Archive for September, 2013
23rd St. btw Madison and Park Ave.
Admittedly I had never been to the original location that has since closed. I really hope it was better than this. Through the boarded up windows is a “speakeasy” that puts on the same shtick whether it’s full or not. If you’re with a group, there are tables in the back, on a date or alone, space up front. However, don’t for one moment think you can wander around, everyone is forced to keep to their section. The hostess and manager are pretty awful as well. However, the wait staff is very friendly, and the cocktails are pretty darn good, so there are some pluses to this place. Cocktails at cocktail prices (~12), taste good.
Duane St. btw Hudson St. and W. Broadway
When your place of business doesn’t have a sign with the name on it, and you’re right next to another place with the same “thinking”, you’re off to a bad start. So you find the place, and step into a decent sized bar. Great spot for a date, lots of people here for after work drinks, mid-20’s and up crowd. All cocktails, probably could taste a little better though some are alright, but the service is good, and you can usually get a seat at the bar if you hang around for at least a second drink. Cocktails, cocktail prices (~12), gin cocktails need work, the rest taste alright.
Madison Ave. btw 27th and 28th St.
Another location in this chain of bars has situated itself in an area that’s barren of watering holes (no bar for a 2 block radius is barren in my book). It’s your typical sports bar, though it’s a lot quieter than most, and the crowd is a mix of people waiting for their express buses and anyone who works in the direct area. Average beers at average prices, taste fine.
35th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.
Used to be Katwalk, and from the looks of everyone in here, they either still think it still is or just were too tired to go elsewhere. The pub looking exterior gives way to a decent sized space with a bunch of tables and booths scattered around. Still not entirely sure who can go up to the second floor. The taps could use a good cleaning seeing as it’s a new place, but the service is friendly, and the Owner does all he can to make sure you’re having a good time…multiple times. B&T and business kid crowd mixed with tourists. Average beers at average prices, taps need a cleaning.
36th St. btw 5th and Madison Ave.)
Used to be Under the Volcano, and they’ve made it a little bit more inviting (removing the blinking neon sign, getting rid of the weird smell by the front door, etc.) it still has the same business kid crowd as before. It’s basically a decent sized square room with some seats up front, a little more crowded in back, and it’s definitely more subdued than its neighbors on the block. Average beers at average prices, taste alright.
5th Ave. and 36th St.
Hotel bar that is quieter and slightly upscale than its surrounding neighbors. Now, if that’s your kind of place, come here for a quiet couple of drinks with other hotel guests mixed with an older crowd while listening to whatever “jazz” group has been hired to play up front. Cocktails and your average few taps, slightly above average prices, taste fine.
37th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.
It’s basically two places in one: part beer hall with plenty of tables for you and friends and to meet newcomers, part bar, meaning everyone crowds around the bar and just orders as per anywhere else. This midtown beer hall draws a pretty good crowd that the staff can handle, it can be a little tough grabbing a seat. You have your mix of B&T’s and business kids here and the staff wearing the lederhosen uniform (though I doubt anyone is actually from anywhere near the Alps). German beers at above average prices, taste fine.
South St. btw Maiden Lane and John St.
Picnic benches with a good beer selection on a pier with good burgers (though pricey) = bar, so say I! Basically, I just summed it all up in that one sentence, but I’ll expand to show effort. New spot next to the Seaport where there’s a good amount of space to sit with some friends or make new ones, service is a little slow, and it’s outdoors. A negative is the looong walk back down the pier to the bathrooms. Above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.
Commerce St. btw Bedford and Barrow St.
I had walked by this place a million times thinking it was purely a restaurant. I walked in on a Thursday and every table and bar stool was filled with drinkers, barely a bite of food in sight, so a bar it is! The place was packed, 30’s crowd, locals, older crowd, everyone having a pretty good time. Until I had the beer… The taps need a good cleaning out, and I could barely finish my dates’ when she couldn’t finish her own. Above average beers, above average prices, taste needs work.
Hudson St. btw 10th and Christopher St.
Walk past the fortune teller (I’m serious) and enter a pretty big bar area that’s serving up cocktails. The crowd is definitely B&T’s, mixed with locals, and people on their way to or from the Meatpacking area. Service is pretty good and friendly, usually crowded, cocktails at good prices (~10), taste fine.
Hudson St. btw Charles and 10th St.
Used to be RF Lounge, but now it’s gone to pork… Anywho, head upstairs to a decent sized bar that does a pretty good job of not cramming everyone in. If you’re not here for the food, this polished bar packs in a young crowd that can get a little douche at times. I can only attest that the food smelled great, having not tried it, but it’s a good little stop over bar for a couple of quick drinks. Above average taps at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
Bedford St. and Downing St.
A bar west of 6th that offers a respite from cocktails and “places to be seen”. Decent sized, dimly lit bar that usually draws a crowd of 20 and 30 year olds, and serves up some good pub food as well, though the full meals need work. Service is good, though it slows when it gets packed. Average beers at average prices, taste fine.