly, aware, and above all knowledgeable about beer (especially mike....when he's not traveling the world from brewery to brewery he's the man to ask for a recommendation). specifics: a Weyerbacher always on tap, complete ommengang selection in the bottles, Bear Republic, Stone, Stone Coast, Stoudt's (the Mai bock is my current favorite), Six Point, Southern Tier, South Hampton and Smuttynose (to name a few) constatnyl in rotation. Unfortunately i havent' spent a lot of time in the Belgium room(just quickly ordering a cone of fries), but i'm pretty sure Kasteel, Corsendonk and Duvel are regularly on draft. think i've said enough. later

Photo of ChowHound
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 ggaughan
4.64/5  rDev +13.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Belgian Room Review

I first visited the Belgian Room a few weeks ago while in NYC for business. Although it was a Friday night, I was able to find a nice seat at the small bar. The bar really has the feeling of a bar in Belgium or the Netherlands. Dark lighting, dark colors on the wall, small but cozy bar and a very nice bottle and tap selection. The night I visited they had all Unibroue beers on tap from an event the night before. Although the prices seemed a bit high, they seemed consistent with NYC prices. I had a few Unibroue drafts and then moved on to a few of the quality bottles they had in the cooler. Sitting right in front of it I got to see pretty much everything in there and to drool. They had all 3 commercially available Chimay's, small and large bottles. Duvel, Rochefort, Orval, some Cantillon and too many others to remember or mention at this point. I had a bottle of Orval and got a compliment from the bartender on my selection. Since I was along from being out of town for work and there on a Friday night I was worried it would be tough to stay there long but I actually spent a few hours there and talked to the bartender a bit who was very knowledgeable about beer and that helped to pass the time. The look and feel of this place is basically what I would go for if I was opening a nice little bar. The clientel seemed well informed as well. Although it was a Friday night and there was a good mix of guys and gals, everyone seemed to be ordering Duvel or Chimay or the drafts by name and not asking for a Bud or Sam Adam's or something more mainstream. That was cool to see.

Photo of EPICAC
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

The Belgian Room

Atmosphere: We were the only patrons when we got there, granted it was 3 AM on a rainy night. A couple of people showed up right before last call for a beer. The inside was nice with plenty of seating, the lighting was a bit dim.

Quality: Didn't have anything on tap, but all of the bottles were top notch.

Service: The beers were served in proper glassware, the bartender was fairly knowledgable, had some recommendations when they were out of what I ordered. He served us after last call too.

Selection: The number of beers available isn't huge. There's about 6 taps and a sizable bottle selection. A nice variety of top notch Belgians.

Price: The prices varied, for small bottles I was paying about twice what I would pay at my local package store; whereas for larger bottles the prices weren't as high.

Photo of smithflipper
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Wandering dwon St. Marks just happened to bump into this place.

Decent selection, very friendly service. Great view of the park and a perfect place to try some great micros on a sunny day.

Rotating selection, I only got to go there once but i can imagine you'd never get bored. Didn't try the food as i was saving myself for the BBQ Fest.

Bar staff were friendly, knowledgable and very helpful. Gave me plenty of samples of all the beers.

I had a great time here, will always stop in if I'm back in NYC. Cant beat the location and the friendly atmosphere.

Photo of BikeNick
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

UPDATED REVIEW : 4/30/06,

Well, 1 year later and 2 recent visits and this place still rocks.
The staff is great. Luis and the pretty Katla are very helpful and prompt bartenders. The selection is very diverse and interesting.
In other words, this place hasn't slipped at all! In fact, it has improved by adding televisions.
Great people watching too. And if you walk a little bit down the street towards 1st Ave., look across the street and you'll see the building from Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti album cover!


original review from April 2005:

Wow, I walked into this place today and was greeted immediately by a friendly "Hello" and a smile. The selection was a dream for a stout/porter/smoked beer lover like me. They had 24 or so taps and many bottles. Rogue Oyster Stout, Rogue Chocolate Stout, and Ithica Smoked Porter were my lunchtime choices today. It was my first Rogue Chocolate draft after many bottles and it was better than I even imagined. The Ithica was the smokiest thing I've had since Cinderbock by Heavyweight. The staff talked with me about their favorite beers and beer styles and made me feel right at home. The bar seats about 12 and there are about 10 or so tables.
They are going to open a Belgian room next door in a week or two and that will have more tables and a small six seat bar. It is located on one of the most colorful streets in New York City. The only thing that would have made it perfect would be televisions at the ends of the bar. I can't wait to go back and make it the first stop (it opens at 11am) on our next NYC pub crawl.

