Archive for October, 2011
48th St. btw Madison and 5th Ave.
I don’t want to say a small bar, but it’s definitely claustrophobic upfront, especially after work hours. That being said, it’s also a pretty good bar too. I thought I was walking into a business worker/B&T trap, but it was more of a melting pot of business, older crowd and tourists because it’s right by Rockefeller. Really good music, good bartenders who are attentive, average beers at average prices.
33rd St. btw 6th and 7th Ave.
The less rowdy version of Stout (its neighbor). It gives off the same cozy feeling, attracts the same crowd (B&T’s) but not as many in numbers, has lots of TV’s and a good amount of space, nice bartender. Average pints at average prices.
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.
44th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.
I know it wouldn’t be realistic, but I always thought there was a bank vault behind this huge, metal door. Sadly there isn’t, but there is a bar that reminds me of an amphitheatre. Trying-a-little-too-hard-to-be upscale at the Royalton Hotel, it’s a very long bar, lots of space, but there is this “seating” area where you climb down steps to sit, and face this little area that’s used either for karaoke (though this place is too fancy for that) or impromptu speeches. Drinks are a little above average prices, taste alright.
Houston and Thompson St.
Newer pub in the neighborhood that draws a mixed crowd, meaning college kids (who are all of age, of course) and older locals. There’s a decent amount of space in here, not as rowdy as the bars on Bleeker, plenty of TV’s for sports. Average pints at average prices.
41st St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.
Used to be Port 41, but looks a tad more welcoming from the front now. If you’re in this area, you’re taking the Lincoln tunnel, using the Port Authority, a construction worker, want a dollar slice of pizza, or homeless. All are welcome at this place and they all show up! This place is a dive, make no mistake, and there’s plenty of room, though I would stick to the front area. If you come in here with an open mind, you’ll be fine. If you think Social is the best bar in Hell’s Kitchen, don’t bother. Nice staff, locals will either chew your ear off or let you sit in silence, average prices for average pints.
9th Ave. btw 39th and 40th St.
This place used to be Why Not, and used to be bigger. Still draws the crowd that’s looking for a quieter, dive bar experience. Good amount of space, beers still taste average at average prices…not much else really.
9th Ave. btw 38th and 39th St.
Now I know how many hipsters it takes to fill the Albert Hall…Anyway, I guess all the tenants of the new buildings in this neighborhood didn’t want a new place to match the dive bars that abound in this area. So voila, we have a, as they call it, gastropub…that term needs to go. All microbrews, which I can stomach if I have to, but $9 for a pint of Speckled Hen!?! It’s not as if the crowd doesn’t reek of pretentiousness (though that sentence I just wrote might), or the bartenders could come off as somewhat personable. It’s just a really crowded bar, decent amount of space, with expensive average microbrews that taste the same as anywhere else.
37th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.
Small bar tucked away on the west side. Well, there is a lounge on the second floor, so not so small. The downstairs, let’s focus on that. This is definitely a “Lets hop in for one or two drinks” place before heading home, and most of the patrons tend to work in the buildings directly surrounding here. Pretty quiet place, nice bartender, average drinks at average prices.
21st St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.
If this really wants to be a sports bar for the neighborhood, they’re going to have to cut out the table reservations nonsense. As of right now it’s just a B&T place with a ton of TV’s, a big space but most of it requires a phone call ahead of time to access, so those who just walk in cram in at the bar. One plus is keeping with Bounce tradition of hiring really good looking servers. Average prices for average tasting beers.
30th St. btw 7th and 8th Ave.
The uptown bar of the same name is possibly my favorite bar in the city, so I had high hopes of a similar bar…as disappointed as my parents on report card day. So there’s a good amount of space, it’s definitely a B&T bar, but $8 for a pint, come on! I was one of the few people in here around 11PM on a Thursday, plenty of TV’s, still looks brand new in here. It just didn’t entice me to ever come back in here unless the bars on 8th are overcrowded. Above average prices for average tasting pints.
1st Ave. and St. Mark’s Pl.
I’m not entirely sure if this place wants to be a bar or a café. Since I saw no one eating around dinner time, bar it is. There’s a bar, a few tables, a few people…you would think that this place would be hopping considering it’s at the “entrance” to the East Village for most newcomers, but alas, just a few people passing the time at the bar. The bartender was a little aloof, but I can’t blame him for that due to the lack of clientele. Average beers at average prices.
5th St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.
One of the many wonders of NYC is “What do newborn pigeons look like”? You only see the adults, where are the babies!?! Similarly, “what do newborn hipsters look like”? Well this latter mystery has been solved. Before they dive head first into their future lives, they come here, try out every style possible (I swear one kid was dressed as a 50’s mechanic), and drink average beers at average prices. The plusses of this bar are the awesome bartender, its quiet, it’s off the beaten trail.
4th St. btw 1st and 2nd St.
Normally my friend’s will say “let’s hit up a gay bar”, and I envision dance floor and over-the-top everything. This is one of the few “gay bars” in the city that is actually just a bar that happens to be gay, meaning it looks like every other bar in the city, pool table and all. Sure there is a jukebox battle between Robyn and Evanescence going on, but I liked it here. The bartenders are a tiny bit overwhelmed by the big crowd, but are very polite when they get to you. Average beers at average prices, including Rolling Rock on tap!
5th St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.
Wedged in between the crowded Bowery and the 2nd Avenue college strip is this quiet, pretty good pub. Lots of room, good music, average people fill up this pretty decent sized space. The bartenders are moody, average beers at average prices.
4th St. btw 2nd Ave and Bowery
Pretty good sized bar in the east village that is basically two rooms, one all standing, the other half standing, and a bunch of bar video games. The crowd was young college kids to early 30’s. The only thing that stood out was that I didn’t hear any music playing, even though there was a fancy jukebox…maybe this is why the bar is named “Stillwater”? Nice bartender, average drinks at average prices.
9th Ave. and 13th St.
Used to be the Hog Pit, definitely have scoured the floors since moving in, but that’s about it. Front room for sitting, back room for standing, it’s basically just the exact same bar, but trying to be a little bit fancier so as not to draw too much attention to itself in this neighborhood. Average beers at average prices.
2nd Ave. btw 11th and 12th St.
I’m not sure what the theme is here. I’m guessing something related to New Orleans, based on the name and the reference to voodoo in one spot behind the bar. It actually feels more like you’re walking downstairs into the galley of a ship. Anywho, young college crowd, bartender that is dressed for an East Village bar, outside space that closes before the rest of the bar, decent sized space with booths in the back, average taps at average prices.
2nd Ave btw 12th and 13th St.
I was completely fooled by this place and thought it was a German place. While it may resemble one on the inside, it’s about as German as a pineapple (had a tough time with that analogy). It’s really just a regular bar with outdoor seating, booths in the back, young crowd, supplied with above average taps at average prices.
3rd Ave. and 13th St.
Fancy shmancy in the East Village. This place is always packed, including the seating areas which there are plenty of, albeit full. Your typical crowd for this part of the neighborhood (college, B&T, young), more of a group place then a place to meet people. Average beers at average prices, service speed depends on whether you’re sitting or at the bar.
10th St. btw 3rd and 4th Ave.
If it’s possible to be a tucked away bar in this neighborhood, kudos to this place. I must have passed it dozens of times until finally noticing it. Empty when I got there but filled up really quickly. Bartender was friendly and resembled Trent Reznor and Perry Farrell’s love child, if they could have one. Good tunes, beers were average prices, but a bit below average tasting.