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Chelsea Brewing Company

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35 Ratings
Ratings: 35
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 10.42%
Active Beers: 38
Beer Ratings: 401
Beer Avg: 3.65
[ Brewery ]

Chelsea Pier 59
New York, New York, 10011
United States
phone: (212) 336-6440

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Restaurant/Bar closed in March 2014.

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Reviews by slander:
Photo of slander
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%

My company did their summer picnic in the big room off the ice rink on Pier 62 at Chelsea Piers back in July of '96. I showed up, dropped off my skates, and headed for the brewpub to have a couple of, as I remember it, just wonderful pints of a thick chewy porter before heading back to deal with my coworkers...
They make some respectable beers, and I've been there a dozen or so times in the last few years and have never had a bad time. Big, airy room with an upstairs party room and seating with some outdoor seatings along the boat docks out back. Decent view of the Hudson although the nettings from the golf driving range kind of impede your view to the North.
I enjoy the Sunset Red Ale and the Checker Cab Blonde and the darker offerings like the stouts and the porter have also been excellent.
The food has always been somewhat lacking though. They have a very "non-brewpub friendly" menu and the food is just so-so at best and it's always been that way. With the volume of people rolling through Chelsea Piers, you'd think they'd have a more "tourist easy" menu. So there you go, the food is wah.
But you know what?? They make great, and I mean "ggggggggggggreat" cask beers. The Henry Hudson IPA is very nice, as was that great Rye Flake and Black Hole XXX Stouts they did. Outstanding!! It's just a shame they don't pour them there although they damn well oughta (I've only seen them at the Blind Tiger). Not a bad NYC brewpub, but take a cab there as the price of parking at Chelsea Piers has gotten ridiculous in the last few years.

slander, Feb 23, 2003
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Photo of JKV96
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

JKV96, Saturday at 11:23 PM
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

markgugs, Jun 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

coombski, Mar 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

k3ve, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of Mfoleybrews
2.97/5  rDev -16.3%

Way off the path, went during off hours which provided the opportunity to talk to the knowledgeable staff about the NYC beer scene. Beer goes down easy but is not a standout. Word is they plan to move to Brooklyn in the coming year or 3. I will probably wait until they do so before I return.

Mfoleybrews, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
2.95/5  rDev -16.9%

Chelsea Brewing Company is Manhattan's only brewery. Strange, right? The capital of the world, and quite a beer market... and only ONE brewery. Some others in Brooklyn, of course, but only one in Manhattan Island.

Located inside the absurdly cavernous Chelsea Piers, this place is hard to find and hard to enjoy. It is huge but rather empty and sterile-looking. Could be a Rock Bottom in Anywhere, USA, only with nice views of the Hudson River and the boats docked outside.

Even when it is not crowded (I wonder if it ever is), service is slow and inefficient. You gotta flag your server down to ask for stuff. They are either understaffed or just lazy/uninterested/inattentive.

Beers can be very good, depending on the season. Their staples (Checker Cab, Red Ale) are boring as your mom doing porn and posting it on YouTube, but their seasonal ales are typically great (Hoppy Holidays, Tsar Imperial Stout, Wheatwine). You can find them in many bars around Manhattan, though, so why bother coming here?

Food is bad and extremely pricey. No better than your local diner, at much higher prices. Would not recommend eating here.

Atmosphere is alright. The aforementioned views, a very big place, like an event space you rent for a corporate party. Looks a little ratty and even dirty. I wonder what their Health Department score is?

All in all, I would say you should come here at least once if you live in NYC. If you like it enough, come back and sit at the bar. But really, not a good place. Just average. Which is a pitty, considering they're the only brewery in Manhattan!!

DoubleSimcoe, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of TheDeuce
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%

Chelsea Brewing Company in Manhattan, NY

Atmosphere - difficult to find, way in back of the Chelsea Piers buildings, next to a golf shop. Atmosphere is relaxed, lots of wood, beautiful views of the Hudson outside. Overall ok. There was a brewery tour that day with lots of people.

Quality-I tried three beers, the Checker Blonde, the Autumn Wheat, and the Sunset Red. The Red and the Blonde were servicable, the Wheat was really unique and enjoyable. Very fresh, all were served in pint glasses.

Service-service was nice, if slow and very relaxed, my bartender was friendly but wasn't moving quickly. There were times when my family and I waited a while for service or a refill.

Selection-over 8 beers on tap, including seasonals for the hoildays. For the non-beer drinker a full bar.

Food-menu looked good but only had fries, they were great. Other food people ate looked good.

Value-Manhattan is expensive, this place is expensive, that said, this wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it may be.

Overall-a solid place with decent bar, not excellent but solid. Beautiful location. Many wish for a Manhattan challenger to them but I don't hate them as much as others. Solid

TheDeuce, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of Seanibus
3.66/5  rDev +3.1%

The place is a little difficult to spot - in the cavernous and strangely designed Chelsea Piers project - and the restaurant itself looks a little bit run down and dirty. But the service was quite friendly, if a little leisurely. And the beer was tasty - the IPA and the Hoppy Holiday seasonal were both delicious (I didn't review, but I would have put both solidly north of a B). We didn't eat, but the menu looked extensive. For such a vast city, New York is still somewhat underdeveloped as a beer market, so it is good to see a solid brewpub in a relatively convenient location in Manhattan. I do wish the pedestrian access was better, which seems odd to say in walkable city like New York.

Seanibus, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of Nickls
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%

(From notes)

I've visited the Chelsea 'brewery' a few times over the past couple of years, primarily for the cask festivals that have been held there. The atmosphere has a bit more of an upscale feel to it, but it's very open, nice, and usually can find a seat without too much trouble outside, even during a cask festival. I actually prefer sitting outside (event or not) just because it's right on the hudson and it makes for a nice sunny afternoon spot.

The service is pretty OK, but you can tell at times that the folks tending bar don't necessarily know what's up. I've never had to wait long for a brew, though. For a brewpub, they have a nice selection of their rotationals, and usually have something nice seasonly. I've actually had most of their brews in other bars in the city, and the quality is never lacking. Some are lackluster, but others are really quite good. I've never run into a freshness problem, and like other reviews mention, they do excellent cask brews.

Overall, it's a least worth venturing to during nicer weather for a sit outside with a solid beer in hand.

Nickls, Nov 18, 2009
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Chelsea Brewing Company in New York, NY
83 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.