Jimmy's No. 43
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2.5/5 rDev -37.2%
I used to frequent this little dive craft beer bar since St. Marks is one of my favorite areas in NYC. However, I was unfortunate enough to attend the New Year's Event here one time and I can say with confidence, I'll never go back. Possibly the worst beer-related experience of my life.
Atmosphere here is usually pretty good. Its down in a basement and pretty divey but for people who want a nice, quiet, out-of-the-way place to enjoy a decent beer, its more than serviceable.
Quality is decent. Beer is served at the correct temperatures though it seems like the pour size dictates the glassware type, not the beer style so keep that in mind if you're a stickler for such things. Overall though, nothing to complain about.
Service is pretty much who can stuff money in front of bartender first. Reminds me of a saloon in the wild west. If you find yourself at the end of the bar, prepare to be "that guy" or else be SOL.
At the New Year's event, the bartender that was taking care of us had no clue about the beer she was serving though she was nice enough. What was irritating was that the event stated there would be "special" beers served. When we got there, all there was, was flowing beer from the regular taps and about 3, 3 ounce pours from cheap self beers such as Maine Zoe, De Dolle Export Stout, and another off-the-shelf beer I can't remember. That wouldn't have been so bad except for the fact that the owner himself, Jimmy Carbone, was sitting at a table with a bunch of his female friends pulling out bottle after bottle of Drie Fonteinen and Cantillon for the table. What the heck? The whole night I wondered why the real "special" beers were only reserved for people the owner knew. And if all that wasn't enough, the "Champagne Toast" that was supposed to come at mindnight.... well... never came. No one came around to pour the champagne before the ball drop and I left absolutely disgusted that I had chosen to spend New Year's here.
Food is decent but super overpriced and the portions are unimpressive. Pretty par for the course for a NYC bar though.
Jimmy's 43 is, overall a pretty run-of-the-mill craft beer bar that serves just enough taps and has just enough bottles to call itself a dedicated craft bar. The tap selection is never impressive and the bottles are way, way overpriced ($50 for Parabola, $65 for Black Ops). Also, keep in mind that you should never, ever go there for a special event unless you're lucky enough to know the owner or else you're in for a real rip-off.
01-25-2013 18:57:17 | More by SpeedwayJim
4.1/5 rDev +3%
A small rathskeller-esque eatery in NoHo with a fun tap selection and decent food selection.
I don't get much of a chance to visit NYC, so I was excited when a recent business trip had me staying in the City. Since I only had one night, and I wanted someplace that was different. Since this place came highly rated by BA and NYMag.com, it sounded like the perfect place.
The atmosphere is a definite throwback, with a basement bar/rathskeller feel. Very small with limited seating. I would imagine the place could easily fill up, although there were still a few table tops available on the Wednesday night I was there. While the beer selection wasn't big, it was very admirable. Rotating taps every day or so along with a medium-small sized bottle selection (everyday + specialty list). Draft prices were fine, but the bottles seemed a bit on the high side (particularly for the more unusual stuff). Having arrived there close to the time the kitchen opened, there was some confusion over what all was available for beer and food (the menus for the day were ready about 15 minutes after I arrived). The attentive service made up for this minor inconvenience.
Food consisted of small plates and I had a chance to sample about 2/3 of what was made. Everything was well prepared, good but not great.
With so many great places in NYC, it's hard to say that I'd make an effort to return. If, however, I was in the area and I was looking for a decent beer, I'd certainly be back.
05-23-2012 20:40:43 | More by LittleDon
3.9/5 rDev -2%
Jimmy's is down in the basement and you could easily walk by it without even noticing it. The place is dark and a little run down on the inside but I did not come with high expectations on the decor. I have to say this place had one of the grossest bathrooms I have encountered - kind of reminded me of the one in Trainspotting.
I think the selection of beers here is usually pretty good but was excellent because they had a brewery beer dinner the evening before so a lot of those beers were available as well at brunch time. Beers were well poured and served in appropriate glassware though perhaps a little on the cold side.
The food is quite good at brunch time and we enjoyed what we ordered.
Service was good, waitstaff was attentive and we were well looked after with prompt delivery of our food and beverages by friendly folks.
03-19-2012 15:41:46 | More by dbrauneis
3.79/5 rDev -4.8%
After visiting McSorley's, I walked down on Seventh Street looking for Jimmy's. I missed it! Looked around and back and saw the sign. Who would have thought? This joint is in a basement! Sort of those "hidden" speakeasies that proliferate in the East Village.
Unlike McSorley's, Jimmy's was totally empty when I visited on a Monday at 3:30 pm. Hipster-ish bartender (beard and beret on tow) was friendly but reserved.
