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Hop Devil Grill

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Hop Devil GrillHop Devil Grill

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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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I've been to Hop Devil a couple of times but only now have I come around to review it.

This joint sure is dark! A little overwhelming, total cave. Cheap looking but not in a bad way, like a ratty sports bar in, say, Scranton, PA. They do have lots of cool breweriana around.

Noisy at 4:30 pm when I visited, even though place was pretty empty (only the bar was filled up, with what seemed to be regulars). I guess they have poor noise-proofing, hence the loudness? Music was real loud too, but hey, maybe I'm a bit too old for this kind of youth-oriented sports tavern of sorts...

Gotta love the homely feel, though, so different from the corporate vibe of many bars in Manhattan. It really feels like a small town in here, what with the friendly drunken regulars perched at the bar since opening time. A bit of an East Village feel indeed!

Nice friendly bartender was quick, super polite and not missing a beat. But the real draw here is the prices! Regular prices are not bad, but during happy hour... everything is HALF OFF!! Wow. Believe it. I thought no place in New York City had a real happy hour like that. Reminds me of Ohio...

So I got a Stone Belgo Old Guardian snifter for only four dollars. Sweet!

Didn't try food this time so I won't rate it, but I have in the past. Nothing exciting, they serve a competent mixture of Mexican fare (tacos, burritos) and American pub grub (wings, salads burgers) at good prices. I'm not here for the food, though, so no worries.

Selection is alright, not great but serviceable. This is the kind of place that does not amaze you on a daily basis but will shock you from time to time with rare shit like Dogfish World Wide Stout or Founders KBS. On my last visit, they had 20 American taps, 1 cider, 2 Germans and Guinness. Hop Rod Rye, Brooklyn Lager, Harpoon IPA, Ithaca Apricot, Kona Porter, Sam Noble Pils, Rogue Chocolate Stout, Smuttynose Porter... plus that Stone Belgo Old Guardian that was the only rarity, really. Maybe Stevens Point Belgian Wit too, since I have never since this brewery around NYC.

But I feel like at Rattle N' Hum: not exactly excited.

One thing that bothered me a bit was that I saw no sign of "credit card minimum", and when I went to tab out, the friendly bartender told me they had a $10 so I would have to have another beer. I was in a hurry and didn't want another brew, but hey, I *had* too. Not a huge deal, but I wish they had some signs advertising their credit minimum (I could have asked too, it is true).

(I have not been to The Belgian Room, but the taps didn't exactly give me a hard-on either: Delirium, Ommegang, Sly Fox...).

All in all, this is a fine spot for the East Village nation. It might not stand out tremendously in Manhattan, but there is a lot of competition anyway. Too many good bars, with better beer lists and (in some cases) food.

If you live nearby, though, or are visiting or strolling around the Village... heck yeah, check it out!

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Belgian Room review:

Went on a weekend, around 10pm, and it was easy to get a table toward the back. We had a group of six, and the waitress accommodated us well. When we left, it was a bit more crowded.

Ordered a round of the tap Brooklyn Cuvée D'Achouffe ($8), which went over well. Their taps were labeled with paper signs, maybe they change often? Next we tried the Southampton Grand Cru ($20+), and split a Bourbon Co. Stout for dessert. It was nice to see the GI Reserve line on the menu in NYC. The beer list is well rounded and extensive, not as focused on the rare and unusual as Spuyten Duyvil, or Hopleaf in Chicago.

The music was great, it wasn't loud or crowded, and the smoke-free air lended to a better atmosphere. Tried the frites with curry mayo, which was tasty. It was easy to rack up a large tab here...

