Midtown East

27th August
2015
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54th St. and 3rd Ave.

There’s no hotel above, but I feel like I’m in a lobby bar, or on display for all of 3rd Avenue to watch me drink.  There’s plenty of space at the bar, lots of tables and seating areas for you and your midtown coworkers to drink.  Closes at 1, staff is friendly, average and above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.crimsonandrye.com

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26th August
2015
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58th St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.

Just your average, run of the mill, nice pub that, while sometimes crowded, remains off the beaten path (unless your heading to Queens).  Service is friendly, older crowd, average beers at average prices, taste fine.

www.bloomsnyc.com

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17th March
2014
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53rd St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.

This bar has changed so many times (Black Finn, Tammany Hall), but maybe they might have gotten it right with this recent iteration.  Taken over by the guy’s from PJ Clarke’s, gone are the days of test tube shots and pure frat boys/business kids.  Now it has an older feel, drawing in a more mature crowd (actually fun to watch people come in, look around for their old haunt, linger for a drink , and then leave) while still having a good amount of sports on TV.  Service is very friendly, average and above average drinks at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.hudsonmalone.com

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21st June
2013
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Park Avenue btw 48th and 49th St.

One of two bars located in the Waldorf Astoria, this one is the “classier” of the two (I mean, a paid piano player = classy, right?).  It’s food during the day, watering hole by night.  No one really stands around the bar, so grab a seat and enjoy a tasty, and of course pricey, drink.  Crowd is older, mixed with hotel guests and people stumbling out of an event.  Beers and cocktails, above average prices, taste fine.

www.peacockalleyrestaurant.com

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3rd June
2013
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Lexington Ave. btw 56th and 57th St.

Hotel bar that isn’t the most inviting from the outside, but a good spot once you get to the back area by the bar.  Business crowd mixed with hotel guests, plenty of space to sit all around but can get tight in the standing area.  Not much too it though, quiet normally, packed after work.  Average drinks at above average prices, taste fine.

www.fitzpatrickhotels.com

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29th April
2013
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53rd St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.

Used to be Metro 53, and the change of name ain’t foolin’ me!  While it’s a little quieter around Happy Hour, it’s the same old place that is always has been, meaning velvet rope (really?), B&T’s, meatheads, meatheads who looked perplexed at the name chane, fights, and, while I really never mention this topic for other places, could use a good rinse out.  Average beers, average prices, taste fine.

www.copianyc.com

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4th March
2013
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55th St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.

Used to be Blackstone’s, and well done on giving the place an update.  It’s no longer a bar trapped in a time warp, it’s actually more of a pub now.  Space at the bar is still tight, but there’s plenty of room to sit, particularly in the back room.  Sports all over the place, good service serving average beers at average prices, taste fine.

www.draught55.com

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27th February
2013
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2nd Ave btw 53rd and 54th St.

Used to be just Sutton Place…same place, now with more words in front of it that no one will ever use!  So go read that review!

www.midtown1015.com

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21st May
2012
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54th St. btw Park and Lexington Ave.

Make your way down the dark, metal staircase (I say that not to make it sound mysterious but more to make it sound like death once you fall) and you come upon  a fancy bar with a decent amount of space.  Definitely a business/yuppie crowd, there’s usually a group of coworkers taking up most of the space, but thankfully there is room at the bar where you can watch the TV’s that never have the sound on.  No taps, average prices for average tasting bottles.

www.thevolstead.com

 

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12th April
2012
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51st St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.

Oh midtown, you have given me a reason to believe again…well, this slice of midtown.  A nice bar, good food, lots of space, and while they have your specialty Belgian beers, it’s not too expensive (average $6-$8).  A much more subdued crowd than its neighbors, and it still has your business kids but a mix of young and old business.  As said, above average pints at above average prices, all taste good, very nice (and attractive) bar staff.

www.bxlcafe.com

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4th April
2012
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53rd St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.

