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Posted by z on 07/17/2011
Overall its a nice hang. Staff was friendly and helpful, food was served quickly and as ordered. For those not liking the atmosphere, it is what it is. Communal tables and a long bar inspire chatter among patrons and its a casual, open environment. Harlem is now a destination for parents and, alas, their kids. I did not find it prohibitively loud during the Women's World Cup final but the doors/windows were open to the outside seating area so perhaps the sound was not trapped. I enjoyed myself and will return when the occasion is warranted.
Posted by nic b on 06/03/2011
I live in the neighborhood and had been meaning to try this place since it opened. Overall a great place for food and beer. Definitely sit outside if there's a table available. Another reviewer said it's loud inside and that is Very true. The music isn't loud - it's just the people and the acoustics must be terrible or something. The hosting situation needs some work - I don't really think there was a host (this was a Thursday night) and the manager kind of said "sit anywhere" but it really wasn't clear. The service was very friendly - but very slow. The food was delicious though, and Very reasonably priced! We had the pretzels to start, mussels (a special) and the euro combo of sausages and cheese. We pigged out like we were on vacation...totally worth it. Will (try) to come back soon!
Posted by Hidden380 on 04/02/2011
I want to give this place 5 stars, but the noise level in here honestly had my ears ringing when I left. I understand the feel the place is going for, but maybe get some fabric on the walls to cut the volume down. I expect to have to yell to the person across from me in a dance club, not in a restaurant. I was also surprised by the large amount of pretentious, self-righteous hipster families with infants in the place. I know you shouldn't rate a place by it's clientele, but here's an excerpt from the family next to us: Mom: "honey, could you move your beer away from the baby, I don't want him to see it." Um, hello, if you don't want your 10 month old baby to see a glass of beer, then don't bring him to a BEER GARDEN restaurant! I really, really want to like this place, but the noise and the clientele is unfortunately going to prevent me from returning.
Posted by Coco G. on 02/22/2011
I've been a patron of Bier International since its opening week and I have since become a weekly regular. The beer selection includes some of the best beers in the world (even Tusker from Kenya!). The dinner menu is reasonably priced for the exceptional quality you get, which makes it the perfect neighborhood spot in a crunch. Weekend brunch at Bier is superb, especially the Crab Cakes Benedict and the Steak Frites. Harlem has needed a place like this for quite some time. I'm glad it has arrived and I have a feeling that it's here to stay.
Posted by G-Money on 11/28/2010
While other restaurants have come and gone in the area, this one is here to stay. The beer selection speaks for itself. Favorites include the burger, belgium fries, and the scrambled egg chorizo. The empanadas disapoint. Hopefully the chef continues to add new specials to enhance the menu and starts a delivery service. Finally a solid jem in the area, which can be judge against other great places in Manhattan.