About Beer Authority

Beer Authority is a craft beer restaurant, serving gastro pub cuisine. With over 90 beers on tap and 100 bottled varieties , the Beer Authority is the perfect place to unwind after shopping, the theatre, heading home or simply hanging out. Ideally located in the Times Square district, the restaurant is located to all major transportation hubs.

300 West 40th Street
New York, NY 10018
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Gastro Pub, Comfort Food, American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm

Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 2:00am,

Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm,

Cross Street:
8th Avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 510-8415

Website:
http://www.beerauthoritynyc.com/home

Entertainment:
Live entertainment every Saturday night. Trivia DJ quiz every Tuesday & Thursday nights.

Catering:
Please call our parties rep @ 212-510-8415.

Public Transit:
Port Authority.
Grand Central.
Penn Station.
Path train system.
NYC Subway system.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Beer Authority Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.1

ambience

4.0

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

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Comfort Food (4)
Live Sports (4)
Casual (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
People Watching (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Good for a Date (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Scenic View (2)
Live Music (1)
Authentic (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Cozy (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Went pre-show and is great place for this if coming out of Port Authority bus terminal. Restaurant is to the right on 40th when you come out. Service was quick. Done within hour from time we arrived to time we left. Food tasty. This was lunch time and not crowded by any means. Half the price of near theatre restaurants and nowhere near the crowds.

Tags: Fun, People Watching, Great Beer, Quick Bite, Great for Lunch
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 (Yorkshire)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great venue for sports and has a wide selection of draught beers
Food and service also good

Tags: Live Sports, Great Beer
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 22, 2017

When we walked into Beer Authority it smelled like a dive bar which is exactly what the first floor is. Luckily the restaurant is upstairs and it was open and fun and not smelly. The window seats offer great views of the street activity at 40th and Eighth. The beer menu was huge with great info on each option. The food menu offered good options. The classic sliders and fries were excellent. The butternut squash salad was amazing. Fun place for a group. We had lunch there and it wasn’t very crowded so not sure how noisy it might be on a packed night.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Great Beer
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

Went here on a Tuesday night. This was a good place to meet up with friends form NJ. very convenient and they have almost 100+ in beer and wine selection. Food was great. They have trivia Every Tuesdays. So come and join the fun. You might win awesome prices like a round of shots for the whole group, or a bucket of beer. Live sports. They have specials if any NY teams are playing.

Tags: Comfort Food, Scenic View, Live Sports, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Great Beer, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Laid back, sports bar like feel. Food was good, we especially liked the meatballs.

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We asked our server if the TV near us would have the Giants/Eagles game and her reply was first "I'm a Steelers fan" and then "I don't know, I'm not a manager". What? And then she made us close out early because she had to get to her "second job" (that's great, I have one, too!) but we still saw her for an hour after that, continuing to help other tables. Her attitude didn't make sense and really annoyed us. We also had to flag her down repeatedly, as she never checked on us during the day - and we were there for at least four hours.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Definitely great for groups!!
Big space, top hit music, convinient location! Food is good! Service is great! It was little too loud/noisy for 2 people conversation.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Great spot for casual dining and good beer. Roof top dining with views of time square. Staff is friendly. Food was delicious.

Tags: Scenic View, Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Casual, Fun, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Great Beer
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·Dined on September 8, 2017

Our server was fantastic! He made excellent recommendations and remembered each person in our party and what type of beer they like. It was a little loud, but not too packed, so we were still easily able to move around and converse. Food was great! We had the platter with mussels, quesadilla, pita with buffalo chicken dip, and nachos! The wings were loved! Mac and Cheese and smothered tots were amazing! The strawberries on the Strawberry Pecan salad were so perfectly ripe! Prices were reasonable for NYC, midtown and the garment district, so can't really complain! We will definitely be back!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Waitress, Laura, was aces. BBQ ribs are super with and without sauce (Get it on side). Comfy for singles.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 27, 2017

We LOVE Beer Authority. We show up quite often during the summer-- before or after theater or basketball games at MSG. Sometimes we go before our event and come back after for another round. Never too crowded. Great for groups. Beer list is great/well-rounded, food is fantastic. Really love Beer Authority and highly recommend it.

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Live Music, Great for Brunch, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Casual, Great Beer, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

It was my first time, but is was value, convenient and cozy.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Quite nice food of being bar food. Fantastic range of beer - many of them on tap. Friendly and quick service. However, VERY noisy - difficult to conversate without shouting.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Enjoyed a cold beer, good casual dinner, and live music. It is noisy, but outside bar patio offers a way to get away from the noise. It just was too hot that day for us to sit outside. Service was not snappy, but nice.

