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The Stag's Head

The Stag's HeadThe Stag's Head

Taps: 16 / Bottles: 65
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
very good

16 Ratings
Ratings: 16
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 16.07%
$$ - reasonable

[ Bar, Eatery ]

252 E 51st St
New York, New York, 10022-6518
United States
phone: (212) 888-2453

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(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-09-2009)
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Reviews by FLima:
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1.79/5  rDev -54.3%
vibe: 1 | quality: 2.25 | service: 1 | selection: 2.25 | food: 2 | $$

The waiters are polite and attencious, but opposite to other places the person who claims to be the owner (Caroline or so) is a rabious dog. As other beer geeks from this site, I collect a picture of everything I drink, meaning bottles or the tap handler. I went to take pictures of those and the lady went nuts, saying that I could not do that, and she violently took it from my hand. I explained her what I did with those amateur pictures and gave her my name to check on the web. And asked why. She said "no, no, no, just no, no no!". I know NY is know for its awful service, but come on. You at least own some respect for who is bringing home your bacon!

12-17-2013 01:45:11 | More by FLima
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Photo of JCNY

New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$

Stag's Head is a great meet up place. The beer selection is fantastic, rotated frequently, with a dash of special events. The food here is top notch for bar food.

I recommend the buffalo wings with a side of the honey orange glaze (trust me), and the Turkey burger.

The great part about Stag's is that for the Sports enthusiast you can drag your great beer next door to Cornerstone which is their divey counterpart. It's connected to Stag's from the inside and you can walk between the two bars freely.

The only downside is that bartenders at Stag's tend to be a bit lazy, looking on their phones while you wait for a beer, and a little bit slow at times.

Having said that, its one of my favorite bars in midtown east.

03-01-2014 20:01:11 | More by JCNY
Photo of hkyplyr73

New York

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

02-07-2014 19:04:13 | More by hkyplyr73
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4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

I went into the Stag's Head after a long day of work last week and was pretty pleased. Walking down a few steps below street level, I was greeted with a dark-wood basement paradise reminiscent of someone's awesome man-cave. It's not dank, per se -- too clean for that -- but the mild gloom was warming and welcoming. Additionally, there were several TVs with different games on but the volume down, and a sedate singer-guitarist performing folk-rock in an unobtrusive way. It was all very homey.

Service was decent and the breadth of their selection is pretty good, but the quality of the selection seemed pretty good to me. Now, I'm from out of town, so most of the beers available were unknown to me which may have added to the appeal. Still, I would like to revisit this place and explore more of their tap selections. I will admit, though, the real appeal of the place to me is the atmosphere: it's the perfect kind of drinking hole I want to go and have a beer after work.

Prices are par for the course for Manhattan. There is a menu but I didn't happen to get anything while I was there.

04-01-2013 15:02:58 | More by flagmantho
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New York

3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$

I really enjoy this place. With rotating taps and a constant procession of visiting brewers, the everchanging tap-scape at Stag's Head means your return visit won't taste like your last. My first visit was Chelsea Brewing's night. Then Greenport Harbor Brewing Co had control. Then later the Boulder Beer Company was in charge. Never a miss. And the staff, not just good looking, they are also quite knowledgeable! Got a question? Don't recognize what beer? Or maybe your trying to right the right pairing for the delicious entree you just ordered, just ask!

I'll be visiting again, and often.


03-15-2013 00:22:19 | More by CitySwigger
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4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$

Stopped in for the Found-hog Day Founders tap takeover, particularly the Breakfast Stout infused with bourbon and maple, then filtered over oak chips (the Canucky Breakfast Stout, as they called it). Our bartender was fast with the orders and pours and kept our water glasses filled the whole time. Decent selection, better prices than a lot of bars near me. We arrived at the perfect time and got seats at the bar with no wait. About 10 minutes later the place was packed and noisy but not upsettingly so.