Used to be Black Finn, and I’m sure it will be something else soon enough.  A tavern it is not, just more of the usual for this area, meaning business kids, B&T’s, meat heads, your usual sloppy drunks.  Layout is a long bar that is always crowded, plenty of TV’s, average prices for average beers that taste alright.

www.tamanyhalltavern.com

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3rd April
2012
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Upstairs at the Kimberley (50th btw 3rd and Lexington Ave.)

This just smacks of a place that likes to pump itself up into something more than a rooftop greenhouse.  With the exception of summer nights, the roof is enclosed in foggy glass, though that’s really the only bad thing I have to say about it.  No wait, the lobby is ridiculous.  Anywho, above average beer selection with slightly above average prices, can be a little hard to grab a table on some nights, service is good, clientele is any business kid/B&T that works within a ten block radius.

www.upstairsnyc.com

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19th March
2012
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1st Ave. and 48th St.

Noticed the sign for this place as I walked by the Trump building.  Small, bar/lounge that caters to the residents and  workers at the UN.  Small space with a column going right through the seating area, the bar is dressed up in a fancy manner, my work jeans drew a few curious looks.  No taps, bottles are average prices, taste fine, mostly a cocktail menu.

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18th January
2012
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2nd Ave. btw 53rd and 54th St.

I better post this blog before it closes, seeing that every place that’s been located here has closed after maybe 3 weeks.  On to the review!  If you’re a bar at this intersection, you have a huge chance of falling into the meathead/B&T trap.  Thankfully, they seem to do a good job of repelling.  It’s most likely due to it being an actual pub atmosphere where you can hear one another, relax and watch a game, and not be inundated with a huge crowd.  There’s an upstairs for more room, average prices for average tasting taps…if you guys pull it off, hope for this area may truly exist!!!

www.sessionhousenyc.com

3rd January
2012
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3rd Ave. btw 44th and 45th St.

Tried it out, and its best written up as a list of positives and negatives.  Positives: the waitresses are pretty attractive, a decent amount of space, and the beers taste good.  Negatives: up a flight of stairs, they cram you into the decent amount of space, and the beers are more expensive than other German bars.  I could get three liters in Alphabet City for the price of two here.  Food is decent, but they at least give you a good sized potion for the price.

www.bierhausnyc.com

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5th December
2011
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1st Ave and 50th St.

The emptiest of the chain, and I was here at 7 PM on a work night, so that’s saying something.  There’s a plenty of room to sit, the staff is attentive (I mean, if I’m the only one in here how could they not), and even though I wouldn’t expect sports on the TV’s at a place like this, they at least had Goldeneye on, so I was satisfied.  Pricey drinks, taste fine.

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27th October
2011
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2nd Ave. btw 51st and 52nd St.

Same old cookie cutter bar.  It used to be Clancy’s and has the exact same layout, which is not that surprising.  What is surprising is that it’s a younger crowd in here.  They seem to not be pushing the dining in here and try to make it feel more like a party, such as making the back seating area more lively/annoying.  B&T’s, average beers for average prices.

www.irishexitnyc.com

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13th September
2011
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2nd Ave. btw 52nd and 53rd St.

Even as I’m writing this review, I have no doubt that this place will change hands again.  The layout remains the same though.  Two floors, business kids and B&T’s, and probably some of the better looking bar servers in the area.  Well, for the second floor at least, didn’t get a great peak at the main floor servers.  Average beers at average prices, good amount of space.

www.trafficbarnyc.com

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7th September
2011
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1st Ave. btw 53rd and 54th St.

This place used to be McAnn’s on 1st.  It’s different in absolutely no way, so see this review of McAnn’s on 1st.

www.butlersnyc.com

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30th June
2011
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2nd Ave. and 53rd St.

