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Happy Deli

Not Rated.
Happy DeliHappy Deli
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

18 Ratings
Ratings: 18
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
[ Store ]

750 8th Ave
New York, New York, 10036-7005
United States
phone: (212) 764-7605
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Reviews by ikats:
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ikats

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +2%

This place is closed. Not "closing soon", not "about to close", CLOSED (just passed it by). I only want to review it for historical purposes, to leave my little mark for this spot on BA. After all this place did have an unbelievable selection of beers.

I worked about 2 blocks away from this little midtown gem, so naturally I would stop by there quite often. One of my favorite beers, St. Bernardus Abt 12, was first purchased at this spot. It was a regular tiny New York deli with one twist - all your typical craft US and import beers and then some. Selection was hard to beat. From great Belgians to the most popular and not so popular US craft beers to rare (but unfortunately not so good) beers from far corners of the world - this place had it all.

It wasn't all good. As good as selection was, the prices were high. Even for midtown Manhattan I would consider then to be too high. On a few occassions just buying beer for a weekend trip ran me $50 and above (without purchasing anything rare). I could also question the way beers were handled. There was occassional bottle past its prime and a lot of dust on the shelves. Nevertheless, NY beer world is loosing a great little spot. Fortunately, there is The Collins Bar across the street (highly recommended).

Good news: the owners are openning a restaurant/beer store somewhere in downtown Brooklyn. I am sure it'll appear on BA as soon as they open (should be very shortly). I'll be looking for it and definitely give it a try after my experience at Happy Deli.

RIP

01-23-2006 21:34:11 | More by ikats
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +5.7%

Damn awesome selection of 750ml Belgian imports, good rounded domestic brews and odds and ends that you can’t find in most places. If you are looking for a beer they just might have it though make sure you bring a full wallet cause some of the beers are pricey. Best selection in Mid-town as far as I can see. They also sell several 1+ liter brews that are nearly impossible to find but this cramped yet friendly store seem to have it. I’d have to say I drop about $20 a day in their store when I am in the city … worth every penny.

01-05-2006 13:37:57 | More by Jason
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robert7072

New York

5/5  rDev +22.9%

"Where you at?"
I would like to share with you guys my trip to Happy Deli,that little store that contains the biggest selection of Beer i've ever seen in my life! While I was passing on the 8th avenue with my wife,a samuel adams utopia flashes to my eyes(actually heart),so i went in and asked the guy "how much is your Beer? the answer was "My friend wich beer are you talking about...there's more than a thousand beer..from $1.75 to $250 the bottle"...
I sent my wife to the hotel and my "real vacations began"...
1000 kind??? Waaaays more than that...Beers from ALLLL over the world...Belgium,Ireland,Scotland,UK,France,Lebanon,Israel,Australia,Japan,China,Senegal,ethiopia,South africa,Canada,Brasil,colombia,Germay,Italy,thailand,India,ecuador,mexico,sueden,russia ,Tchekoslovaquia,srilanka,kenya,dominican,spain,portugal,....wooow i got to stop and say in breef that even from saudi arabia those guys can sell us beers...plus those guys speaks many languages(english,frensh,arabic,hebrew,spanish)
I'm not going to tell how organised this store is and how the beers are placed and divided by countries because of that:...after I had fill up my two baskets and went to the register the Guy looked at me and said"I can see that you are a Beer lover and I have a bad news for you,we are closing down and moving to Brooklyn" I asked where in Brooklyn...and he answered COBBLE HILL...TO ALL the Beer LOVERS "HAPPY DELI IS MOVING TO BROOKLYN and I am so excited about that 'cause I'm looking to relocate in Brooklyn heights ". HAPPY DELI WILL BE RELOCATED ON 160 COURT STREET COBBLE HILL BROOKLYN! Happy Deli's people will switch trade from off-permise to on-permise in cobble hill...I'll keep you updated as soon as I get more informations!

01-05-2006 12:27:24 | More by robert7072
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ggaughan

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +6.9%

A friend of mine turned me on to this place a few years back after we both were working on projects for clients in the city. I have been back about a dozen times since they and each time I walk about with about 2 bags full of bottles which is usually a problem because I take the train to and from Philadelphia and sometimes the bottes just don't fit well in my luggage.

Over time I have found some really great beers here and some that are hard to find back home in bottles. On my last trip about a month ago a grabbed a bottle of the 2005 Southampton Grand Gru and a bottle of Bluepoint Old Howling Bastard. I was just there today and got a few bottles of discounted Bavik and a bottle of the Smuttynose Barleywine. This place gets some knocks for their prices and I agree with that somtimes. I was in there tonight and they had 2003 and 2004 bottles of Gouden Carolus Grand Cru in the 750 ml bottles and they were $19.99! I know it is an older vintage but that price is crazy. I got a full case at the Beeryard for $105 and I also got a few bottles of 2000 at Total Wine in Delaware for only $9.

Overall I love my trips to the Happy Deli as they also have something I can't find back home, including some great New York beers. I am sad to hear the news that this place will close early in 2006 to make way for more useless condo's.

