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Jimmy's No. 43

Not Rated.
Jimmy's No. 43Jimmy's No. 43
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

27 Ratings
Ratings: 27
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.81%
Taps: 12
Bottles: 40
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

43 E 7th St
New York, New York, 10003-8011
United States
phone: (212) 982-3006

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(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-28-2005)
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Photo of TheBrewo
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.

TheBrewo, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of ChazRaps
5/5  rDev +25.6%

It's the first place I tell people to go whenever they visit New York City. An amazing selection at prices that everyone can appreciate, this gem in the heart of Greenwich Village is everything a bar should hope for. Intimate, Intellectually stimulating and Unpretentious, it's perfect for experts to be introduced to new favorites and casual drinkers to become enthusiasts.

I've spent the majority of my time there drinking, but what I've had of the food has been stellar. I rate the food as exceptional as well because, as a Midwesterner, the grits at Jimmy's are the only thing even close to the high level of quality I've experienced at home.

On long nights there with friends, the bartenders and waitstaff not only help set the friendly atmosphere, but are knowledgeable enough to always suggest the perfect new beer for us to sample. It's everything you could want from a bar in safe environment. Highly recommended.

ChazRaps, May 26, 2010
Photo of spacecowboy
2.45/5  rDev -38.4%

Incredibly disappointed with my experience here.

Went for the event with Chuck Silva during NYCBW. Sat down to eat first and the service was terrible and the food was ok, but I expected better from reviews I've read about the place. It took a whole hour for me to get my steak entree, to find my potato puree replaced by poorly done potato chips.

As far as beer, the servers didn't seem knowledgeable and the bartender poured the wrong beer for me twice.

The night was saved by the event with Chuck, which was fantastic to have that kind of conversation with a brewmaster.

spacecowboy, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of mltobin
4.22/5  rDev +6%

It is a basement bar in New York City right near St. Mark`s Place.
Stepping out from the hot sun into a dimly light bar was quite a change, but the overall atmosphere at Jimmy`s No.43 is fairly pleasant, with a good mix of patrons of all ages and backgrounds.
Service is very good here from a knowledgeable staff. The selection includes a cask in addition to about 9 other taps. It was about 70% american craft beers and 30% smaller european taps. I went for the Green Flash cask IPA, great beer by the way. I met some cool people here and had a fun time, will be back.

mltobin, May 02, 2009
Photo of jm429
4.8/5  rDev +20.6%

First time I went to Jimmy's was right after I turned 21. I got Young's Double Chocolate on draft and ended up on a stout kick for the next two weeks. Jimmy's is also host to the NYC DAT's beer tastings. I made it to their beer, cheese, and chocolate one. It was extremely educational and the pairings were excellent. Back to Jimmy's: the atmosphere is great. The bar isn't too big, but they have larger section with tables and a nice space to rent out in the back. The selection changes, but it's always superb. The staff is pretty great and the prices are good.

jm429, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of SeanRedd
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%

On Halloween night I was invited to a bar to let my inhibitions go and partake in NYC Halloween chaos. I found myself in a private party, dodging a burlesque belly dancer's fireball, while getting my pockets stuffed with condoms by adolescent girls dressed as fairy tale characters. This was my introduction to Jimmy's No. 43. I recently stopped by again by chance and was remarkably impressed. The atmosphere was quiet, serene, and cozy. I felt so at home, almost inebriated by the space. The inebriation increased when I dove into a goblet of Sixpoint's Gorilla Stout. The pasta I ordered was incredible, and I couldnt stop stealing the little potatoes from my girlfriend's plate. I thought to myself...this place is badass, and that was before I made friends with the staff and laughed through a conversation accompanied by a pint of Magic Hat Lucky Kat. All I know is...I'm going again, and telling people this place is something to check out. Food:Great, Selection:Good, Staff:Friendly, Decor:Awesome. The place is as memorable to me as that night of debauchery, and doesn't even need Lil Bo Peep or Red Riding Hood to keep a smile on my face.

SeanRedd, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of rousee
4.06/5  rDev +2%

I have been by this place a bunch of times and I dont know how I missed it. Anyway, it is a sub-terranean place --you walk down some narrow winding stairs and enter.

