Active Beers: 8
Beer Ratings: 81
Beer Avg: 3.76
Taps: 13 / Bottles: 15
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 25 | Reviews: 20 | Display Reviews Only:
3.54/5 rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$$
A rooftop brewpub with walls like a greenhouse in downtown Manhattan? Yup, they’ve certainly got the location part down.
Not much beats this place in terms of atmosphere and restaurant location. On the first floor is this massive Italian supermarket that also has a half-dozen small counters to buy freshly made food to eat at one of the numerous tables scattered about. I’ve never seen anything like it. Then again, I’ve never been to New York City before.
The only problem is that Birreria is a little bit difficult to find. There’s an elevator tucked into the back of the massive space if you know where to look, and I didn’t, so it took several minutes of wandering. Maybe that’s just how they whet your appetite?
Once upstairs, the views are amazing, and the beer ain’t bad either. They focus on cask ales freshly made (I believe on location) to provide the best flavor possibly. On my visit they had three of their own casks on tap – a Christmas ale, a thyme pale ale, and a chestnut brown ale. I was on an empty stomach and only tried the latter two, but both were fantastic. I give kudos to not overdoing anything and letting subtle complexities rule the beverage.
While the menu looked tempting, I had my eyes set on another gourmet prize in town, so I did not partake. That will have to come another day.
My only criticism would be that the bar area isn’t big enough for the late afternoon work crowd. Much of the restaurant was empty while the seats at the bar and standing room was densely populated. I’m sure that ratio flips during dining hours, however, so that criticism doesn’t have much to stand on.
04-03-2014 18:36:20 | More by bigkingken
4.1/5 rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Good cask beer and bottle selection. If you are coming for a specific beer, call first.
A collaboration between Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione and the Bastianich family. The rooftop restaurant/bar is awesome in the summer.
I had the Ruby and Gina cask beers and some of the unique DFH taps.
10-28-2013 23:09:07 | More by Porter
4.13/5 rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5 | $$$
La Birreria, ask the servers how to pronounce La Birreria.
This place may have a limited selection on tap, but when it's fresh you won't be disappointed with the cask brews available. Your best bet is to gander over the bottle list, which can be pricey, but you are sure to find something nice to split between a few friends.
The food is excellent, I love eating here but the only issue is the price. If I'm a little low on funds, this place is definitely out of my price range if I want a few beers and a nice dinner.
The atmosphere is amazing, imagine having a near 360 degree view of the manhattan skyline that surrounds he rooftop. You can see the empire state building as well as many other structures that are nice on the eye.
My favorite part about this place is that Sam Calagione visits from time to time to host a beer dinner or a beer and food pairing event. It just so happens, the last one I was at he was seated next to me for the dinner. I can tell you this about Sam, he's a cool guy who loves to talk beer and he really wants to know who he is serving beer to.
Overall, one of my favorite midtown places to visit.
10-28-2013 16:03:58 | More by Buller38
4.11/5 rDev +9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
The place is on the roof at Eataly.
We had reservation and were seated promptly.
Great table with a fan above us on a sunny hot day.
Beer selection is outstanding but very pricey. Allagash 750ml bottles were $28 but outstanding.
They have many Italian beers and some of the Dogfish lineup.
It was too bad that the food was average at best. We were four and I would say one of us had an entrée that was very good while the other 3 had ok. I'm sure they could put a Kobe burger on the menu for $20 and sell tons of them as the menu is otherwise lacking.
But I really enjoyed the place for the upbeat atmosphere and the extensive selection of excellent beer. I drove into NYC that day from Jersey so took it easy and sipped a fine beer and it was a perfect afternoon.
Would definitely go back.
06-12-2013 02:45:34 | More by jjchristiano
4.29/5 rDev +13.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75 | $$$
I really enjoyed this place - it was a great place to go for dinner and beer even on a very cold evening in April. The glass roof was closed but there was still a great view of the night sky and some of the close by building through it. There is also a great view of the top of the Empire State Building through the windows by the restrooms. The decor is quite pleasant and there is a slightly exciting buzz about the place.
Beers were well poured, served at proper temperature, and in proper glassware. Beers seemed very fresh and I definitely think they were high quality.
Both the service at the bar and once we had a table for very professional and courteous. Food and drinks were delivered quickly. I would recommend making reservations if you want to eat here on a weekend or are impatient (especially when the weather is really nice).
This place actually had a very nice beer listing including casks, taps, and bottles featuring a lot of very nice Italian beers as well as some NY locals and other American craft beers. Probably about 35 beers to choose from but they are not the same beers you find at most of the other places in the city.
The food was really enjoyable - I highly recommend the beer and apricot braised pork shoulder as it was very crispy on the outside and melt in your mouth (like a pork belly) on the inside.
Prices are a little high at this place but the food and beers are top notch and you are somewhat paying for the experience.
04-05-2013 15:00:01 | More by dbrauneis
La Birreria in New York, NY
87 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.