Buddha Beer Bar
Taps: 24 / Bottles: 40
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 3 | Reviews: 2 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by slander:
4.18/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
‘cause there’s nothing beerwise on the UES open for lunch, and (Evil) Davo was not helpful at all, as expected. M & V, with the wee one in tow, looking for lunch (and drinky) in all the wrong places. You know, there’s a something something up near the bridge we can look in on. Game on. Broadway totally sucked but then opened up a block back and offered absurdly available parking. I landed right out front, muni meter loved, even saw the man tagging people expired, so sad. Such is the parking game...
Easyish to spot red trimmed place on the strip in the low 190’s. A single room with an ‘L’ bar to the left, stainless steel topped with a black wood fat trim inner & outer, the base done the same, and a flat bar foot rail; seating for 18 on hightop stainless steel & black leather chairs. Barback wall of ½” bathroom tile in a brown color scheme holds a row of 2 dozen taps on a center panel, split 12 & 12, with a shelf just above displaying some random bottles, pitchers, magnums, 750’s, strung lit from the underside. A plasticy tap board atop lists the wares in colored markers (beer, style, ABV, serving size, & pricing). Pitcher, growler, & flights of 3 or 5 (6oz pours) pricing, as well. Shelving with boozings displayed glow lit backed to both sides, each with a pair of flats above. More boozed countered & tired there, and glassware shelved below the bar.
Black square tiled floors, framed black wood ceiling trim with pressed tin pieces, and the walls mostly of yellow painted play over pressed tin piecing with trim, but some pieces done in burgundy, too. Drop cylinder lamps over the bar, track spots on the tap board, cheese wheel lamps across the floor with alternating spinnys, inlayed spots over the far seating hang, and battery lit faux candles on the tables. 3 flats over the windows tall & narrow up front curtained, a single flat on the fall wall and another to the rear. Flaggings, mirrors, tins, and a bicycle mounted. 3 hightops along the far wall, 3 shorty square tables forward, a long shared hightop seating a dozen towards the bar, and another 4 square tables in the front corner on a raised perch.
24 taps (1 of them off just now). More than ½ of them craft beer split New York State (Bronx Pale Ale & Black Pale Ale, Brooklyn There Will Be Black, Blue Point Toasted Lager, Empire White Aphro, Three Heads Cobbs Hill Black Lager, Ommegang Abbey), and not (Long Trail Double Bag, Shed IPA, Magic Hat #9, DogFishHead 60 Minute IPA, Goose Island Matilda, Founders Dirty Bastard). The other ½ of them are fair to middling imports (Warsteiner Premium Verum, Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple, Porterhouse Red & Wrasslers XXXX Stout, Innis & Gunn Winter Beer, Boddingtons, Bass, Negra Modelo), and a single cider (Woodchuck Cider). I drank the Empire White Aphro, Bronx Pale Ale & Black Pale Ale.
Bottle list, too (Where did you get Heady Topper? Hmmmn, $8.50 a poke, I’ve seen worse). 3 dozen+ offerings, nearly ½ of them US craft (Bear Republic, Allagash, Green Flash, Stone, Goose Island, Brooklyn, DogFishHead, Ommegang, Sam Adams), and the remainder imports (nearly ½ of which are Belgian), macros, retros, Gluten free, & N/A.
Food. People at the bar were saying ‘burrito’ and ‘cubano’, but they don’t know me; I’m all about the burger. With cheddar please, medium rare, and do you have bacon, ‘cause I would, yes, thank you. Stellar burger, grass fed, and now, me fed. With sweet pot fries, they were of the good.
I keep seeing that cop go by but I am confident in my meter ffed ‘til 3:03 PM. It’s a good house. Servers know their game; we were offered samples of black IPA’s and the like. Diggin’ the tunes, thank you for that. Good scene way up north, and baby friendly, too. We like.
02-25-2013 04:33:22 | More by slander
More User Reviews:
4.19/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I have been a frequent customer of Buddha Beer Bar for about eight months- when I first started going, there was a different guy running the beer portion of the place; it was a lot better than.
The atmosphere, quality of tap lines, and service are all very good. The bartenders are great- go during the weekday and you'll have a very friendly, awesome bartender named Tim who knows a lot of about beer. They have clean taps, and a clean inside environment. That being said, the music is a little loud.
Their selection is decent- they usually have some kind of tripel on tap; Delirium, Fins du Monde, or New World Tripel. They always carry Guiness, Lefthand Sawtooth, some kind of cider, and Weihenstephan Hefeweiss. Sometimes they have a huge selection of killer IPA/DIPAs, sometimes they have some wacky belgian brews. They generally have some NYC selections. It's generally pretty good beer.
Their food is also excellent- probably my favorite bar food in the whole city. Check out their website if your really curious but they've got some "mexican" offerings, as well as a killer pork sandwich with kimchi and lots of small plates.
The value.... I used to love Buddha Bar and think that it was a great value, but after spending more time in the village and going to blind tiger, I've realized that Buddha Bar's prices are a little crazy. Blind Tiger is in the village and almost as a rule charges no more than $7.50 for even a 12 oz of really rare/highabv beer. Buddha bar charges $9, or since the new beer managment, up to $11 for the same offerings. And they're in Inwood! Rent has to be cheaper, but I guess they have a monopoly on the beer scene up here.
Overall, I would recommend going here if you are in the area and not looking to travel. If you live here or are visiting a friend, it's a nice local place. If you're a beer geek who's strapped for cash and willing to take the subway, go down to the Blind Tiger and you'll spend your money better.
08-11-2013 00:37:15 | More by Hopdaemon39
Buddha Beer Bar in New York, NY
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