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Heartland Brewery Radio City

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Heartland Brewery Radio CityHeartland Brewery Radio City
BA SCORE
83
good

27 Ratings
Ratings: 27
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 11.3%
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1285 6th Ave
New York, New York, 10019-6031
United States
phone: (212) 582-8244

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Reviews by rhoadsrage:
Photo of rhoadsrage
2.9/5  rDev -18.1%

I was really exited to see that there was a brewpub close to my hotel in Manhattan so I had to stop in. The place had a lot of kitschy tin signs and beeriana covering the walls along with some Americana that gave it a bit of a chain restaurant feel. They have a long bar that wraps around 2 walls. The place was busy but the bar was big enough that I found a seat.

The menu has the run of the mill chain restaurant food with salads, burgers, fried foods, fish and chips, etc. The menu had great descriptions of the beers so I decided to focus on them.

I found out that the beer are actually brewed at another Heartland location and they don't brew here at all and when I would ask about a beer on the list the bartender showed me the description in the menu. I tried 3 different beers and they all had very sour astringent quality about them. The oatmeal stout was the last and it was a bit watery on top of the tart flavors and I couldn't even finish it.

They did have all the required brews: a light, a lager, a wheat, a pale ale, a red and a stout but the few that I had were enough. As I left I noticed a good number of people were drinking mixed drinks and I can see why. I don't know if its the lines that were bad or just the house flavor but it was not my favorite.

rhoadsrage, Dec 03, 2008
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Photo of misternebbie
4.28/5  rDev +20.9%

misternebbie, Aug 29, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

Will_Rivera, Jul 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

vfgccp, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of dbrauneis
3.01/5  rDev -15%

I have been in this Heartland Brewery a couple of times and most of the times it has been really busy and as a result loud (tough to have a conversation without shouting). Pretty much all of the Heartland Breweries have a similar decor - similar to a chain like TGI Fridays or Chilis but with more beer-oriented things hanging on the walls. They have both a bar area and a sections with booths/tables. I always seem to end up in the bar area and have been lucky enough to snag a stool each time.

The beers are all served in pint glasses regardless of the style - I think I got a chilled pint glass one of the times I visited but not on the others. The beers are poured with minimal head, I assume the demographic of customers for this location complain if the beer has too much head (their perception) since it reduces the amount of actual brew they get...

Service is friendly and quick but they do not seem to have any special knowledge about the different beers that are being poured and seemed to suggest the seasonal to everyone regardless of what kind of beers the person says the normally enjoy.

Roughly ten different beers are available but they are all rather mediocre - nothing really stands out as exceptional. The only beers I remember seeing on the menu were the Heartland Brewery beers (which are no longer brewed onsite).

I have tried the food a couple of times, nothing special about the food but nothing bad about it either. Overall, a fairly mediocre place with prices that are a little higher than some of the better beer places in NYC.

dbrauneis, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of Flounder57
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%

We are down here for N.Y. concert trip. This Heartland was 6 blocks from our hotel and nice and cozy. We had the Indiana Pale Ale and Harvest Wheat Ale.

The service was good and the food was delicious. We got the tuna Burger and warm grilled sandwich. We then got the sampler and tried some of their seasonal beers. Overall, the place was good. Very comparable to what we have in Boston, but a little better.

They all seem to be the same, except for the restaurant, but a quality and casual place to hang out with friends and/or grab a bite to eat or a few pints.

Flounder57, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of Minotaur
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%

Not a bad place to stop for that part of Manhattan. It is accordingly pricey, crowded, and often difficult to negotiate in terms of prompt service. However this is not unusual for a weekend in New York City.

The beers were hit and miss. Bavarian Black and their Stout were both quite good. Their seasonal ale and red ale (virtually the same beer IMO) were sadly not that memorable.

The decor, affectation, and "kitch"was something like a TGIF for beer-heads. But it was fun none-the-less.

While pricey the food was good. But not exceptional.

I wouldn't make a pilgrimage but would stop back at a Heartland Brewery.

Minotaur, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of david18
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%

Heartland 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. Heartland used to brew on premises but no longer do so.

Their stout is probably the best for it's roasty character and none of the beers is too strong to dissuade first timers. This place in particular has an interesting shaped bar that scrawls along two walls.

