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La Birreria

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La BirreriaLa Birreria
BEER AVG
3.7/5
Based on:
18 Beers
111 Hads
Place Score: 89
Reviews: 27
Visits: 43
Avg: 3.96
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 | map
eatalyny.com

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Place added by: brystmar on 06-03-2011

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Reviews: 27 | Visits: 43
Reviews by slander:
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4.7/5  rDev +18.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Slander, who pushed through the market of crazy and came out clean the other side. Elevator, operator, me to the 14th and then a flight of stairs to the 15th floor; I feel like there should be clues along the way or I should be gobbling up fruit for bonus points or something. The reception desk and the brewings behind glass, and out, but in; the rooftop enclosed...

A white marble topped bar runs a length off to the left with seating for 18ish on non-backed Randy stools. Cask box of 3 on the bar and a 10 tap tower a few feet down. 8 short barrels on their sides holding wine selections tapped on the barback split 4 & 4, with slight tiered boozings in between. Glassware tucked in there, too, and shelved below and tucked barside, with stemmed stuff hanging above. Awning piece over the bar with mounted spots, and through the slight windows atop the barback, you can see the top of the Empire State Building in all her awesomeness.

Out on the floor, there are about 5 dozen 2 seat paper placematted tables in rows, many solo and pushed together in pairs and pairs of pairs, and ½ a dozen or so larger round tables here or there. Shared benchings along the perimeter, and I see a sea of red metal chairs. Large sign letter BIRRERIA on the building side, with their 3 collaborator (Baladin, Del Borgo and DogFishHead) logos below. Lino wood looking floorings, and glass walls and roof top; some of which retract somewhat. The rear windows slide open and the rooftop, too; starting with the center panel pushed with a long pole. Hot air for a cool breeze, traded.

Phil’s BBQ at 2, I am afforded some time for a few beers and am underway sampling before Sunday sales noon. 3 house cask beers on at a time. I’ve had at all of ‘em. ‘Gina’ (Thyme Pale Ale, fantastic, amazingly quaffable, a good thyme beer), ‘Ruby’ (American Wheat with dried fig & mustard seed, very nice), and a beer called ‘Wanda’ (Chestnut Mild, good roasted nuttiness). On return visits, I’ve also had ‘Nigella’ (a highly drinkable session IPA, excellent), ‘Barista’ (Robust Porter with Guatemalan coffee, tasty), and ‘Pina’ (Brown Ale with pine nuts and honey, does not suck). Their beers are really quite good. I don’t know about $10 a pint good, but they are well done. ABV’s ranging as low as 3.5% (Nigella) and as high as 7% (Barista).

In addition to the house cask beers, they’ve got 10 drafts; a good mix of regional American craft and import fun with offerings from all 3 collaborators. Across my visits, I’ve drank the Baladin Isaac (holy fucking coriander!), and the Grado Plato Strada San Felice (roasted chestnut lager, excellent), and have sampled the Del Borgo Genziana (a saison with Gentian root, really nice), the L’Olmaia Karkade (spring Ale with hibiscus, sour but not unpleasantly so), and the Loverbeer Madamin (Italian Flanders style sour brown seemingly more full on sour than an Oud Bruin). And nearly 30 bottled selection; 1/3 of them from the house collaborators, and the remaining 2/3 a mix of 2 to 1 American craft to import ratio, plus nearly a dozen wines.

We split the meat plate for 2 ($21), the winners being Cacciatorini (spicy), and Sopressata (garlic & black peppercorn goodness), and we ordered up 3 cheeses ($11), Asiago Fresco (winner), Robiola Bosina (solid), & Provolone Madarone (did not suck); all cow with a little sheep. It came served with a hazelnut & honey accompaniment of awesome. And lest we not forget the broccoli rabe ($5), which was goddamn stellar, just amazing garlic love there.

My subsequent revisits have been all about the pork shoulder (beer & apricot braised, served with a celery, cucumber, and persimmon slaw of sorts, and a mustard vinaigrette) for a mere $19. One of the most amazing foodings of my life. This pork shoulder literally melts; I could eat it with a spoon. I had to sit back and ‘holy shit’ for a moment there. Just stellar. Was dealt 3 slices of homemade spent grain bread with a small plate of olive oil. Menu absent is the broccoli rabe; as such I am forced to slum it with the carrots (baby ones, all honeyed up). They were solid, but I feel robbed of the rabe this day.

Brucetender again; he let me try a few things, has good opinions on what’s what, and just knows his game. Great food and drink here. Pricey, but just don’t care and then don’t. It’s Sunday, and I’ve got a warm happiness rolling over me, a pretty good day this be. The drink is a sizable contributor to be sure and I’m still trippin’ from that pork shoulder. Nice breeze and good tunes rooftop today, Lots of tourists, of course, but I do like. Just 2 hours in, the place is 2/3 full, tablewise. So know that the game here is to be on their doorstep at Sunday opening, get your snack and drink on, and get out before it fills in around you, which it will.

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Photo of mafuellison
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Photo of NizzleEGizzle
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

This is a great place to spend a summer afternoon when you're cutting work, or if you can get there before the crowd starts descending at 4PM. It's a cool space, although often crowded by people who are loud, rude, and entitled. The beer selection is cool and thoughtful, so you'll always see a diverse range of brews on tap.

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Photo of PEESHALEODEJANARO
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Checked out this place back in July 2014 to celebrate my cousin passing the NY bar exam. The shops downstairs are crazy crowded and expensive but cool to check out once. The restaurant up on the roof is semi-exclusive. The elevator to get to the penthouse is hidden in the corner and you need to get on the list to even go up. Once you go up your reservation is confirmed again, but you hang at the bar and enjoy some cold pints. Lots of good tasting cask ales on tap made in collaboration with other brewers. We finally got a seat on a hot summer day and enjoyed all the food and pints we could. The 3 of us ran up a $200 something tab in a matter of 2 hours pretty easily. Well worth it though. I would recommend checking it out in the summer as it has good views and a good vibe.

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Photo of dgmirelli
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

place was packed and busy during santacon weekend in NYC, had time to have a couple Grimm Artisinal Ales - Pulse Wave which was a great pale ale and very tasty. Would like to return when place was not as crowded and calmer, time to review bber menu and food.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Lare453
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
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
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The place is awesome with a great view of the Empire State Building. Great atmosphere. It had very good 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 +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Jacobob10
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
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 +6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Gajo74
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
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 +7.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of bigkingken
3.54/5  rDev -10.6%
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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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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La Birreria in New York, NY
89 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.