We don’t often go to this area of Manhattan. It’s too crazy and doesn’t result in an enjoyable experience. However, after navigating around the commuter/tourist crowd one Monday evening, we found ourselves inside Beer Authority, which is under the same ownership as Manhattan craft beer hotspot Rattle N Hum.
The space is enormous, and so is the beer list, categorized by style, and the beer menu has BeerAdvocate‘s “How to Taste a Beer” guide on the back. As far as the tap and bottle list goes, there’s nothing extremely rare, but some great ones (including Ommegang Three Philosophers, Two Brothers Bitter End and Allagash Curieux). You will of course notice Bud Light and Stella on tap. Brew York, New York points out in his coverage that this is to please the commuter crowd – we agree. We’d categorize the food as upscale pub fare.
While this isn’t a place we would necessarily frequent (based solely on the location) it’s definitely fulfilled a need in the neighborhood, which was certainly lacking in good craft beer before it opened.