The House of Brews - 51st Street
Taps: 19 / Bottles: 60
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 17 | Reviews: 12 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by rhoadsrage:
3.13/5 rDev -13.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$$
This was close to my hotel and it boosted 100 beers, so I had to check it out. This is a split level bar with one set of stairs leading you up and one set leading you down. I chose the down stairs.
The room is long an narrow with a bar on one side and tables in the back. Everyone seems to congregate on the bottom step so I slipped to the back which was quite open.
The waitress was training a new girl that night and I found it particular entertaining to hear her give her critic of how the bar runs and the explanation of beers. Her heart was in the right place.
The food menu was the run of the mill canned pub food but I thought you can't go wrong with the Shepard's pie. It was pretty lack luster but hot and greasy but that is what I was looking for even though it was a bit of a small portion and a bit dry.
They do have quite a lot of beers but you can have lots of beers without having anything to interesting. I was hoping for some seasonal NY beers that I couldn't get at every supermarket and that turned out to be a tall order. They had a large selection of beers you can find throughout the US but not many small local brews. The few that I found turned out to be bombers and I didn't really want to hang around the ear defining music to drink an entire bomber.
This place has a definite chain feel to it and I might stop in if they have some more local beers on the menu next time but there are to many great places for food and beers for me to make this a must hit on the next trip to NYC.
12-03-2008 03:19:10 | More by rhoadsrage
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3.45/5 rDev -4.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$$$
This is one of those places I would have considered “cool” and “craft” a couple of years ago. Now I know better: this is BS. At least they’re better than the 46th street location…
On 51st in Hell’s Kitchen, in a not-so-traveled corner between tourists and locals. Cozy atmosphere inside, a bit dive-y and “Old World”. Lots of wood and dim lights and a more “mature”, less “fratty” feel than the 46th street spot.
19 taps: Founders IPA, Dogfish Chicory, Duvel Single, Ommegang Abbey, Chelsea Hop Angel, Captain Lawrence Smoked Porter… not bad, but far from exciting. And those prices! Most beers are $7.50-$8.50, serious? They do growlers now (didn’t use to) and serve “96-oz bong towers”. Just imagine the price on one of those…
Their bottle selection looks a little better than the shit it used to be (“100 beers from around the world”, they claim, but 80 are light crap). I saw Union Jack, Dirty Bastard and
Hopalotamus on the list.
Service is fine, food is your average bar food and that is it. Too many good beer bars around, so really, why stop here?
02-15-2012 22:38:39 | More by DoubleSimcoe
3.3/5 rDev -8.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$$
An average bar on balance. Likes: though in a basement, it still had good daylight coming through. A good sized though not huge bar. Just over half the beer offerings were craft.Prices were a bit better than the midtown bar average. The bartender knew what he was serving, though the safer larger craft, i.e. Sierra Neveda Pale. Dislikes: Everyone in there about my age and these are not beer geeks, just sitting around drinking Bud Lights from the bottle,killing their day, reading their newspapers and talking sports. I had the most exciting beer, a so-so Chelsea.
03-04-2011 04:07:06 | More by Sammy
3.68/5 rDev +1.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Visited the House of Brews on 4/9/2010 while en route to the Pony Bar. Caught the place out of the corner of my eye and had to stop in. The interior consists of two floors. We went in the early afternoon, so the upstairs wasn't open at the time. Lower level was dark and somewhat narrow - lots of wood and earth tone colors - I have to say that I like the dank. The bar area took up the majority of the space on the lower-level - more wood and some brass accenting. Seating consisted of about 6 two-person high-top tables and a few regular tables for larger parties of 6 or so. A flat screen tv was located at the far end of the room and a cool fish tank was on the adjacent wall. I had the burger/beer combo for $10 and my wife had the Mac and Cheese, a cider and an appetizer. Total bill came to about $40 with tip. A little pricey, but not exorbitant in my opinion, and the food was pretty tasty and the menu was extensive enough to satisfy. Draught selection was decent, but not spectacular - 18 taps with the average price being around $8; somewhat on the pricier side than I'm used. Offerings included Brooklyn lager, Chelsea Checker Cab Blonde & Hop Angel IPA, Radeberger Pils, Weihenstephaner Heffe, Yuengling, Mother's Milk, Big Daddy IPA, Guinness, Newcastle, Leffe Blonde, Palm Chimay White, Duvel Green, Hoegaarden and Stella. Menu was arranged by region for both the bottle and tap selections with representation from Australia, Belgium, China, England, Sweden, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Spain and the US. That being said, some of the listed countries consistent of one brew. Beer flights were $8 for four pours. Additionally, the menu had some vintage selections - Ommegang Cave-Aged Abbey for $25, Lees Vintage for $20 and Utopias for $450. The menu also listed a full array of Trappiste Ales; however, most were in bottle format with prices for Chimay ranging from $10-12, while Koningshoeven Quad went for $25 a bottle. A decent place to stop for a quick brew, but nothing mindblowing by any means. I was also a bit disappointed to see the average price for a local at $6.50. Not bad, but there are better places in NYC.
04-11-2010 21:57:16 | More by Jwale73
3.86/5 rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
A good beer bar that also has the feel of an irish pub; Irish bartenders and soccer on the televisions. Beer selection is good and, unlike other reviewers claim, there are many local seasonals including Captain Lawrence, Sixpoint, kelso and Blue Point. They also get interesting seasonals and specials like Duvel Green and Octoberfest seasonals.
They also do a paddle of four (six ounce?) samples for a reasonable price. I also think they sell growlers but I'm not sure about that. Rotating drafts comprise about ten beers with an additional thirty or so drafts.
I have not eaten there but the food looks good. The burger actually looked very good.
Bartenders' beer knowledge is mixed. Some know a lot, some know none at all.
09-20-2009 16:48:36 | More by david18
The House of Brews - 51st Street in New York, NY
85 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.