Jimmy's No. 43

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Jimmy's No. 43Jimmy's No. 43

Type: Bar, Eatery

43 E 7th St
New York, New York, 10003-8011
United States

(212) 982-3006 | map

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-28-2005

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Photo of jm429
4.8/5  rDev +19.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

First time I went to Jimmy's was right after I turned 21. I got Young's Double Chocolate on draft and ended up on a stout kick for the next two weeks. Jimmy's is also host to the NYC DAT's beer tastings. I made it to their beer, cheese, and chocolate one. It was extremely educational and the pairings were excellent. Back to Jimmy's: the atmosphere is great. The bar isn't too big, but they have larger section with tables and a nice space to rent out in the back. The selection changes, but it's always superb. The staff is pretty great and the prices are good.

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Photo of SeanRedd
4.05/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

On Halloween night I was invited to a bar to let my inhibitions go and partake in NYC Halloween chaos. I found myself in a private party, dodging a burlesque belly dancer's fireball, while getting my pockets stuffed with condoms by adolescent girls dressed as fairy tale characters. This was my introduction to Jimmy's No. 43. I recently stopped by again by chance and was remarkably impressed. The atmosphere was quiet, serene, and cozy. I felt so at home, almost inebriated by the space. The inebriation increased when I dove into a goblet of Sixpoint's Gorilla Stout. The pasta I ordered was incredible, and I couldnt stop stealing the little potatoes from my girlfriend's plate. I thought to myself...this place is badass, and that was before I made friends with the staff and laughed through a conversation accompanied by a pint of Magic Hat Lucky Kat. All I know is...I'm going again, and telling people this place is something to check out. Food:Great, Selection:Good, Staff:Friendly, Decor:Awesome. The place is as memorable to me as that night of debauchery, and doesn't even need Lil Bo Peep or Red Riding Hood to keep a smile on my face.

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Photo of rousee
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I have been by this place a bunch of times and I dont know how I missed it. Anyway, it is a sub-terranean place --you walk down some narrow winding stairs and enter.

Once you enter, the bar is kind of off to the left and it has a real cool atmosphere. The architecture in here is nice also as it has vaulted brick ceilings with lots of little nooks and small rooms around the corners of the place.

The beer and overall drink selection on everything in here is very well thought out and these guys are into offering stuff that is hard to find. I got a Christoffel blond which I had never heard of or seen before. It is a Belgian pilsener which I didnt even realize was a style that the Belgians made. It definitely had some gold malty characteristics that youd associate with a Pilsener but it clearly had that vinous Belgian aspect involved as well. It was quite good and they mention that they are the only bar in NYC that has it available on tap. For a current listing of what they have available I'd recommend referring to their website which looks like it is updated with some regularity.

Service was friendly and attentive and prices were kind of typical NYC. Kind of expensive but not so high that you wouldnt go here. Overall, I loved this place and definitely will be returning.

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Photo of paulie
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped in after dinner last night. As others have said, the place is cozy but not cramped. Lively crowd and lots of people coming in for the movie in the back. But it was never too loud for conversation nor too crowded to move about easily. We got a seat at the bar immediately.

One thing I loved to see: They poured a lot of high end beer. Lots of beer bars have two dozen micros on tap but 90% of what they serve is macro. The result is slow-moving kegs and old casks. Jimmy's moves a lot of the good stuff. No off-flavors from dirty lines or old kegs.

Beer selection is more than adequate and all very high quality. I do wish it were a tad broader. Lots of Belgians, including more than a few sour styles, and lots of IPAs. Not a whole lot of other styles and no session beers that I could see. I had a brown ale from the cask (fresh, just the right temp) and a tripel (too cold, but served in the right glassware). Those plus dinner had made me feel kinda full, so I went looking for something lighter. It looked like Bitburger Pils was my only option. (I switched to ice water.)

The bartender was attentive and knowledgeable. Everything was served in the more or less the right glassware. She did push a rye pale ale on my friend, but I think that was because the manager was hovering and he wanted her to. As soon as he got busy elsewhere, she stopped pushing it. Otherwise, service was great.

