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Rattle N Hum

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Rattle N HumRattle N Hum
BA SCORE
96
world-class

214 Ratings
Ratings: 214
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 10.02%
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 jim102864:
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4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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