Active Beers: 8
Beer Ratings: 81
Beer Avg: 3.76
Taps: 13 / Bottles: 15
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 26 | Reviews: 20 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by sleazo:
3.94/5 rDev +4.5%
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.
06-16-2011 16:05:23 | More by sleazo
More User Reviews:
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
La Birreria in New York, NY
87 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.