Rattle N Hum
Taps: 40 / Bottles: 141
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
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Reviews by Andreji:
4.2/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
05-09-2011 01:51:30 | More by Andreji
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Rattle N Hum in New York, NY
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