Times Square Brewery
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Reviews by Billolick:
2.8/5 rDev -2.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5
Modern, fancy, tourist joint, well lit room. Stopped in to try a brew on my way to the train to take me home from Grand central station. Medium sized bar up front, large, high ceiling dining room in rear. A second floor will have a 2nd bar, more dining rm. and nice views of all the tourists in Times square. Decent porter, didnt try anything else. Extensive menu of food. They are doing 5 brews on tap, no bottles. $6.25 for a large mug (16 oz.?) which makes this joint , Expensive. May be worth a visit if you are curious, but I'd stick with the Ginger man which is about a 5 min walk away, if your looking for a quality beer experience.
03-05-2004 11:58:40 | More by Billolick
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2.93/5 rDev +2.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
The decor of the place is actually pretty decent. It definitely has an art deco kind of feel to it. Too bad that prohibition was at the height of art deco, because the beer as like what was brewed then: near beer. In all fairness the Dunkel wasnt bad, the others that I tried were almost BMC clones. We only had appetizers during our vist, and they were quite good. Some of the other food going by did look and smell enticing, but we didnt have the time to sample any. Unfortunately, the kitchen was very slow when we were there (even though the place wsnt very crowded) and ended up taking half of our order with us. You shouldnt have to wait an hour for appetizers at 5:30 in the afternoon. The wait staff seemed nice and efficient, but the kitchen speed needs work.
12-07-2005 01:26:49 | More by Boto
1.85/5 rDev -35.5%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1.5 | service: 2 | selection: 2.5 | $$$
It was a cold, yet beautifully crisp day in NYC when I decided to tackle a handful of BA listed Beer Bars and form a mini Pub Crawl on my own. I decided to hit up the Times Square Brewery first, mainly because it would be easy to find and is located right next to the Subway exit. I walked around a bit outside to take in the area first, you know the flashing lights, Cab horns, wailing Fire Engine sirens and the hussle-bussle of the tourists, before heading back in here to some quiet.
Set in and amongst all the Shows on West 42nd Street, the exterior of Times Square Brewery fits in perfectly with its brash & loud orange neon lettered sign. The interior is large enough and rather spacious ..but wait, something is just not right here, it feels completely dead and utterly neglected, the interior is dour and boring, cold and unattractive with little in the way of character, sort of felt like all the left over broken furniture from IKEA was put to use in here. There was a rather grand looking staircase that went to an upstairs, but this seemed closed off and inaccessible to the upper floors, no surprise really as 98% of the lower floor was empty.
I decided to take one of the many empty seats at the Bar, which sits to your right as you enter, and looks like one of the mirrored cheapo Bars found in a Holiday Inn. The server was polite enough, but she seemed really bored and far from enthused. I asked for a Sampler of 5 brews (Pilsner, Pale Ale, Fire Brick Red Ale, Dunkel and Seasonal), reasonably priced at less than $10 but when she poured she forgot to tell me what was what, as I looked at the small plastic coated bar mounted menu thingy she came back and, almost as an afterthought said, oh yeah the brews are in the order they are on the Menu .but I had already figured that out by then, yet I still had to ask what the Special Seasonal actually was, a Robust Porter as it turned out.
I couldnt help but feel incredibly sad for this place, it doesnt seem to be doing anything too wrong for a BrewPub; great location, average food menu and average staple range of brews that would typically more than appeal to the nearby thronging masses .but somehow it isnt working. It was packed outside, and the nearby Subway stop is ideal ..so where are the punters??? I was worried that I might not even get a seat in here when I set off in the morning, like the one & only time I visited a Hard Rock Café and had to wait for all the stupid tourists to get a T-Shirt ..I expected all that here ..boy was I surprised, gob-smacked even. I walked into a cold empty lifeless room. I counted 6 people in the whole place, two more joined later and they both asked for something like Heineken maybe thats why its failing.
The Beers were limpid and uninspiring, maybe the Robust Porter was passable but the Pilsner, Red and Pale were pathetically average and the Dunkel was tepid. I couldnt wait to quaff my Sampler and get the heck out to the next planned stop, St. Andrews Tavern.
Do it if you want, but I will not be coming back, especially as I hear it could well be in financial trouble ..cant think why.
Last Visit (quite literally): Tuesday 15th November, 2005.
