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La Birreria

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La BirreriaLa Birreria
BA SCORE
86
very good

28 Ratings
Ratings: 28
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 16.45%
Active Beers: 10
Beer Ratings: 85
Beer Avg: 3.77
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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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%

La Birreria! The newest beer spot New Yorkers love to hate... :-)

I decided to check it out on a sunny hot August day. At around 2:30pm there was no wait. It is a bit difficult to get to, what with the elevator, stairs, hallways and general maze.

Loved the music, but the place looks like a cheap patio at a dive bar in Florida. Crowd was mostly European tourists, and some well-dressed locals, pretty girls and guys in suits. No beer nerds in sight.

WAY HOT! And no views whatsoever except for a tiny slice of the Empire State from the bar. The marble bar was so hot you could warm up your coffee on it. Even the servers were sweating. Enough said!

Selection: ONE house brew (Sofia, with peppercorns), one Dogfish cask (Eataly pale ale) and ten drafts, including Dogfish 120 and Raison d'Etre, Southern Tier Hop Sun, Moretti and Life&Limb. They also have wine on tap, FYI.

My Eataly Pale Ale was fine, drinkable, a hint of spice, tad boring but good for the weather. Not too casky. Had a "teku" (12 ounces) of Life&Limb, 20 cl of beer and the rest was head (bartender said that is the way they do it because it is high gravity).

Didn't try the food but would like to next time. Service was fine at the bar. Overall, I had mixed feelings about the place. Love the selection and service and music, didn't like the settings and the silly heat and the prices and the hassle to get up there.

Had the chance to chat with one of the owners and that was a nice touch. He explained how the costs of brewing on a rooftop adds up, hence the $10 tag for a pint, and also said that they are not a beer garden but a brewery on a rooftop, which makes sense to me.

Not a destination (avoid at peak times), but sure worth a visit or two, and definitely much better than the poor reviews here might have you think. I'm looking forward to the new house-brewed ales.

Note: On my most recent visit (Summer 2012) had a great Birreria Giuseppina, a "Golden IPA" brewed with decocted rigatoni and Belgian yeast strains.

DoubleSimcoe, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of Hautacam
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%

Nice space on top of the roof. We got there about 11:30am and had no elevator wait, no wait for a table and the full attention of our waiter.
He had great suggestions and an honest assesment of the beers. He was very friendly and knew his beers. I had their Gina, brewed with thyme..pale ale on cask. It was very good. My girlfriend had a Sly Fox hefe and that was also very good. Food wise and beer wise....this is NOT cheap. I had their Maitake Mushrooms (2) with a pecorino cream sauce, served with asparagus and pea shoots....for $15. They give you good bread and very good olive oil for dipping. But that was lunch for me. Not a lot of food, but it was excellent and I was satisfied...not full, but it was enough. My girlfriend had the pork shoulder with beer-apricot sauce....a more substantial plate, served with kraut..it was also very good.
As we ate the place filled up....so we were glad to have been there early..I'm sure that an hour later and we would not have had the service that we had....they were slammed pretty much.
I would say that it was NYC rooftop pricing
( I'm improvising here)..but I would recommend a visit; especially if you can get there early.

Hautacam, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of Nutleybeer
3.58/5  rDev -5%

First off, you have to go in knowing you are walking into a tourist trap. With that, expensive prices come hand in hand. It is on the rooftop of the new Eataly establishment. The prior reviewer gave a good overview of the concept.

So, the setting is top notch. Rooftop drinking in NYC, how cool. It is not that you have a great view of anything in particular, but regardless. Good staff. I have gone twice, both times the waiters seemed to know their beers.

On my most recent trip, there was only 1 real house beer...a cask peppercorn wit. Interesting, but come on $10 a pint is asking a lot, especially for a session beer. By far, the most expensive house beer I have seen in my travels. $5 would be sufficient. they continue to promise a chestnut ale is coming, but still nothing. Most draft beers are not even served in pints, they are served in "tekus" which I have no idea what that means, but it is smaller than 16ozs for sure.

On tap, outside the new Life & Limb from DFH, it was Moretti, Sly Fox and several DFH standards. The bottles are interesting, but unless you want to shell out $16-$30 for a bottle, you are out of luck.

The food is not typical Italian/pasta fare. It is most cheeses, salads and meats. We had the 3 cheese platter for $11 which was good, but we got 3 tiny pieces.

This is a mixed review. I like it there, most for the atmosphere and uniqueness. the prices are just a bit out of hand, even for NYC. If you want to try it, just know what it is beforehand.

Nutleybeer, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of PangaeaBeerFood
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%

The idea of a rooftop brewery, a pub run by Mario Batali, and a collaboration between Dogfish Head, Birrifico Le Baladin and Birra del Borgo, are all amazing concepts in and of themselves. Combine them into one establishment, and it's sure to impress. Such is the nature of Eataly's Birreria, and it did not disappoint.

The actual brewery opened months ago, but I heard some bad things about service and wait times due to the seemingly infinite swarms of patrons (which, having been to Eataly's market around the holidays, doesn't shock me), so I waited until mid-August to finally give it a whirl. Plus, it took them a few weeks to get their own house-brewed beers on tap and it seemed silly to go to a brewery and not drink their own beer. Anyway, I was surprised to find that on a random Tuesday, the earliest reservation I could place was for 9:15PM, even when we placed it a week in advanced. However, upon arrival we were brought right upstairs and seated immediately, despite showing up 15 minutes early.

