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508 Gastrobrewery

Not Rated.
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Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 21
Beer Ratings: 53
Beer Avg: 3.9

Taps: 6 / Bottles: 20
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

16 Ratings
Ratings: 16
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 4.85%
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

508 Greenwich Street
New York, New York, 10013
United States
phone: (212) 219-2444

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap 

Notes:
None, yet.

(Place added by: mcallister on 06-27-2011)
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brbrocc

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

06-01-2014 21:16:41 | More by brbrocc
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bigkingken

North Carolina

4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5 | $$

There seems to be a bit of a dearth of brewpubs in downtown Manhattan, likely because the overhead is so insanely high it prohibits small spots from starting up on a shoestring budget. Enter already established restaurants look to stand out, which is the history that I bet 508 Restaurant & Bar has.

What an elegant spot. Everything from the tables and chairs to the decorations to the lighting was spot on. I’d feel comfortable coming here on a first date or a 20th anniversary, or even by myself with a book, as was the case on this evening. And I’m not alone on the reverence for the vibe; the guy sitting next to me was putting down a deposit on the place for his engagement party.

I’ll let some pictures do the talking for the location and move on to the food and booze, both of which I also found fantastic. Torn between homemade pasta and decadent burgers, I went with the latter to provide a better base on which to drink. A sizable chunk of cow comes perfectly cooked on a Portuguese muffin – whatever the hell that is – adorned by… actually… I don’t remember. But it was juicy and damned good.

Next to the excellent burger came some obviously hand-battered onion rings. Crisp on the outside with excellent flavor, they embodied my preference in O-ring style, though the breading fell off pretty readily after a single bite.

On to the beer.

I didn’t expect much, as this place is a nanobrewery at best. I’m not even sure they produce a barrel at a time. Working on such small equipment, I expected the brews to taste like homebrew. But they didn’t. Everything was clear and crisp, and the number of different beers was astounding for the small operation. I think they had ten of their own brews on tap that night.

Since the beers change basically on a nightly basis, I don’t know that it makes any sense to talk about my favorites as they likely won’t be there should you ever decide to check the place out yourself. But there was one of note – a “donut stout” infused with coffee and perfect for dipping carbohydrates. The keg blew on that one before I got through the sampler, however, so I went with a Belgian dubbel, which was spot-on in my opinion.

Finally, the bartender was awesome. She knew when to chat and when to tend bar, always kept my drinks full, and gave knowledgeable recommendations. She’s clearly been at it a long time, both at 508 and other locations. A real pro, which I really appreciate.

04-03-2014 18:45:41 | More by bigkingken
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bckayaalp

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

02-24-2014 20:23:10 | More by bckayaalp
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dnphoto

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$

I've been meaning to come here for a while. They do eclectic brews, and they do them well. For a 2ish barrel system, they seemed to have a lot of variety. Each beer had a unique take on the typical style. I had everything from a drier than normal wheat wine to a coconut and coco cream ale. Beers were perfectly matched to incredible food. Expensive, yes, but well prepared. The appetizers were small, but they were the type you'd enjoy carefully thinking about each bite. Kind of like each sip of beer. Entrees were huge, and the ribs were paired well with charred brussel sprouts and unique mac and cheese. Someone I was with bought the lamb lasagna and really was impressed. When I was there, it was very quiet, which is tough to see on a Wednesday, but I understand that based on the location and the price, not everyone wants to go there mid-week. Finally, I'll tell you the beer was highly original, unpretentious, and the menu had an interesting solid selection. If you don't like beer, they had a full bar as well. But if you didn't like beer, I doubt you'd be on BA.

02-06-2014 23:01:00 | More by dnphoto
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sirsteve42

New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

01-29-2014 14:27:00 | More by sirsteve42
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5 | $$$$

The place was located a bit off the beaten path but was quite nice - the place was inviting and would make a great date night place if you are looking to impress that special someone in your life. The lighting was mood appropriate dim and soft while the music was not so loud as to make it difficult to have a conversation. We went fairly late on a Friday night so it was not too busy.

Beers were served at a proper temperature with proper glassware including snifters and chalice. The beers were also poured with a proper amount of head rather than just trying to fill the glass as full as possible of beer.

