Archive for July, 2013
Washington Pl. btw 6th Ave. and Macdougal St.
Formerly known as the Stoned Crow. Definitely cleaned it up a bit from the previous owner, though it still has a worn look to it, which isn’t a bad thing. Long bar with plenty of space, including a room in the back. Mix of locals, NYU kids, service is friendly, average beers at average prices, taste fine.
Allen St. btw Houston and Stanton St.
While technically it’s on a roof (of a one story building), this outdoor patio (much better) draws a good crowd of business kids, B&T’s and over 30’s. On the rare chance you can score a seat (show up early), there’s a bunch of long tables, some short ones against the railing, with everyone else standing around in any possible space they can find. If you find your way here through the hotel and restaurant, you’re treated to above average/craft beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
Pearl St. btw Broad St. and Coentis Slip
I’ll give this bar credit for cramming in the most amounts of seats into a tiny bar room and somehow making it still easy to walk through. This place is a sports bar, filled with business kids, more business kids, and a random old crowd. It’s usually pretty packed with a few outdoor seats out front, service is pretty quick, average beers at average prices, taste fine.
Ave. C btw 10th and 11th St.
Head right up the ramp and step right into a dimly lit bar that has a decent sized bar area but feels a little empty…I get it, the lights are there to disguise the emptiness, my mistake…Anywho, if you want a quiet night in a good looking bar, late 20’s crowd, this is up your alley. More room around the back, beers and cocktails, above average prices for both, beers taste fine, cocktails alright.
5th Ave. btw 41st and 42nd St.
If you actually go through all the effort and find the bar in the basement, you’ll find an enormous space that’s usually half full. It’s a cocktail bar that, well, the cocktails are just ok, nothing outstanding in that department, but the food is pretty good. It really kind of feels like a waste of space, though the small crowd was pretty lively. Plenty of seating at the bar or along shared tables. Service is pretty quick, cocktails at cocktail prices (~12), taste ok.
8th Ave. btw 55th and 56th St.
Upscale place on the edge of Hell’s Kitchen and the Upper West Side (it’s in the former). Decent sized space with tables dotted all over, you’ll be drinking with the business kids here. Service can be spotty at times, lots of wine and above average beers, slightly above average prices, taste fine.
Thompson St. btw Bleeker St. and 3rd Ave.
Newer addition to the Greenwich Village bar scene, and as packed as every other place. Space gets a little tight because it packed with business kids and grad students, though oddly the outdoor space is usually free. Young clientele, very friendly service, above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
23rd St. btw 6th and 7th Ave.
Another spot that is borderline a restaurant, but since I see few people eating and most drinking, I’ll write it up. All craft beer, numerous taps, lots of wine, and all the hotel guests one can handle! Located on the first floor of a B&B, this decent sized bar is a quiet spot for a few drinks on a weekend (open during the week too). Service is friendly, slightly above average prices for above average beers, taste fine.
Doyers St. btw Pell St. and Bowery
Tucked on one of the few bended streets in the city, way down in Chinatown, there lies a cocktail joint. When you walk in, you have a few couches and some back tables that seat maybe 15 people total. The rest of the room is for standing around, but who wants to stand around at a cocktail bar? Get there early, grab a table if you can, drink…that’s about all there is to the place. Cocktails, above average prices for cocktails (~14), taste alright.
Ave. C btw 6th and 7th St.
The whole growler/drinking amongst numerous refrigerators showcasing beer thing is an increasing trend in the City, but this place is more conducive to drinking with friends than the others. Big bar space, long tables to share with friends and strangers, even and outdoor porch for a few people to sit or stand. Above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.
Ave. C btw 7th and 8th St.
This place is very borderline, kind of an upscale eatery that’s main focus is the big bar upfront. Granted, I saw no one eating which is how I’m making this judgment call, but it was raining outside, so everyone turned to the bottle. Staff was very friendly, a decent amount of places at the bar with a small standing room. Above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
Ave. C and 9th St.
Used to be Banjo Jim’s, and this is a basically a 180 from its predecessor. Gone is the red lighted music venue and has now been replaced with a well-lit craft beer bar. Decent amount of bar space spanning two rooms, tables up front and some leftover standing room. Crowd is mid-twenties, hipsters, and a little bit upper crust. Above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
2nd Ave. btw 39th and 40th St.
Deceptively large bar, when looking through the small window outside that is. Big bar space leads to a decent sized backyard that has a good amount of room. Crowd is a mix of old and young, lots of people who live in the area. The food’s pretty good, big beer selection, good service. Average and above average beers, average prices, taste fine.
Ave. C and 7th St.
Live music place that looks like what someone performing in a basement would play in. It’s basically one open square room, tiny stage, a bar…that’s it. The bartenders need a little help, crowd is young and friends of whatever band happens to be on. Nights turn into a dance party with good music, but would kill the DJ to keep a song on for more than one verse? Average beers at average prices, all bottles, taste fine.