My one gripe is really my own pet peeve: something was badly unbalanced in the taps right in front of us and all the beers were coming out 80% foam. The bartender ended up dumping as much as she poured trying to get full glasses. Not only are we paying for all that wasted beer (although prices were not bad), but it just seems like a lack of respect. Some of that stuff had been lovingly brewed in Belgium and carted all the way here only to be dumped down the drain. That's not right. If I go back, I'm going to suggest they get their system balanced.

Otherwise, a very enjoyable place. If I lived in Manhattan, this would be a regular spot.

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Photo of RichThatchr
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I visited this underground bar for the first time last night and found it to be one of the mostly welcoming and comfortable places I had been to outside of the National Arts. My friends and I relaxed and drank from the menu that was presented while great aromas emanated from the kitchen in the back of the place.
The waitress was interesting as she seemed to vanish and reappear with a smile while we were discussing the highlights of our bar hopping that day. I didn't spend a lot of time evaluating the place as I knew after 5 minutes that it was easily one of the most welcoming I had been to.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

LOVE JIMMY'S!!! It's literally next to Burp Castle, so you really can't go wrong. I love the comfortable basement/speakeasy feeling that comes with the low vaulted ceiling, the yellowed cream and orange walls, the wooden barrels, and the mounted deer heads. It's just cozy!

The bar can get pretty tight, but it's not like one of those over-crowded three deep bars as you might, just barely might, be able to fit 15 people in front of it! I think there are 5 seats at the bar, and 13 altogether in the bar area with the table by the stairs.

But grab a table because the food is good! ...limited, but good. Try the cheese plate (how can you mess that up?), and the scallops!!!

The beer selection is pretty good, and they also pour some cask at the back bar. It's a pretty good mix of interesting imports and locals (Chelsea, Captain Lawrence, Six Point, Greenpoint... I've oddly never seen Brooklyn...?).

It is slightly pricey though, but I say slightly because it is Manhattan after all.

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Photo of slander
4.05/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

There's absolutely nothing on the internet about this. I know, 'cause I stayed late at work last night and looked and looked. And very little to be found in the library except in the secret back room at the main branch where you have to sign out the one book that tells what's what, but apparently none of the first 13 Jimmy's endeavors (each one named with successive prime numbers), have boded well. I don't know if they were in bad neighborhoods, lousy timing, lack of parking or what. I believe you just need the right prime number in your name is all, and I think 43 is it...

Downstairs, in the underneath where Brewski's used to be before Standings stood in, it's a neat little place. A google search for "Rathskellar" will probably bring you up pictures of Jimmy's if you want to see for yourself, this cavernous, subterranean haven for fierce velociraptors if ever there was one. A small 5 seat straight bar over in the front corner, with really no to-do in the way of a barback or props. Beyond there, 4 low tables and a raised longer table forward a rear service bar and 4 tables in a small half room off of that. A side hallway serving as a gallery with displayed art, and then there's a party room behind the red curtain where the do movies and music. Paneled windows to the front offer staircase views. Archways cut through the walls done white stucco over dark wood paneled lowers beneath curved arched brick ceilings, rows of old casks on racks above the seating areas and the bar, large framed mirrors, a few prints and small pictures, and a pair of antlers here, a tap handle display there. Low lighting throughout with infrequent drop lanterns, but small glass candles on all the tables, bars, and wall mounted shelves lend pleasant ambiance.

A dozen taps, locals (Sixpoint Global Warmer & Bengali Tiger IPA, Chelsea Hoppy Holidays & Imperial Stout), regional (Yuengling) and imports (Dupont Avec Les Bons Voeux, Dentergems Wit, De Ranke Guldenberg, Belhaven Ale, Harviestoun Bitter & Twisted, Radeberger Pils, Weihenstephaner Hefe), on a single tower on the bar and a cask (Sixpoint Brownstone) in the corner.

