The Pony Bar - Hell's Kitchen

The Pony Bar - Hell's KitchenThe Pony Bar - Hell's Kitchen
The Pony Bar - Hell's KitchenThe Pony Bar - Hell's Kitchen
Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

637 10th Ave
New York, New York, 10036-2904
United States

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Notes:
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.23
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
51
pDev:
6.62%
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Rated by Kappakoosh from Texas

4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Jun 13, 2015
More User Ratings:
 
Rated: 4.35 by PrestigeWorldwide from Michigan

Apr 08, 2017
 
Rated: 4.46 by SebastianMandeville from New Jersey

Feb 20, 2017
 
Rated: 4.08 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

Oct 31, 2016
 
Rated: 4.29 by T-34-85 from New York

Oct 22, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by Zekenyce from New Jersey

Sep 22, 2016
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Reviewed by grover37 from District of Columbia

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75
Really surprised to find such a cool beer bar in this part of Manhattan. Hit this up after Beer Culture, and this place was far superior in my experience. Walked into undisclosed (online) HF Edward on the board, so got set up with a pint of that and immediately became friends with the bartenders and locals. Chris and Sarah were attentive but not overbearing - really friendly and helpful and didn't mind us hanging out for quite a while. Ended up staying for about 4-5 hours and felt like I had been coming there for years by the time I left. Highly recommended - hard to do much better in Manhattan in terms of a down-to-earth beer bar.
Sep 21, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by Spreetaper from New York

Sep 05, 2016
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Reviewed by Jacobier10 from New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
Pony Bar has been my go-to spot in Hell's Kitchen for years. Relaxed vibe inside but it fills up quickly on weekdays once work gets out. The selection is not the largest, but it always contains quality options. On this particular trip I had an Allagash 16 Counties, J Wakefield El Hefe, and an Other Half 007 Imperial IPA. All beers come either in an 8 oz or 16 oz serving, depending on ABV, and are listed electronically on a screen behind the bar. Bartenders are attentive and very friendly. Oh yeah, the fried pickles we ordered were pretty phenomenal as well. Great spot, just go when you can beat the crowd.
Jun 19, 2016
 
Rated: 4.35 by Brown120 from Pennsylvania

May 24, 2016
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Reviewed by SaisonRichBiere from Michigan

4/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
Solid street corner tap room with 20 or so taps, a decent amount of local stuff on. Cool beer themed vibe. Friendly staff. Very short walk from Hell's Kitchen lodging.
Apr 15, 2016
 
Rated: 3.61 by biegaman from Canada (ON)

Apr 12, 2016
 
Rated: 4.42 by BeerBucks from New York

Apr 07, 2016
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Reviewed by qcbrewer from North Carolina

3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3
Have to make a clarification on the food rating. Ordered the pulled pork sandwich and received it very quickly (potential evidence it was just reheated). A little too smothered with BBQ sauce, which I can get over, but the sauce was pretty basic and bland. The coleslaw was the biggest "issue" and was some of the worst I've ever had. Lesson here is too not order a pulled pork sandwich and always expect something I'd get in NC. If sauce options aren't on the side, probably not going to be great.

Otherwise, nice place, great bartenders, and good line up of beers (Hill Farmstead Conduct of Life was definitely enjoyed!)

I'll totally come back, and will update the food rating when I try something else.
Feb 25, 2016
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Reviewed by CHickman from New York

4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25
Visited again last week to get some tasty Vermont beer that they had on tap. As usual it was crowded, but not packed, busy and loud yet you could still have a conversation. To me it looked like a mix of locals and a lot of beer geek types who kept their coat on so they could have one or two and then hit the road to head home. Typical NYC beer bar vibe.