I inspected their 11 taps and was not impressed. Lots of locals and regionals (Bronx Pale Ale, Crossroads, Barrier, Wandering Star) and Sierra Celebration, Pretty Things, Nickel Brook Headstack IPA out of Cali. OK, but boring, and too heavy on the IPA's. No variety, everything under 6.0%. Hopefully this is not always the case?
Small and pricey bottle menu, with a lot of European beer (Harviestoun, Ridgeway, Nogne) and 4 vintage beers. Some good ciders too, like the Basque Isastegi.
It is cash only, which I don't like. Their food menu (didn't try because it is not served untl 5:30 pm) is small but appealing, with a focus on local ingredients. They have beer events and dinners, which is always a cool thing.
The best thing about Jimmy's is the ambience. Cave-like, cozy, warm, with nooks and crannies to explore and great music to boot (Whiskeytown, a band to remember). Reminded me of the bar downstairs at Brewer's Art in Baltimore.
Very relaxed overall, although I'm sure it can get crazy and loud at night. Prices were fair- $6 for most pints, one dollar more for 20-oz imperial servings.
I will be back.
12-03-2011 08:42:36 | More by DoubleSimcoe
3.55/5 rDev -10.8%
Of the three neighboring beer bars in the Lower East Side--along with Standings and Burp Castle--I think I like this one the best. Located directly underneath Standings, Jimmy's has a nice beer-lover's atmosphere and serves a good selection of beer, with 10 taps, a cask, some bottles. Limited menu--mainly apps and price fixe--but it's still something, as opposed to the other two places which don't serve food regularly. Still, the food I had wasn't really anything special: sausage appetizer was basically a $7 pizza topping. Staff is ok, friendly but a bit unattentive.
04-29-2011 19:48:24 | More by Rifugium
4.14/5 rDev +4%
We found ourselves to have a bit of extra time before the show we were in the city to see, was to start, so we ventured here for a pre-performance brew.
Located on a quiet street in downtown Manhattan, Jimmy's No. 43 is a small space situated below street level. You descend to the bar on a grated staircase. As you walk down you pass large pane windows, allowing for dim peeks into the space. You enter into the bar area, with the bar itself directly in front of you, and a small seating area off to the right. There is a back area as well, with a second bar that was seemingly used for storage purposes. The bar seating is minimal, with only about seven seats. The countertop is a clean, light colored marble, and the stools, seats, and tables, are of an old fashioned wood design. The lighting is low, with the space lit primarily by low hanging stained glass lantern types, with a few table lamps around the bar. The overall effect is this warm, orange glow that permeates to the dark corners of the room. The walls are hung with stag antlers, photos, and portrait paintings, possessing a pleasing, amateur quality. There are also some smudged (in a non-offensive way) mirrors hanging around, which give off this "creepy" or 'haunted" vibe. The bar's backing was decorated with a variety of ceiling-hung glassware. The very top of the walls, going all the way around the room, is studded with oak barrels, set deep into the wall.
While we didn't sample the food, the menu looked a bit small. The offerings, however, seem upscale, with an emphasis on German and Italian ingredients. There are also boasts of local ingredients, including New York state oysters and cheeses. Many of the "plates" are cooked with some type of beer, naturally. We did get free pretzels with our drinks. Anyone hungry should be able to find something tasty to complement their drink selection.
After looking over the beer menu, and chatting with the bartender, we were each served a glass of Avery's Old Jubilation. This and eleven other beers were on tap. They had roughly twice that number in bottles. The selection was heavily German and other Europeans (including a Finnish beer!). Of the American selections, the favor was to west coast micros, with the likes of Lagunitas, Green Flash, Stone, and Bear Republic. There was also a "Vintage Bottle" selection, but the prices were more than enough for us to avoid it for the evening. For the non-beer drinkers, they also have a standard wine selection.
Overall, this was a nice place to stop in and have a drink. The atmosphere is cozy, feeling more like a friend's old basement than a bar. The staff is nice enough, and the bartender seemed knowledgeable. For the nice selection of beer they have, it wasn't that crowded for a Saturday night, and the crowd there was reasonably quiet, as you could hear the 70's and 80's music station playing over them. One thing we were surprised by was the fact that it is a cash bar only, so be sure to hit the ATM before heading down here. Ultimately, it seems like a perfect place to go with some buddies for a casual evening, or with a beer-appreciating date or significant other before a show.
11-28-2010 17:42:47 | More by TheBrewo
Jimmy's No. 43 in New York, NY
90 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.