Best Yet Market
Taps: 5 / Bottles: 500
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 3 | Reviews: 3
Reviews by Errto:
3.59/5 rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I tried to add this to the database yesterday when lo and behold it appeared on its own!
After the Beer for Beasts event I found myself in Harlem and still had beer on my mind when I walked by this shop, which claimed to have the "largest craft beer selection in Manhattan." I thought, well that's novel, I'll check that out.
As the reviewer before me mentioned, Harlem has changed pretty radically in recent years. According to locals I spoke to, this market was specifically brought in by the same developers who built the two buildings on either side of 119th St between Frederick Douglass and Manhattan Ave. to appeal to the sort of clientele these developers were expecting to draw. The place is otherwise an ordinary if slightly high-end supermarket (think Whole Foods Light), but walk up to the second floor and you will find yourself surrounded by beer.
Atmosphere - well, it's a store. It's clean and well organized. Not much more to say.
Quality - overall a well run place as best I could tell. No complaints.
Service - none to speak of, at least when I was there (Saturday evening).
Selection - really quite excellent. There were six packs from all of the expected breweries big and not so big (the Brooklyn, Smuttynose etc types but also Troegs, Anderson Valley and so on) as well as plenty of singles and bombers especially from some smaller brewers hard to find in NYC like Green Flash or Two Brothers. And even the import shelf had some pleasant surprises, including beers from some British and German brewers I had not seen before.
Food - apparently there's a pretty good buffet, but I didn't try it.
I can't verify their claim to be the largest in Manhattan, but this place appears quite serious about their investment in beer and it is definitely worth a look if you are nearby. It's a very short walk from the 116th St B-C stop, incidentally.
04-04-2011 00:49:39 | More by Errto
More User Reviews:
3.66/5 rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
One room up some stairs, with some tables for eating (can't drink beer there). They seem to rotate the stock pretty well, though they've been out of most Sly Fox cans for weeks - those aren't hard to come by, are they? If you knock on the door to the office, sometimes you can find someone who knows a little bit about beer. Far from having "the largest selection of craft beers in Manhattan," but not bad: good array of German and English beers, a nice sampling of Belgians, lots of American craft, with an emphasis on the east coast. Prices are OK, on the whole, though some six packs seem a little high. A nice addition to the neighborhood.
Edit 10/1/11: They just added growler fills - five taps. Selection is decent, more or less the standard NY stuff: Sixpoint, Blue Point, Middle Ages, Greenport Harbor, Southern Tier. We'll see if they branch out. Prices are OK: $9.99 for a 64-oz. fill, $5.99 for a 32-oz.
08-29-2011 17:57:58 | More by gory4d
3.75/5 rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Some friendly, helpful BA'er added this great place to the site but didn't care enough to review it. I thank you for pointing me to it, and I shall review it myself!
I never cease to be amazed whenever I go up to Harlem. I've lived here in Manhattan for seven years and I've seen Harlem grow and change so much as to become unrecognizable. Particularly the area around Frederick Douglass Boulevard between 110th and 125th streets, which used to be "ghetto" and now looks just like Midtown Manhattan, what with all the new condos, fancy wine bars, Chase banks and Duane Reade stores.
Only in this context of renewal and gentrification could a store like "Best Yet Market" ever open and bloom (since early 2010, to be exact). White customers and minority employees are the core of this business. Indeed, this looks like Fairway or Zabar's or any other gourmet grocery store around Manhattan....
Nice charcuterie, bakery, canned goods, imported stuff. I swear it's modeled after Fairway, with the second-floor cafe where you can lounge, eat, drink (no alcohol, though) and relax. It is here, on the second floor, that the HUGE beer selection is located.
They advertise their beer selection around the store as being "the largest craft beer selection in Manhattan". They might very well be right! Perhaps better than Whole Foods Bowery...
The stuff is divided by regions- Colorado, Pennsylvania, New England, New York... and a ton of imports, with particularly strong sections of German and Belgian brews. Nowhere else but in Harlem would you find a celebration of Frederick Douglass on the wall, among pricey and rare imports from Belgium and Flanders.
They have pretty much everything here- Dogfish, Victory, North Coast, Green Flash, Ballast Point, Brooklyn, Ommegang, even Wisconsin's own Sprecher (which I have never seen in NYC).
A ton of Founders too, including a 4-pack of Nemesis 2010 ($23.99, though). They got a case of KBS too on March 31, but I visited on April 2nd, three days later, and saw none. Maybe they have it on the back, only on request?
Unfortunately, there is no service here. You are on your own. I asked a random employee and she told me that "Brian" is the beer guy, but he "was gone" when I visited. Nice. Nobody knows shit about beer here. Be warned!
Selection is exceptional for Harlem and NYC (they claim to have 1,000 bottles), but prices struck me as a little high. Perhaps a dollar higher than Whole Foods, and certainly higher than New Beer. Weird for Harlem, right!
I will be coming back here, even if it is a little far from me. I know I'll always find a rare bottle or two, and stuff will probably not run out fast like it does at Whole Foods.
Check it out!
04-03-2011 02:00:09 | More by DoubleSimcoe
Best Yet Market in New York, NY
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