If you’re drinking in this area, you know the crowds; business people, B&T’s and meat heads.  Thankfully this place had few of the latter.  Very attractive bartenders, but though there were a lot of them, it took forever to get their attention.  There’s not a lot of room, even with most people gravitating towards the front, but I managed to wedge myself into a bar stool.  Plenty of TV’s, yet no Mets game on.  Granted this was September, but I would still like to watch my misery instead of reading about it the next day.  Average prices for pints, taste average too.

www.redemptionnyc.com

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28th July
2010
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1st Ave. btw 52nd and 53rd St.

Friendly bar on a strip where there aren’t many bars.    The pints tasted decent, average prices and there’s a good amount of room here.  Plenty of locals come in here and the crowd ranges up towards the older crowd.

www.mcannsnyc.com

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28th July
2010
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51st St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.

The hipsters have invaded Midtown!  This small bar is the latest move by America’s least favorite group to try and establish themselves.  They have lots of beers that you’ve never heard of (heaven forbid they serve Bud Light) that are at least decently priced, and a polite staff.  I’m not saying it’s a bad place, but I hate being stared at because I don’t have elbow patches on my coat, or a goatee.

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23rd July
2010
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Lexington Ave. btw 49th and 50th St.

I get it, the W Hotel is fancy and thus requires a fancy bar.  It also happens to be the only place on Lexington in this area.  But does it really mean that every business guy and gold-digger has to cram into this place?  Seats…don’t bother.  Service, pretty good.  And surprisingly the beers weren’t priced too far above average.  The mixed drinks on the other hand…

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23rd July
2010
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44th St. btw Lexington and 3rd Ave.

A nice pub in midtown that is mostly seat service, though I’m confused as to if this is part of the hotel or not because it feels like I could’ve peed and booked a room at the same time…after making it through the maze and finding the bathroom.  The front bar is quieter than the back and feels very claustrophobic, the back bar is more open and lively, both are okay for a pub.  Drinks taste fine, average prices.

www.fitzpatrickhotels.com/grand-central/midtown-nyc-restaurants.php

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14th July
2010
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2nd Ave. btw 52nd and 53rd Sts.

What to say about this double-decker bar.  It truly is night and day between floors.  Upstairs is a dance floor atmosphere while downstairs is your typical pub with TV’s and pretty decent food being served.  Downstairs, the crowd is more subdued and can be tolerable…sometimes.  Upstairs, it’s just crazy, always packed, and is it necessary to give the frat boys and meat heads beer pong?

www.turtlebaynyc.com

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14th July
2010
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53rd St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.

Lots of space in this business-y sausage fest bar in midtown.  There was a good 2 for 1 special here and the wait staff was a little rough around the edges, but it was a decent place to hang out for the younger crowd that wants to avoid the overcrowded bars around the corner.  Average prices for average beers, good amount of space.

www.tgwhitneys.com

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12th July
2010
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2nd Ave. btw 53rd and 54th Sts.

Definitely the least meat headed of the neighborhood college/B&T bars (though they still can be spotted), but the annoying young business crowd still comes here.  It even felt a little classy, comparing it to the others in the neighborhood of course.  There’s a great rooftop bar on top of two floors, lots of space.  Drinks are on the high end of average prices, taste fine, plenty of plastic cups for the dummies who let them fall off the roof.

www.suttonplacenyc.com

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12th July
2010
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51st St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.

This place used to be CB Six Bar (see review for more info), and seems to have kept the clientele around.  Still has hipsters, still has every beer you’ve never heard of, but the prices are average, beers still taste fine, the staff still friendly, and they serve Goldfish at the bar.  I did find it weird to have the bartender escort us to two empty seats at the bar as if it was a table, but that’s overlookable.

www.thestagsheadnyc.com

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12th July
2010
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47th St. btw 3rd and Lexington Ave.

Not exactly sure how to classify this bar.  The front part of the bar is nice but the back turns into a bit of a lounge area.  The bartenders have an annoying habit of cutting off your songs on the juke box and putting on awfulness, the beers are average prices and average tasting and a very attractive young crowd.

www.snafunyc.com

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12th July
2010
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1st Ave. btw 58th and 59th St.

