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Rattle N Hum

Not Rated.
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

Notes:
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(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-27-2008)
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Reviews by sleazo:
Photo of sleazo
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Mangbus
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

Photo of mikeg67
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.

Photo of wheezlelump
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.36/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of StephRai
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of botanu
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of seedyone
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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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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