Hop Devil Grill

BA SCORE
91
outstanding

96 Ratings
Hop Devil GrillHop Devil Grill
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

129 Saint Marks Pl
New York, New York, 10009-5158
United States

(212) 533-4468

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PLACE STATS
Score:
91
Ratings:
96
Reviews:
82
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
10.81%
 
 
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Ratings: 96 |  Reviews: 82
Photo of twilight
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I shouldn't start out by saying anything negative about this place, so I'll say that the waitress was so cute. I wanted to keep ordering beer and food from her.

So.

The conditions for the visit to this establishment involve one of my very best friends leaving the city for good. I had printed out a beerfly list for her to take to her new area so she could find Hoegaarden. The bar itself is split into two bars. There is a dark bar which leads into a back room which leads back into a front room, which is much lighter and airier than the other. The plethora of taps line the back wall, and the beers are listed on the chalkboard. I liked sitting there, though the 'Legend of the Hop Devil had a few grammatical mistakes.'

Unfortunately, when we went (Tuesday night), the place seemed not to really have it together. The printed menu had a listing for "Bear XP" instead of "Bear Republic XP [Pale Ale]." I almost cringed when I asked about the "Brooklyn Brewery Brewmaster's Reserve." No clue, so I had to ask. She said it was called "The Scorcher" and I stopped her at that. And what's a "Du Val Dieu"? At least I enjoyed the Southampton Saison in my 16oz. shaker pint, and my Rogue Brutal [sic] which was not bitter at all. No! Okay it was, but "Brutal Bitter sounds much better than "Brutal" which could really be nothing and anything. Aside from glaring errors on the beer menu regarding the names, service was okay, even though the woman didn't really know what beer was what.

I know I'm being overly critical of the names, but if you're going to serve good beer, you shouldn't cut corners on the beer names on the board nor on the printed menu. Someone is going to like one of the beers and end up asking for a Rogue Brutal somewhere else and getting Dead Guy Ale mixed with Maker's Mark.

The selection was excellent, though, once you figured out exactly what they had. Anderson Valley, SPH, DFH, Ommegang, Weyerbacher! Plus an extensive bottle menu that informs you that Affligem is now a trappist brewery. Look, they even have the Black Ghost. But it is not listed as coming from Fantome. Maybe it's the other Black Ghost.

Food was pretty good. I had the portobello sandwich, which was on par with most I've had, and fries were good. Nothing exceptional, but above general barf ood. I know I'm fixating on proper names, but don't get me started on glassware. Still, I am going to recommend this establishment, particularly to other BA's who know their stuff and are not afraid to ask for clarification on questions.

"Yes, but what type of Weihenstephaner is it?"

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Photo of Hibernator
4/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I checked this place out during a recent Memorial Day weekend trip to NYC. I had passed Hop Devil last time I was here and knew that I would have to return for a beer.

The front of Hop Devil has open windows and some outdoor seating which is very nice on a sunny afternoon such as yesterday. Tables and booths cover the floor. I loved the beer signs and posters that decorate the walls. There is some great stuff all over place. Enough of brewery signs to easily divert your attention from a conversation.

They offer a beer list and all of their beers are clearly offered on a big chalkboard. Prices for food and beer are reasonable. Beers are served in tumbler pint glasses and will run you around $5 - $6. They offer the option to have 5 five oz samples for $16 if you want to sample some different beers. Solid bottle and draught selections here. Enough to satisfy you if you are looking for a staple craft beer or if you are feeling the urge to try something new. Some tap highlights included Brooklyn Brewmaster's Reserve, Brooklyn Sustainable Porter, Victory Prima Pilsner, Victory Hop Devil, Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye and many others. Nice representation from all over the globe too.

This place was very cool and would probably rate much higher if it were located in any other city in the country. They are doing everything right here. From the clean and welcoming vibe to the awesome beer options. Any BA should be happy here. I will certainly come back to the Hop Devil.