Photo of jameaterblues
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

So I went here before I lived in NYC, and I continue to go here....one of the bartenders remembered me from my visit months before I actually moved here....all of the bartenders are very knowledgeable, and friendly.

This place usually has really good music playing...always good beer on tap....and usually 3 beers for $3 a pint during happy hour...The selection is always impressive and always changing...over the past couple of weeks I have been there several times drinking everything from Magic hat fat angel, kelso nut brown, stone old guardian, smuttynose big ass ipa, butte creek organic ipa, and legacy hoptimus prime(although this one turned out to be very disappointing). This is just a small sampling of the beers that have been on tap(and they also have an ever changing selection of bottles)...hop devils happy hour goes till 7, but the Belgian room's goes to 9....so if you feel like it you can just walk into the other room order a drink and continue on with the drink specials...

two bars and out door seating offers lots of options, and makes the place very comfortable...

So far I have just ate the french fries...but they were wonderful...with a variety of dipping sauces...friends of mine tried several other selections from the menu and were also very happy...definitely a spot I hit when in the east village.

Photo of madmanjf
4.51/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I paid my first visit this Memorial Day. It was somewhat early, so the place wasn't busy. I'm not sure if they normally have AC or not, but it was a big muggy inside. I may have stayed longer if it wasn't for that.

The belgium room, which is a connected/adjacent bar, wasn't opening until a few more hours from when I was there; however, the very knowledgable and helpful bartender/manager was more than willing to go next door and pour some belgiums for my friend and I which neither of us had had before.

I'd like to return sometime soon when the belgium room is open ... I suspect I'd like that side of the establishment even more.

Overall, this is definitely a place to check out.

Photo of EdwardK77
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of rosybottom
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Was in town last night strolling the Village with some of my New York City colleagues. They told me if I like beer this is the place to go, and boy they were not kidding. 30 taps I think, with a Green Flash thing going on last night. I had a Hop Head Red for the first time and that was a great experience, and their West Coast IPA was equally delicious. Selection rates a 5 for Green Flash alone, but they also had Stone Old Guardian on tap and Great Divide Old Ruffian! This place is tight with the strong ales. Rogue Shakespeare Stout, Delirium Tremens on their "Belgian Room" side and a locally made ale on cask really rounds out for a great selection.
Rooms are quite spacious and not too crowded. Music was conversation level, with good Blues kickin' it as background. Had some pomme frites which were good with the spicy mayonnaise sauce. Service was solid. Pretty knowledgeable bartender to chat up with, but no beer genius. I could easily spend a few more nights getting to know this place and the East Village, but it'll have to wait until I am back in town. Too bad!

Photo of johnniemarg
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Newer bar opened by the same guys that own David Copperfield's. My review is mostly just on the Ho Devil and not The Belgian Room because I haven't spent much time over there.

The bar is in a very trendy area on St. Marks & Avenue A. There's I think 24 taps on a wall with a diamond plate steel backing. Looks cool. They've got something like 100 or so bottles too (just about everybody carries the DFH WWS, but this was the first time I saw DFH 120 minute on a bottle menu - I will be back for that). The selection is always great when I've been there. There are the usual beer knick knacks on the walls, but everything is almost too neat like the place needs to get worn in a little. A couple of tvs. Big chalkboards with beer selection and specials over the bar and on the wall facing the bar. The main bar probably only seats 10 or 12 people. There's a short wall separating the seating area where there's 10 or so tables. Up a few stairs at the end of the bar there is additional seating, 2 unisex bathrooms and a hallway to The Belgian Room, a bar within a bar. I can't comment too much on The Belgian Room because I haven't hung out over on that side, but I'll check it out soon, I can say that I liked the low-light, red-light setting. The lighting make this place feel like a morphine den as I walk through on my way out. I just wish the American beers were on tap over there because I'm not crazy about belgians.

The quality of the beer here is top notch. The borthers take great care of their beers and tap systems and keep the otherwise slower moving kegs rotating at a good pace with numerous specials including having a few $3 happy hour pint specials every day, and I think they do a "kill the keg" special (like they do at Copperfield's) one night a week as well where a beer is $3 a pint all night.

