Archive for March, 2013
Ave. A and Houston St.
Used to be Nice Guy Eddie’s, and this couldn’t be further on the other side of the spectrum. Following in the “gastropub” craze (ugh), this place actually is a little bit easier to take in, and actually eased my tensions on gastropubs…for now. Plenty of seats all around, good food, and TV’s for the bar patrons, most of whom fall into the late 20’s to 30’s category. Service can be a little slow, above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
Clinton St. btw Rivington and Stanton St.
Small Australian bar on the Lower East Side that is a good place to go with friends, mainly because it’s really only booths and a few stools at the bar. And it can easily get packed, because it is a nice place for a drink, but also because there happens to be a speakeasy upstairs, so people will just hang around waiting to get up there. Really good bartenders, young to mid-thirties crowd, Aussie beers mixed with some above average beers, average prices, taste pretty good.
Clinton St. and Stanton St.
I’m not usually a fan of a place that will close itself down on a Saturday night for a private party, but I’ll let it slide. This place gets packed with a good crowd of young and above 30’s, pretty lively and the staff handles it well. Not really any places to sit, so be prepared to get herded into a big floor in the middle of the space. Above average and average taps, slightly above average prices, taste fine.
Little West 12th St. btw Washington and 9th Ave.
I thought it was called Buddha Bar. Oh well, it’s not. But it is a restaurant (pricey, but not by MPD standards) by day, event space/club by night. Now, the booze is also pricey, you’re going to either make a reservation and buy bottle service, or get lucky enough to get in and buy pricey drinks. It’s a pretty cool looking place filled with good looking people, just come ready to spend. Drinks are expensive (have I mentioned that?), taste fine.
Houston St. and Attorney St.
It’s official, the B&T’s have found the Lower East Side. What could be a pretty cool dive bar with some small band live music has become a meeting place for the aforementioned group before they head to the latest basement club in the surrounding area. That group aside, a good dive bar. Lots of space, friendly service, good tunes, average beers at average prices, taste alright.
23rd St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.
Could be the most non-pub looking/sounding pub I’ve ever been in. So, taking away the name, it’s pretty much half bar and half eatery. While you can sit anywhere and just drink, the back and middle row is where the great smelling (and tasting!) food is going. Almost comes off as an eatery with a bar…I’m talking myself out of this being labeled as a bar as I write this…too late, too much has been typed. Above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.
28th St. btw 7th and 8th Ave.
A Hammer’s bar (UK, not MC) in Chelsea that is every bit as crowded as its 7th Avenue neighbors. While it does have the advantage of two floors, this placed was packed on a work night. Crowd ranges from young to B&T to old, and each group winds up staying for a while, so good luck finding a seat. Plenty of TV’s that are tuned to every sport on earth (sometimes this needs to be cut back when a main event is on). Average beers at average prices, taste fine.
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.