La Birreria

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La BirreriaLa Birreria
Based on:
15 Beers
104 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
Photo of renegadeburger
2.55/5  rDev -35.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 2

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

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Photo of alf212
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

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.

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Photo of Mypintishalffull
1.91/5  rDev -51.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 2

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.

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Photo of sleazo
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
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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La Birreria in New York, NY
89 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.