The Guilty Goose

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The Guilty GooseThe Guilty Goose
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The Guilty GooseThe Guilty Goose

Type: Bar, Eatery

131 W 23rd St
New York, New York, 10011-2431
United States

(212) 255-3727

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Added by hhkal17 on 09-04-2012

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4.34/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

I feel like I just unloaded an entire trade show on W. 22nd Street by myself. Oh wait, yeah, that happened. Tomorrow is going to suck, second only to what pain Wednesday will bring. Thinkin’ it’s time I move some beer for me; might as well walk up to the Goose, see what’s up...

‘L’ beigey striped marble slab bar, curvy corrugated style glass on chicken wire illuminated somewhat from lighting below the bar, and a twisted piping foot rail; seating for a dozen on leather stools. Wood barback counter holds an 8 tap ‘Y’ tower. Glassware tucked behind and racked aside vertically with some wines. Dead soldier bottles & growlers shelved above. Lots of out of market, not really here beer (I spy Pliny) on a brick wall backing, and a large framed square mirror alongside with the drafts printed in uneasy to read white; beer, pricing, origin, & ABV. Wines shelved below the bar and coolered bottles to both sides.

Front wall holds a 6 stool bar counter on a double set of doors swinging curbside for the taking in of all 23rd Street has to offer. A few more stools on a corner bar counter piece, and a quartet of 2-seat hightops running adjacent to the bar on the wall behind me; done in a lighter shade of pale something. Ceiling of the same with baby spins down center, track spots, drop metal funnel lamps tracing the bar, smaller funnel drop lamps over the adjacent tables, and spots on the booze. Narrow wood slat floorings front to back. A single flat in the rear corner and mirrors on the wall behind me over the tables listing happy hour specials (cans), current Bruery bottles, etc.

Rear room in brick, and beige and brown. 3 Booths on the far wall, and a baker’s dozen tables high & low, many of them two-sies pushed together, and everything on the walls sharing lime green benchings. Prints big & small; street scenes, doors, good stuff. Somehow I thought that back room was a larger space; it is not.

We set up barside as it was a light Monday night. Eddietending, telling patrons about some big beer tasting tomorrow that he can’t go to ‘cause he has to work. Sooo sad. He doled us out a bowl of absurd housemade vinegar potato chips. We are thankful. I’m looking over the food menu. It’s involved and is sadly sans pretzels. But there will be drink. 8 taps, all American craft beer, a mix of local (Captain Lawrence Pilot Batch #721), regional (Allagash Confluence & White, Maine Peeper), mid west (Great Divide Nomad Pils, Avery Dugana Imperial IPA, Left Hand Milk Stout), and way out west (Bruery Autumn Maple). I drank the Allagash Confluence & Great Divide Nomad Pils. The Allagash Confluence was $10 and came in an 8oz glass; pricey pricey, but this is Manhattan real estate.

And there must be a bottle list. I mean, there must be. 33 small & 23 large format bottles. (Lovely) Orval runs an unacceptable $13; the priciest item being Bruery Smoking Wood for a mere $44. Bottle list shows Perennial Abraxas but it is absent. And that new wonderfuckingful down low Allagash he ain’t giving up (says it’s a sample. I’m thinking ‘okay, sample that bitch out’, but no). We opt to split a bottle of Hoppin’ Frog BORIS, ‘cause Jo is looking for an Impy, and it’s early, and we can. And let us wind down with a Maine Lunch each @ $15 a clip.

Opted out of someone’s brought in boxed lunch 2 days later and returned for a beer and a bite. Tough one. I could either do the burger for $15 or the beer & a burger lunch special for $15. It was an excellent burger (DeBragga’s Short Rib blend, sherry onions, white cheddar, pickle, on a Brioche roll. Jold the jalapeno, please). Paired up with a Maine Peeper and then back to the show we go.

Good taps, bottles, and nearly 3 dozen wines bottled and ½ that by the glass if that’s you’re grape over grain. Sort of out on an island by itself here, although ‘cade’s a-comin. Nice, warm inviting place. Glad I got G & J out for the tour tonight.

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4.83/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Decided to stop in for a quick snack and a beer during my lunch break as I've heard nothing but good things about this place. I hit it as it opened so needless to say I was pretty much the only one there. Service was friendly and helpful as I sat at the bar. I was going to try a Victory Dirt Wolf but sadly they were out so I got a glass of a fresh batch of Southern Tier's 2XIPA.

The place was a quaint NYC style pub with an cool bar and awesome trophy display of the many great beers to be tasted at this gastropub.

The lunch prices were extremely fair and as much as I wanted to try the burger I was short on time so I settled for the Pastrami Empinadas. They were absolutely delicious and something I would most definitely have again.

I would rate the food much higher however I would need to try a few more dishes before I can make my opinion.

Though my visit was brief I enjoyed it and wish I had more time to try a couple of the other beers they had on tap and a few other dishes.

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The Guilty Goose in New York, NY
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