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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

514 51st Ave
Queens, New York, 11101-5879
United States

(718) 937-7494 | map

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Added by slander on 10-05-2011

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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of elamb106
4/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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

Photo of Spreetaper
4/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of smithj4
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of SkiBum22
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of eluvah
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Quiet on a Wednesday night. Service was still slow, almost like they can't be bothered, but once you do order they are more attentive. Selection is good, wide variety of breweries, but they are very heavy on IPA's.

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Photo of EdrickCS
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Phigg1102
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

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

Definitely worth stopping in Alewife if you are bar-hopping in NYC. Just a short ride on the G train from Torst and has a great draft selection (28 taps, I think) and the grilled cheese is excellent.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

If you're in LIC and making the rounds to different breweries, a visit here is wise. The food is slamming and the beer selection is always on point. Rarities aren't so rare here. The taplist is very well-curated and has something for every taste and for the beer noob and the beer snob.

The tvs and sports games are appreciated as is the proper glassware and friendly service. A great spot.

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Photo of Jacobier10
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Nothing but good things to say about this place. Arrived on a Friday at 4pm and we were the first people inside. Sat down at a high-top table. There is an upstairs area which I did not check out. Vibe is laid back with some TVs scattered around, but high enough on the wall that they are not distracting. Great selection of tap beers with about 25-30 total choices. I had a Rodenbach Grand Cru and a Troegs Cultivator and each were served with care and in proper glassware. For food, I split mussels and spicy sriracha peas, both of which were delicious. Service was great. A tad on the expensive side, but that is NYC. I'd go back again anytime.

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Photo of StoutBoi
4.61/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of AlvinLin
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

18 beers on tap. Offers beer flights. Tons of bottles available as well. Friendly service. Camille and Roz are great. They also host the Hunters Point Community Service Agriculture (CSA) and offer 10% off for CSA members.

Check out the beer list on BeerMenu.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of jaymo18
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of James_A
2.5/5  rDev -40.9%

I really wanted to like this place. *Sigh*

My numerical rating should actually be lower, but I'm giving them a slight break because at the time of my visit, although it was several weeks after, they may still have been reeling from the effects of Hurricane Sandy.

Came in with the Mrs on a Saturday, late afternoon. There was one bartender (I believe it was the owner's wife), one customer at the bar, and one waitress setting up the tables.

We sat at the bar for an eternity with no beer list. Finally, when asked what we wanted, we asked for and received a list. We chose our beers, which were served in what were practically thimbles. Bartender disappeared again. No food menus. Starving. We finally asked the waitress if we could see a menu, and she brought two over.

I ordered a burger, the wife ordered the mussels. Burger was very average. Had to wait for any kind of employee to reappear to ask for ketchup. My wife's mussels, well, that's another story. They were fine, nothing special in the preparation, but they were fine - all eight of them. For $13. I know I don't know everything about food, but I'm pretty sure mussels cost no more than $2 per pound, so they easily could have given her a pound of mussels for $13 and still made money. But eight? That's just obnoxious.

The beer selection was okay. The menus (when we finally got them) were filthy, the bartender never engaged us - never said hello, goodbye, how is everything, how are you, nothing. Insult to injury, she ran my credit card twice. My wife noticed when the bill came in, and I had to call to have them make the adjustment, which was another whole ordeal.

This is a bar that is out of the way for me, so there is really no compelling reason to ever return.

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Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75

This review is about the beer. Funny how many people are solely reviewing the food aspect for a place called Alewife, but alright.

First off, our waiter/bar tender was really great. There are, however, a handful of reasons why I can't give this place more than two stars. One thing that I guess you can call a pet peeve of mine is when bars or beer store's leave sold out beers on their BeerMenu's account. My friends and I came specifically for a Cantillon beer, which was still on BeerMenu's when we took the G train to LIC and for the entire week preceding this trip. When we arrived, we saw it on their "Shhhh... it's a secret" menu as well. When asking for the beer we were told they may not have it. And they didn't. Guess what else was on this secret menu? Bell's Black Note! Guess what else they didn't have?! What a freakin' tease. I never thought I'd see the day where I "settled" for Founder's KBS. There's something to be said for having all three of these beers in the same building at one time, but this leads to the next issue I have with this place, which virtually erases the awesomeness of their beer connections: what is with these bottle prices? $55 for Sour in the Rye? Are you kidding me? I'm getting tired of getting raked over the coals for the more rare craft beers. I do not want beer culture to become wine culture. The KBS was $15. Black Note $12. These are 100-300% RETAIL PRICE mark-ups (granted, I expect a high mark-up on KBS and Black Note, but these prices are still overboard). Even if you're very wealthy, why would you pay $30 more for Sour in the Rye? You don't get or stay rich by overspending. The draft prices are pretty much on par with other NYC craft bars, mostly $7 to $8 drafts, except there's a lot of local options, and those are usually cheaper than standard drafts. Alas, not at Alewife NYC.

I'd come back here for something really exclusive (calling ahead of course), but for a night out? Not unless they lower their exorbitant prices.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of sunofneurot
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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