There is a small bottle shop outside the elevator where you could purchase Dogfish Head and Italian craft beer, including the elusive Baladin Xyauyu. Bottles were pricey, but no more than other high-end craft stores. It's the nature of Italian craft beer right now. Entrance upstairs leads you past a gorgeous copper-clad brewing system and into a crowded but calm bar. It was an atypically cool evening with a perfect 70 degree breeze blowing through the roofless establishment. Loved the decor and atmosphere, though I'd imagine during primetime bar hours, this place would be too crowded for my liking.

The beer list is extensive and exciting, but pricey. You’re looking at $7-10 per pour, with some more specialized beers going up from there. They only offered one house brewed beer (which was good but not great) at the moment, along with a selection of local, Dogfish Head (including 120-Minute IPA) and Italian craft. It was a nice list and more reasonably priced, though these beers were more readily available in the area. Their bottle list was substantially more expensive, but featured tons of beers I’ve sought after and been unable to find anywhere else in New York (Baladin Nora, Troll Shangrila, Grado Plato Strada San Felice). They also featured about a dozen different wines served directly from the barrel, which I’ve never seen before.

We tried a selection of food from the kitchen, including some cheeses and a variety of entrees including homemade sausage and quail. Everything was fantastically prepared and displayed a more authentic country style of Italian fare that is usually lost amidst a sea of Americanized pasta and sauce type dishes. Prices were also on the high side and portions were reasonable, though it wasn’t any more expensive than other NYC establishments of this caliber. Total for four people who ordered a single round of drinks, 3 cheese and four entrees, including tip, was $176.

All in all, visiting Eataly’s Birreria was a great experience. The atmosphere was perfect for a cool summer evening, though without much shade, I bet this gets uncomfortably hot in the daytime. The crowd was manageable for a Tuesday night, but is probably still too much during peak hours. Make reservations in advanced and make them for off times. Food and beer selections were excellent but expensive, though the house-brewed beer didn’t blow me away. Service was good and waiter was pleasant, though nothing to write home about. I know some of the early reviews were poor, but it seems like Eataly has smoothened out some of the bumps in the road since they opened. I recommend any beer enthusiast in the NY area to give it a try.

PangaeaBeerFood, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of renegadeburger
2.55/5  rDev -32.4%

ok got to try this place right after the holiday rush thinking it would be a good time to sneak in after lots of people are partied out many people have left the city to go on vacations and such

ok lets start with the atmosphere ok i thought the whole reason why there is a premium here is because there is an amazing view? ok excuse me but i did not see any amazing view when i was here as a matter of fact the "view" is nothing more than looking at the walls they put around this place and a bit of some other buildings peeking out above but definitely nothing special what a gype

quality of beers is pretty good so good marks there but really what about the beers people want to drink? they have a lot of these crazy herbal and artisan beers on tap that are offsite but then shipped in but they are not even that good and why would you want to drink that on a hot rooftop?

service was really slow it also seems like they didn't know the beers that well if its a gourmet place then why are the people not trained to talka about the beers more intelligently? my server did not know the difference between a lager and an ale c'mon that is the most basic thing ever when talking about beer its like knowing difference between red or white wine

and selection was bad because they had many empty taps i mean c'mon you are charging us $10 for a beer at least give us a selection here honestly i'd rather drink a $6 bottle of refreshing light ipa or pilsner with no gimmicks than some overpriced beer that had some herbs thrown in it

overall not very impressive at all and this seemed like an overpriced and overhyped place to me i will gladly go back to zeppelin hall back home and enjoy that

renegadeburger, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of alf212
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%

Great sights great location but not that impressive otherwise.

Their selection is alright about 10 beers on tap, 3 of their own cask beers (none of which impressed me--their ales were extremely stale unfortunately)

Service was horrible. We had a reservationa nd still had to wait 10 minutes for our table...waiter had no idea about the beers (although i've heard good things about the waiters here we might have gotten a rookie by chance or something). regardless he took forever. at the end of our meal we ordered a round of beers and they started cleaning up our table before we were even half way done. it was 1030 no one else was coming to the restaurant like come on i know you wanna get your next table in but relax and maybe you would have gotten a better tip.

Their food was pretty good but definitely overpriced as were the drinks.

alf212, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of Mypintishalffull
1.91/5  rDev -49.3%

Visited this once when it opened then decided to come back for a balanced review. Both experiences were a varying degree of bad. Best part about this place is the setting. You are on the rooftop of the Flatiron districts Eataly and there are good views. However, it ends there. Picture this. It's 95 degrees and you are roasting under the sun. Then you pay $10 for a warm flat beer that does not even taste good. This is not a biergarten it is a flop. But the worst part is the service. It is impossible to get to and no one is there to usher the people in. Also, the whole point of the biergarten is it's communal. However here they said my friends could not join us when we started, they needed to make an advance reservation. What? Between the $10 warm flat beer, bad service and stuffy vibe there is no fun here. Plent of other good biergartens in NYC now even in queens and Brooklyn.

Mypintishalffull, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of sleazo
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

sleazo, Jun 16, 2011
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La Birreria in New York, NY
86 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.