Archive for July, 2012
World Financial Center
Like any bar downtown, this place is packed with business types on a work night, decent sized crowd of locals on the weekend. There’s a big inside space, though most people cram into the small outside space during the summer. Good view, staff gets a little phased by the crowds, average pints that taste fine and at average prices.
3rd Ave. btw 23rd and 24th St.
New bar on the scene that specializes in all the above average taps one could ask for. The problem is that there isn’t a lot of room to house the masses who come here. Packed with an inordinate amount of seats, try and make your way to the back where there is a sliver of room. My gripe about space aside, and the selection is pretty good, tastes good, the staff is friendly, and they try to keep the prices in the $6-10 range.
44th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.
What the…I have no idea what to make of this. Quirky bar in the basement of an office building, located down a ton of stairs and the entrance looks like the door most building would normally take garbage out of. The stairs and the entrance are my only complaints really. Downstairs there’s one main room with the bar, and a couple of offshoot rooms that are usually filled. It literally feels that a couple of guys tapped some coolers on the beach and are serving beer out of them, which is the look that they achieve well. It’s basically a dark version of a bar you would find in a beach hut. They have your average and “themed” drinks, average prices, taste fine.
39th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.
Joining the fray of big bars in this neck of the woods, this one has probably the least to offer in terms of character, but it has no problem attracting characters. It’s basically just a big, open room with tables pushed against the wall in the back. The people are your business people that work in the area, from old and creepy to young and douchy, the former here to ogle the bartenders and crowd, the latter to be loud. Plenty of TV’s, service is very friendly, average drinks at average prices that taste fine.
3rd Ave. btw 27th and 28th St.
This place used to be Choice, but now it is one ridiculously long and thi…ahem, wide bar. There is a lot of space in here and it draws a decent crowd. It basically hasn’t changed except for feeling a bit more open. Sports on TV, average pints at average prices, taste fine, friendly staff.
2nd Ave. btw 33rd and 34th St.
Remember those kids who never grew up after college, were d-bags then and still are now? Well they hang out here, and apparently work behind the bar too! Used to be Underground and 1 Republik (and probably will change hands at least a dozen more times) but they at least have cleaned it up a little bit. And a point for each air hockey table they added in the back yard. Other than that, you can refer to the first sentence for what you get here. Drinks are as advertised ($3 for most drinks) and taste alright.
2nd Ave. btw 18th and 19th St.
This place used to be 3 Steps, but don’t worry, the steps are still here. Thankfully the rest has been changed, from what was a dimly lit bar to a bright open room that is a lot more welcoming. The hipsters aren’t there en masse anymore, but then again, there weren’t a lot of people in there at all. The few who were there were chatty/kept to themselves. Also, don’t be deceived by the name, about a 10 minute walk to Grammercy Park. Friendly bartender, sports on TV, average and above average taps at average prices, taste fine
Merchant’s River House (Hudson River btw Albany and Liberty St.)
This is borderline restaurant, but I’m tossing it out there anyway. This place is more like a bar with two outdoor patios, two patios with cramped tables that you have to walk through to get into the bar area. The bar is a long, narrow space and the only place to stand is away from the bar next to the kitchen and bathrooms. They do have decent service, a mixed crowd of young and families (families sticking to the outside areas), an above average beer selection with a little above average prices.
55th St. btw Madison and 5th Ave.
I only heard about this place because it’s one of a few places that lay claim to creating the Bloody Mary (originally called the Red Snapper here). It was mighty darn tasty. They don’t have taps here, but what you really come for are the drinks. Be warned, a the Red Snapper, a gin and Tonic, and other drinks went for about $20 each, but you’re really getting a double helping at once, so the math comes out to a bit over average price for your drink. What you do get with that cost is a nice place, friendly service, and great tasting drinks. And fear not, beer is served here as well.
Sullivan St. btw Prince and Houston St.
Very easy to walk by this bar and not even realize it’s here…speaking from experience here. Once I went in, it’s a nice space with two rooms, friendly, not too crowded but not dead. Bartenders are nice, chatty, and the crowd is mostly a mix of young area workers, sprinkled in with hipsters. Above average taps with a good wine list, average prices, all taste fine.
W. 4th St. btw 7th Ave. and 10th St.
This place used to be Absolutely 4th, and they’ve done a much better job of not making you feel completely cramped. I say “completely” because it is still a small space, and the bar area seems to have gotten more crowded. It also went from sort of a posh feeling bar to a more generic “pub” atmosphere, which have led to the crowds changing from subdued to young B&T’s mixing in with the young neighborhood crowd. Service is pretty good, above average taps at slightly above average prices.