The best part about Tavern 29 is its service. Owner Cróine O Halloran and Cara Tallon, director of its beer program, make sure to keep the servers and bartenders trained and knowledgeable about all the beers on the bar’s 24 rotating taps. They are adept at beer recommendations and offer valuable opinions, as well as in depth tasting notes.
Tavern 29 is a craft beer bar and restaurant on 29th St in a one of those gray area neighborhoods of Manhattan. Dubbed the NoMad district, the bar is in the Gramercy/Flatiron/Kips Bay region, on 29th between Park and Madison. With the exception of Taproom 307, you don’t really expect this area to be home to any killer beer bars. Tavern 29 is an exception. A two-story bar with accompanying roof deck, the atmosphere is great, and so’s the beer and food.
You’ll most likely find American craft options on tap, with some imports. Beer is available in pints, flights and a few cocktails. Tallon designs beer flights with a focus and highlights seasonal beers, styles, or a particular brewery. For those not into beer there’s also a generous selection of whiskies, also offered in flights. The menu is made up of upscale pub fare, including burgers, a seafood tower, salads, sandwiches, mac and cheese, and cheese and charcuterie. Brunch is served up on weekends.
O’Halloran and Tallon hold a Monday Brewery Series at Tavern 29 to showcase great craft breweries, many of them local. Greenport Harbor, Firestone Walker and Weyerbacher have been featured in past Monday Brewery nights, where dedicated flights come with full size pints of beer.
Tavern 29 is a great Happy Hour hot spot and an excellent, centralized option on Manhattan’s East Side to enjoy some fine craft beer.
Beer and food was provided for BeerUnion in exchange for a review.