Hop Devil Grill
Taps: 24 / Bottles: 60
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 91 | Reviews: 83 | Display Reviews Only:
United Kingdom (England)
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.
06-17-2009 19:09:37 | More by beerwinemead
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.
01-02-2009 01:01:54 | More by newyawker
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.
07-20-2009 21:11:51 | More by david18
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.
01-26-2008 20:29:20 | More by Stoneman78
4.78/5 rDev +17.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
After searching beerfly for a new place to check out, I found this place. It was quite a cool place. Me and a lady friend ate outside. Food was outstanding. I had the DH Cheddar Burger Deluxe, and it was perfect. No complaints. Spicy BBQ sauce made it that much better. The fries were a little bigger than shoestring, and also seasoned. They had natural flaked seasalt on them... just how i like it.
As for the beers. They had a pretty good selection, but what stood out was the Cask Hoptical Illusion from Blue Point here on long island. Now, ive been the the brewery and this was never available on cask. It was a first and was well worth it. It had nice subtle cask flavors and an extremely fresh hop nose and flavor. It was like making out with a flower goddess. I also had the North Coast Old Rasputin not realizing it was in the bottle. Still an excellent beer however. And finally I had the Rogue Love and Hoppiness. This was on tap and very fresh.
The server used all proper glasswear and was very knowledgeable about the beers she was serving. She was very nice and even cracked a few jokes. Prices were very reasonable for the city. The burger was 7$ or so and the beers were between 5.50 and 6.00 on a friday night. Apparently they have a day during the week which they call "kill the keg" where beers are dirt cheap just to clear the stock and make room for fresh beers. Thats cool!
In conclusion, i would recommend this to anyone who is in the east villiage and looking for a good brew. I was unable to visit the belgian room which is right next door, but I did peek in and it looked pretty cool. I will surely need to visit again and start at the belgian room first.
06-10-2006 14:06:47 | More by rem5
4.68/5 rDev +14.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
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.
11-03-2006 03:05:02 | More by kenito799
4.65/5 rDev +14%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
a stone's throw (literally...i've done it) from Thompson Square Park is 2 of the finest beer establishments in the city (haven't been higher than 80th...almost ever). The Hop Devil delivers! Named after the mysterious creature to spawn from hop stalks this place has an unbelievable selection that constantly rotates, a menu to match (most noteably the belgium fries next door...that wasabi sauce does the trick like Houdini!), and constant beer events to fill up this drunk's calendar for weeks on end. you can enjoy their $1 taco's on tuesday (vegetarian ones too...which caters to this chump's diet), kill the keg on wedneday (becuase they refuse to keep anything for too long they offer $3 pints all night for the keg that's....i guess....about 5-7 days old), or sign up for their beer alert to catch frequent brew nights devoted to one of many craft breweries in the U.S. (most often te brewmasters themselves are in attendance for these events). I know, it probably sounds like i work there (and i probably would if keith'd hire me), but trust me i don't. before i forget the staff is friendly, aware, and above all knowledgeable about beer (especially mike....when he's not traveling the world from brewery to brewery he's the man to ask for a recommendation). specifics: a Weyerbacher always on tap, complete ommengang selection in the bottles, Bear Republic, Stone, Stone Coast, Stoudt's (the Mai bock is my current favorite), Six Point, Southern Tier, South Hampton and Smuttynose (to name a few) constatnyl in rotation. Unfortunately i havent' spent a lot of time in the Belgium room(just quickly ordering a cone of fries), but i'm pretty sure Kasteel, Corsendonk and Duvel are regularly on draft. think i've said enough. later
04-18-2006 15:41:30 | More by mdlovullo
4.65/5 rDev +14%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
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.
05-22-2005 15:48:03 | More by ChowHound
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.
03-04-2007 22:27:51 | More by ggaughan
Hop Devil Grill in New York, NY
91 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.