Very impressive tap selection with the display board clear and showing all relevant information. The beers I had tasted fresh and clean in the 8 oz glasses they were served in. That may be the one knock on this place, it's a bit pricey. Food looked good, but I didn't have any. Will definitely go back as this place consistently gets really choice beers which always seem fresh out of clean lines.
Feb 01, 2016
 
Rated: 4.1 by bgold86 from New York

Jan 25, 2016
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Reviewed by NizzleEGizzle from New York

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75
It's a box in there, but it's a pretty box. Like the layout is literally a square, with nothing to interrupt it. I guess they need the pit though for how packed this place gets. They have a really thoughtfully curated tap list, and their staff is extremely knowledgable, although hard to get to through the crowds.

their selection is impeccable.
Jan 13, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by orangesol from Pennsylvania

Jan 11, 2016
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Reviewed by skriv from New Jersey

4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75
Great variety of craft brews, cool vibe! Great when going to Broadway. Close to the crap that is Times Square but much better than anything you will find there.
Dec 30, 2015
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Reviewed by AgentMunky from New York

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25
The bar I spent the most time at in Manhattan. Twenty taps, two casks, and they do a fantastic job of diversifying the offerings while maintaining quality. Good food is not too expensive -- get the short rib sandwich with housemade chips.
Oct 16, 2015
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Reviewed by Lare453 from Florida

3.4/5  rDev -19.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3
Vibe is nothing special... Very ordinary. Quality is fair. Beer seems good. Lines clean. Service was the most impressive thing. I just wished the male hairy armpit bartenders wore shirts with sleeves. Selection is around 20 drafts. Not bottles or cans. Food was fair.
Sep 08, 2015
 
Rated: 4.29 by Phigg1102 from New York

May 27, 2015
 
Rated: 3.61 by bcgeiman from Maryland

May 09, 2015
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Reviewed by bowzer4birdie from Illinois

4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25
Was there for the Packers Giants game in December 2011 and when the Pack won in the final minutes / seconds , decided to quell my enthusiasm greatly as I was surrounded by GMEN fans. :-)
Great place with a great vibe, walking distance from the hotel where my wife had a conference.
Mar 27, 2015
 
Rated: 3.84 by DavidHume from Virginia

Mar 22, 2015
 
Rated: 4.4 by Figoeric710 from New York

Mar 20, 2015
 
Rated: 4.53 by Nmelione from New Jersey

Mar 18, 2015
 
Rated: 4.13 by StoutBoi from New York

Feb 19, 2015
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Reviewed by MtnSoup from Colorado

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4
Heard I had to visit this place. Overall, pretty good. They have some decent beers on tap, all constantly rotating. Service and knowledge of staff is great - super friendly. Nothing crazy on tap, and the vibe is sort of unmemorable, but a great spot to grab decent beers.
Feb 12, 2015
 
Rated: 4.18 by almostjay from Virginia

Jan 14, 2015
 
Rated: 4.25 by Jlabs from New York

Dec 11, 2014
 
Rated: 4.5 by HugeBulge from New York

Nov 27, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by MichaelLamb from New York

Nov 24, 2014
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Reviewed by James_A from New York

4/5  rDev -5.4%
I really like the crowd at the Pony Bar HK. Nice folks, local, neighborhood. Not too touristy. Every time I've been there it has been moderately busy, but I've never had to wait long for a seat at a table or a bar stool.

The draught line up is good, but I've seen better. I was actually surprised (and somewhat disappointed) to see a bunch of Harpoon beers and the like being poured.

The food was just okay. I guess you wouldn't expect to grab a great meal in this size/type place, and I was thankful to be able to grab a little nosh at the bar, but my pulled pork was no better or worse than store-bought.

The atmosphere is warm and inviting, albeit your average beer pub look - lots of wood, beer signs, etc.

The service was friendly. I don't know how knowledgeable they are as to what they're serving, as I did not have any questions about the beers on tap that night.
Oct 04, 2014
 
Rated: 4.5 by AlexM from California

Sep 10, 2014
 
Rated: 4.05 by dexterk1 from Illinois

Aug 18, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by KForge from New Jersey

Aug 13, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by Nuhorn

Jul 30, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by jhuss10 from New Hampshire

Jul 24, 2014
 
Rated: 4.75 by jsims31 from Georgia

Jul 22, 2014
The Pony Bar - Hell's Kitchen in New York, NY
Place rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 126 ratings