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Photo of ChowHound
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

My third time here and the first time the "Belgian Room" was open. So, although their new tap system has yet to be installed, I think I can write a fair review. The Hop Devil Grill is a large bar/restaurant. Two very large rooms, each distinctly different from each other. The room closest to Avenue A has a large wood bar on the left as you enter, with a great deal of shelving behind it which contained glassware and interesting displays of European carvings and statues, in addition to other oddities. Underneath the shelving is 24 neatly lined taps bolted into shiny diamond plate steel, each one dispensing craft-brewed beers from various breweries such as Rogue, Lagunitas, Stone and Southampton. Belgium was also well reperesented with Gouden Carolus and Hoegaarden. There is an additional bar directly across the regular bar, but one designed to lean and drink on, on the other side of which are nicely designed wooden booths. On the walls are many different pieces of beer memorabilia, both new and old. As mentioned, the place is very big by NYC standards, and there is additional booths all around the walls opposite the main bar. In the back are some short steps which lead to additional dining area. As you make a left turn atop these stairs, a brief saunter arrives you at the "Hop Duvel" Belgian room. All dark wood and nothing fancy here. Quite Spartan actually, and I understand they are continuing to work on it. Another large room, however, and as you turn left through the inside entrance you come upon another very large bar with a big open display cooler behind it. Within are such goodies as several rare varieties of Cantillon, Westmalle, Rochefort, Orval and other interesting and rarely seen European beers of high quality. The bartenders were friendly and knowledgeable, and the owner shared a bottle of De Ranke Kriek with us. Special points for that kind of hospitality. Sandwiches were tasty. Draft beer was in exceptional condition, and I even had the opportunity to try a rare Rogue Pilsner, apparently a limited edition shipped only to Rogue's favorite bars. All in all, a great experience. I highly recommend Hop Devil Grill if you are visiting NYC, and if you live here as I do, make this your regular hangout.

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Photo of Billolick
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This east side spot is another fine addition to the NYC beer scene. Less then a block from Tompkins square park this place is sure to move mega gallons of suds to thirsty lower east siders all year round. 24 on tap, mostly domestic micros and a limited selection of so so imports drafts. (Stella, Bass, Ho) U.S. selections and bottles were strong, with several fine and intriguing choices. Draft- Victory old HO, Perkunos hammer, Bklyn Sustainable Porter etc. Nice Belgian bottled selections, with a few that strayed far afield. (Flemish Primitive, Cantillon, Abbey des Rocs and a host of Trappists) nice! Bottles of Stone's Verticle Epic ($12) are not something you see at many bars. Friendly owner and Bar staff. Nice comfortable front room, medium sized and comfortable bar, with a smaller elevated room with tables in the rear. They will be adding an adjoining Belgian room and opening a rear garden sometime hopefully soon. Well worth a visit and will only be getting better.

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Photo of apintofknowledge
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

The Hop Devil Grill bright and light compared to all the old dark beer bars of the East Village with a storefront that opens to the sidewalk, light-colored wood interior, and about 20 taps mounted on shiny diamond-plate steel. Only open about a month, the impressive list of taps, along with dozens of bottles, are listed on a chalkboard overhead. It's kill-the-keg night where Ithaca Smoked Porter can be had for $3 a pint. I can't resist, and order one.

The friendly bartender offers a taste of any beer you're interested in trying... just a sip or two in a shotglass... a nice touch before taking a chance on a whole pint of something new. They have a couple of great barleywines, but after taking a taste, I realize that a high-alcohol beer (10% or more) isn't the best choice for the end of a pub-crawl. He continues to rave about Stone Arrogant Bastard, so I go ahead and order one, and am certainly not disappointed. When my pint is nearly empty, he takes the glass and refills it saying it's on the house. Can't complain about a free beer!

All in all, a great new beer destination in a neighborhood that already has a few to begin with. Where it lacks in history & dust, it more than makes up for with great selection & great service. I'll certainly be back, and maybe try the food next time.

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Photo of domus
4/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Went on the Grand Opening night, this past Thursday. Draught selection was very good, with some classic and some more interesting selections - Hop devil (of course), delerium tremens, a few German beers, two different victory stouts, etc. The bottle selection had some impressive selections, although the Stone Vertical Epic listed on the board was not on the menu, so I only saw it as I left. Food was fine for pub food, if a little pricy for the neighborhood. There was also someone there doing promo for some new whiskeys, rum, and Starbucks liquour, which was cool. Great decorations of beer signs, mirrors, etc. They seemed to be doing good business, and the service was generally good. A welcome addition to the NYC beer scene - hope they do well!

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Hop Devil Grill in New York, NY
4.07 out of 5 based on 96 ratings.
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