11-26-2005 02:10:40 | More by TheLongBeachBum
2.28/5 rDev -20.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | $$$
Great tourist location on 42nd ST the place is sort of drab inside. Reminds me of a run down 80's club that is a front for the mob. I ventured up to the 3rd floor and yes there is an actual brewery here. The service more or less sucked the staff was not busy yet they felt like it was going out of their way to serve us beer. Lose the attitude and you may get a tip they were also clueless about the beer that was served there and most patrons were drinking everything but beer.
A rounded selection beer from light to dark. Nothing was really that hopped and all of the beers seemed to lean on the sweet side. The only reason to stop here is to put a few more notches on your belt oddly their lightest beer was their best, everything else was downhill from there.
You are better off hitting a Heartland, BXL Café or House Of Brews this place was a waste of time and money IMO.
11-12-2005 14:31:48 | More by Jason
2.29/5 rDev -20.2%
vibe: 1 | quality: 2 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | $$$
Sadly there are many issues with the Times Square Brewery. First it does not know what it wants to be. A trendy martini bar? A brew pub? A sports bar? What this all boils down to is it feels like a tourist trap.
We stopped in here at night. Dark dance club atmosphere. Very trendy. Hip hop blaring away made it tough to carry on a conversation. T.v.s everywhere showing sports. Some people might say this place has something for everyone. I found it distracting and disjointed. The place is not easy on the eyes.
Service was okay. One bartender seemed to know something about the beers and the other bartender who served us did not have a clue. Pretty average to say the least.
I tried two beers and I thought they were pretty good. The dunkel is a fine example of the style. It was very tasty. The oatmeal stout was good as well but I have had much better. I would definately like to drink the dunkel again.
If I ever venture in here again it will be during the day. I could not stand the feel of the place at night. I recommend the dunkel but I cannot recommend the place unless one wears a blind fold.
10-25-2005 19:05:13 | More by Rumrunner
2.48/5 rDev -13.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | $$$
I went in with low expectations and apparently those were too high.
Atmosphere: Trendy club, martini bar, NOT a brewpub atmosphere in the least. Trying to be uber trendy and fit in with the surrounding area. Your in Times Square I get it. Didn't work for me.
Quality: Not good beer from what I had. Why do people put stouts through nitro? It is a soul robbing device. Not that there Oatmeal stout probably had much soul to begin with. They said it was brewed upstairs, but I didn't go up there.
Service: No complaints, but they weren't very busy.
Selection: Oh, all of five beers to choose from. Yippee! I bet they have about 10 martinis to choose from.
Food: Don't know if they have it, didn't ask.
Value: Well it's Times Square so if you're expecting value you're an idiot.
Overall: not worth it to go back.
10-06-2005 16:05:51 | More by Loki
1/5 rDev -65.2%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1
let me say up front IM going to give it another try.
this place was one of the worst bars i have ever been in.
i think it looks like crap! the place was a mess they had a band so they were all over the place, yet i didn't see anyone playing the whole time we were their. it took a bout ten minutes to get a bartender then when i asked what kind of beer they had he was nasty and unsure. nothing was clearly marked so i asked for a pale ale but what he poured i haven't a clue. the glass wasn't washed right so my first few sips were of what ever was in the glass before. the beer had no head at all, i think that was to dish soap that was left in the glass. i couldn't even finish my beer the badd flavor was making me ill. my wife (not a beer fan) got some mixed drink that looked like a large shot glass. it was $13.00 for a bad experience i have no idea how much the beer was because their was no menu available to us. it took me 20 min. to order and get my bad drink, i wasn't waiting for a bartender to get a menu. i was surprised how bad the service was being a Monday night and all the people behind the bar and the lack of costumers. I wouldn't recommend this place to any one. Stay away their better bars in NYC!
01-11-2005 09:39:39 | More by Kwak
2.7/5 rDev -5.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3
I went there the first time, and there were a lot of glitches so I'd figure I would give it a second shot. The decor is modern, not exactly an appealing look for a brewpub in my mind. Made me feel like I needed to dress up more. They have 4 regular brews on tap, plus one rotating seasonal. I also tried to go upstairs on both occasions. The first time I was chased after getting to the second floor by the manager who yelled at me that I was trespassing (bartender told me I could go look). The second time I was given a resounding "No!" Kind of turned me off. Just seemed like they thought I was being nosey. Also the first time the dishwasher behind the bar was busted so I could not get a clean glass for my second round. And on the second time I waited 20 minutes trying to get the bartenders attention after I finished my beer to get a second round. Lastly, the screwed up my food order. It just felt like there were a lot of "new establishment" glitches that need to be worked out. I'll probably only return to sample the rest of their beers I did not get a chance to try (it is less than a block from my apartment, which I admit is nice).