Also, a small tight bottle list made up of a dozen or so good imports (Orval, Achel Blond & Brune, Chimay Blue, De Ranke XX Bitter, Duvel, Bink Bruin, Ayinger Celebrator, Schneider Edel Weisse, Unibroue La Fin Du monde, Hitachino Nest White Ale, Harviestoun Old Engine Oil), a few large bottles (Stone Smoked Porter, Sam Smith Oatmeal Stout & Organic Lager, Ridgeway Lump of Coal) and a handful of vintage beers ('94 Rogue Old Crustacean, '03 George Gale's Christmas Ale, '94 Samichlaus). The beer menu lists the bottles choices in "bins" numbered into the 500's so I suspect they're sitting on some goods here and rotate the bottled offerings frequently.

And dinner trouble again, this time a great cup of gumbo (there was heat), and the free range skirt steak, grilled veges and mashed potatoes. Also, some (cast iron) skillet seared sea scallops, skillet seared sea scallops, skillet seared sea scallops, skillet seared sea scallops (say that 4 times fast, to yourself, quietly, elsewhere).

Service was pleasant but slightly off attentive. All in all in all in all, good stuff, I don't think they'll be having to roll out to the next prime number. Jimmy's is exactly why we should venture down them unfamiliar basement stairs sometimes.

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3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

So overall I can't really say anything bad about this place.

When you walk in there is a dining room that is long an narrow, and bar to the right, and another dinning room that runs parallel to the first, but is not connected. The about the top of the room there are what appear to be old wine barrels, and the place is dimly lit and cozy. Music was kinda alt-country, but I was surprised that I did not recognize any of the tunes.

The bar tenders were friendly and quick....They have a very nice import and local based beer list....one thing that I found a little odd was that every beer that was imported by the Shelton Brothers was pointed out specifically... I figured that if they were going to point this out that it was not out of the question to ask about it, but bar tenders did not know.

Beer wise they have a probably 8 tap and a cask...as well as a nice bottle list. On tap this past weekend they has St. Brenardus abt 12($10 goblet), La Chouffe($9 goblet), Sixpoint Otis Oatmeal Stout on Cask($8 imperial pint), Sixpoint IPA, Cimay Tripel, and several others.

A very relaxed environment and I imagine quite nice if you are lucky enough to get a table.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I am surprised this place is not spoken of more often in the NY beer scene. It is very quiet and out of the way despite being in something of an epicenter as far as drinking culture and nightlife in general are concerned.

Jimmy's has a very relaxed environment lending in part to being in a basement and in part to the overall decor of the establishment. The lights are low, the tables wooden, the music quiet. It is a location both slipshod and evoking sentiment of centuries gone by. I can easily imagine this place to be something of a smaller version of the vast cavern-like beer cellars of München or side street public houses of London or York.

The beer itself is quite good and lends the appropriate flavor to an already inviting atmosphere. I had the good fortune of going to Jimmy's several afternoons ago for a special tasting of Sixpoint beers. They had an oatmeal stout (both cask and draught) the Tiger IPA, a huge Belgian strong dark called Encore as well as at least half a dozen other taps randing from German mainstays and small Belgian breweries to some more local craft beers. Clearly the establishment takes beer seriously and it is nice to see since the Village can be a bit of a waste land as far as beer goes (minus Jimmy's neighbor and Hop Devil/Belgian Cellar).

All in all I would love to be able to spend more time at Jimmy's and am glad I finally wandered down the stairs to see what it was about.

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Photo of Tbone
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

They had about a dozen well chosen, quality drafts including Aventinius Doppelweizenbock ($8 for 24oz, a great deal), a Quadruple from somewhere I can't recall, and Wittekerke Belgian Wit, and several others.

It's a very cool space with brick scalloped cielings, archways and wooden casks lining the walls. They looked like the had some high quality food, but we did not eat.

When we got there on a Friday there appeared to only a couple other people. However, there's is a secret room towards the back on the left behind a red velvet curtain. Inside were about 15 people sitting in the dark watching the 1974 film "Taking of Pelham One Two Three". According to the guy I asked, the owner shows a film of his choice most Fridays.