Food is a little better than typical pub fare that's slightly better than average.

david18, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of lehows
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%

I was happy to see there was a Heartland right near Radio City so we stopped in after the Christmas Spectacular. It was around 2 on a Thursday afternoon, and the place was packed. We were able to grab some seats in the long L shaped bar area. The bartender was quick and attentive, even with the crowd. I had the Old Red Nose seasonal first and it was great. The Bavarian Black Lager was not what I was expected but still decent. The IPA was pretty good as was the Cornhusker Lager. I took a sip of their light offering which is brewed with orange essence. It was pretty bad and tasted like an off orange soda. The nachos were good. The place was near empty by 3. Bottom line the place is good and if youre in this part of town, definitely pop in for a brew or two.

lehows, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%

Ahhh, what to say.... it's pretty much standard Heartland without the glory of being the first one in Union Square, and without any real architectural interest. Beer? Well they're all the same now coming out of Greenpoint. Food? Same. Good quality. Some interesting stuff, but mainly mainstream. Service is hit or miss, and depends quite a bit on how busy they are - which depends on the time of day, and what shows are playing nearby, and even which manager is on duty makes a difference.

Overall, I'm not against hitting this place for a beer or dinner, but to be completely honest, the only reason I go here is when I'm either alone (I'll enjoy it for lunch of a brew), or with friends who are more "basic" - and even they've been kind of bored with it. One friend even sent his beer back and ordered a J.D. and Coke instead. That's pathetic on his part, but at the same time he has enjoyed some good beers with me so I find that kind of telling. My suggestion is to give Heartland a chance, but pick a different location.

NeroFiddled, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%

Heartland- Radio City

Another stop on my break from the tattoo convention (Roseland Ballroom)

Small easy to miss bar off 6th ave. plenty of tables and boothes with a big dogleg right bar. Empty except for a long table (10 people) eating lunch. On tap; Indian River Light, Cornhusker, Harvest Wheat, Indian Pale Ale, Red Rooster, Oatmeal Stout, Berry Champagne Ale, Grateful Red Lager. Service was quick and friendly, didn't eat but the food was typical American cuisine.
$6.50 for a pint. Had a beer and moved on.

Overall- Dead but not a bad place. Definitely worth stopping in!

NJpadreFan, May 18, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%

It's a nice clean place, but the crowd that's here just knocks it down for me really. There's a reason why I don't really frequent this part of town. Quality is fine. I've never eally had a problem with any of Heartlands brews, and I would be surprised if I ever did. Service was good enough. Selection was about par for the course really. Unfortunately the Not Tonight Honey Porter was all gone, but the Farmer Jon's Oatmeal Stout was on which is the better of most of their brews. Food is okay, as it always seems to be at all locations. It's just food to eat really and nothing mind boggling to dine on. Realistically you have limited options for the area, so if you are visiting and are in the vicinity, why not. But bottom line is that this really is just another installment thanks to the ol' cookie cutter.

RblWthACoz, Mar 22, 2008
Photo of chileman13
3.03/5  rDev -14.4%

I was in NYC the for only a few days and thought I'd try Heartland out. They have a great website, I just wish the beer was as good. I tried it twice while there. The firt time I had the sampler. I was supprised that the waitress and the manager lacked is beer IQ. Now I'm just an amateur but knew more about the beers than the manager. They had cool names but no stand outs. Acceptable not exceptional. The Smashing Pumpkin Spiced Ale was probably the best offering.
The food was upscale NYC BrewPub. I had Warm Duck Salad....Yes I said it. which was very good. The maincoarse of Veal was over cooked. They seem to cater to those who flee Manhattan at dark...

chileman13, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of akorsak
3.64/5  rDev +2.8%

A visit on the way back to my hotel following dinner at CB Six. I was intrigued and couldn't pass it up.

Atmosphere: The dining area is large and crowded, with booths and tables lining 51st Street. A bar is to the right of the entrance and is L shaped. Casks and kegs and other brewing items adorn the restaurant.

Quality: Beers were decent and the barstaff was reasonably attentive, although I often got the impression that they really didn't want to pour me a beer.

Service: I ordered several half pints and, despite the occasionaly perceived apathy, each came promptly. The manager on duty also chatted me up and struck me as a nice individual.

