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La Birreria

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La BirreriaLa Birreria
BEER AVG
3.82/5
Based on:
10 Beers
90 Ratings
Place Score: 87
Ratings: 32
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 15.71%
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 Mypintishalffull
1.91/5  rDev -50%
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.

Photo of renegadeburger
2.55/5  rDev -33.2%
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

Photo of ghostly
2.68/5  rDev -29.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 5

I don't usually review but I thought this one was worth talking about, a year after opening. The quality of the house-brewed cask beers is low. Amateurish, even. Everything is packed with a gimmicky food product (the three on cask when I got there were a thyme pale ale that honestly just makes the thyme mask the hop aroma, what they call a chestnut mild but tastes more like a bad porter, and a DFH ancient ale with gentian and myrrh that was practically undrinkable and resembled bad, flat, sweet, fruity, medicinal homebrew. These were $10 apiece, and consider that they don't have to pay a distributor.) As for the non-house selection, it's quite good, although most are 750s in the $20 range, so prepare to share. They had carafes of Freshchester Pale and Moretti. The view is of the top of the flatiron building and the empire state, which is fairly cool, but this is a walled room with skylights, not a "rooftop". The "teku" glasses others refer to - high end glassware - have been eliminated. The wine is actually pretty good, and the food is even better. Our server outwardly made fun of one of our party for asking where the lamb came from...despite the menu being nothing but descriptions of where everything else is from (down to "Delaware honey" in that myrrh abomination.)

Photo of dauss
2.9/5  rDev -24.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3

I happened to be by Eataly and decided to stop by the Birreria. I had read that the house beers were $10 a pint. They weren't $10/pint, it was $10 for beer in a shaker pint glass. House beers were served from a beer engine and with a dense head. I ended up getting the Wanda, a English mild made with chestnuts. My friend had the pale ale with thyme. The beers were fine, but $5 fine. Considering how much they claim to pay attention to quality, I wish the beer was served in better glassware.

As far as the other selections, a few locals, but most of the beers are from Beerifico Baladin. Some interesting saisons with wild yeast, saisons with grape must, as well as some local NY brewery beers. Guest drafts were between $7-$9 for a 12oz. pour when I was there.

It was in the middle of December, so it was quite cold outside, but it was covered in the winter. It was quite warm and the place was quite lively. Although there were 5 bartenders behind the bar, they weren't very attentive. Didn't try the food.

Photo of sirsteve42
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of bigkingken
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of alf212
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of Nutleybeer
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Hautacam
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of Billolick
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Love the space, loved the food, beer they brew is ehh, guest bottles and taps are nice but expensive.

Nice place to take folks from out of town, cuz the room is bright, airy, pleasant and impressive. Went when it was quiet, midweek for lunch at the bar, so no crowds, and no stress, can imagine prime times would get kinda hectic.

Enjoyed some anti pasta and a tasty sandwedge, along with a few of thier house brewed drafts.
Very pleasant at the bar.

Not a place I would visit on a regular basis, but nice to visit to see fine food and fine beer being intermingled, enjoyed and mostly respected.

Photo of sleazo
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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.

Photo of Porter
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of CHickman
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I’ve been to La Birreria several times now for both lunch and after work drinks and can state that I like the place, but would be hesitant to go if it were not being covered by an expense account; this place is crazy expensive, and while the food and beer are all of excellent quality, I don’t think that the proprietors are justified to over charge patrons that much for beer. The food, while excellent, is also very steep in price to me and I have been working in NYC for over 15 years, but this is NYC so anything goes and people will pay for it.

The atmosphere is a mix of a tourist trap, a cool rooftop concept brewpub, European gathering space and a mob scene. It has everything that I love and hate about NYC rolled into one establishment: it can be crowded with long lines, people taking pictures, expensive food and drinks, tight bar space at night, it’s very loud when it’s packed and it can be an overwhelming scene; on the flip side, navigating through Eataly is a cool NYC experience with tons of people, tons of noise, tons of smells and a feel like you’re in the middle of the greatest city on Earth – and that’s all before you go up the elevator to La Birreria when you walk up the stairs after exiting the elevator and see the mini brewery, which is sparkling clean and impressive to look at. Day or night there are very cool NYC views and the vibe has always seemed hip and cool, like being on this rooftop is the place to be; overall I like the atmosphere, which is why I keep going back. Also, the retractable roof is a very cool aspect of this place and should make for enjoyable winter drinking.

The quality of the food is excellent, and most of the beers have been of very high quality as well. I have tried 4 cask ales and some were hits and others misses, but I could tell they were made with quality ingredients and were good experiments. The bread, cheese platters, olives and sausages have all been extremely tasty, with an emphasis on the sausages which are outstanding; the Cotechino and the Probusto are excellent dishes to share and wash down with beer.

The service has gotten much better since it opened, and each time I go back it seems to improve. The waiters know enough about beer to be helpful, and even the confused looking busboy types seem helpful as they clean up and fetch more bread and olive oil whenever eating there. There are two bartenders who seem to be beer experts, and once you cut through their BS attitudes and let them know that you are serious about beer then that’s when they offer great advice and samples. They are pretty quick even during peak after work hours, so they know how to earn a tip.

The selection of beer, wine and food are excellent; the bar selection is OK, but who the hell comes to this place not to have beer or wine? The beer selection is always impressive and they have just enough on tap to balance out the house brews and bottle selection. Last week they had some Troegs, Victory and Sierra Nevada on tap in addition to the standard Dogfish Head offerings, and Italian beer and some local NY brewery offerings. The bottle list has a lot of quality beers from Baladin, DogFish Head and other hard to find Italian beers, so I think it’s a very cool variety.

Overall the value was OK for NYC, but still a bit pricy to me. Some of the bottled beer is very overpriced, like the DogFish Head My Antonia for $18 per bottle. I completely understand that the rent must be insane, but the bottled beer prices are a tad over the top for anyone who knows craft beer pricing. The house brews (cask ales) are expensive at $10 per glass, but since they make the beer right there then to me that is justified and the essence of the place and experience. I really like the place and look forward to going there on day when it snows to have a beer in the crisp air looking at the Empire State Building. Definitely check this place out. Unless you’re looking to go broke this would not be a regular spot to be a barfly, but it is a cool NYC experience right across from the landmark Flatiron Building.

Photo of jjchristiano
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

The place is on the roof at Eataly.
We had reservation and were seated promptly.
Great table with a fan above us on a sunny hot day.
Beer selection is outstanding but very pricey. Allagash 750ml bottles were $28 but outstanding.
They have many Italian beers and some of the Dogfish lineup.
It was too bad that the food was average at best. We were four and I would say one of us had an entrée that was very good while the other 3 had ok. I'm sure they could put a Kobe burger on the menu for $20 and sell tons of them as the menu is otherwise lacking.
But I really enjoyed the place for the upbeat atmosphere and the extensive selection of excellent beer. I drove into NYC that day from Jersey so took it easy and sipped a fine beer and it was a perfect afternoon.
Would definitely go back.

Photo of Buller38
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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La Birreria in New York, NY
87 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.