The staff was very knowledgeable about the beers that were available and knowing that these beers change very regularly, I was impressed - he even asked the person I was with if they knew what they were getting when they ordered a Gose... The service was attentive and quick though the place was not overly busy when we visited. The brewmaster noticed us as total beer geeks when we were there and made a point to stop over our table and chat about the beers/answer any questions we had - seemed really nice.

While there were only six taps available (all beers brewed in house) there was a good representation of different styles and not necessarily styles that you find everywhere - a mild smoked beer, gose, pumpkin saison, scotch ale, and an amber with lychee + lapsang souchong tea.

I found the food to be quite good - we had bbq duck nachos and octopus for appetizers as well as Pat LaFrieda burgers all of which was prepared very well. Definitely upscale food but worth the price.

This place is not cheap - $8 beers and rather expensive entrees and appetizers but the quality of the ingredients used and the preparation is worth it in my opinion. Though a touch on the expensive side, this is a place that would appeal to beer connoisseurs and foodies alike.

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Vibe: Located near the Holland Tunnel, this place is off the beaten path but worth a visit. The interior looks like a trendy restaurant and has some interesting décor on the wall opposite the bar with lots of books and glasses on counters and shelves.

10-23-2013 20:41:34 | More by dbrauneis
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

10-21-2013 04:31:32 | More by RblWthACoz
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metter98

New York

4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5 | $$$

Vibe: Located near the Holland Tunnel, this place is off the beaten path but worth a visit. The interior looks like a trendy restaurant and has some interesting décor on the wall opposite the bar with lots of books and glasses on counters and shelves.

Quality: Beers were served at the proper temperature using a variety of glassware such as snifters.

Service: Our waiter was very knowledgeable about both the menus and the beers and wanted to make sure I knew what I was getting when I ordered a gose beer. The restaurant wasn't that busy so the food and beers arrived rather quickly and the brewmaster even stopped by to introduce himself and talk about the beers.

Selection: Six beers were available on-tap, four of which were very unique (e.g., a gose, a mild smoked beer, an ale with lychee fruit and Lapsang Souchong tea, and a pumpkin ale with pumpkins, squash, herbs and spices)

Food: I tried two appetizers (octopus and roasted duck nachos), both of which had a nice presentation and tasted excellent. The Pat La Frieda burger was also excellent and came with rosemary fries.

Value: Both the food and beers were pricy, but were of high quality and seemed well worth the prices. The menu will satisfy both beer and food connoisseurs alike.

10-19-2013 13:20:24 | More by metter98
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BeerBucks

New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

10-09-2013 01:29:41 | More by BeerBucks
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bonbright7

Florida

4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$

After walking around the West Village of lower NYC and looking for someplace interesting to have a beer after work, I walked by a few notables and found they were packed on an early and cold Saturday night. Checking the BA, I remembered the 508 from a listing at ICE-Institute of Culinary Education and turned south from the Spotted Pig and headed to Spring Street.

Among a desolate stretch of Federal and industrial buildings, the 508 stood out like a red beacon in the fog, with a couple faux Irish bars in the vicinity. Once inside, warmth of the modern and alternative design clearly welcomed me in amongst the lightly crowded bar, though the dining room was full.

The menu of beer wss clearly of their own design and brew, nor did I see anything else. Going with their list, I choose the Stout, which the bartender (Rachel) suggested. It was a good session style ale with nuances on the lighter side. Then I tried the Saison, which I loved, and then I met the new brewmaster, Chris, who recognized me from my beer group on LI.

We talked about his new tenure at 508 and he showed me some of the new things he was working on. An impressive IPA and exceptional Dubbel will be coming up to their tap lines soon and had the honor of tasting both.

As we parted ways and he had brewing to do, I had a great burger there, which was apparently a short rib derived burger and of exceptional taste. The crispy fries paired with the plate were also exceptional.

In review, the 508 only serves the beer it creates and it's lively character is very inviting. I look forward to returning.

01-06-2013 17:20:20 | More by bonbright7
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508 Gastrobrewery in New York, NY
94 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.