Rattle N Hum

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

157 Reviews
Reviews: 157
Visits: 232
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

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Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-27-2008

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Reviews: 157 | Visits: 232
Reviews by donniecuffs:
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3.55/5  rDev -16.3%
vibe: 1 | quality: 5 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 2

After a trip last week to the Victory promo (thanks for being a great guy and making even better beer, Bill Covaleski), I figured I would update my review of this establishment..but I was surprised to find that I had never reviewed it in the first place. Shame on me...but frankly, I think this was a fortuitous serious of events, because what follows should be a fairly comprehensive account. The quick-and-dirty is this: a once great place that has already...unfortunately...jumped the shark.

First of all, it is extremely important to point out that...on the beer selection/quality front...few beer bars in midtown Manhattan rival this place. Since I first set foot in RNH in March of 2009 (not too long after the bar had opened its doors), Patrick & Co have done an excellent job of procuring a dizzyingly diverse array of quality craft beers, and organizing fantastic promotional events, attended by, in many instances, the brewers/founders of the respective breweries themselves.

The departments where this place lags is in almost every other category, save maybe service, but it wasn't always this way. For the bulk of 2009, I was unemployed, and hence spent many a night..and day..in this establishment. The beers (as mentioned earlier) were always fantastic (e.g. Founders, Speakeasy, Nectar, Troegs, Ballast Point, etc etc etc), the prices were ok (though not glaringly cheap), and the predominantly female staff made up for any lack of beer knowledge with a great attitude. The food...traditional comfort fare like bangers & mash...was modestly above average; definitely not a selling point, but not a detriment either.

Fast-forward to November 2010. Because I am now employed and working crazy amounts of overtime to compensate for the time being out of work, I haven't been able to set foot in RNH since February. You can imagine that I was quite surprised when, upon entering, I was greeted with 'did you make a reservation?' Excuse me? A beer bar that takes reservations? I had not, but luckily, a nice server named Tracey was able to find something for me and my friends. Then I looked around the room, and I had to pinch myself to make sure that I hadn't gone to the Ginger Man by accident...as the place was half-filled with suits. Now, I totally understand that the point of owning a small business is to make a profit, and that in a neighborhood like midtown Manhattan, it's difficult to toe the fine line between the down-to-earth types with little money and the suited types with more money. In all fairness, of course not all suits are bad...only the ones that delight in the fact that they are fishes out of water, and furthermore treat the drinking establishment with an overall lack of respect. Back in March '09, the vibe was great, as it was definitely tilted towards the 'good crowd', but I definitely noted a change in atmosphere upon this most recent visit, more than likely attributable to a distinct shift towards yuppies. To be clear, the vibe wasn't bad, it was just nowhere near as good as it once was.

Then I looked at the beer prices. I had trouble finding a 16oz pour under $7. Of course the argument becomes, "it's Manhattan, stupid"...and I get it...but somehow I have found other respectable bars that seem to have slightly lower prices, and not just because they are sneaking 14oz pours. Anyway, that was surprise #2.

Surprise #3 was the food prices: $28 for 24 boneless buffalo chicken bites, and $24 for 9 sliders. That's over a buck a wing...whereas there are MANY competitors whose prices equate to about 10-30cents per wing...and, while they weren't bad, they certainly didn't taste like the best appetizer I had ever had. Ditto the sliders.

Surprise #4, though a somewhat mixed surprise, was the service. As I had mentioned earlier, a nice young lady named Tracey helped us find a seat, but whenever we ordered our beers, I felt like a racehorse being whipped by the jockey. "What else? Is that it? Are you guys done?" ..this was all repeatedly mentioned, and what was surprising about it was that...I believe...the server was Patrick's wife (Roz?). Admittedly, I found this personally insulting, given the fact that I had spent a lot of money in this establishment when I was out of work, and now felt a general sense of ingratitude. And it didn't exactly help the desired vibe of being able to sit down, relax, and drink some great beers in due time...which is what this place used to be like. Instead, this place felt like it had subscribed itself to the traditional NYC 'churn-&-burn customers' mentality. Maybe it was due to the Victory promo, but regardless, I didn't like it. And what a change..in less than a year.

In summary, the beer quality and selection continues to be outstanding, but the beer prices, food prices, food quality, service, and vibe are all lacking...at least during after-work hours. (4,875 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of bgold86
4.75/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

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)

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

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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

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