05-23-2004 01:32:33 | More by MuddyFeet
3.8/5 rDev +32.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5
Driving down 7th Avenue one Sunday after a late breakfast with Spesh and Heather, I spotted the Times Square Brewery signs out of the corner of my head as we crossed over 42nd Street and, "Heeey". We parked out near the Port Authority and hiked on over. We fought our way valiently through the jungle of people on line next door for The Lion King and fell upon the brewery doors, exhausted, weary, and terribly parched...
The main room is large and spacious. The bends and curves gives this place the appearance of an inverted Guggenhiem Museum. The bar is to the right and seats roughly 15 and there's seating for another 2 dozen adjacent to the bar. The backdrop to the marble bar is a strange metal mirrorish plating but gives no clear reflection. You're looking into something reflective, but your image kind of looks like the cover of the Tom Wait's Bone Machine disc (Go ahead, bring it up on Amazon.com and see what I'm talking about). Otherwise, the rest of the ground floor is broken up into 2 dining areas. There's a staircase right in the middle of the floor, but when Spesh tried to go upstairs, he got hollered at by the owner, a woman who maintained that we couldn't go upstairs as the place was under construction, even though the managers had given us the go ahead. Spesh received 0.001012010401010201010103 love (virtually, no love) and was understandably not pleased.
On another visit, we got the full tour of the upper floors. The second floor is a mezzanine that seats about 3 dozen and that's all that's there. The third floor is the other dining area, with seating for 130 (or 170 for cocktails). There's a nice rectangular bar, some wonderful views overlooking 42nd Street, and to the rear, a room wherest lives all of the brewing equipment, single and double mashers and 7 transfer tanks, visible behind a glass wall. Supposedly, very high end equipment to boot. Decent artwork here and there, and over there, too.
Meanwhile, back downstairs at the bar... they're pouring 4 regulars (Pilsner, Pale Ale, Fire Brick Red Ale, Dunkel Lager) and a seasonal (Robust Porter) off of 2 towers. My favorite 2 were the Robust Porter, which was well roasted, malty and chocolatey, and the Fire Brick Red Ale, which had a sweet toffee flavor and was nicely hopped.
Decent bar food menu, small but tight. Apps, a burger, wings, ribs, steamed mussels, clams and oysters, fried or on the 1/2 shell, fried calamari, chicken skewers, salads, etc. Service was chatty and enthusiastic as the brewery had opened just the day before. Decent to good beers, let's give them some time to get acclimated to the city scene...
04-11-2004 03:25:19 | More by slander
3.68/5 rDev +28.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5
My wife and I had been to the old Times Square Brewery and were eager to check out this reincarnation. We finally made it here on a Sunday afternoon. The look of this place is modern and sleek. A funky space that is very different from most brewpubs, but that keeps it interesting. It was pre-dinner, so the place wasn't very crowded. We took spots at the bar and ordered a sampler of the 4 house brews ( pilsner, pale, red, dunkel) and 1 seasonal (porter). Initially, our server was a bit gruff, but she warmed as the afternoon wore on (and, after hearing her explain "we don't have 'macro brand-x', we're a brewery, here's the list" to guest after guest, we understood her initial demeanor).
As for the beers, they were all decent. The pale was a bit thin, and they were all a bit too cold, but otherwise OK. It seems like the carbonation issues mentioned in other reviews have been addressed, also. After the sampler, I stayed with the Fire Brick Red and my wife drank the Pale (she disagreed with my mouthfeel issues on this).
We ordered sandwiches at the bar. Grilled chicken sandwich with roasted red peppers and a bratwurst. Both came with beer battered fries. The food was very tasty. As for price, I didn't feel that it was too bad for Times Square. A sampler, 2 additional rounds, food and a 20% tip for $50 is not terribly unreasonable for such a touristy area. One note, though. The mugs are 0.4l capacity, which is only 13.5 oz. Not quite a pint.
04-05-2004 19:10:08 | More by schteve
Times Square Brewery in New York, NY
75 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.