I was wondering when a good bar would open up in this area.  There was just one tiny flaw, and that goes to the bartender.  There’s a lot of space and plenty of TV’s in this bar, but charging me $10 for a pint of Bud Lite?  I’d prefer not.  It tasted fine but at what cost people, at what cost? (See 3rd sentence for cost)

www.sinbinbar.com

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9th July
2010
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2nd Ave. btw 49th and 50th St.

It’s almost as if they took a cookie cutter and made a bunch of the same bars within 5 blocks of each other.  Not to say it’s a bad bar by any means.  Bit of an older crowd, plenty of TV’s, good beer at good prices with a good amount of bar space.

www.thepressboxnyc.com

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9th July
2010
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3rd Ave. and 55th St.

This bar /restaurant is so crowded, it is officially a bar.  Definitely get a burger here.  The beers taste good and are average prices for this neighborhood, and the crowd is actually tolerable, if it’s not bursting to the gills.

www.pjclarkes.com

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9th July
2010
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56th St. btw Park and Lexington Ave.

Very tiny bar on the cusp of the Upper East Side.  Sure, it smells a little like feet when you walk in, but you don’t notice it after a few cheap drinks.  Call me a sucker for the Photo Hunt front and center in the bar, beers tasted a bit off, average prices.

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9th July
2010
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3rd Ave. btw 55th and 56th St.

The first bar I ever went to.  I won’t say when because I don’t want to get anyone in trouble…though I guess I just did.  Anywho, I’m sure they keep those younglings out nowadays.  It’s can be low key, can get crowded…so like most bars, but there’s a good amount of space.  The taps are good, average prices.

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9th July
2010
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2nd Ave. btw 50th and 51st St.

Newer part of the chain located on Second Avenue.  Very comparable to the other Irish Pubs on the same side of the Avenue, this bar is good for those who don’t want to be bothered with the obnoxiousness of the crowded college bars in the area.  The beers are a tad bit expensive and taste average but the staff is friendly and the kitchen is open pretty late too.

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8th July
2010
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45th St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.

The second in the chain, rooftop bar included!  Granted, it’s a small rooftop, but you take what you can get in midtown.  The service was good, beers average prices and tasty, and apparently you can rent kegs for a party (or something like this was explained to me in a drunken stupor).  The inside is as good as the original Perfect Pint, and the downstairs is a friendlier atmosphere than the yuppies on the roof.

www.theperfectpintnyc.com

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8th July
2010
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1st Ave. and 53rd St.

I have been here for a friend’s party and this place is good.  There’s a lot of space here, the food is good and the averagely priced taps taste good.  I also like that it’s pretty much alone on 1st Ave. (only one other bar across the street is on 1st in this neighborhood) and not many meatheads (thankfully) wander down 53rd to come here.  The only drawback is the wall separating the bar right down the middle.

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9th June
2010
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44th St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.

Pretty big bar for the area, space wise that is.  I’ve passed it when it was packed but I must have caught an off night.  Lots of sitting space in the back, lots of average priced beers that taste fine, and not a completely business oriented crowd. 

www.overlooknyc.com

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9th June
2010
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2nd Ave. and 52nd St.

Two different bars under one roof.  The front section is trying to capitalize on the fact that the other bars on the street are all trying to be lounges, and this place is following suit.  The clientele reflects as such.  The back room is more for parties, but they open it up after 12 and the music changes to match the rest of the bar, unfortunately.  Thankfully, you are distracted by numerous TV’s, slightly above average priced drinks that still taste average, and a crowd that has little promise.

www.opalbar.com

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9th June
2010
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3rd Ave. and 45th and 46th St.

While this is a big chain in the UK, this is the only one in the city.  This is a very friendly place and the food is your standard UK fare.  The bar staff is very chatty and it’s a great place for after work drinks.  The prices were average and the beers tasted good.  They allowed Marie and I in near closing, I guess my freckles were the password.

www.oneillsnewyork.com

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9th June
2010
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52nd St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.

