Archive for February, 2013
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!
49th St. and 9th Ave.
I’m not entirely sure what to think of this place. Maybe it’s trying to cash in on the party scene in Hell’s Kitchen, but there is zero room in here if you’re not sitting at the bar of at one of the high tables. Dance music with sports on the TV’s…that’s about it really. Average beers at average prices, taste fine.
35th St. btw 7th and 8th Ave.)
Looking to capitalize on the “walking to Penn Station” crowd, this new space is the latest in bars that provides the B&T crowd with a big room with tables on the fringe, lots of TV’s for pre-game drinks/going home libations, and good service that keeps you on time for your train. Average drinks at average prices, taste fine.
46th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.
This space has changed names so many times (Joshua Tree, Village Pour House) and absolutely nothing has changed between each tenant, so I’m pretty sure I’ll be writing another review for it next year. Same young crowd, tight space, plenty of TV’s. Actually, I will say they have changed the feel of the place from a big club rectangle to a more oaky/comfy rectangle, guess they really hope to stick around! Average beers, average prices, taste fine.
53rd St. and 9th Ave.
Nice space in Hell’s Kitchen, blends in nicely with the other sports bars in the area. The difference is that its craft beers on tap and slightly more subdued. Plenty of sports on TV’s and plenty of room to sit. Above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
29th St. btw Park and Madison Ave.
Used to be Red Sky, but they have thankfully classed the joint up. Still multi-leveled, the place is now a little more…intimate isn’t the right word…it’s definitely darker and not as much as a party atmosphere on the first floor. It actually comes off as more of a restaurant on the first floor. Food’s good, service friendly, average beers at average prices, taste fine.
34th St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.
Used to be Bar XII. They pretty much just changed the sign on the outside, although the bar feels a little smaller for some reason. Plenty of TV’s, crowd ranges from “after work business” to the people who spill out of the 2nd Ave. bars around the corner (B&T’s). Average beers at average prices, taste alright.
Orchard St. and Stanton St.
The owners of Gin Mill, Down the Hatch, etc. have brought their talents to the Lower East Side. Big open bar in an area that definitely could use a sports bar, you get the same deals here as at the rest of their bars, tons of TV’s, good food, and friendly bartenders. Average beers at average prices, taste good.
32nd St. btw Park and Madison
Brand new venue in Murray Hill that is so close to looking like a TGI Friday’s, but thankfully no blinking street signs on the wall. The venue in back does a good job of cramming you into two floors with pretty good service. The bar area up front is also two floors with possibly the deepest bar I’ve ever seen (doing stretches to grab a pint is never in my plans). A decent amount of room to move around, average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
15th St. btw Irving Pl. and Park Ave.
Even though it’s attached to Side Bar by way of the bathrooms, it blatantly is its own separate bar. This place is a lot more subdued than it’s conjoined twin, but still packs a crowd in. There’s a dozen or so bar seats, most of the area is loaded with tables. It can almost be explained as a brunch place that just keeps going after the 4 PM deadline has come and gone. Above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
35th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.
New bar that needs a better sign/frontage, because it’s easy to miss it. Step inside to a polished “sports bar” that has a lot of room with not a lot of people in it. The lack of service may be the culprit, or the fact that you just don’t feel cozy in the place. Must have had the manager for the early shift because he was great, but the rest of the staff could really just care less. Above average prices for average/above average beers, taste good.
13th St. and Ave. A
Old man bars making a comeback in Alphabet City! This pub has a lot of space, a lot of sports on TV, and a mixed crowd of youth and an older crowd from Stuy Town. Average beers at average prices, taste alright.