Selection: They had maybe 10 beers on tap. I settled on a few half pints and really liked the Oatmeal Stout and Bavarian Black Lager. The other two that I had, Old Red Nose and IPA were no slouches either.

Food: Didn't eat, so I can't comment.

Value: Prices had a NYC premium, expensive but not overwhelmingly so. I'd go back to try out a few more of their beers.

akorsak, Dec 12, 2007
Photo of Gavage
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%

Located just off the corner of 6th and 51st. Upon entering the bar is immediately on the right hand side. There are about 20 stools and most are occupied. The hostess station on the left has tee shirts, glasses, and the rediculously priced $14 bottle of Heartland's Saison. Plenty of table and booths seem to be filled throughout the place. Some brewing equipment is noticable on the second floor above the dining area. Dark woods gives this a warmer feeling from the concrete of NYC.

They had the normal Heartland beer offerings along with the Apricot Ale and Berry Champagne Ale as the "brewer's specials". The beers were fresh and of decent quality.

The service was decent, but the crowds took away any personal service opportunities since the bartenders were in constant motion. I did not try any of the food. This place is worth a look if you are in the area.

Gavage, Jul 02, 2007
Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%

A Nice place to stop in mid-town Manhaten, with below average beer and a rambunctious NYC environment. assertive service. Crowded on an early Sunday evening, and a bar, with the rare odd seat available. As regards beers, they had a great stout as a standout, the others were too sweet and are avoidable oompared to out of NYC, the value is less because of higher prices, and in this case, mediocre bar on average. The bar area itself is attractive and long. Heartland has four locations, none of the others which I will be visiting until i see higher abv seasonals.

Sammy, Apr 30, 2007
Photo of Imstillthegman
3.68/5  rDev +4%

Visited the Radio City location on 4/12/07 with the family in tow. If you are looking for it from Times Square, Rockefeller Center or Radio City, head up 6th Ave. to the corner of 6th and 51st and look to the left down 51st. It sits back a bit from 6th Ave. I enjoyed the atmosphere, esp. since I was there with children. Assorted brewery signs from across the country hang on the walls with barrels and like randomly placed throughout the dining area. Some kettles were up on a loft...not sure if they actually use them or not. The only part that wasn't good was the service. It wasn't horrible, but the waiter was either over worked not interested in being efficient. They had eight beers on-tap including two seasonals, Alpha Male and Grateful Red Lager. I had the IPA which was pretty damn tasty. I thought about ordering the sampler and next time I will. The food was good and the fries were excellent. You realize you're in NYC when a kids meal (hot dog and fries) is $10 plus another $5 for a shake in a kids size cup. Oh well...that's to be expected, that's why I marked it "reasonable". Overall, I was glad we stopped in for dinner and a couple of beers and I wouldn't hesitate to come back again.

Imstillthegman, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%

Stopped by for dinner following a cold New York City visit. We got there at 5:15 and the place looked packed; my wife put our names down and she was told it was at least a 30 minute wait. Imagine our surprise when they sat us in 10 minutes - an impressive feat for being in Times Square.

Smaller menu than I expected, and the prices were definitely comparable for the location...we were in the mood for pub food - burgers and fries - and there wasn't much to choose from. I got the bison burger and she ordered a turkey burger ($13 each); both came with fries. Very good quality of the dinner, just not a lot to choose from.

On to the beer...

I had a Red Rooster Ale (review coming soon), priced at $6 per pint, $8 for a 24 oz glass. They have their year-round releases on tap (Red Rooster, Farmer Jon's Oatmeal Stout, Indian River Light, Cornhusker Lager, and Harvest Wheat Beer), and a few seasonals (Old Red Nose, Smiling Pumpkin). You can also order sampler trays that contain 5 oz. of each beer.

There are a few locations throughout the city...I'd definitely stop in again if just looking to hang out at the bar.

JohnnyM2002, Dec 04, 2006
Photo of DrinkbythePond
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%

We stopped by here early, about 5:00 pm before a concert at Radio City. It was just starting to get crowded. We got a nice table right away and the service was pretty good, but not great throughout the visit. The food menu was't anything special, but I didn't stop here for that. The beer was tremendous. I had the sampler with all beers; house and seasonal. The waitress didn't know alot about the beers, but at least she knew which was which. It was a really cold day and the draft was felt each time the door was opened. It was packed with a good waiting line when we left. I'd stop by here again for sure especially while the wife and kids are shopping.

