You'll have to walk downstairs to reach the front door of this good brew pub, but it's worth the walk down. We arrived on a Saturday night and were delighted to find our wait would only be 15 to 20 minutes. Happily, we seated ourselves at the bar to get started on two of Empire's beer creations, unfortunately, the bartenders served everyone around us, but ignored us. Finally, we flagged down a bartender who was putting glasses away and asked if we could order some beers. This was a bit off-putting, but the beers were very good. We had a smooth Black Magic Stout and a Shandy. Before 20 minutes were up, we were seated in a smaller dining area, but the noise in this small area was deafening. People had to speak loudly to be heard, which only added to the problem. My husband said we should text each other because he couldn't hear me. We ordered simply cheddar burgers and found they were cooked as ordered with flavorful spices and fresh buns. What we really enjoyed was the local sourcing Empire does to make sure its food is fresh. We also enjoyed that the two of us had dinner for under $50 including three beers, two burgers, and a tip. (This includes the two beers we had at the bar.) The area the restaurant is located is very trendy so there are many choices for dining. We will return here on future visits.
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