Though it succeeds as a welcome addition to a Jäger-fueled stretch of Murray Hill, Cask’s offerings are mostly amateur. The name refers to its two rotating cask beers (unpasteurized, hand-pumped ales), which are worth investigating—we enjoyed a malty Defiant porter. But the rest of the largely domestic lineup is humdrum. Only a few options—like Ruedrich’s Red Seal Ale—deviated from the usual beer-bar staples (Blue Point Lager, Ommegang Hennepin). If you’re in the neighborhood and looking for a respite from fratland, you can’t go wrong by sticking to the casks and the menu’s few highlights, like the black-truffle mac and cheese.
Cask Bar & Kitchen
|Venue name:||Cask Bar & Kitchen||Contact:|
167 E 33rd St
|Cross street:||between Lexington and Third Aves|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Fri 4pm–4am; Sat, Sun 11:30am–4am|
|Transport:||Subway: 6 to 33rd St|
|Price:||Average beer: $7. AmEx, MC, V|