Rattle N Hum

Not Rated.
Rattle N HumRattle N Hum
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

157 Reviews
Reviews: 157
Visits: 231
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: n/a
Taps: 40
Bottles: 141
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

14 E 33rd St
New York, New York, 10016-5013
United States
phone: (212) 481-1586

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @rattlenhumbarny

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Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-27-2008

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Reviews: 157 | Visits: 231
Reviews by Andreji:
Photo of Andreji
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I finally came round to visiting the rattle n hum in NYC after having hovered around it many times in the past. In all, really, the place is fairly hidden out amid a very busy section of the central part of midtown a coin's throw away from major tourist attractions which sort of take the appeal off.

But instead, set on a street- as in, the less busy type of road running the direction of parallels not meridians- it is not very noticeable and indeed gives off a 'hidden gem' sort of feel in this (at times unbearable) district.

It's long and slim, with a nice big mural to the left with some words from many top guns at several breweries. Your standard beer bar deco throughout, signs flags and all hanging from the ceiling and walls. It's not rowdy in spite of being at let's say 80% occupancy and the music is suitable for the environment. you wanna enjoy, but still focus on the beer. The setting is in general very informal, not trying to be anything it ain't cut out to be.

Service was good and timely, even in spite of the amount of people they tendered to our requests with fair timing and generally a good attitude- something at times exotic in NY.

But definetly my selling point was this absolute shock about how the menu is handled. I'd never seen this before- a daily fresh printed menu, and the bar being periodically taken over by a brewery, offering say 80% of the selection just from this one source. While limiting, it has a fantastic appeal for a NY resident to be able to thoroughly sample a brewery and move on to the next one in a few days' time. I think the idea is brilliant and should be replicated elsewhere.

I was also lucky Kuhnhenn was the owner of the place at the time, and had the chance to try 3 of their beers out.

Food wise I wasn't thrilled. we tried the mozzarella sticks and the IPA brined fries and, while you could tell they were seemingly trying to get somewhere, they weren't particularly out of this world.

Still, overall, this place has a good atmosphere smack down in the middle of, err, midtown- you can cut your day's routine and refresh yourself quite decently over here without spending tonnes of cash. Nice place. (2,170 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of JordonHoltzman
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I like the summer beer events they have on Tuesdays with different breweries. However, I think the beers are a dollar or two over priced, especially for the beers that are offered in 8oz pours. Also, not nearly enough beers are offered by 16oz glasses. most are 14oz or 12oz. I feel like they nickel and dime the customer that way. Other than that, it's a bar with often a very great selection, and the food menu is very large and diverse. (439 characters)

Photo of VinceMig
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

PLENTY on tap and a great cheese plate/ (39 characters)

Photo of smithj4
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of richobrien
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Went during lunch time so it was pretty quiet. They had some nice beers on draft but I wasn't blown away by their selection.

Service was solid. Would love to visit again next time I'm in NYC. (194 characters)

Photo of BethanyB
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Decorated like a craft beer lover's college dorm room, with brewery posters and other craft beer memorabilia thrown haphazardly about. Smells like standing water, and is totally overrun by white collar "dudes." BUT. It's still good.

The staff is quick, attentive, knowledgeable, and kind. The drafts rotate often, and the bar does so many tap takeovers and promotional events, that the menu will often feature what feels like the complete lineup of a few select brands. That's not awesome in terms of brand diversity, but it is awesome in that it's like taking a complete tour of a whole new brewery every time you visit.

Despite the aforementioned smell, the glassware is clean, and the taps seem to be well taken care of. Prices are fairly standard for the area. Not low, but hardly exorbitant.

Not really my kind of place in that its vibe and the crowd are very "fraternity," but the specials and the opportunities to really dive deep into the offerings from specific breweries definitely make it worth coming back to. (1,028 characters)

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Brown120
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Photo of Jacobob10
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Arrived at lunchtime on a Friday. It was pretty dead when I walked in, but soon enough, the lunch crowd started to arrive and the bar sprung to life. Nice selection on tap. Started off the day with a F0 Brett Farmhouse Ale from Transmitter Brewing, followed by a Pretty Things Jack D'or. Quality of the beers and service was great. The bartender even took her time to pour me the Jack D'or when the keg wasn't working properly. I had the "luck" of having a guy on his lunch break sit next to me at the bar and got completely sloshed before he returned to work. Seemed like a few regulars were sitting at the bar. Overall, a great tap list but probably a better vibe at night than during the day. (695 characters)

Photo of dgilks
4.41/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Figoeric710
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

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4.24/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

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4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of eawolff99
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

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4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

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3.45/5  rDev -18.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

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4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

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4.94/5  rDev +16.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Was there in October when they had a Founders tap takeover. Was able to try a lot of the Founders beers that I hadn't yet. Bartender was knowledgeable and they had an excellent bottle list. (192 characters)

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Rattle N Hum in New York, NY
94 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.