Archive for September, 2014
39th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.
I think the best way to sum this place up is that it wanted to be a club over near 10th Ave. in Chelsea, but decided to try it’s luck in the middle of the island. The patrons and owners haven’t gotten the memo and still treat it as if it’s a raging club 24/7, filled with smoke machines, VIP tables, coat check, etc. with just a really sparse crowd. There’s a decent amount of space by the bar, service is friendly…that’s about it. Average drinks (bottles), slightly above average prices, taste fine.
39th St. btw 7th and 8th Ave.
Trying to get to this rooftop bar is like reenacting the Goodfellas Copacabana entrance scene. When you finally get to the elevator, you’re brought up stairs to a decent sized space where the drinks are, surprisingly, not outrageously priced. I mean, still above average, but not to a point of complaint. Views are pretty good, decent space even though they have VIP tables, and the crowd is 20’s-30’s mixed with tourists. they even have a TV for sports. Above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.
9th Ave. btw 38th and 39th St.
Used to be Door, more recently Albert Hall, and now it’s gone the gastropub route. Still a pretty sizable space, though this is definitely the most crowded I’ve seen it. Filled with people of all ages, ranging from neighborhood workers to locals to tourists, the only place to get a wide range of crafts brews in this area. Above average drinks, slightly above average prices, taste fine.
9th Ave. btw 29th and 30th St.
Used to be Blarney Stone, one of several in the city, but now it’s been spruced up a bit to resemble a more welcoming spot. This place draws an above 30’s crowd after work, as it;s definitely one of the quieter spots in the neighborhood (I’m including everything near Penn Station and 10th Avenue as “the neighborhood”). Space can be a little tight, but ther’es usualyl a seat open at the bar, food is good, service is friendly, average beers at average prices, taste fine.
Sorry for the lack of posts, decided to take the summer and spruce up my writing skil…ha, who am I kidding, posts will be the same as always!
For the dozens of readers (probably overestimating), I’ll be sprucing up the website come the new year, hopefully take it to another level.
So, away we go…