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The Pony Bar - Hell's Kitchen

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The Pony Bar - Hell's KitchenThe Pony Bar - Hell's Kitchen

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(212) 586-2707 | map

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Reviews by r0nyn:
Photo of r0nyn
4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in here while waiting for some friends and definitely glad I did. Had heard of the Pony only be reputation and was stoked at the chance to check it out. It didn't disappoint.

It's pretty cozy, with a handful of tables and chairs, with some side benches for seating. Very pretty bar area, with a finished wood surface. I came in on an early Sunday afternoon, so it wasn't very hard to get a seat at the bar and just relax. Not too many people were present, but it felt right at home, just the same. The beers available on draft are listed right on the wall, along with ABV and serving size, which is handy in gauging how you'll be drinking.

The selection is top notch, even for New York's well-documented craft beer scene. I ordered a Ballast Point Sculpin (deliciously sublime on tap) and a Wandering Star Bert's Disqualified Imperial Stout (like whoa, dark chocolate) and both were phenomenal. There were many different craft breweries represented there, from the local Sixpoint to Bear Republic to North Coast, and they rotate beers through on a pretty regular basis, which keeps things fresh and interesting.

The bartender was friendly and welcoming and he knew his stuff, as I overheard him chatting with other patrons about the finer points of the beers they were drinking. Free sample shots of the various beers are available, so you won't have to order something you wouldn't end up finishing. Pricing is fair, with everything being $5, standard serving size being 14oz, smaller glasses for the harder-to-find stuff. Quite reasonable, especially for New York.

On the whole, the Pony is a fantastic place to drink some craft beer and hang out with friends. If I lived around the area, I'd definitely be a regular here.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of T-34-85
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Zekenyce
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of grover37
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.

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Photo of Spreetaper
4/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Jacobob10
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.

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Photo of Brown120
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
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.

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Photo of biegaman
3.61/5  rDev -14.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of BeerBucks
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of qcbrewer
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.

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Photo of CHickman
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.

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Photo of bgold86
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of NizzleEGizzle
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.

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Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of skriv
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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
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.

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Photo of Lare453
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.

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

Photo of Phigg1102
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of bcgeiman
3.61/5  rDev -14.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of bowzer4birdie
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.

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Photo of DavidHume
3.84/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of Figoeric710
4.4/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Nmelione
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

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