Archive for April, 2013
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.
15th St. btw 9th and 10th Ave.
Underground bar located beneath Chelsea Market. While it’s actually well decorated (reminds me of the City Hall subway tunnel…with booze) and pretty easy to get into, the clientele is full of business kids and B&T’s, packing this place to the gills. Pretty good spot otherwise. Bartenders do their best to keep up, as do the table staff, but be prepared for a hot (temperature wise) night out. Above average beers on tap, slightly above average prices, taste fine.
5th St. btw Ave. A and B
Granted, you come for the burgers, which are pretty darn good. But you linger around because the beer is good and it’s a decent place to hang out. The only downside is the lack of space, mainly due to the high tables up front and a lack of a back room. Service is friendly, above average beers at average prices, taste fine.
6th St. btw Ave. A and B
Gay bar that’s off the beaten path, but by no means less crowded than any other, and also by no means less of a hook up place than any other bar. Definitely more of a dive feel, but a clean dive. Besides Pac Man in the corner, it’s basically a small open room with some bar stools that let me know I was a “butch bitch” and my friend a “cum pig”…can I write that? Anywho, average and above average beers at average prices.
6th St. btw Ave. A and B
Well, it’s a dump, but a friendly dump. Tucked down the middle of a block, step right in to a bar with all the basics: TV, juke box, darts, photo hunt… The crowd is 30’s to 40’s and draws a decent sized crowd. Average beers at cheap to average prices, taste fine.
39th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.
Absolutely bingo. Spot on. A billion synonyms I can use for the bar I’ve been waiting for here in NYC can be used to describe this place. This bar used to be located on 8th and 33rd but has since closed and relocated here. Plenty of space with everyone grabbing drinks at the bar and heading back to their own booth/table/area with their own group. Plenty of space to mingle, loads of sports on TV, good chatty service, and good food. Well done. Average drinks at average prices, taste fine.
6th St. btw 1st Ave. and Ave. A
Alright, when I’m first on line to get in, no need to go and check on availability. That pretentiousness aside, it’s a pretty quiet spot, dimly lit to try and set the mood for your dating needs. Amidst hushed voices you can order any of their specialty drinks (which is all they serve). I’ve had better cocktails and I reluctantly finished mine and tried a friend’s before deciding to hightail it out of there. Cocktails at minimum $9, didn’t taste too great.
29th St. btw Lexington and Park Ave.
Alright, you can come here to eat too, but for the most part it happens in the back. I usually just see a lot of people drinking from their ridiculously long beer menu. You can even check out the bottles in the refrigerators that line the place. It’s a 20-30’s crowd that usually keeps the place full. Beers are all above average, at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
33rd St. btw Lexington and 3rd Ave.
The same owners of Little Branch have opened up a midtown location, though this place is a little more hidden behind a staircase, as compared to a giant wall on 7th Avenue. If you’re not early, the second/main floor (seating) is usually always packed, but feel free to find a spot on the first floor (standing only). It’s mostly all cocktails with a beer or two available if you’re feeling like Gin won’t cut it. The crowd is young, with most people waiting for their party to arrive and keeping to themselves. Cocktails at average prices for cocktails (~$9), taste fine, good service.
45th St. and 9th Ave.
Smaller and a much lower decibel level than its Upper East Side brother. There’s also a quiet bar downstairs if the small space upstairs is too crowded. The food’s good, crowd is mixed and subdued. Average beers at average prices, taste fine.
40th St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.
Don’t be fooled by the tiny bar when you walk in with the older crowd on the bar stools. Head upstairs to two more wide open floors full of a young crowd, meatheads and business kids, and anyone grabbing a quick drink before getting on their bus. Tons of space, lots of TV’s, service is pretty good. Average beers mixed with above average beers, all at average prices, taste fine.
Ave. A btw Houston and 2nd St.
This long bar is basically like every other 1980’s bar in this neighborhood that has survived the purge of Alphabet City. Mixed crowd of young and old, tagged up, projector screen in back, friendly bartenders, good spot for a drink and music. Average taps at average prices, taste fine.
36th St. btw 7th and 8th Ave.
I…I just…I can’t. College kids (seniors of course…), douchebags, and meatheads assemble! This is one big bar that is completely packed to the seams with the aforementioned crowd, packed with TV’s, packed with a sprinkling of tourists, packed packed packed. The staff does a decent job of keeping up with the orders (there must be a billion bartenders back there), the tricky part is getting to the bar. Average taps, average prices, taste alright.
Broadway btw 45th and 46th St.
Before you go in, place an over/under on how many people try to place one leg on the stationary part, the other on the rotating floor, and then grimace with surprise shock at how this could possibly hurt. Back to the review! Big rotating bar right above Times Square in the Marriott. It’s usually for tourists, hotel guests, or dates, all coming for the view (which is pretty good), all trying to grab one of the tables on the edge to take a few pictures, and then head out. Service is fine, average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
36th St. btw 5th and Madison Ave.
Same owner’s as its namesake on 40th and Lex, but this one is just one giant, more aerated room. Definitely goes for the authentic feel (like the other location), there’s basically a big room, some tables scattered around the perimeter, and one big standing bar space with a big column right in the middle of it. Sports on TV, below average to average beer prices for average beers, taste fine.