12-14-2005 04:27:52 | More by ggaughan
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Goldorak

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Right smack in the Theatre district of midtown Manhattan, and as luck would have it, a block from my hotel where I spent Easter weekend, 2005 edition.
The Beer fridges are to your right as you walk in, the shelved selection take up all the space in the back of the store. My Molson drinking buddies were dumbstruck by the vast array of brews available from around the world. Fantomes, Dupont ciders, and plenty of American micros were to be found. Unfortunately for me, lambics were in short supply, only Cantillons’ Organic Gueuze and Rose de Gambrinus were there. An employee came out of the back store and helped us out, not as in giving us suggestions, but more as in giving us 6-pack holders to fill up. Yeah, prices were steep, I’d say between 10 to 30% higher than the other places I’ve been to in town, but it was so close to our room that my friends and I didn’t mind paying the premium for cold Beer only a block away. We ended up going back there at least twice a day for 4 days, the guy at the cash recognized us immediately after the first day and even gabbed with us in French! He was super nice, and even though he didn’t seem to know much about Beer, when I asked him if they had any Southamptons he directed me to the Beer God. I didn’t even see the guy, but the voice coming from the small window right above the fridge section in the back answered me that they didn’t have any. Bummer.

03-30-2005 14:00:03 | More by Goldorak
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Ave

Iowa

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%

Tree blocks from the 7 train I found this place on the lower west side (or is it upper Chelsea?), very small, as is just about every retail shop in the city. At first I was worried in that when you first walk in all you see is a few isles of snacks & diapers, looks like a typical convenience store. However, if you look down to the end of any isle, you will see the goods.

Because of space, there is not a terribly large selection, but they making up for it in choice selections. Stone, Allagash, Thomas Hardy, Victory, among many others. More American than anything else, Belgians probably come in second, & a decent selection of English & German beers as well. I liked that among the various breweries they had, they didn't just carry the standard line. Ex: Sierra Nevada, all they had was the Celebration & Bigfoot, none of the shelf stuffer items. It seemed obvious to me that someone carefully picked what was going on the shelf. There was a small amount of macro-schmackro lying around, but I guess you can’t get away from that entirely most places.

Most of it was on shelves but they do have a few reach-ins with 'cold ones'. Nothing seemed overly dusty or too old. Service wasn’t great; it’s all business in the city after all. I asked for a box from a clerk & found English to be a problem. The guys at the register were friendly though. Prices where high (it is Manhattan you know) but some more than others, Rogue Imp Stouts were going for $20 for the 750s, but they had the Stone 8th for $7 & buy 3 get one free, so go figure.

All in all I was thrilled to there, but I think that owes as much to my having to buy beer in Iowa for too long as it does the actual quality of the place. If you are in Manhattan & need some brews, certainly worth checking out though.

Ave

03-28-2005 15:58:54 | More by Ave
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palma

New York

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Overpriced? hell yeah. But you pay for what you get at this joint. We're talking everything. You can find fucin EVERYTHING here!
Sure you'll have to pay 12 bucks for a 12 oz bottle of DFH 120 but hell they have it! A shit load of belgians that you'll pay top dollar for too. Guys behind the counter know their beer. Looking for something? they enter it into the computer and see if they have it in the back. Nice to see guys that know what their talking about. Hit this place up if you've been looking for something for a while and haven't found it.

03-14-2005 09:40:02 | More by palma
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beefytee

New York

4.7/5  rDev +15.5%

AMAZING PLACE

you will definitely pay a premium, but I peomise its worth it. They claim to have 900 different beers in stock...and I trust them. 3 of the 4 walls in the store are 100% beer (the other is the front window), 2 of them coolers, and all of the back end caps are beer. There are so many beers here I have never heard of. Also things like Chimay GR in Magnum bottles, also french brut ciders in magnums. I certainly do not mind payinf the premium because I know if I HAVE to have it, I can probably get it there. Also, just because they dont have it now doesn't mean they didn't have it before. The Guy who was working there when I went in was a veritable encyclopedia of beer wisdom. I asked him if they had a specific beer, he said "No, but if you like that, you'll also like this..." Service like that in NYC, not to mention west midtown, is UNHEARD OF. I will throw them my business every now and again...but the cost will drive me down to 23rd and 10th

01-05-2005 21:05:39 | More by beefytee
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mirdreams

New York

4.8/5  rDev +17.9%

When we can't find a beer anywhere else in NYC, we head for Happy. We know we're going to pay for it and we know we're going to find it. If they don't have it they'll order it. Even for Manhattan their prices are very high though.
The first time we went in there we bought four six packs, spent about fifty bucks, and the guy behind the counter introduced my boyfriend to Stone IPA for free. A revelation indeed. We also stumbled across their Virtical Epic stuff in 2003 and Dogfish's 120 minute IPA. Just goes to show that even when you're not looking for something in particular, you'll find something exceptional at Happy.

09-07-2004 03:03:24 | More by mirdreams
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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

The packy has a very nice and worthwhile selection. A tad expensive, but isn't everything in the theatre district expensive? Sixers seemed a bit high, and the foregin beers too. But the bombers seemed decently priced. Picked up an Arrogant Bastard bomber for $6. It was a busy night, but the guy working the counter held up the line behind me to talk about my seection. This place is a deli, but the majority of the cooler, floor and shelf space is dedicated to beer--cold and warm. There was a great selection, anyone will find whatever they want. Personally, I'm heading back for the Rogue beers which I never really see on the East Coast.

06-05-2004 13:10:02 | More by MuddyFeet
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Happy Deli in New York, NY
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