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 cypressbob:
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4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Visited this gem on three occasions while I visited NYC, short trip but still beer was going to form an essential part of it.

Located in fairly central manhatten this bar is just across the road from the empire state and very easy to find.

A brilliantly warm atmosphere greets you as you enter, the bar contains elements of an old style pub but also blends modern features and elements, it all works very well.

The main bar itself is adjacent to the door and is pretty big, supporting the 40 or so taps on offer, all have their various identifying pump handles. The menu was pretty great beer wise while we were there, between myself and my girlfriend we probably had 12-15 types. Beers range from $6 - $10 on tap, 6 generally being the sub 6% ales and the $10 being very strong super brews such as massive barleywines or triple IPA type beers

Some of the standout brews I had while I was there were oaked arrogant bastard, ruination, storm king stout, 90min ipa and southern tier backburner. While I'm writing this I have the beer menu infront of me, stained with the darkest storm king stout, the smell is pretty potent even now....

Patrick the owner is a great guy to deal with, sorting me out with a few bottles to take home including peche mortel, nogne imperial stout and stone bitter chocolate oatmeal stout.

In addition to the main bar Patrick has now built a small cask bar towards the rear. Currently 3 casks on, tried the Two Brothers IPA, pretty tasty. Feels strange having cask outside of Ireland and the UK, brilliant though.

While your there definatly check out the food, very affordable and great accompaniment to the beer. I haad a sirloin with fries and my girlfriend had a sizeable buffalo chicken wrap, both tasty. On another visit we had some nachos and mini sliders, both brilliant when enjoying a beer flight ( 4 8oz servings from the tap list for $16)

Was hoping for a friendly new york beer bar serving some great, fresh local beers and thats exactly what I got. Great environment and service, superb beer list...plus good to see Ireland having some representation in the beer bar scene in NY. I'll definatly be back,.... hopefully asap.

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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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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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.