This place is good whether out on a date or hanging with a group of friends.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Stopped by Jimmy's on a Saturday night. It's located below street level, down the stairs and into a small room. There is additional seating with rooms in the back. The atmosphere was pretty cozy with dim lighting and candles. A rather small bar area is located on the side with wooden tables for seating throughout. Wooden casks decorate the area above the bar.

I noticed about 8-10 draft lines. Some draft highlights included La Chouffe, Chimay Cinq Cents, Ayinger Brau Weisse, Aventinus, Smuttynose IPA and Strubbe Pilsner. There is a nice focus on quality here. All of the beers I tried were fresh and poured in proper glassware, including a very sweet Aventinus glass.

Overall, a solid little bar with some great imports on tap. They also have a room that hosts shows or live jazz music. Worth checking out, but not worth going out of your way for.

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Photo of bultrey
4.05/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Bethy and I stumbled into this place after catching the awesome Flaming Lips show at Webster Hall, and since it was pretty much a few blocks away, it made sense to finally check it out. Bethy was wary after we found the weird looking Standings/Burp Castle complex with its chain link cage, and became even more suspicious when I started leading her down into a dimly lit basement. "Don't worry, trust me," I said, "People have been saying good things about it, and I trust those people." Well, it turns out those people were right.

Quite the basement feel to this place, all dark wood and dimly lit, with an interesting ceiling made from curved wood planks, which is reminiscent of an oak barrel or such. There are also some actual wood casks lining the top of the wall, to remind you that the M.O. here is definitely beer. There is a little room to your left (about four tables), a littler room to your right (with a couple tables and the six-person bar), and a much larger room in the back of that, in which there was private gathering when we stopped in.

So it was around 10:30 PM on Sat. when we stopped in, and although there was no one greeting customers at the door, I just yelled over to the bartender that we wanted food and ale, and we wanted it now, damn it. She kindly said to take any table we wanted, which we did. We found some food menus and beer menus sitting there, and a friendly waitress came by soon thereafter to take our order.

Nice little beer selection here, about 8 well-chosen drafts, and 20 bottles. A little extra focus on Belgians and Germans here, with a couple of Chimays, Maredsous 8, De Koninck, Aventinus, on draft; St. Bernardus 8, Corsendonk Pale and Brown, Ommegang, Strubbe Pilsner, Einbecker Ur-Bock, Harvistoun Old Engine Oil, Maredsous 8 and 10 in the bottle, Victory HopDevil, Sixpoint Bengali Tiger IPA and Brownstone on draft, etc. There are about four vintage bottles, too, including, I think, an early 1990s Thomas Hardys, Just a nice, well-chosen selection. Bethy and I both had a Bengali Tiger to start, very fresh, and I had a St. Bernardus 8 bottle for dessert.

The food was quite interesting, not too expensive, fairly small plates with the idea to taste a couple of things. We were given bread and oil/balsamic to start, and then we split the german beer sausages, which were chopped up into rounds, deliciously browned, and served with a nice mustard. She got a special, some roasted aspargus dish with cheesy polenta cake or some such deliciousness, and I got the risotto with apples and cato cheese. Both were quite tasty.

Overall, we really enjoyed this place, would make a special trip to come back, and would definitely hit it again if we happened to be in the area. My ratings just about sum it up. This place is good.

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Photo of Billolick
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

In the redone, multiroom basement below Standings (formerly Brewskis) this newcomer has alot of character, its dark and middle ages looking, alot of seperate rooms and a respectable beer selection. About a dozen taps and 15 or so bottles including some "vintage" selections. No macros, plenty of middle of the road Belgians and germans and a smattering of interesting USA selections, including a few from six point when I visited. I checked this place late in the evening so I cant offer any comments about the food. Worthy place to visit on a neighborhood crawl or for a few brews in this interesting, differant and athmospheric new beer spot. The bartender was friendly and knew abit about her offerings.

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Jimmy's No. 43 in New York, NY
Place rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 33 ratings