The Pony Bar - Hell's Kitchen
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Reviews by r0nyn:
4.66/5 rDev +7.9%
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.
08-23-2011 22:44:40 | More by r0nyn
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The Pony Bar - Hell's Kitchen in New York, NY
95 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.