Rattle N Hum

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Rattle N HumRattle N Hum
BA SCORE
95
world-class

214 Ratings
Ratings: 214
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: n/a
Taps: 40
Bottles: 141
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: 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 by Andreji:
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4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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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.

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3/5  rDev -30.1%

Small, cramped, busy mostly with students place. Very noisy. Food is OK, not expensive for NYC. A lot of taps, but service is just so so. Not my type of place.

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I must confess to not having a whole lot of craft bar experience to use as comparison because once I had set foot in Rattle n Hum I was smitten. They have become the measure by which I regard all others & few match up.

Having over 20 years in restaurant kitchen experience, I have a pretty good idea what it takes to run a good show & at RnH they do a great job.

Some may find the beer selection confounding by the sheer number of choice. Even those with some knowledge will find areas for further 'research'. To top it off, the staff are always more than willing to (when time permits) to guide a novice.

I saw one comment somewhere, which rightfully observes the biggest drawback is their very success. Things can get pretty hectic during the "rush hours" but the staff always seems to keep up.

The rotating beer selection never fails to offer new choices. They have $5 pints during "Happy Hour(s)" that comprise most of the day. Every Tues night there are promotions & tap takeovers. The selections are presented on a large blackboard & printed on placemats. The printed presentation gives just about every detail of the beers, barring opinions. Customized guidance can always be had from the knowledgeable staff.

The food menu is pretty standard pub fare with daily lunch, dinner specials & weekend brunch & NFL items.

Most of the seats are at large family style tables & reservations are accepted. The restrooms are numerous, ample & well kept.

I prefer to go mid to late afternoons & stay for a few before the after work crowd. Even at it's most crowded, I find patrons & staff both to friendly & polite.

If there is one negative, it's that the kitchen can get backed up at times. Being a victim of your own success isn't the worse thing for a bar or restaurant.

Yogi Berra is quoted as saying "Nobody goes there anymore...it's too crowded." From what I've seen, the crowd seems to be willing to hang in for a quality experience, which is what you get at Rattle n Hum.

And finally...no, I am not employed by RnH, but do feel I've found some good friends there that deserve a pat on the back.

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Another great beer bar, good food, great beer, and cask beer. I stayed down the street from here for a month and frequented this place quite a bit. The staff is friendly, and the beer is good. My favorite beer bar in Manhattan.

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Rattle N Hum in New York, NY
95 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.