Service is generally good, but can be hit or miss. I was there for a Weyerbacher event with a buddy of mine and we were annoyed when we went 10 minutes with empty glasses. Then we flagged our waitress down and ordered and waited another 10 minutes for the beers to come out (from 10 feet away). The waitress took the orders from the people next to us as we were waiting and when she served their beers before us we stopped her and asked if she'd forgotten about us. She blamed the bartender, an older guy I hadn't seen before, saying he was backed up, which still didn't explain why everyone else seemed to get their beer just fine. But I think the girl was new because I had previously only had great experiences with the staff there when I've dropped in. So I won't let this one experience totally ruin my view of the service there. The owners make sure that their staff knows their stuff about beer, so they're usually all quite knowledgable (unless they're new). Usually a really good looking female staff too (pic of one of the gals in Ale Street News this February I noticed).

Like Copperfield's, the food here is good. Awesome burgers. Good nachos, wings, sandwiches, salads (I like the Santa Fe), fries, etc. They started with the same menu as Copperfield's but it's morphed into a different menu, including a bunch (8 I think) of specialty hot dogs that sounded incredible, but I was on a diet the first time I saw the dogs, so I can only say that they sounded great at this point, but once I get down to 200 pounds I think I'll celebrate with one of those hot dogs.

Prices are good for Manhattan- I think $5.50 for pints, maybe $6. (For those of you not familiar with NYC that think $6 sounds high - bottles of Amstel at trendy places will usually cost you $8 or more.) But the prices on the specials (mentioned above) and special events are phenomal. They were serving the Weyerbachers at the event I went to (they were all barleywines and imperial stouts and a Quad) in 8 oz glasses for $3.50 each. So a pint of Weyerbacher Oak-Aged Insanity barleywine for $7??? Hell yeah!

These guys are doing regular Wednesday events now (and events on other random nights) and there's a bunch coming up that all sound great. I chatted with the brewer from Weyerbacher, which was cool. I hadn't realized the Insanity was the same recipe as their Blittering Idiot barleywine just put in a bourbon oak barrel. That led me to do my own side by side tasting. Awesome beers and an awesome event.

Highly recommended.

Photo of tpd975
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Stopped by on my trip to New York. Wonderful selection of brews with a pretty nice atmosphere. Lots of stuff on draft, and I managed to take the entire Kuhnhenn tour during my stay.

It's a nice cozy place and the bartender, who seemed a bit new was very quick to serve and attempt to answer questions. On one particular beer which he knew nothing about he offered up a sample so I could try before I bought.

The kitchen was under construction so I did not purchase food. They had a large selection of bottles as well. Some were priced a bit high, but hey it's a bar and it's worth the price for the selection.

Overall excellent place, may be the best beer bar I have ever visited.

Photo of atigerlife
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Very impressive. I went in the early evening, so the place was almost empty [good for me]. I really like the unpretentious feel to this bar. Definitely my type of beer bar. Very comfortable.

The beer list was extensive. Very impressive. Certainly made me quite happy.

We had the Pomme Frites [$3] which was served in a cone with Chipotle mayo [there were other choices]. Excellent. We didn't have anything else, but the food looked good--basic beer bar type of stuff.

Service was also very good. Quite attentive.

Overall, this is definitely my type of beer bar. If I lived in Manhattan I would be hanging out here---a lot!!

Photo of unclejimbay
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

The place is a must try if you are in the East Village area.

I visited the Hop Devil a few times during my visit to NYC and the East village area. The Hop Devil bar side is a casual bar feel with 24 taps, about 20 bar seats, and 15 or so tables. The bartender was friendly and made good conversation with my wife and I during our visits. The patrons were friendly and seemed like a laid back but beer knowledgeable crowd. Sat next to a beer geek from Oregon and he always comes to this bar during his visits to NYC.

I had several good IPAs during my session (Flower Power, Capn Lawerence, Brooklyn Detonation IIPA). My wife had a Victory Weizenbock and Rochfert 8. The lines seemed clean and the prcies were very reasonable for NYC.

The Belgian Room next store has more of a lounge type feel with a bit more character. The bottle offerings seemed a bit more expensive in price than the draft options. We skipped over the Belgian Room, opted for the Hop Devil twice, and had dinner down at The Bourgeois Pig which also has some nice Belgian selections.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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.

