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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 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 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 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 sirsteve42
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

sirsteve42, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of DarthGuitarHero
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

DarthGuitarHero, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of JoeMans
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

JoeMans, Aug 03, 2014
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 GreatPondBrewer
4.14/5  rDev +4%

I am surprised this place is not spoken of more often in the NY beer scene. It is very quiet and out of the way despite being in something of an epicenter as far as drinking culture and nightlife in general are concerned.

Jimmy's has a very relaxed environment lending in part to being in a basement and in part to the overall decor of the establishment. The lights are low, the tables wooden, the music quiet. It is a location both slipshod and evoking sentiment of centuries gone by. I can easily imagine this place to be something of a smaller version of the vast cavern-like beer cellars of München or side street public houses of London or York.

The beer itself is quite good and lends the appropriate flavor to an already inviting atmosphere. I had the good fortune of going to Jimmy's several afternoons ago for a special tasting of Sixpoint beers. They had an oatmeal stout (both cask and draught) the Tiger IPA, a huge Belgian strong dark called Encore as well as at least half a dozen other taps randing from German mainstays and small Belgian breweries to some more local craft beers. Clearly the establishment takes beer seriously and it is nice to see since the Village can be a bit of a waste land as far as beer goes (minus Jimmy's neighbor and Hop Devil/Belgian Cellar).

All in all I would love to be able to spend more time at Jimmy's and am glad I finally wandered down the stairs to see what it was about.

GreatPondBrewer, Feb 13, 2007
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 LittleDon
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.

LittleDon, May 23, 2012
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Jimmy's No. 43 in New York, NY
90 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.