Archive for January, 2014
42nd St. btw 10th and 11th Ave.
Newer nightclub to the lower Hell’s Kitchen scene, this draws to types of crowds: people who are here for an event, and the gay scene. There’s also two parts of this place, a slightly quieter bar room up front, and a double barred club in the back. Not a bad spot, bathrooms are a little hard to get to, good service, beer and cocktails, above average prices, taste fine.
60th St. btw Lexington and Park Ave.
This street is quickly becoming chock full of pubs, and this one is probably the biggest/most crowded. Big space full of Upper East Sider’s/business types stopping over for a drink before heading home. Tables are usually filled by happy hour, but there’s decent room at the bar with plenty on TV, and the service is pretty quick for the crowd size. Above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.
Hudson St. btw Charles and Perry St.
I don’t often use this word with bars, but I just felt comfortable in here. It’s a quiet spot with people here to mostly drink, though you can eat too, in a quiet space while you have some craft beer or even coffee (they’re not biased against other brews I guess). Service is friendly, decent amount of space, above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
Lafayette St. btw Houston and Bleeker St.
Quiet cocktail bar that does a good job of having many people walk by without even knowing it’s in there or drawing attention to itself, but I would not classify it as a speakeasy either. Glad I cleared that up. You walk into a decent sized bar room with a bigger sitting room around the corner. It’s usually empty by the bar with groups heading towards the back, so it’s a decent spot for a quiet drink alone or a date. Service is fine, cocktails at average cocktail prices (~12), taste fine.
Ludlow St. btw Delancey and Rivington St.
My 1000th Manhattan bar!!! Came here on a suggestion and could not have been a better fit for number 1000. Swings in front of the bar, Bulgarian polka band, basically a dive bar, vodka Ice room downstairs…the perfect kind of nuts that I wanted for this achievement. Downsides, don’t bother showing up prior to 10 PM because no one is here. Upsides, it gets really packed with a dancing crowd, you get to wear costumes when you go for the Vodka. Average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
Ludlow St. btw Broome St. and Delancey St.
Deceptively small bar that opens up to a dance/live music room in the back. If you want a quitter space to hang with your friends with some pretty good music that is a lot quieter than the rest of the new night scene close by, this might be your spot. Crowd is young, with Hipsters and concertgoers mingling with people who got lost going too far past Delancey. Bar space is tiny, but there is good room in the back. Average beers at average prices, taste fine.
9th Ave. btw 41st and 42nd St.
Another branch of this chain of bars, it’s basically the same in size and offerings. Small bar that attracts traffic on their way to the Port Authority, has a good amount of sports on TV, it can also tend to be a quiet spot with an almost non-existent crowd. Average beers and above average beers at average prices and above average prices, taste fine.