Heartland Brewery South Street Seaport
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Reviews by slander:
4.2/5 rDev +20%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I remember the North Star as being a small tight cramped place. Well, when Heartland took the place over, they also bought the place next door and opened it up some.
I went with the seasonal beer sampler which gives you 8 beers; the 5 year rounders and 3 seasonals. Starting with the 5 regulars.... The best of the lot, hands down, no doubt about it, is the Farmer Jon's Oatmeal Stout. It's chewy, and has a nice coffee bite. It's my "old faithful" beer at all the Heartland locations. The Red Rooster Ale is a good solid flavorful red and the Indiana Pale Ale is a good hoppy pale ale. I'm not too crazy about the Harvest Wheat though. I feel it to be lacking and the Cornhusker Lager? Well...
Moving on to the seasonals... the Honey Porter was a good solid porter, better than I remember it being, and the Kelly's Irish Red was a nice nitro Irish red, and the Steam Ale was so-so.
On a revisit, they had the Stumbling Pumpkin Ale on which was okay in and of itself, but much better when mixed with the Stout to make "Stumpkin".
The menu is a an abridged version of the standard Heartland menu but has additions exclusive to this location that include crab cakes and a terryaki salmon sandwich (this is the South Street Seaport after all). I had the pulled pork sandwich and it was good. The decor is vintage beer memerbelia and posters of ancient breweries and beerings. Very nice comfortable place.
This place will hopefully benefit and not suffer from the tourist phenomena (of the South Street Seaport), much in the way that Hansen's Brewery did at Time Square (Naaah, they make much better beer here. They'll be fine). The other concern here regarding location is that the South Street Seaport is not all that hopping during the Winter months. Talk of an ice skating rink being built down there somewhere should entice people to come on out during the cold season.
03-25-2003 17:13:34 | More by slander
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3.45/5 rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Stopped in here for lunch after grabbing some Broadway tickets from the nearby TKTS.
Kind of a cool place by the water, we sat outside and people watched while we sipped a sampler and ate lunch.
Quality was mediocre. I had a couple of beers that I liked, (lager and pumpkin) a few that were ok, (amber, IPA, stout and blonde) and a couple of duds (Oaked pumpkin which seemed infected and a very blah Hefewiezen).
Our server was ok, prompt, but she also seemed kind of indifferent.
Selection was not bad, 6 regular beers, and 4 seasonals.
Food was pretty good, my wife and I were both fairly happy with our lunches.
Overall, a decent place, but not a destination by any means.
09-26-2012 20:13:42 | More by flexabull
5/5 rDev +42.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
I was in NYC for 3 days in 2011 and stumbled across this place while walking to the Seaport from the 911 memorial. My friend and I had a very good dinner and planned to only have a few. My few ended up being about 7. (One of the beers hit the floor and they didn't even charge me for a replacement.) This was my friends first craft beer experience and he was sold on it here. This location has good food and great beer. I really enjoyed it here and will visit again when I'm in the area in June of 2012.
05-27-2012 23:15:01 | More by AZSpencer
3.5/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
Stopped in here with my wife after getting some discount day-of Broadway tickets at the nearby booth - very convenient location, and infinitely better than Time Square.
The atmosphere is your standard wood-and-brick bar with plenty of beer-ish paraphernalia on the walls; seemed fairly welcoming, even though it was nearly empty when we arrived early just before noon.
The service was fairly prompt and friendly, but nothing to write home about when it came to beer knowledge - I didn't ask any really tough questions, but they didn't volunteer any recommendations or info on the seasonals, either.
The selection was your standard brewpub lineup of lager, wheat, IPA, brown, stout; no good guest taps. I went for the oatmeal stout, which proved to be a solid choice. Very smooth and drinkable. My wife went for their Blue Moon clone of a wheat, which she enjoyed but I found a bit insipid - too much spice and citrus overwhelming an overly thin body.
The food was average at best, with slightly undersized (but moist) buffalo wings and shoestring fries being the sum of our snack. The food and beer were both pricey to me, but definitely in line with Manhattan standards ($6/pint).
Overall I wouldn't be averse to going back here if in the neighborhood, but there are so many better places in the city to drink good beer that I wouldn't recommend anyone go out of their way to try this Heartland location.
01-09-2011 16:40:11 | More by woosterbill
4.3/5 rDev +22.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Went to the Body's Exhibit in New York with my university. My friend and I had about 30 minutes to burn, so we decided to come to this brewery that was right across the street.
Walked in, and sat at the bar. We were carded immediately, and we got our beers right away. I had an IPA which was absolutely delicious, and he got the Oatmeal Stout (also delicious).
I liked the atmosphere of the place (even at 12 noon). It was very cozy, and conducive to talking, which I tend to do after a pint of IPA.
Walked out after only spending 7 bucks, but it was tied with the best 7 bucks I spent all day.
I would like to come back here and try their food.
01-31-2010 22:15:45 | More by loveingminor
3.65/5 rDev +4.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$$
I enjoyed looking at all the brewania displayed throughout. There were eight beers on tap. The best were the two seasonals Bavarian Black and Old Red Nose Special, which was a higher ABV than the Old Red Nose. Out of the regular brews the stout was the best, I also liked the red and surprisingly the light.
Our server was great and very prompt about getting re-fills before we were finished.
The food was OK but I had my first fried pickle, an interesting taste sensation.
We all had a great time but my credit card took a big hit.
01-05-2010 03:20:01 | More by bob3701
3.36/5 rDev -4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $
This is a very difficult place to have a pub as it's on a street with a lot of similar style (in terms of fanciness) restaurants and pubs, which leads onto a pier that also features a lot of restaurants and pubs.
The breweries are always very inviting places that are fun to see for the beer pariphanalia but, in general the beers aren't that great. There's a broad selection of styles but none really stand out
Their stout is probably the best for it's roasty character and none of the beers is too strong to dissuade first timers. I've never tried a speciality beer specific to this local but its a cozy place in an awesome location.
Never tired the food here but in general i like their food.
10-05-2009 21:56:11 | More by david18
District of Columbia
3.3/5 rDev -5.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$$
I work a few blocks away from this Heartland locale, but hadn't visited until recently.
The atmosphere is just OK inside, as other reviews accurately mention, it's very generic pub decor, fixtures, etc. I will say that it is relatively clean, which was nice. I sat in the patio area during my visit, and it made things much more pleasant...as long as you don't mind crowds and the very nearby FDR traffic.
Service was fine; prompt enough; none too engaged though. I find that hard to blame given the vast number tourists that come through on a daily basis...
The food was really not great. Menu is full of greasy deep fried stuff, which is great at times for me, but there was little good about what I had.
Their beers range from not good to not all that bad depending upon what you order. A couple are actually nice enough.
There are definitely worse places to grab a brew in the area, so don't discount this place totally. However, I really wouldn't go out of my way to drink beer there again.
06-27-2009 21:09:17 | More by Nickls
Heartland Brewery South Street Seaport in New York, NY
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