Archive for November, 2014
Houston St. btw Eldridge and Forsythe St.
Probably one of the larger bars on the Lower East Side, with a very long bar to boot. Crowd is young locals (which these days means new condo owners) mixed with moviegoers from next door and neighborhood workers. As I said, plenty of space, dim lighting, sports on TV, lots of taps, above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
Houston St. btw Allen and Eldridge St.
Used to be National Underground, and now it’s more of a pub. The only screen was playing the Godfather when I was in there, so for sports, you might have to go elsewhere. This Irish bar (assumption based solely on the Owner and bartender’s brogue’s) is a small spot that’s pretty basic, which can be nice if you just want a quiet drink. Average drinks at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
Ok, the beer garden bar area is the part not facing the water (the water part is, of course and inconveniently, part of the restaurant). This hedge enclosed bar basically has about a dozen or so garden tables with umbrellas, and a quasi-tiki bar at one end. Not many people here except for people coming off the Ferries, so basically tourists. Average drinks at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
Fulton St. and Front St.
I’m pretty sure that this bar takes up three separate corners (and part of a street) on Fulton and Front Streets, so I’m going to review the one on the southwest corner because, after having walked through all three, this one looked the most bar like and the warmest (and I could sit). So, this place has a good amount of standing space, indoor picnic tables for meeting new friends, and a lot of different beer taps. Service is good, above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
37th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.
One of the few rooftop bars where there isn’t a lot of standing room…actually, there’s really just not much space. This rooftop is basically a bunch of tables and bench seating, filled with workers from the Fashion District and hotel guests. Service can be a little slow, but they’re friendly. Drinks are cocktails and wine, above average prices for each, taste fine.
19th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.
Russian bar/eatery…fine, it could be considered a place to go eat, but the drink selection brings it back into bar territory. They have Vodka specials where you can sample a whole bunch for a decent price, and they have plenty of beers as well, also decently priced. Crowd tends to be parties, people 30 and up, or actual Russians. Booze and food taste fine, above average prices on individual drinks but good deals on tastings, taste fine.
Broadway btw Bleeker and 3rd St.
Cocktail bar mixed with activities = here. Someone created a bar near NYU where business kids can go and play foosball, play shuffleboard, watch sports, crammed them into a tight bar area (there are seats but they’re usually taken), and slowly pass the time before they stumble back upstairs (it’s in the basement of the building) into the sunlight. Now that’s a sentence! Service has a hard time with the crowd, but still friendly. Cocktails and a few above average taps at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
11th St. btw 3rd and 4th Ave.
I have been going to shows at Webster Hall for years, and how have I never known this was here? Big bar, decent amount of space, lots of TV’s, and lots of crap on the walls. Crowd is in their 20’s, service is friendly, average taps at average prices, taste fine.