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Photo of slander
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I remember Hop Devil under construction, as we did some early gatherings here for another project, before the taps, before the tables, before the bar was a bar. Seems like a lifetime ago, especially when you see what this space has become. Good location, further east than I normally play, but still easily workable...
The main room holds an "L" shaped bar seating 10 off to the left, a center bar counter, and about 8 booths and tables. To the rear, a few steps take you up to an elevated area holding a half dozen tables. Blackboards angled overhead above the bar and adjacent seating listing the bottle selection and food specials. The bar back is a unit with bottles and glassware, and other pieces. 2 dozen taps on a diamond back plating, and a hand pump, not yet in use.
Beer signs and placards throughout, spot lighting overhead, and the front of the room done in polished steel with a hundred thousand "dings" in it (I saw Billy up there on the ladder beating the hell out of it with a hammer).
2 dozen taps. 6 are imports, including Erdinger Hefe, De Ranke XX Bitter, Kulmbacher Pils and the other 3/4 of them are American micros. Good representation of local (Brooklyn Porter, Blue Point, Southampton Secret Ale, Cricket Hill), regional (DogFishHead Indian Brown, Geary's, Victory Hop Devil, Magic Hat, Sam Adams Summer), and stuff from afar (a pair of Avery's, Bear Republiuc, 3 Mendicino's, Rogue Charlie 1981, Flying Dog, Anderson Valley IPA, and a cider). 5 dozen + bottles listed, also a nice mix.
Either out the front door, past the curbside tables and back in the door next door, or up through the back way from the rear perch, you're poured into the next room, to the Belgian bar side.
A smaller "L" shaped bar seating about 8 is found here. 5 taps (Leffe, Delirium Tremons, Maredsous 10, Stella, Hoegaarden) and a boatload of Belgian bottles in the cooler behind the bar. It's a corner bar, with glass shelves holding booze on a mirrored back unit. Brown sponge painted walls, tile floors, red drop lighting, ceiling fans, and a half dozen booths and tables here and there. An elevated area to the rear holds another 5 tables and a video game (Big Buck Master).
Food is pub grub and more. I've done apps here a few times and I see they're now doing Pomme Frites with a choice of 12 sauces on the Belgian side. Service is good, no problems there. It's a good East Village destination. I'm just waiting for that hand pump to get a-goin'.

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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 NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

The Hop Devil appears to have been a diner in its former life. The stainless steel door entryway gives it away, as does the floor. Hmmm, now that I think about it, I guess the curves along the ceiling imply that too. And, it works! It's a comfortable place (unless it get really crowded). The draft selection is great, and there are quite a few gems in the bottled form too.

Service has always been good for me. Not great, but OK.

The food is OK. Pricey - even for NY in the far east Village. Big pretzel $5, chicken fingers $9, fried zucchini $8, bacon cheeseburger $14, brats w/ cabbage $16. ... ... ... bacon cheeseburger $14??? WTF?

Beer prices are OK... as expected at least.

Worth trying? I'm not sure. There are so many other places that I'm not sure I'd give this the nod right upfront. Probably. Probably worth trying.

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Photo of Sammy
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

A comfortable oasis on the lower half of Manhatten. Quiet at the end of a Monday night, the managers broke open a few bottles of extras to share around, including a Speedway Stout bomber, a World Wide stout, and others, just to try them around the room. The Belgian Room next door is smaller and more intimate and does a good job for being a Belgian specialist place, with 5 taps. The taps in the Hop Devil,about 15 with mostly the regular stuff, but a few unusual ones to try, like the Rogue Juniper (astringent) and the Appalachian barleywine. The managers are from out-of-town and people people, like Matt the bartender and Mike and Betty managers. Prices were better than average for Manhatten.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.34/5  rDev -17.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4

The Friday of my first visit to NYC in 2005 was spent having a walk over the awesome Brooklyn Bridge followed by a 16” Pizza lunch with the lovely RokotGirl at the infamous Grimaldis, and then a quick beer in this new addition before we headed to the Blind Tiger to meet the rest of the NYC BA’s who had to work the afternoon.

Outside impressions are of a rather trendy spot, the British Post Office red painted exterior and gaudy paintwork fit in well with the surrounding sex shops, tattoo parlors and the Bohemian masses that throng the streets here. It seems that the front opens out but these doors were half ajar during my visit so we parted the steel laden doors to get in.

