Rattle N Hum
Taps: 40 / Bottles: 141
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
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Reviews by jim102864:
4.35/5 rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Tiny pub typical for NYC. A long bar seating 25 or so. Dangling lights with clear glass globes for shades dangle above the long cherry wood stained bar. Lovely Irish blonde lass behind the bar offers a sweet "hello, how are you" as I sat down. WTF is that?! This is NYC. Aren't you angry and jaded like all the other barmaids in the city? Then I find out she's married to the owner, both of whom are recent transplants from Ireland. Plenty of time for the anger to appear later.
Anyway, the place has got a handful of guys at the bar when I arrive. Maryanne, the barmaid, hands me a printed sheet dated from the day before (when she realizes her mistake she quickly replaces it with that day's current list) listing beers on tap all of which list the BA rating, abv and state. Never seen that before and now I wonder why. What a perfect way to help guide the patrons, particularly the more uninitiated. Very cool.
Three flat screens with European football going while another above the bar runs a Victoria's Secret type fashion show. About 40 taps with no crap on tap. I started with a Weyerbacher smoked beer called Charlie. A rather mild smoker but very tasty.
What's also cool is the small cask only bar to the rear. During this visit Harveistoun Ola Dubh in casks - 12, 18, 30, 40 year (it's got to be the age of the casks and not the brews themselves, but I could be wrong) were available.
Round two is a Southern Tier Chokolat Imperial Stout. Very tasty, chocolaty treat. Big chocolate nose. Served on tap in a tall snifter.
Brooklyn, Southern Tier, Green Flash (Hop Head Red), several Weyerbacher selections, and Stone Smoked Porter and oaked Arrogant Bastatrd on tap. A chatty barmaid and affable bar mates rounded out the visit.
It's an absolutely frigid day in NYC, but the bar is warm, almost uncomfortable.
I order a Weybacher Double Simcoe cask when Patrick the co-owner stops over to say hello and buys me the round. What a great dude. He's from Dublin and tells me he wanted a pub like home where the lines are clean and the brew is fresh. I told him he and his brother have nailed it and what a refreshing attitude.
I also had the chicken sandwich with cheese and mushrooms for dinner which was quite good.
Highly recommended if you're in the city and near both MSG and Grand Central.
02-14-2009 13:13:36 | More by jim102864
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