Archive for June, 2013
26th St. btw 6th and Broadway
Used to be Gstaad, now more of a sports bar. Plenty of seating and standing room, lots of TV’s, crowd is a mix of business kids, B&T’s and people full of BBQ from across the street. Average beers at average prices, taste alright.
Park Avenue btw 48th and 49th St.
One of two bars located in the Waldorf Astoria, this one is the “classier” of the two (I mean, a paid piano player = classy, right?). It’s food during the day, watering hole by night. No one really stands around the bar, so grab a seat and enjoy a tasty, and of course pricey, drink. Crowd is older, mixed with hotel guests and people stumbling out of an event. Beers and cocktails, above average prices, taste fine.
Elizabeth St. btw Spring and Prince St.
Cocktail bar in SoHo. It’s wedged to the left of a restaurant, and while it has a decent amount of space and a front patio, it has the vibe of a business meeting place or a stopover spot before heading elsewhere. All cocktails, all written on the back wall because they change daily (get it?), all are average prices for cocktails (`$11-$12) and taste alright.
Water St. btw Broad St. and Coentis Slip
Tiny bar in the Financial District. A bar that fits about 30 tops on the first floor, a bit more space upstairs for eating. The crowd is a little bit older than the business kids that flock after work (though they do get there eventually), the service is friendly and the food ain’t half bad. Above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.
Delancey St. btw Chrystie St. and Bowery
While I’m glad that someone finally put something in this abandoned space located right next to the Bowery Ballroom, is this the best they could do? Horseshoe bar that has a wall running right down the middle, separating the bar into two rooms, grim and grimmer. The crowd is subdued for a concert audience, and when and if they show up, it’s pretty quiet, and the service doesn’t make with the chit chat. Average and above average beers, average prices, taste alright.
Ave. C btw 8th and 9th St.
Adding to the trend of fancier bars on Avenue C, welcome to the business kids hang out. Very polished bar full of the aforementioned group, it’s a good amount of space though it gets tight at the bar section, there’s some room in the back. Service is pretty quick with the drinks and pretty friendly, average and above average beers, slightly above average prices, taste fine.
7th St. btw Ave. A and Ave. B
Speakeasy crammed down an alley way and into a basement. Two different rooms, the back usually closed for a private function, the other room crammed full of people. If you luck out and get a table, hold on for dear life. You, unfortunately, can’t stand in the fresh air and drink, so if you like drinking a cocktail in a sauna, come here! All cocktails, average cocktail prices of around ~$12, I’ve had better.
Grand St. and Baxter St.
The best bet to get in here is to come on an off night, like a Wednesday. Come on any Friday night or weekend end night and you will be swamped. I’ve seen it get really crazy in here, to the point where there’s a velvety roped line to get in (minus points), but on other nights you can actually grab a bar seat. Once inside, it’s just ok, I don’t get all the fuss. Kind of nothing to it, a decent amount of space, music on, sort of ordinary actually. Average and above average beers, average prices, taste alright.
Spring St. btw Mott and Elizabeth St.
Used to be Room 18, and has undergone a pleasant makeover. Big, bright bar that can get a little crowded, but the servers are pretty good about keeping the drinks moving. The foods good, some tables up front next to the open windows, tables also in the back, gets a little bottlenecked at the bar area. Above average beers at average prices, taste fine.
Broome St. and Centre St.
Big space in a good location for foot traffic. The only downfall is that it’s usually packed and hard to get a bar seat. It’s also packed by all of the tables as well. So if you feel like standing around, packed in with others, want a late 20’s/early 30’s crowd of local workers and B&T’s, and some pretty good drinks, here’s your place. Above average drinks at above average prices, taste fine.
Lexington Ave. btw 56th and 57th St.
Hotel bar that isn’t the most inviting from the outside, but a good spot once you get to the back area by the bar. Business crowd mixed with hotel guests, plenty of space to sit all around but can get tight in the standing area. Not much too it though, quiet normally, packed after work. Average drinks at above average prices, taste fine.