Rattle N Hum
Taps: 40 / Bottles: 141
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
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Reviews by sleazo:
4.22/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
A nice addition to the NYC bar scene and one in which i figured I would review once they got the kinks out. First off, it is in a good location geographically as it is close to many attractions and neighbourhoods. Easily accessed off of the 6 Line, RnH is near Grand Central and the Empire State Building. What I really like it for is as a place for good beer before a Rangers game
The bar itself has some tables up front, followe dby a narrow bar and a bigger seating area in the back. Some interesting murals adorn the wall and there are some TVs behind the bar. It is usually has a good crowd, especially after work but this tends to thin out after that. A good mix of people as one would expect out of a bar in this locale. Definitely beats out the wall to wall suits at the Gingerman but it too can get a bit crowded.
On to the important stuff for a beer bar, the beer. There are 30 something taps filled with a good mix of locals(Bklyn, Blue point, Sixpoint, Capt Lawrence), west coast(Bear Rep, Rogue, Stone, Green Flash) and interesting imports. The owner seems to be going out of the way for interesting selections. A good mix of quality old standby micros and one offs and new releases. Aside from the occasional cask festivals, they have two gravity casks generally on at all times. A Sixpoint offering has been one of them most of the times I have visited. There seems to be good turnover on the kegs and the lines appear to be clean.
The printed menu is up to date which is nice so you don't have to squint up at the chalkboard. Good descriptions and BA ratings are nice additions as well.
Foodwise, I admit I havent had much but it is decent Irish food mixed with the typical pub grub. They have black pudding which makes me happy. The proximity to Curry hill, and Korea town usually means I end up eating after the bar.
Service has been good, the bartenders are friendly. I haven't had much chance to chat em up about beer but they get you beer quickly. The beers themselves are a little bit pricey but it is Manhattan. Still $7 beers can add up quickly.
All in all, a good place to grab a beer and one that is recommended, especially over what else is in the Midtown area.
01-28-2009 15:48:40 | More by sleazo
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