Archive for August, 2013
Houston St, btw 6th and 7th Ave.
Pretty decent bar that is usually packed at all hours. If you come for happy hour, every business kid/B&T that works nearby should be here, filling this decent sized bar to the gills. Good amount of bar space with an area in the back, service is usually pretty quick, above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.
7th Ave. and Leroy St.
Speakeasy in the West Village, though the jig is up when there’s a guy sitting on a stool in front of a mysterious door. Head downstairs and either hope to grab one of the tables or stand at the bar. 20’s and 30’s crowd, everyone seems to come and go at a good pace, so the turnover keeps things moving. As for the cocktails, they were alright, nothing to get all worked up about but passable. Cocktails, about average prices for cocktails (~12), taste alright.
Barrow St. and Hudson St.
Safe to say this is probably the only straight dive bar in the West Village. Decent sized space filled with a mix of recent grads, older locals…actually, any group will be here, good assortment. Not much to it really, service is good, sports on TV, though the one drawback are the taps and those lines could use a good cleaning. Average beers at average prices, taste a little off.
Turks & Frogs (11th St. btw Greenwich and Washington St.)
Wine bar in the West Village. It’s a small spot that basically draws locals and people waiting to get into a brunch spot nearby. A few seats at the bar, some more room in the back, lots of good wine. Bartender was friendly, your average price for a glass of wine (~9), taste fine.
39th St. btw 3rd and Lexington Ave.
Definitely one of the best looking roof tops I’ve been on, this place attracts your business kids, B&T’s, people on a date and hotel guests. There’s a good amount of space up here, and a handful of beers on tap. The only downside is that the service can be slow, even non-existent at times. Above average beers at above slightly average prices, taste fine.
Highline and 15th St.
The only bar on the High Line (not that there’s really room for others), and while it’s a small space, I actually found it enjoyable. A handful of long tables for sharing space, but they are usually always filled up. And since you can’t take the beer beyond the roped off area, just hope for the best…I think I just liked it for the people watching Crowd is a mix of tourists and local 20’s and 30’s that work nearby, beer is above average and slightly above average prices, taste fine.
8th Ave. and 18th St.
While it has the feel of a restaurant, anyone eating was crammed into the few tables into the back. The long island table (you can sit all around it and it’s in the middle of the bar, not though it might actually be made in Long Island) was filled with drinkers, as was the bar. Very bright space with a crowd in their late 20’s-early 30’s, nice place to hang out for pre-dinner drinks, or after dinner for that matter. Bottled beers, cocktails and wine, average prices, taste fine.
23rd St. and 5th Ave.
Located on top of Eately, this roof top bar really doesn’t offer much in the view department for someplace that’s got great surroundings. Crowd is a mix of everyone really; older, business, 30’s, tourists, that all cram into the bar space or decide to grab a table for a meal. Service is pretty good, above average beers on tap, above average prices, taste fine.
4th Ave. btw 12th and 13th St.
Use to be Forum, now with even more restrictions as to where you can sit. Every table has a “Reserved” sign on it, thereby tossing everyone towards the bar. Now, while there is a good amount of space up front, can we at least get a few tables opened up? It’s happy hour and no one is clamoring to get in here. Lots of sports on TV, nice staff, bathroom takes forever to get to, average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.