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Heartland Brewery Radio City

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Heartland Brewery Radio CityHeartland Brewery Radio City

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
More User Reviews:
Photo of misternebbie
4.28/5  rDev +20.9%

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

Will_Rivera, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of vfgccp
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
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Heartland Brewery Radio City in New York, NY
83 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.