The wooden topped bar is to your left, curving at the front left to allow those sat at the end of the Bar a decent view of the counter workings and the hip young chicks passing by on the street outside. I counted over twenty taps set against the back wall before I was asked what I wanted, so I guess the quoted figure of 24 taps is probably right. A lone Beer Engine sat on the front bar counter and looked a little sad and unloved. Lots of funky memorabilia, brewery posters, beery adverts and even a broken model of a 747 Airliner behind the bar. The back of the room rises to a decked seating area with small fences between the wide wooden steps to stop the inebriated falling off the edge. To the right, booths cling to the wall and no doubt offer some respite to the thronging masses when this place gets full, which I’m told it does. The middle had a small waist high partition and some more tables and chairs

The beer list is chalked above the bar, but be warned; it was not up to date on my visit. I ordered a Southampton Saison, only to be served a dark looking brew that most definitely was not the Saison. The woman behind the bar never even realized this until I questioned her, somewhat reluctantly, as she seemed engrossed in some other conversations with passing friends. During my visit, Sabrina and I were the only ones drinking it seemed. Once questioned though, she seemed unsure as to the true identity and said that it could be the Secret Ale “because it’s on at the other place”….maybe. Not a big problem, I didn’t really mind, but not a good start or impression for my first visit here, and a clear indication that some of the staff are not that up on their beer – which always stuns me when an establishment wants to promote a Beer Bar image. The service was reasonable, though the woman that served us seemed busy doing tasks associated with readying & cleaning the bar, stuff I would do *before* opening, but it was quiet I guess.

Prices are steep, at least I thought so, I ended paying $9 for a Southampton Saison-cum-Secret Ale and some kind of Soda drink for Sabrina, I checked, it was right. Maybe a return during Happy Hour is on the cards perhaps. The printed beer list that we were handed also reflects the high prices, especially for the Belgium offerings. A great bottled selection but it is pricey and would only be a “once in a while” tasting for me at the prices listed.

A fleeting visit of sorts, and granted I had limited first impressions, but they all count. Nice enough, but there is still a lot of work to be done here I feel. It does have potential to be a great addition to the ever burgeoning NYC Beer Bar scene, but at the moment it fails to live up to them it seems, that may be tad harsh but I say it as I see it. Being here gave me the same feeling I get when witnessing the commissioning of a new power station, it seems like it should work, all the ingredients are there, but it definitely needs to sort out a few opening glitches and train its staff a little more about the beer it sells first.

Worth popping in for sure, I’ll certainly head back here in 5 months time during my November trip and see how it has progressed.

Last Visit: Friday 24th June

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Photo of misternebbie
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

The last stop on our pub crawl of New York so the memory is not as detailed as it might be.

Both the Grill and the Belgian Room were surprisingly empty for a prime time Saturday evening, even in July. dba was packed to the gills at the same time. The bar had a nice atmosphere, especially on the Grill side, nicely dark, a good number of stools.

The Grill draft list was good, with 25 taps. A Hebrew event earlier in the week meant that I could try the Lenny's on tap for the first time. Very nice. This was supplemented by a bottle list of about 60 with origins spanning the globe. I was less thrilled by the choices at the Belgian Room, but that's a failing of my palate, not the place. It is what it says it is.

Service was attentive and pleasant.


