Beer Authority

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BA SCORE
88
very good

18 Reviews
Beer AuthorityBeer Authority
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

300 W 40th St
New York, New York, 10018-1432
United States

(212) 510-8415 | map
www.beerauthoritynyc.com

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Added by DoubleSimcoe on 04-10-2012

PLACE STATS
Place Score:
88
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
50
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
9.07%
 
 
Taps:
101
Bottles/Cans:
112
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 50
Reviews by Gavage:
Photo of Gavage
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Located near the Port Authority, it is easy to spot with the restaurant name in large letters outside on the top of building. Upon entering, the first floor has a smallish bar area, and the second floor is the main dining area and it has a decent size bar that can seat about 20 people. There is a roof top area, but I did not venture there. We sat at the bar on the second floor, and the decor was heavy on dark woods, but the walls had nice craft beer logos painted on them. Big windows provide some natural light in the daytime.

There was a large selection of beers that are listed on a menu. The taps are visible behind the bar. There were no real hard to find beers here, but a solid selection - beers from Stone, Lagunitas, Bear Republic, Anderson Valley, Great Divide, Ommegang, Blue Point, Coney Island, Flying Dog, Brooklyn, and Victory. I did enjoy a Sculpin on cask which was very fresh, followed by a Yeti. Beers were served in proper glassware with the brewery logos.

We sampled some of the food, and the duck flatbread was very good. The sandwiches were also good. Service was prompt and friendly. The bartender did state it is tough to stay up on the daily changes with the drafts, so they must have a good turnaround here.

Definitely a place worth stopping in if you are in the theater area or coming into the city via Port Authority.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of valrxman
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Met a fellow BA for lunch while in town. Pretty good tap selection, the bottle prices were high IMO. Food was pretty good as well. If you are in the area check it out.
Cheers

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Photo of sansho
4/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
2.85/5  rDev -26.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 1 | food: 4

Complete failure to update website or beermenus.com

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Photo of Stagga_Lee
4.13/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Brown120
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Nmelione
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of Bunman3
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Stopped in for a planning session/escape from a large group tour. I was pleased with the variety of beers but somewhat surprised by the prices. Service was OK, selection was decent. We didn't need to eat, so I can't comment on the food. It was convenient to our hotel, but I wouldn't travel across the city to visit.

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Photo of eluvah
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of JasonHaviland
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of almostjay
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of eddiebo
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 2.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Large selection with brewery-led events, but pricey, super loud and obnoxious crowd, and a staff who may or may not know very much about what you are ordering. Good for the selection, meh for just about everything else

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Photo of PVMT
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of vfgccp
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Phigg1102
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%

Photo of otispdriftwood
2/5  rDev -48.2%

I've trashed this place in the forums enough so it's time to do the same in the reviews. Haven't been here for a year or so but the [bad] memories linger. Out of the 4 times I did find myself here, I got the wrong beer twice. To add insult to injury, the bartender told me I was out of my mind. Hell, once I ordered an IPA and got something entirely different. The bottom line is that this place is spacious and does have outdoor roof top seating but it's the biggest tourist trap in the city. And the prices suck. There are usually at least several beers that are $1 or more per beer than pretty much anywhere in NYC. There are at least 3 other places within short walking distance [District Taphouse, New York Beer Company and Shorty's]. Take your beer business to them.

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Photo of jhuss10
3.28/5  rDev -15%

Photo of mattyrubes
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Lare453
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of mjb42
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of reebtaerG
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of JoeMans
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of sunofneurot
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of mmmbeerNY
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of WanderlustNJ
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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Beer Authority in New York, NY
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