Tags: Fun, People Watching, Bar Seating, Live Music, Scenic View, Great Beer
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 (Richmond)·Dined on June 20, 2017

Anniversary

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on June 8, 2017

Beer was great. Steak sandwich lacked flavor. The tater tots with cheese and bacon were delicious. Soooo loud.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Good quesadillas and excellent service in a lively sports-oriented atmosphere.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 19, 2017

I love it!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 19, 2017

The Beer Authority is in a great location, convenient for both folks coming in from New Jersey as well as Manhattan. Great food and a good beer selection. I've been there a few times, this was the first time when there was a band, which added to the experience. Fun place.

Tags: Great Beer, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 26, 2017

Another great trip to beer authority - good food and great beer selection! The only note for this visit which was a little weird was that our waitress changed toward the end of the meal without us being told, and not due to a change of shifts. So our original waitress was still working and I asked her for the check, but she pointed me to someone else. Otherwise, great!

Tags: Fun, Casual, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Great Beer
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 24, 2017

Came here to celebrate my 30th birthday. They had a corner table reserved for me with a beautiful Times Square view. Service and drinks were fantastic.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Food was okay. Could lower the sodium but good

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Atmosphere was good, service was horrible. Never once did the server check back if we wanted more to drink. She took our empty beer glasses, no offer of another drink. we didn't see her again until 45 minutes later when she brought the check. Beer list was not as large as they claim it to be. And drafts they did have werent that impressive. They made themselves look better online than they actually were. Food was okay. Overall with all the great restaurants NYC has to offer, we'd never go back.

Tags: Casual
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 13, 2017

A great place for a burger and a beer. The beer menu was awesome and I chose a couple drafts from Anchor Brewery - very tasty! Had the Patty Melt and it was one of the best I've ever had! We had a party of 7 and everyone enjoyed the place. Being next door to the Port Authority, a lot of people might think this is a tourist trap spot but it wasn't at all. Lots of locals enjoying a drink or 2 and some apps after a day at the office. Will definitely hit this place again!

Tags: Authentic, Live Sports, Good for Groups, Great Beer, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 8, 2017

Great ambiance with live sports with sound! The food was pretty good too and the beer options are amazing!

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Live Sports
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2017

Beer Authority does one thing really, really well: beer selection. They rotate their selection regularly, and the night I went, there were 87 beers on tap, one cask, and just over 100 in bottles.

Accompanying the great beer selection is just the sort of bar food you'll want. This is a restaurant you to knowing that if you want to do it right, you'll come out with a thin sheen of oil on your fingers. That being said, everything I've had on my three visits have been tasty, with a special mention to a few of the less common offerings, like the lamb burger and the taco dip.

However, know going into Beer Authority that given its location (heart of Times Square, across the street from Port Authority) and size (an entry-level bar, the massive second floor dining room, and a rooftop space), they've got to pay the rent. All of the beers are just a dollar or two more expensive than you'd like for it to be, with the vast majority of drafts being $8 outside of happy hour. If anything, the pricing incentivizes trying rarer beers, because if a Lagunitas IPA that you can get at most neighborhood bars for $5 or $6 is $8 here, why not try something less common for the same price.

The quality of everything is really great, and I have come back for a reason, but the value keeps me from bumping this to a 5-star review. But if you're in the neighborhood, are a beer fan, and want traditional pub food, it's a fantastic pick.

Tags: Great Beer, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2016

Very good place to go for some beers and good bar food. Very good service and affordable prices. Recommended!!

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Great Beer
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 28, 2016

Great beer options.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2016

Loved trivia night!! The staff was super friendly and the food was great!! A new favorite place!!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 27, 2016

My husband, daughter and I were vacationing in NY. We walked by Beer Authority on way to hotel and knew we wanted to try it. I found it on open table and made reservations. We were not disappointed. Casual dining with lots of beer choices. Service was quick and wait staff were very attentive. We liked it so much we stopped in the next day for a quick pizza and beer before departing.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2016

Old-fashioned bar with solid menu - really good meatballs and extensive beer selection.

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 25, 2016

We waited over 1 hour for our food. Once it arrived it wasn't even hot. Waiter could have done more to keep us informed while we waited. . Just one big fail. Never again.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 24, 2016

Good but nothing diferent

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2016

Great atmosphere. Beer Authority was very accommodating to my group. Service was quick. The food was good and the beer list is great. I would highly recommend Beer Authority to others.

Tags: Great Beer
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2016

Beer authority is one of my go-to places for after work. It can get pretty noisy, but there are often good food deals, and the rooftop is wonderful when it's warm.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 26, 2016

Great place to watch a game, good food, slow service.

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 24, 2016

Drinks and food were good, initial service was good, but then our server was not attentive despite the restaurant not being very busy. Probably just a one off thing. Would go back.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Live Sports, Good for Groups, Great Beer
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2016

Great spot to watch sports or just to get a quick beer and food

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 30, 2016

Beer selection very nice.

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 (Houston)·Dined on October 19, 2016

It was a good place to go on a nice day - we sat on the roof.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, People Watching, Comfort Food, Great Beer
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