Like Nyles?…Neal’s?…who knows how to pronounce it.  Well, I was all set for a new pub in midtown…cough…  Built like a nice pub, it felt like Club Ireland in here.  The club music that was blasting in here was so frickin out of place that it wasn’t even funny…well, slightly funny.  The bar space isn’t that spacious but it is long.  The taps tasted pretty good though and were at average prices.

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4th June
2010
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2nd Ave. btw 51st and 52nd St.

A part of the group of bars that are the antithesis to the frat/sausage fest bars in Turtle Bay.  However, it’s probably my least favorite of the group.  The taps taste a little funky, though they are your average prices.  The crowd is a little subdued, though your average pub crowd as far as age is concerned.  Good amount of TV’s though with plenty of English Soccer recaps on TV.

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4th June
2010
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3rd Ave. btw 43rd and 44th St.

The old man’s bar in midtown, albeit a lively one.  You have your locals (yes, there is a group of these in Midtown) and the business crowd that are looking for a more down to earth bar, and just the good people who want to drink and watch TV.  It get’s a little crowded in the front because the bar is kind of small, but there are tables in the back.  Beers taste good, average prices, and a friendly old bartender.

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4th June
2010
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53rd St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.

Hands down, the meat headiest of meat head bars in the entire city.  I mean come on, a fight almost 4 times an hour every single night!?!  There’s lots of space and the beers are decently priced and taste fine, but the people who go here drive me nuts.  Though, who doesn’t love to watch Mr.  Mid-20’s steroid user hit on Ms. I Can’t Handle My Booze College Girl and then have his friends start a fight over it with her actual boyfriend and his friends.

www.metro53.com

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4th June
2010
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42nd St. and 2nd Ave.

Talk about a bar too small for its popularity.  Don’t get me wrong, I like the service and the prices, as well as the crowd at this place during a Bills game.  But they need to get rid of the dining crowd a little earlier in the night, especially on game nights.  Other night’s they’re inundated with the runoff from Calico Jack’s, not a good thing.  There’s just not enough space whenever the bar gets crowded, which is pretty much everyday.

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4th June
2010
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2nd Ave. btw 48th and 49th St.

Every inch of this small bar is used to benefit the crowd that comes here; it’s like a maze with walls all over the place!  All eyes are forced to look at the TV set up and that makes for great soccer watching.  The beers are pretty cheap and the crowd very friendly.  I also enjoyed the soup, just as a side note.

www.manchesterpubnyc.com

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27th May
2010
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2nd Ave. btw 44th and 45th St.

Is it a bar, is it a lounge that slowly turned into a bar?  Who knows.  There’s isn’t much of a draw here besides space to sit and karaoke…what am I saying, that’s what makes this place bearable!  The other clientele, meh, newly graduated business kids.  The beers tasted good and were average prices, it just had a crowd that thought they were auditioning for Fame when they got up to sing.

www.keatsrestaurant.com

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26th May
2010
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2nd Ave. btw 51st and 52nd St.

The odd bar out in the neighborhood but no where near the worst.  It’s not as dolled up as its neighbors, but there are still plenty of TV’s and plenty of space.  The beer is averagely priced, tastes average and the crowd tends to be in the 30’s/40’s but it’s a good spot when the college crowd gets to be too much in the surrounding bars.

www.jamesonsny.com

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12th May
2010
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51st St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.

I was torn as to whether or not to classify this as a bar, but with the small food portions and the TV’s only showing sports, I’ll call it a bar.  The bar takes up the bottom floor while there is a table section upstairs.  The food is alright but there is a lot of good cheap wine and decent drink specials throughout the week.  Add a very nice atmosphere for a date or after work drinks, this is definitely one of the better places in midtown to go for drinks where you can actually hear each other speak.  Slightly above to average prices, all drinks tasted good.

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11th May
2010
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2nd Ave. and 51st St.

