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La Birreria

Not Rated.
La BirreriaLa Birreria
BEER AVG
3.7/5
Based on:
18 Beers
111 Hads
Place Score: 89
Reviews: 27
Visits: 42
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: 42
Reviews by sleazo:
Photo of sleazo
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

La Birreria has only been open for about a week so I hope to update this upon future visits as it can be a bit unfair to review a place that is still working out the kinks.

To get here you must navigate the tourists at Eataly and head to the back. There you must wait on line for the elavator which brings you to the 14th floor. Once there it is up another flight of steps, past some empty kegs and the brewing equipment to the roof. Note that the line can has been very long so far especially during peak hours. If you go at an off hour you can breeze up though.

Once up on the roof there are a number of tables to the right and a bar to the left. The retractable roof allows for great city views while offering ample protection from the rain. Seated at the bar, you face north which should provide a view of the king of buildings, the Empire State but unfortunately there is only a small slit of a window offering a glimpse at the building. However at night the lights do illuminate things quite well. The rest of the view is better , especially for the Flatiron Building. My only other complaint is there is no real way to walk to the edge to have better views.

Beerwise they had a number of Dogfish head and Italian brews as well as three housemade cask offerings. As of right now they are brewed down at DFH but this will change as the brewery becomes fully productive. I had their Thyme beer as well as the Maple brown ale. The Thyme was very mild while the maple brown was a bit more bold. Both beers were solid as was an Italian Pale Ale, ReAle . Being new, everything obviously tasted fresh.

Service was good, especially for a new place. The bartenders were knowledgeable and prompt. I did not get any food this time around but a few of the items I saw other patrons eating looked good.

The major problem I found was the price of the cask beers, $10 a piece. Compared to the $7 regular tap offerings this seems a bit much. One of the bartneders said this might come down so this point could change.

All in all there are a few kinks and the view is not quite as good as what I thought it would be but the place is running smoothly. The focus on brewing real ale for consumption on a Manhattan roof top is a great idea however the crowds and the prices will probably prevent this from becoming a regular hangout.

Mind you that this review is for the very newly opened establishment and as such is limited.

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More User Reviews:
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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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Porter
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
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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La Birreria in New York, NY
89 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.