DrinkbythePond, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of LPorter33
3.13/5  rDev -11.6%

Stopped here late night for dinner and a beer. It's a pretty typical brew pub, similar to John Harvard's or Rock Bottom. The beer was surprisingly VERY good - I had the IPA and was quite impressed. Food was typical American bar food, nothing great but edible. Service was a bit disappointing as we had to wait quite a bit before the waiter came to take our order and he did not go a bit out of his way to make our stay more enjoyable. Atmosphere was pretty cool, as they had giant posters of various micros across the country. I'd recommend you check it out if you happen to stumble across the place, but I'd go just to the bar to sample their beer. There's much better food and overall dinning/drinking experiences in New York.

LPorter33, Dec 12, 2005
Photo of BruceBeerman
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%

I went there for lunch when I attended a recent conference. I liked the atmosphere although they were pimping the heck out of the pumpkin beer. I even saw ads on buses in NYC! So, I had to have a pumpkin beer. I was not impressed. So, I had to have another good beer. So I went for an IPA. Not bad! Although I am not used to paying $6-8 per beer. Welcome to NYC.

The food was the usual micro beer pub food. I just had a salad which was small but very good with excellent appearance and taste.

Overall I liked the place but did not like the extreme pimping of their seasonal beer. Pumpkin is a novelty beer, not worthy of extreme advertising.

BruceBeerman, Nov 01, 2005
Photo of ark57
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%

I visited here after seeing a taping of Conan O'Brien. I considering this can be a tourist trap area, I was quite happy with this place. The atmosphere is pretty much standard a brewpub. It is clean and I have no complaints. The service was good, but nothing special. I thought the food was quite good. Yeah maybe I was hungry, but the buffalo chicken spring rolls and the bbq bison burger were quite tasty. The dessert was good too. On top of all that I enjoyed the beer a lot. The stout is definitly worthy the mention that others have given it, but there was not a beer in the bunch that I didn't like. The seasonals including the apricot ale were interesting. Check it out if you are in the area. It is better than most of the tourist traps.

ark57, Jul 28, 2005
Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%

My fourth heartland and my least favorite. This one is lacated close to Times Square and very close to Radio City and Rockefeller cener. Mid Town at its most boring , corporate and touristy. This is a box of a room , mid sized and it sports the typcal , dark wood, brewerania and all things beer motif that is also found in the other Heartland locations. this one seems a little forced and lacking of any true athmosphere. Beers here are the same as the other Heartlands, The seasional selections usually are pretty good. The all year rounders tend towards the middle of the road variety.

Billolick, Dec 07, 2004
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%

Only the second Heartland location I've visited. This one seems to have more of a pub-like atmosphere than the restaurant atmosphere of the Times Square location. Bigger bar and booth seating for tables. It has the same beer selection as the Times Square location (I imagine they all have the same beer menu). The decoartions are "aged" poster and the place is bright with the big windows all along one wall. Not as dark an atmosphere as the other location I've visited. The food I think is the same, Not sure if there were any significant differences on the menu. The service was just above average. They answered my questions and served me pretty quick, but nothing extraordinary.

MuddyFeet, Aug 16, 2004
Photo of PopeJonPaul
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%

OK, I've been to all the Heartlands except the steakhouse, and they're all pretty much the same. A couple good beers, the rest decent, food is not bad (nothing special but good lunch fare.) The oatmeal stout is the best. The decor is dark oak with antiqued "posters" and kind of a home-on-the-farm feel. This location draws a crowd of tourists and business people, hopping during lunch but pretty dead at night. What can I say though, it's 4 blocks from my office.

While the service at this location is mostly average (bar service is way better than table service,) I have to give them an extra .5 for the couple free beers I got from the bar after the blackout last year, and the fact that they were open that afternoon. We were the only ones there except for some a**hole tourist who was mad that they didn't have any seafood. After a blackout. They should have served it to him with milk and butter and a side of chicken salad.

Side note: try their root beer, it's pretty good too.

PopeJonPaul, Mar 18, 2004
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Heartland Brewery Radio City in New York, NY
83 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.