Taps: 8 / Bottles: 81
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 5 | Reviews: 5
4.6/5 rDev +5.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
Transcribed from notes dated W, 25 Nov 2009.
There are those cities where I become locked into a routine and New York is one of them. This particular trip had me staying at a youth hostel just above Central Park in Harlem and I was open to new adventures. BeerFly put me onto this place and I felt it fitting since my students and I had recently begun my annual War Unit and in WWI, the Alsace-Lorraine region was hotly contested.
I love corner locations and this place was no exception! It was on the southwest corner of 2nd Avenue at 88th Street and a short fence surrounded it for outdoor seating (although there were no takers on Thanksgiving Eve). The entry was in the middle of the building along 2nd Avenue with an angular entryway that led to the m.d.s. on the immediate right. Tables and chairs lined the windows which could be opened accordian-style as doorways to the patio in better weather. An upholstered bench fronted by tables and chairs ran along the back wall. More tables and chairs plus booth seating filled in the center of the space with the kitchen in the rear, off to the left. There was lots of vintage signage throughout.
The "J"-shaped, aluminum-topped bar ran along the 88th Street wall and was set up for five taps, although they only had Kronenburg 1664, Newcastle Brown and Kira on my visit. The staff pointed me to the bar upon arrival (how did they know?) and I had the Croque Madame (Croque Monsieur with an egg over easy on top). The bread was as crusty and chewy as in any French bistro I had ever been in. I truly felt like my last visit to France in December 2001! The waitstaff was quiet, unobtrusive, perfect!
Beer: Along with the taps, they had an impressive selection of eighty-five (85) bottles. The French may have reclaimed the Alsace region, but the focus was l'Allemagne, la Belgique, et l'American (German, Belgian, and American) in terms of their beer. It ranged from Stella Artois to Duvel, Maredsous 8, and St. Bernardus 12 to the available Trappist beers to a heavy dose of German Helles and Dunkel lagers to a bunch of lambics, including Boon Gueuze and Chapeau Banana.
07-28-2010 16:12:22 | More by woodychandler
4.13/5 rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Great little place on the Upper East Side. Selection of 5 taps with a beer sommelier in residence. The selection included a Saison on tap made for them from Harpoon. The food is an infusion of German and French from the Alsace region.
Food came on time and was excellent. The ambiance is of a small cafe that could have been in Europe as easily as NY. Clientele was upscale and friendly. I'll definitely go back.
The bottled beer selection was impressive. Rochefort 10 caught my eye, but several glasses of the Saison took up my time.
03-16-2010 01:08:46 | More by CH3CH2OH
4.33/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
A lot has been said already about the quality selection of the draft beers (5 taps), and the beers in bottle. The food is quite good as well, as is the service. In my book, this place is top notch. That said, let me talk about the atmosphere a bit.
I love the bistro / brasserie feel of it... the clanking of the dishes, the bustling traffic of the servers around you, the swirling yet semi-muffled conversations and occasional stand out laughs or guffaws... and the smell of coffee and food. Ahhh, it's beautiful!
But the room is also beautiful. It's done in the Vienese style with a Parisian aesthetic - pre-deco with a modernist feel. It has a coved ceiling of continuous curved lines, and odd-looking ceiling lamps. There's a display of colored glass seltzer bottles above the bar, and old advertising signs on the walls. At the bar, it's a zinc bartop with a really space-age, jet-like tap tower in the center, and a multi-colored patterned tile floor beneath. Really nicely done.
As for the food, it's kind of complicated. Let me just list a few interesting dinner items...
French Onion Soup $8.50
Duck Confit & Shitake Ravioli $17.50
Moules Frites $17.50
Cheese plate 3/$12 5/$17.50
Pan Seared Diver Scallops $24.95
Certainly worth a try, even if just for beers on a Sunday afternoon.
10-09-2009 02:47:35 | More by NeroFiddled
4.45/5 rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
First, remember that this is a French restaurant first. If you keep that in mind, it is all the more satisfying that this place has an awesome selection of beer (and this on top of their great selection of wine!)
Really nice atmosphere--outdoor seating when it's nice. Indoor has plenty of light from the open feel and windowed walls. Nice bar.
The beer was well-kept and cared for; the servers knew what they were talking about too.
About a half-dozen taps of good beer (i.e. NOT Coors or Bud, etc.) and at least 50 bottled varieties from around the world grouped by style. No bad beer (i.e Coors, Bud, etc.).
The food is very good and the place is consistent. They cook a mean fish dish.
The place is not cheap but the it is worth the price. Overall, good place.
01-12-2009 01:18:19 | More by porter17
District of Columbia
4.28/5 rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Went here tonight for dinner and I really enjoyed it. Bearadvocate gave a pretty good assessment of the beer lineup. It is very strong on Belgians and biere de garde, including some selections I haven't come across very frequently in the states (e.g. La Bavasienne (sp?)). You won't find any hop monsters - or many US micros for that matter - but that's ok, the beer menu contains lots of beers that pair WONDERFULLY with the menu. The tap selection could be improved - too reliant on InBev - though the Hacker-Pschorr Dukelweisse and the Weltenburger Asam Bock are nice touches. Overall, its very hard to critique the list, given the cuisine its meant to accompany.
The food was excellent. The choucroute garni was the best I've had (including many a weinstub meal in Alsace). The pork belly was incredible - it melted in my mouth and went straight to my aorta. The Braeckoffe - succulent pieces of lamb, oxtail, and bacon, floatin in a herby wine broth - was hearty and delicious.
I must also add a note about the service. I ordered a Trois Monts Reserve. After the waitress poured it, I tasted it and she asked me how it was. It tasted moderately oxidized to me, and I said so. (I'm tend to be very sensitive to oxidation and knew I wouldn't enjoy the bottle). The waitress brought it to the sommellier. He came out and said that what I was tasting was how the beer should taste (I'm not sure I agreed with this assessment, but, like I said, I am very sensitive to oxidation), but if I did not enjoy it, he'd be happy to bring another bottle. He was very eager to bring us a beer that we liked. I really appreciated that. More generally, I found that our waitress knew her way around the beer menu pretty well.
I'll be going back...
08-16-2006 03:21:35 | More by chimaychimaynot
Café D’Alsace in New York, NY
- out of 100 based on 5 ratings.