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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
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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

71 Reviews
Reviews: 71
Visits: 113
Avg: 4.24
pDev: n/a
Taps: 22
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

637 10th Ave
New York, New York, 10036-2904
United States
phone: (212) 586-2707 | map
hk.theponybar.com

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Reviews: 71 | Visits: 113
Reviews by r0nyn:
Photo of r0nyn
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of CHickman
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Visited again last week to get some tasty Vermont beer that they had on tap. As usual it was crowded, but not packed, busy and loud yet you could still have a conversation. To me it looked like a mix of locals and a lot of beer geek types who kept their coat on so they could have one or two and then hit the road to head home. Typical NYC beer bar vibe.

Very impressive tap selection with the display board clear and showing all relevant information. The beers I had tasted fresh and clean in the 8 oz glasses they were served in. That may be the one knock on this place, it's a bit pricey. Food looked good, but I didn't have any. Will definitely go back as this place consistently gets really choice beers which always seem fresh out of clean lines.

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Photo of bgold86
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of NizzleEGizzle
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

It's a box in there, but it's a pretty box. Like the layout is literally a square, with nothing to interrupt it. I guess they need the pit though for how packed this place gets. They have a really thoughtfully curated tap list, and their staff is extremely knowledgable, although hard to get to through the crowds.

their selection is impeccable.

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Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of skriv
4.58/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Great variety of craft brews, cool vibe! Great when going to Broadway. Close to the crap that is Times Square but much better than anything you will find there.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

The bar I spent the most time at in Manhattan. Twenty taps, two casks, and they do a fantastic job of diversifying the offerings while maintaining quality. Good food is not too expensive -- get the short rib sandwich with housemade chips.

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Photo of Lare453
3.4/5  rDev -19.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Vibe is nothing special... Very ordinary. Quality is fair. Beer seems good. Lines clean. Service was the most impressive thing. I just wished the male hairy armpit bartenders wore shirts with sleeves. Selection is around 20 drafts. Not bottles or cans. Food was fair.

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Photo of Kappakoosh
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Phigg1102
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of bcgeiman
3.61/5  rDev -14.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.41/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Was there for the Packers Giants game in December 2011 and when the Pack won in the final minutes / seconds , decided to quell my enthusiasm greatly as I was surrounded by GMEN fans. :-)
Great place with a great vibe, walking distance from the hotel where my wife had a conference.

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Photo of DavidHume
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of Figoeric710
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Nmelione
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Photo of StoutBoi
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of MtnSoup
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Heard I had to visit this place. Overall, pretty good. They have some decent beers on tap, all constantly rotating. Service and knowledge of staff is great - super friendly. Nothing crazy on tap, and the vibe is sort of unmemorable, but a great spot to grab decent beers.

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Photo of almostjay
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Jlabs
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of HugeBulge
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of MichaelLamb
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of James_A
4/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

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Photo of AlexM
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of dexterk1
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of KForge
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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The Pony Bar - Hell's Kitchen in New York, NY
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