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Photo of morebeergood
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

After dinner at Resto then beers at Vertigo and Pete's Tavern, my friend and I made it into here for last call this past Tuesday night. When we walked into the Hop Devil side, the bartender was cleaning up and there was no one at the bar. He didn't seem to mind if he served a few last pints to us. Cool looking place, but hard to judge when the lights were off and the place was empty. Great selection of American craft beers. I went with the Lake Placid Honey Rye, which was crisp. Bartender was nice, as he jumped in and told us the cross street for a restaurant my friend and I were trying to remember. It was too late to head into the Belgian Room by that point, but this seemed like a cool place. American brews on one side and Belgian on the other. Enough to satisfy me at least.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

I stopped here on a Saturday night I spent in the East Village in July 2007. This was an essential stop in Manhattan, based on my beerfly research. The hop Devil Grill was loud and popular (crowded), but there were still some empty seats left. I opted to go for the Belgian Room instead, and found the place almost entirely empty and quiet (much better). As a result this review is based on the Belgian room. There were 6 beers on tap (Delirium Tremens, Southampton Double Wit, Victory Abbey 6, and 2 others I forgot). There were also about 100 bottles, all Belgians and maybe some from the Netherlands. Very nice, and most were served in appropriate glassware if not the actual brewery glasses. The prices were a little high in my Ohioan opinion, but I guess not crazy high (about the same as similar beer bars in large American cities, such as HopLeaf in Chicago). Actually this place is worth the extra cost in that you can drink in relative peace, and hold a conversation or just watch a NY game (the Yankees were playing a night game which was nice). Completely recommended.

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Photo of Yetiman420
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

The weekend of July 12 – 14 2007, my wife and I visited The Ginger Man, Rebar @ The Retreat, Blind Tiger Ale House, and Hop Devil Grill (not the Belgian side). I’ve listed them in our overall ranking. We’re in our early and mid 30’s, I travel frequently and always incorporate good beer into my journey’s be it work or pleasure.

Arrived around 11:00 on a Friday evening and were able to grab a table up front by the open front. Pretty good beer selection. By the time midnight rolled around, the place turned into a bud-light schwiling crowd had taken over. Just not our scene in the east village. If I returned, it would be earlier or on a weeknight and more likely to the Belgian side.

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Photo of seanchai
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of yemenmocha
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Mexican style place that has a great selection of craft beers, both domestic and imported. It was odd that there weren't Mexican beers on tap given the bar's theme, but oh well.

Servers were more of the young/cute female stereotype that knew little about the craft offerings. Luckily they have a little binder with laminated pages about their beers, and they're generous with little samples so that your choice is the right one. Prices were reasonable for NYC and it's close to d.b.a. if you're making the trip to the East Village. Did not try the food on my visit.

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Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

After a Sixpoint beer and cheese tasting at the nearby Back Forty, I decided to swing by the Hop Devil for a pint.

Atmosphere: The place was relatively empty (it was a Wednesday night), so I was able to belly up to the bar. The bar's backdrop is full of rare and vintage bottles, including Judgment Day, Cuvee de Tomme, a Kuhnhenn's bottle and many, MANY more. I enjoyed looking through them all (often pining for them). The remainder of the restaurant lacks the eye candy appeal of the bar but it seems nice.

Quality: Service was fast and friendly and the beer list cannot disappoint. No complaints here.

Service: The bartenders were fast to greet and serve me. We also had a prolonged discussion on the nearest Whole Foods (I went with the SoHo location) that dragged a few other patrons in. That probably wouldn't have happened on a crowded night but it was enjoyable.

Selection: I haven't been to a beer bar in NYC that has an above average selection. They have all been top notch. Perhaps that is a reflection on the Harrisburg bar scene, perhaps it is not. Either way, they have to have something new that you've never had before. I went with the Green Flash Hop Head Red.

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

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Photo of rousee
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Another cool bar in the East Village. Before I went here, I was told that they had no TVs and considering it was NFL playoff weekend, this was something that would have limited my stay to a beer or 2 max. I was pleasantly surprised as they had a big screen as well as a smaller one near the bar.

The place has kind of a diner like feel to it when you first walk in. Not an old diner but a new art deco type diner. The beer selection was decent but nothing spectacular. I had a Goose Island honker ale and a Brooklyn Pilsener which was better than I remember it being. The staff were totally cool and let us order some food from the Belgian menu which is actually a different bar and menu connected but located next door. We stayed here for a while. I will definitely go back as it seems that their tap list changes frequently and I may have just caught it at a time when the offerings werent the exact type beers I was looking for. I believe they do have happy hour too which would be a great time to check it out.

