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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.
07-03-2011 18:51:27 | More by Mypintishalffull
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
07-06-2011 01:46:56 | More by renegadeburger
2.68/5 rDev -28.9%
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.)
06-28-2012 19:05:42 | More by ghostly
2.9/5 rDev -23.1%
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.
12-21-2012 21:59:43 | More by dauss
3.54/5 rDev -6.1%
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
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.
07-03-2011 19:47:59 | More by alf212
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.
08-21-2011 18:10:12 | More by Nutleybeer
La Birreria in New York, NY
87 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.