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La Birreria

Not Rated.
La BirreriaLa Birreria
Based on:
17 Beers
106 Hads
Place Score: 89
Reviews: 24
Visits: 39
Avg: 3.97
pDev: n/a
Taps: 13
Bottles: 15
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Store ]

200 5th Avenue
On The Roof Of Eataly
New York, New York, 10010
United States
phone: (212) 937-8910

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Place added by: brystmar on 06-03-2011

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Reviews: 24 | Visits: 39
Reviews by Billolick:
Photo of Billolick
3.93/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Love the space, loved the food, beer they brew is ehh, guest bottles and taps are nice but expensive.

Nice place to take folks from out of town, cuz the room is bright, airy, pleasant and impressive. Went when it was quiet, midweek for lunch at the bar, so no crowds, and no stress, can imagine prime times would get kinda hectic.

Enjoyed some anti pasta and a tasty sandwedge, along with a few of thier house brewed drafts.
Very pleasant at the bar.

Not a place I would visit on a regular basis, but nice to visit to see fine food and fine beer being intermingled, enjoyed and mostly respected.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Lare453
3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3 | food: 3.75

This place is pretty cool being on the roof. The food was fair, nothing amazing. All dfh on draft and while I like dfh, I like to switch it up. The bartenders were not very friendly.

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Photo of Barracudas
5/5  rDev +25.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

The place is awesome with a great view of the Empire State Building. Great atmosphere. It had very food and a great selection of beers! When in NYC this is a great place to go to for a few beers!

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Photo of shoretaxi
4.09/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Jacobob10
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Awesome rooftop space that was packed on a Friday mid-afternoon. I still managed to snag a seat at the bar and ordered one of the three house cask ales, Vera, a witbier brewed with blood orange, coriander, and lavender. The beer was subpar, and at $10/pint it made it even more difficult to swallow. I ordered the Pancia di Maiale, a braised pork belly sandwich, as a snack. It was a snack indeed, as what was served to me was something that I could have easily eaten in four bites. Tasted great, but too tiny for $12. It did come with extra bread on the side and olive oil which helped fill my belly. Luckily, Allagash was there to save the day! Odyssey was served in a teku glass and to have this one on-tap was a real treat. A memorable beer experience for sure.

The quality of the food is top notch. However, be prepared to shell out some serious coinage. Everything here is pricy, but the great vibe of the outdoor rooftop seems to make the experience more enjoyable.

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Photo of Bwagner1122
4.21/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Gajo74
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

I had been looking forward to coming to this brewpub for a long time. I came for happy hour. Good selection of brews, with dogfish head playing a prominent role. (Sam Calagione is a partner)
My only complaints: the bar area for happy hour is too small and crowded with millenials yakking away, screaming in your ear, and being unaware of the space they are taking up. The crowd made it difficult to get good service. Next time I come here, I would rather sit at the tables and eat. My other issue is that I was really looking forward to an amazing ny skyline view. Unfortunately, I only really saw part of the top of the flat iron building. I wish they would tear down the brick walls that are blocking what could be a spectacular view.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of bigkingken
3.54/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of sirsteve42
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Porter
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of Buller38
4.13/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of jjchristiano
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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La Birreria in New York, NY
89 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.