Photo of Tbone
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This place should definitely be in the top 3 places in Manhattan. It blows my mind that a gimmicky place like Gingerman whose clientele and owners don't seem to care much about actual beer quality has a higher rating than Hop-Devil (or even the Collins for that matter).

Hop Devil has fewer tap handles but many more quality beers than the Gingerman, and especially more local micros.
When we were there, the highlights included a Barrel Aged Heavywieght Old Salty Barleywine that was in the best condition I've ever experienced. If you're like me and have found Heavyweight beers in bottles to be seemingly infected and sour, give it a try on draft at Hop Devil. Other highlights included 3 different Imperial IPAs from Rouge, Weyerbacher, and Stone Coast 840.
They had 3 Six-point beers including Deisel Stout, Porter, and Sweet Action.
I reccommend the beer flight sampler. It comes with five 8oz beers of your choice served on a 18" long 4"X4" block of wood. It costs $15, which is a good deal, especially if you focus on their higher alcohol beers that are nomally served in 10-12 oz glasses for $6.

They have a big screen T.V. for watching sports, and what looked to be standard bar food. The Belgian room next door looks cool as well. Contrary to another reviewer's experience, my wife not only got a Belgian draft and brought it over to the main room, she also got it put on our tab with a waitress.

We went here on both Friday and Saturday nights of Memorial day weekend at around 10pm and there was plenty of space and not alot of noise (although the jukebox selections kind of sucked IMO they kept the volume at reasonable levels that allowed easy conversation).
In fact, given the quality of the beer selection and the East Village location, I found it odd and disheartening that there weren't more people there, unlike d.b.a which which got suffocatingly crowded as soon as they closed the beergarden and forced us all inside at 10.

So, if your primary goals are to enjoy great beer and local brews either alone or while conversing with friends, then Hop Devil is one of the best spots in the city.

Photo of otnemem
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I moved into the East Village about a month ago, and hadn't found a good local beer bar, until now. Probably the best draft selection in the area, besides Spitzer's, while being much more reasonable. Their happy hour is fantastic, half off all drafts from 5-8, M-F (even though the sign outside only says 5-7), making all pints $3-3.50. There are also a lot of great food specials ($1 Taco Tuesdays are incredible). The food is very solid, great Tacos, decent wings. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, not only being more than happy to give you samples when you ask, but often giving them out unsolicited if they think there is something you might like. The atmosphere isn't anything special, it feels like what it is, a Mexican restaurant/bar, but there is usually a decent music and a few interesting people to talk to. Highly recommended if you're in the area, especially if you feel like some Mexican and can catch happy hour.

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4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Thus far, there seems to be a little bit of a running gag between myself and this place. It seems to take me or a friend three of four tries in order to get a beer that is selected from a menu. This past Saturday night, a friend I was with chose one beer to try. Something along the lines of "coming right up" was the response to the order. A few minutes pass and "we're checking on the tap line to see what's going on" was reported by the bartender. Another couple minutes passed with a similar response. After maybe ten minutes the bartender said "we seem to be out of this. would you like something else?"
Another few minutes passed and this time it took only one pass to hear "sorry, we ran out.."
Twelve minutes after showing up to an empty bar (we were the only ones there at the time) and my friend had a beer in hand.
This was early on a Saturday night before the expected rush of customers and the main bar (their Belgian room is pretty cool) is only batting one out of three. This may be fine for baseball but doesn't strike me as too cool for a beer bar. If anything, the staff should have been more on top of their knowledge of what is or is not in stock. Something along the lines of "well, this beer is similar to the one you just ordered" would have been nice... a large, free sample would also have been nice.
Their theoretical selection is good, the prices are reasonable for NYC, their diner style food is solid, the atmosphere is good in a great neighborhood... the beer that was served is as it should have been.
The intention of the place is good but the execution is more than slightly flawed.
If these very fixable bugs in their system are addressed this would be a great place to go for great beer.
For now, there are better choices in this big ol' city.

Update March 30, 2007

The Hop Devil is now 2 years old and the kinks seem to have been worked out. The beer menus are up to date and the staff is on top of their game and on top of the beer. The 5 eight ounce sampler deal for $16 is a great way to navigate through the great variety of tasty brews and the bartenders are happy to have you sample something you might be wary of ordering. The Belgain Room is the best place this side of the Atlantic to drink Belgian beer. My Tripel Karmeliat was delicious.

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Hop Devil Grill in New York, NY
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