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The Pony Bar - Hell's Kitchen

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The Pony Bar - Hell's KitchenThe Pony Bar - Hell's Kitchen
BA SCORE
96
world-class

94 Ratings
Ratings: 94
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.12%
Taps: 22
Bottles: 0
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

637 10th Ave
New York, New York, 10036-2904
United States
phone: (212) 586-2707

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(Place added by: dudecandle on 05-06-2009)
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Reviews by r0nyn:
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4.66/5  rDev +8.1%

Stopped in here while waiting for some friends and definitely glad I did. Had heard of the Pony only be reputation and was stoked at the chance to check it out. It didn't disappoint.

It's pretty cozy, with a handful of tables and chairs, with some side benches for seating. Very pretty bar area, with a finished wood surface. I came in on an early Sunday afternoon, so it wasn't very hard to get a seat at the bar and just relax. Not too many people were present, but it felt right at home, just the same. The beers available on draft are listed right on the wall, along with ABV and serving size, which is handy in gauging how you'll be drinking.

The selection is top notch, even for New York's well-documented craft beer scene. I ordered a Ballast Point Sculpin (deliciously sublime on tap) and a Wandering Star Bert's Disqualified Imperial Stout (like whoa, dark chocolate) and both were phenomenal. There were many different craft breweries represented there, from the local Sixpoint to Bear Republic to North Coast, and they rotate beers through on a pretty regular basis, which keeps things fresh and interesting.

The bartender was friendly and welcoming and he knew his stuff, as I overheard him chatting with other patrons about the finer points of the beers they were drinking. Free sample shots of the various beers are available, so you won't have to order something you wouldn't end up finishing. Pricing is fair, with everything being $5, standard serving size being 14oz, smaller glasses for the harder-to-find stuff. Quite reasonable, especially for New York.

On the whole, the Pony is a fantastic place to drink some craft beer and hang out with friends. If I lived around the area, I'd definitely be a regular here.

r0nyn, Aug 23, 2011
More User Reviews:
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

MichaelLamb, Monday at 02:59 PM
Photo of James_A
4/5  rDev -7.2%

I really like the crowd at the Pony Bar HK. Nice folks, local, neighborhood. Not too touristy. Every time I've been there it has been moderately busy, but I've never had to wait long for a seat at a table or a bar stool.

The draught line up is good, but I've seen better. I was actually surprised (and somewhat disappointed) to see a bunch of Harpoon beers and the like being poured.

The food was just okay. I guess you wouldn't expect to grab a great meal in this size/type place, and I was thankful to be able to grab a little nosh at the bar, but my pulled pork was no better or worse than store-bought.

The atmosphere is warm and inviting, albeit your average beer pub look - lots of wood, beer signs, etc.

The service was friendly. I don't know how knowledgeable they are as to what they're serving, as I did not have any questions about the beers on tap that night.

James_A, Oct 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

AlexM, Sep 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

Jason, Jun 24, 2014
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dtomes, Jun 23, 2014
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4.71/5  rDev +9.3%

Not a ton of taps (~20), but everything on tap was stuff you don't see at any other bar. Went on a Saturday night and it wasn't packed, but most seats were taken. Best part was all beers were $6. Great beer and it only cost $6!?! They also had two TVs playing the world cup! You wouldn't think that is all that impressive, but most "Craft beer" bars tend to ditch the TVs to promote conversation, but I enjoy my conversations with the game on in the background while I drink great beer. I'm going to make it a point to stop at the Pony Bar every time I hit the city.

Nichols33, Jun 22, 2014
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The Pony Bar - Hell's Kitchen in New York, NY
96 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.