How is it possible to be a new bar yet feel old?  Come here!  Though it’s very polished, I felt like I was in a dive.  The beer tasted good (when it eventually got served) and at average prices, plenty of TV’s, and there was a decent amount of space.  I just got the feeling like this bar has been around forever.

www.cornerstonetavern.com

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11th May
2010
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47th St. btw 3rd and Lexington Ave.

Probably my least favorite of the Connelly branches, but the food was still pretty damn good.  The bar comes right into the dining area, which was its main drawback.  Another drawback was the loud crowd at the bar that made it tough to be heard while sitting.  Plenty of TV’s throughout the bar and restaurant, beers tasted fine, average prices.

www.connollyspubandrestaurant.com

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11th May
2010
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2nd Ave. btw 51st and 52nd St.

I love how this is one of the few bars in this area where you can actually go for drinks and food without the throngs of college kids and the 20 year olds who wish they were still in college.  Lots of space, average priced tasty beers make this a nice place to go to actually hear your group and get a bite to eat.  One downside is that they like to skip songs that have already started playing on their I-pod, which always blows.  There is nothing wrong with Styx, you have it on your playlist for god’s sakes!

www.clancysnyc.com

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11th May
2010
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59th St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.

Normally, if you’re on this block, you’re on your way to the bridge and could easily pass this place.  This spacious bar has slightly above average priced drinks, beers that taste fine, and an older business clientele.  A negative was the awful music being played by the very friendly bartenders.

www.thecarriagehousenyc.com

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11th May
2010
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2nd Ave. btw 42nd and 43rd St

What to say about such an establishment.  Drive by during the day, you see what looks like a nice large bar.  Come back when it’s drinking time (for people besides me, that is defined as after 5) and it’s a complete shit show in here.  Overcrowded, bouncers at the door with hand stamps and bracelets, meatheads, and even worse, B&T’s, waitresses who pose as patrons to try and get you to buy shots (I will not be fooled temptress!!!), the fact that I can’t see anyone more than 5 feet from my face…all of this adds up to the fact that I’m not willing to go back here just for the cheap beers.  One plus is that the drinks are pretty cheap, taste fine and they have decent margaritas…alright, I guess that’s a “2.5 plus” instead of just one plus.

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8th May
2010
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3rd Ave. btw 44th and 45th St.

A decent sized crowd comes here, but it feels more like a cafeteria than a bar.  Don’t get me wrong, the bar is fully functional, but the food station is the focal point in here.  Expect to find people looking for a bite to eat in between binge drinking.  The pints taste fine, cost average prices, but this is definitely just a place for lunch.

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7th May
2010
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55th St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.

I kind of liked this bar.  There was more space than it looks like from the outside and the clientele was of all ages.  The bartenders were nice and they were serving up average priced drinks that taste fine, though they can’t pour a pint of Guinness to save their soul.  If you push passed the work groups right at the entrance, there’s space in the back portion.

www.blackstonesbar.com

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7th May
2010
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53rd St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.

This place completely fits in with the other neighborhood bars.  It’s not as bad at Metro 53, it’s just a tad meat headier than Turtle Bay and Sutton Place.  They have a ton of specials here (especially from the e-mails they constantly send) and two floors to accommodate people, which it can barely do.  The clientele is, you guessed it, young business kids and meatheads with pretty much the same group on the weekend.  They have a ton of TV’s and a decent amount of space (though not late at night), the beers are average prices and taste average.

www.blackfinnnyc.com

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5th May
2010
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50th St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.

Two words: $7 drafts…during happy hour.  Okay, that was 6 words.  Granted, this bar is in midtown and it attracts a slightly older crowd than the other bars in the area, but $7 for a draft beer is a little bit much, whether it tasted good (it did) or not, and especially considering what you can get at some of the other pubs in the area.  There were plenty of TV’s in this bar, along with tables for dinner, but the small bar crowd was not altogether unexpected with these prices.

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