02-05-2012 15:15:35 | More by KBrennan1000
Photo of DoubleSimcoe

New York

4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

I read about this joint and decided to check it out with the wife after a visit to the nearby Japan Society. This is not an area we normally venture into, but The Stag's Head sure was a pleasant surprise.

It appears to be a "different" kind of bar in this generic, pub-filled area of Manhattan. Lots of wood, iron, breweriana and some good art (believe it!)

It's not crowded and it is not loud. On a Friday evening. In Midtown Manhattan. I'm in love!!! :-)

14 craft taps were listed on a chalkboard above the bar and the table section too. Elysian Jasmine IPA, Southampton IPA, Smuttynose IPA, Breckenridge Pilsner... plus some real cool stuff like Lagunitas Undercover and Sumpin' Wild, Harpoon Triticus and Uber-Bock, Pretty Things Saison.

Service was good, prompt and didn't miss a beat, although I was a bit annoyed that the Jasmine IPA we ordered kicked and so we only got one pint. Should have discounted or free, don't you think...

Their beer menu is updated on beermenus.com, which is always a huge plus on my book. Price is not bad, with beers between $5-$7 (pints or 9-oz snifters). Didn't try food, but it looks a little better than your average pub shit, what with candied bacon cashews, jambalaya croquettes with cajun remoulade and empanadas with chipotle-braised chicken.

They also have brewery events (Oskar Blues-Two Brothers was coming up when I visited) and an outdoor patio on the second floor that seems to be popular (was crowded during our visit, while the rest of the bar was roomy and nice).

This is one of the better beer bars in Midtown East. I look forward to coming here again!

05-31-2011 05:39:23 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

I work in midtown east and was extremely pleased to find a craft beer bar close by.

The atmosphere mainly depends on the day of the week Sun-Thur it is generally pretty laid back decent music and I can get a seat at the bar. Fri & Sat expect it to be loud and crowded. It is connected to the bar next door(Cornerstone) by an open doorway, so on their karaoke nights the music is really loud and not that great.

The beer selection is all american craft beers and is generally great with 16+ taps and 30+ bottles and cans.

The bartenders specifically Nick and Todd are great both of them know their beers and can explain them in great detail. Though there is a chick who bar-tends and I will not go when she is bar-tending(generally Fridays). I went three times with her behind the bar and waited 15-20 minutes to get my first drink each time. I always sit at the bar so I can't rate the servers.

The food is your standard bar fare, hamburgers, pulled pork sandwiches and the like. I have never had any complaints.

05-06-2011 08:03:21 | More by circuscyaneus
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3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$

In Midtown East , there has not been a good beer bar that I can recall, so the Stag`s Head is an added welcome to the scene.
The atmosphere is relaxed, with some horns on the wall as goes with the name of the establishment. Antiques and a few books also sit on a shelf to one side, making it some cozy. Beer selection on tap included Allagash Curieux, DFH 90 Min, North Coast Red Seal, Pretty Things Jack D`Or, Fisherman`s Brew, Kelso Nut Brown, a couple others. Bottles included Brooklyn Local 1, other NY beers, Abita, Stone, Victory, and even a couple from Jolly Pumpkin. The staff, although not well versed in all of their beers when I visited, were very friendly and helpful. Food was average, may eat somewhere else nearby next time. But, I will certainly stop by again for a couple beers. For those of you who work in the area, be sure to stop when you have the chance.

08-31-2010 21:52:23 | More by mltobin
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4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$

I happened upon this place because it's next to the hotel I frequently stay at while visiting NYC. The atmosphere is pretty laidback and the waitstaff were attentive. Their knowledge of the beer was a little spotty. One day I went and the bartender knew about each of the beers on tap; another day, she wasn't sure where most of them were even from.

That said, their draught and bottle selections were impressive. The beers tasted fresh and seemed to highlight microbrews from the east coast and especially those found in New York state.

The food is standard pub fare, not great, but not bad either. Overall, it's a nice, lowkey bar in Midtown, definitely worth a visit if you enjoy local features when traveling.

07-29-2010 13:13:58 | More by SBinF
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