Good spot and a great one to incorporate into the East Village pub crawl.

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3/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of Eman17
3.99/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

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 rhoadsrage
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

For the record Hop Devil Grill (which doesn't serve food) and the Belgian room have two separate doors, with two separate bouncers and no way of passing from one to the other without going out on the sidewalk. We chose the hop devil and were not let down.
They have no food so we talked to the guys beside us for recommendations. We hiked a few blocks to Dumpling Man for some great steamed and fried dumplings made fresh while you what but then stopped of at Crif Dogs in the basement two doors down from Hop Devil for some cheese tater tots and chang dogs(bacon wrapped with kimchee). This was all food to prepare us for some great East Cost beers.
From Southampton's Grand Cru to Racer X on Cask this was a treasure trove of great beers. It happened to be Bear Republic night so many of the taps were only BR beers but there was plenty in bottles wash down the medley of food.
This is a bar that I could go back to again and again and it would still never make it through all of the selection. The bartender talked about how great the Grand Cru was and told me I won't be let down. She was right. They also had an amazing selection of beer bottles on display (although empty) with some Utopia to Angel's Share, that gave me the impression that the staff had many good times aswell.
This is a great beer part and someone mentioned that The Belgian room is starting to serve food so I will have to go back and see.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of david18
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I think this is my favorite place in the city even though I hardly get a chance to go there. It's in the east village and has the best selection of bottles, drafts and rotating drafts.

I've tried so many beers there for the first time including the hop head red and some ale smith selections. It's also the first place i ever saw Russian River beers as well as Port Brewing/Lost Abbey beers. Was also the first time I drank Absinthe.

If you're ever anywhere neat this place I would recommend you go there.

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Photo of Jlabs
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of DrJay
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I visited this place a few times last summer, so this review is from several sets of notes. The location is easy to find in the East Village, not too far a walk from the subway, and close to several other interesting beer bars. The decor wasn't what I normally look for in a bar, with plenty of TVs showing sports, but I thought the bar was fairly nice with the tap list up above written in chalk. Pretty extensive tap list too, probably 20-25 taps, mostly US craft covering a lot of styles and regions. I ended up having a Kuhnhenn 4th Dementia on one visit, which I thought was pretty cool. Service was good, although I only stopped in during the day when it wasn't overly busy. I didn't get to try the Belgian Room, since it didn't open until later in the day. Overall, definitely a worthy stop, especially if you're already in this part of town.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.69/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

A Thursday night around 12:30am, took a cab over from the Blind Tiger and first stopped into the Hop Devil. As we stood breifly in front of two open stools at the bar, another couple slid in and stole our seats. All we could do was chuckle, and the girl who stole my wifes seat told us "theres more seats down there".
Whatever...We went next door to the Belgian room.

We walk in, and I have a seat at the bar and theres a guy sitting on the window sill by the door yelling at me. I'm like..Huh? I couldn't even understand what he was saying, so I went over to him and my wife told me that he wanted my I.D. O.K., yea I'm 42 and you feel the need to card me..OK. Well, at least get off your ass and greet me at the door.

Onward, the room is extremely dark and I look at the chaulkboard, and two of the beers on tap are definately not Belgian, but definately rare!
Kuhnhenns to boot. I had a Winter Lager (which was not so good), and my wife had the Road Rash RIS. Booya.
I had heard they did growler fills there, but when I asked the girl tending bar, she looked at me like I had three heads. She didn't even know what a growler was.
I believe they had eight on tap, and a decent bottle selection.
Anyways, they had some tunes going, and the place was pretty chill. We stayed for the two, paid our $17 (two beers?)plus tip, and headed out. It had been a real long day.

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Hop Devil Grill in New York, NY
Place rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 96 ratings
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