Cask Bar + Kitchen

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Cask Bar + KitchenCask Bar + Kitchen
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Cask Bar + KitchenCask Bar + Kitchen

Type: Bar, Eatery

167 E 33rd St
New York, New York, 10016-4641
United States

(212) 300-4924 | map

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Added by Clemmys75 on 01-30-2010

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by sleazo:
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2.88/5  rDev -21.1%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Located in Murray Hill, home to the just out of college and new to the city set, Cask is set up to be an "upscale" beer bar. If you were not from NYC and wanted to go to a "chic" bar that is really some Hollywood set designer's idea of a NYC bar, then you are in luck.

I will admit, my inner Holden Caulfield was annoyed by the "phonies" when I walked in. What really annoyed me was when I went to get a pint of cask and I found out that they only offered two selections (one of which was kicked at 7pm on a Friday) and that they charged $12 for 12 oz. This is a travesty for a place with a name like Cask. The offerings on tap were decent but nothing special.

Foodwise they are trying again to get a bit "gourmet" but everything I tried was decent at best.

I am sorry to be repetitive but naming your bar Cask and not having a good cask selection is pretty annoying. Charging $1 an oz is just plain obnoxious. If you want some cask beer or a good selection walk a few blocks to Rattle N Hum. If you want to be ripped off and hang out with pretentious, jappy late twenty and early thirty somethings come here.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of petepro200
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of metter98
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Vibe: Although this bar and restaurant is located right near the heart of Murray Hill—it's not like the strip of bars located along Third Avenue that are frequented by young professionals that recently graduated but haven't given up on their college drinking habits. This is more of a restaurant than a bar and is a place that you can take a date to while still having a good beer. The brick walls along the back dining area are adorned by wooden casks.

Quality: The beers that I've had on cask were served at the proper temperature using short glass mugs.

Service: The wait staff seemed rather attentive and were happy to offer their recommendations on particular dishes on the menu, however I did not ask any questions about the beers.

Selection: The bar has 12 beers on tap with standard-type offerings from breweries such as Captain Lawrence, Dogfish Head, Ommegang and Sixpoint. However, true to its name the bar always has 2 rotating beers on cask.

Food: I've come to Cask on Sundays for brunch and their traditional roast dinner. The food seems to be upscale compared to other bars in the area and includes lighter options for those that are counting their calories. Brunch is accompanied by a basket of muffins and breads and the Sunday dinner is British style and served with Yorkshire pudding.

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Photo of Durge
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

I have somewhat mixed feelings on this place. Generally it was decent because they did offer a handful of solid choices including Captain Lawrence,Elysian and Ommegang but there was a relatively small number of taps and there were some space wasters like Guinness and Stella. When a place carries a name like "Cask Bar" I expect it to be a beer snob haven, not just another place that wants to make sure generic beer drinkers will find what they need. However I'll admit that I was relieved to find two cask ales flowing and the one I had was very good. So often the names of places that suggest authentic beer choices turn out to be real misnomers. This one was more than passable. But as others have said, it's perhaps a bit short of impressive. Being with my wife it was an enjoyable antiquey feel to the decor. Although it appears to be a fairly new establishment, everything is made to look old. May be a turn off to some I suppose but we felt comfortable sitting at the bar and the bartender was friendly and pretty attentive. We did not have anything to eat but the dining area to the rear of the place was kind of cool with large bench seating and crude tables fitting the rest of the decor. They had a fair bottled beer selection but again, it was not a wow at all. Very little I haven't had here. And the prices are not very friendly though you always have to consider that it's Manhattan. All in all this place provided a much needed oasis on a hot day but I would hope they might one day come to do more justice to their name. More cask ales and maybe a few pennies less.

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Photo of toneloc
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I went here a few times over the summer, and I must say, despite some poor reviews, I enjoyed myself here every time. It looks like other reviews were all from 2010, so perhaps they've worked out some of the kinks?

The atomosphere was typical gastropub with a long dark wooden bar, exposed brick, and dim lighting. There were tables in back, and a basement bar which may or may not be for reserved parties only.

I thought the service was excellent. I only ever checked out the bar, but I believe I had a different bartender each time I was there, and they were all friendly and attentive. Some seemed to know the beer list better than others, but none appeared to be complete novices.

The draft list was solid each time, and so was the bottle list. Both were a little on the pricey side, especially if you happened to be looking for some Pretty Things. Despite the name, I did not check out the cask offerings, so I can't speak to that. Also, they served some nice cocktails in case you happen to go with someone who doesn't feel like beer (presumably that would not be you if you are reading this).

The food was good. We never had full entrees, so this probably isn't the best review if you are particularly interested in the food, but the bar snacks we had were all good.

All in all, a nice craft beer bar. It's not on the same level of a Rattle 'n Hum (down the street), but it's right there on that next level of bars where you know you can walk in anytime and find several beers worth drinking.

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Photo of beerluvinchick
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I visited Cask Bar & Kitchen for the first time on March 19, 2010. They offer two select cask beers on a regular basis - unusual for NYC - and 14 more drafts; a nice mix of regional and popular national beers. I tried both the Defiant Porter and Bluepoint Rasta Rye; enjoyed them both, but wish they served them in adult portion glasses. The atmosphere is warm and cozy - just like the staff. Don't ignore the kitchen aspect of Cask - it was phenomenal. I had the roasted beet and goat cheese salad with the braised short ribs, but they offer everything between a burger and fries to truffle Mac n' Cheese to flatbread pizzas. A definite be-back.

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Photo of tenorvoice0739
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 2 | food: 3.5

I'm sorry if I am a naysayer, but this place does not deliver on the one selling point that it shouts. Cask beer? Two. At $1 per ounce. This is insane. I appreciate the devotion to real beer, but where do you draw the line? This is not import beer. We are paying for the care and delivery that every beer should be treated with that is served on tap. They also employ "sparklers" on their two engines. This is not necessary or authentic. I am not going to buy their cask ales, so there is no reason to seek them out here other than the atmosphere and food. The bartenders are very knowledgeable and hinted that the overpricing is not good for the cask beers.

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Photo of rousee
2.98/5  rDev -18.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 1 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Its really a nice looking place and seems to have a good concept going but boy were their beers off. I found it hard to believe that a place that hasnt been open very long at all would already have served enough draft beer for their lines to go way off but this was certainly the case when I went here over this past weekend (2/19/10).

I first ordered a Captain Lawrence IPA and it tasted like cherries. It was as if some sort of fruit beer had been on that line before it. It wasnt real pronounced cherry flavor but it was there in the background almost reminded me of Troeg's Mad Elf. I chalked it up to being just one bad line and then I ordered a Victory Prima Pils which was off as well. The lack of cleanliness on the CO2 lines scared me away from trying anything on the cask lines as they would even be more prone to degradation if things werent cleaned properly.

The bartender was just as nice as can be and I feel badly giving the place such a scathing review but sometimes the truth hurts. We tried some food too which was quite good but I seriously cant recommend this place at all until they get their drafts straightened out.

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Cask Bar + Kitchen in New York, NY
Place rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 8 ratings
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