Once you enter, the bar is kind of off to the left and it has a real cool atmosphere. The architecture in here is nice also as it has vaulted brick ceilings with lots of little nooks and small rooms around the corners of the place.

The beer and overall drink selection on everything in here is very well thought out and these guys are into offering stuff that is hard to find. I got a Christoffel blond which I had never heard of or seen before. It is a Belgian pilsener which I didnt even realize was a style that the Belgians made. It definitely had some gold malty characteristics that youd associate with a Pilsener but it clearly had that vinous Belgian aspect involved as well. It was quite good and they mention that they are the only bar in NYC that has it available on tap. For a current listing of what they have available I'd recommend referring to their website which looks like it is updated with some regularity.

Service was friendly and attentive and prices were kind of typical NYC. Kind of expensive but not so high that you wouldnt go here. Overall, I loved this place and definitely will be returning.

rousee, Jun 12, 2008
Photo of paulie
4.06/5  rDev +2%

Stopped in after dinner last night. As others have said, the place is cozy but not cramped. Lively crowd and lots of people coming in for the movie in the back. But it was never too loud for conversation nor too crowded to move about easily. We got a seat at the bar immediately.

One thing I loved to see: They poured a lot of high end beer. Lots of beer bars have two dozen micros on tap but 90% of what they serve is macro. The result is slow-moving kegs and old casks. Jimmy's moves a lot of the good stuff. No off-flavors from dirty lines or old kegs.

Beer selection is more than adequate and all very high quality. I do wish it were a tad broader. Lots of Belgians, including more than a few sour styles, and lots of IPAs. Not a whole lot of other styles and no session beers that I could see. I had a brown ale from the cask (fresh, just the right temp) and a tripel (too cold, but served in the right glassware). Those plus dinner had made me feel kinda full, so I went looking for something lighter. It looked like Bitburger Pils was my only option. (I switched to ice water.)

The bartender was attentive and knowledgeable. Everything was served in the more or less the right glassware. She did push a rye pale ale on my friend, but I think that was because the manager was hovering and he wanted her to. As soon as he got busy elsewhere, she stopped pushing it. Otherwise, service was great.

My one gripe is really my own pet peeve: something was badly unbalanced in the taps right in front of us and all the beers were coming out 80% foam. The bartender ended up dumping as much as she poured trying to get full glasses. Not only are we paying for all that wasted beer (although prices were not bad), but it just seems like a lack of respect. Some of that stuff had been lovingly brewed in Belgium and carted all the way here only to be dumped down the drain. That's not right. If I go back, I'm going to suggest they get their system balanced.

Otherwise, a very enjoyable place. If I lived in Manhattan, this would be a regular spot.

paulie, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of bonbright7
4.36/5  rDev +9.5%

I visited this underground bar for the first time last night and found it to be one of the mostly welcoming and comfortable places I had been to outside of the National Arts. My friends and I relaxed and drank from the menu that was presented while great aromas emanated from the kitchen in the back of the place.
The waitress was interesting as she seemed to vanish and reappear with a smile while we were discussing the highlights of our bar hopping that day. I didn't spend a lot of time evaluating the place as I knew after 5 minutes that it was easily one of the most welcoming I had been to.

bonbright7, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%

LOVE JIMMY'S!!! It's literally next to Burp Castle, so you really can't go wrong. I love the comfortable basement/speakeasy feeling that comes with the low vaulted ceiling, the yellowed cream and orange walls, the wooden barrels, and the mounted deer heads. It's just cozy!

The bar can get pretty tight, but it's not like one of those over-crowded three deep bars as you might, just barely might, be able to fit 15 people in front of it! I think there are 5 seats at the bar, and 13 altogether in the bar area with the table by the stairs.

But grab a table because the food is good! ...limited, but good. Try the cheese plate (how can you mess that up?), and the scallops!!!

The beer selection is pretty good, and they also pour some cask at the back bar. It's a pretty good mix of interesting imports and locals (Chelsea, Captain Lawrence, Six Point, Greenpoint... I've oddly never seen Brooklyn...?).

It is slightly pricey though, but I say slightly because it is Manhattan after all.

NeroFiddled, Jul 03, 2007
Jimmy's No. 43 in New York, NY
90 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.