Posts Tagged ‘F’
Houston St. btw Sullivan St. and LaGuardia Pl.
This place used to be Busker’s and I feel that it will always keep changing until they figure out how to let more light in/let people know there’s a fun bar inside. It is now a nautical themed spot that still has plenty of room, and is never packed. Slightly above average beers mixed with average beers, average prices, taste fine.
26th St. btw 6th Ave. and Broadway
So after deciding I didn’t walk into a theatre for an off-Broadway show, I took a seat. While not as big, it’s laid out like a theater; stage is up front, a bunch of tables in front of it, good sized bar in the back, and another room upstairs. I was in on an off night when there was nobody performing (turns out it is a live act venue!), but the service was fine nonetheless and the crowd was local workers out for happy hour. Cocktails at cocktail prices, taste fine.
2nd Ave. and 85th St.
Used to be a restaurant, and now it’s a bar…so there. Decent sized space with a horseshoe bar, lots of columns to knock and space to be knocked into, so try and grab a tall table by the window. Or head upstairs where there is more seating, but they really pack ‘em in! Average and above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
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.
Bleeker St. btw Thompson and Sullivan St.
I’m not entirely sure what to make of this place. Is it a Hookah Bar? Why does it require a bouncer? What exactly are the hours it’s open? Came in here with some friends, found a long, thin bar that gets a bit tight with everyone else inside. Not much to it really,, tight space in the front, a few tables in the back, service is pretty good at keeping up with the orders, average beers at average prices, taste fine.
26th St. btw 6th Ave. and Broadway
I think it would be fair to call this half bar, half beer hall…well, better upstairs bar, downstairs beer hall. All craft beer menu with plenty of cocktails as well, this venue is going for the old-timey feel, which explains the lack of sound on all of the sports TV’s downstairs (yes, I’m fully aware radio came before TV, just roll with the joke, ok). It really is like two different bars, with a bit of a haughty/pretentious air upstairs and downstairs filled with a more energetic crowd. Crowd is business kids, area workers, 20’s- and 30’s, and people who mix it up with Flatiron Room across the street. Service is good, food is ok, above average drinks at above average prices, taste fine.
Washington Pl. btw 6th Ave. and Macdougal St.
Formerly known as the Stoned Crow. Definitely cleaned it up a bit from the previous owner, though it still has a worn look to it, which isn’t a bad thing. Long bar with plenty of space, including a room in the back. Mix of locals, NYU kids, service is friendly, average beers at average prices, taste fine.
Lexington Ave. btw 56th and 57th St.
Hotel bar that isn’t the most inviting from the outside, but a good spot once you get to the back area by the bar. Business crowd mixed with hotel guests, plenty of space to sit all around but can get tight in the standing area. Not much too it though, quiet normally, packed after work. Average drinks at above average prices, taste fine.
54th St. btw 7th Ave. and Broadway
Not as good as it’s downtown counterpart. It feels like a basement (where its located), the space is tighter and the ambiance isn’t conducive to champagne drinking. The staff is friendly, they have some beers…just feels like they crammed a bar into a small space and hope the name brings the customers. Some beers, mostly cocktails and champagnes, slightly above average prices, taste fine.
19th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.
I would call it a speakeasy if it was hidden in some way from the public eye, but no, right out in the open, and probably the only bar that resembles a speakeasy that doesn’t have to call itself one to drum up business. That being said, it’s usually packed in here after work, pretentious crowd, and no taps. The drinks are a little above average prices, taste good, really good service, can feel a little claustrophobic.
33rd St. btw 6th and 7th Ave.
The less rowdy version of Stout (its neighbor). It gives off the same cozy feeling, attracts the same crowd (B&T’s) but not as many in numbers, has lots of TV’s and a good amount of space, nice bartender. Average pints at average prices.
5th St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.
One of the many wonders of NYC is “What do newborn pigeons look like”? You only see the adults, where are the babies!?! Similarly, “what do newborn hipsters look like”? Well this latter mystery has been solved. Before they dive head first into their future lives, they come here, try out every style possible (I swear one kid was dressed as a 50’s mechanic), and drink average beers at average prices. The plusses of this bar are the awesome bartender, its quiet, it’s off the beaten trail.
7th Ave btw 30th and 31st St.
Another bar to cash in on the MSG/Penn Station crowd. The problem with this place is that it’s not really welcoming. It’s just a big square room with high booths. I mean, that doesn’t make it a bad place at all, just a little sterile when compared to its neighbor’s on 7th. And it’s also a lot darker…toss some lights in there and you got something! But now, to its perks: Lot’s of TV’s, beers average prices, quick service, mixed crowd.
Mercer Ave. and Prince St.
I’m glad that places like this still exist while everything around it changes monthly. One bartender, bar space, some tables, and even a TV in the back corner. Feels like it’s been here forever (sort of smells like it too but I blame the summer humidity), but the taps taste good, average prices, nice mix of locals (who clearly are rent controlled and have been here since the 50’s), some tourists, and few shoppers.
3rd St. btw MacDougal St. and 6th Ave.
Admittedly, I had always walked by here with zero intention of going in. I bit the bullet…I’m clearly horrible at judging a book by its cover. I really liked this place, from the good space up front by the bar to the tables in the back. The only negative was the hassle of sitting down and being forced to order from the waitress. Listen up bar owners: if your bar is packed and the only where to go is to the tables, you may want to relax that rule. The beer prices were average with good happy hour specials, and tasted fine too.
Pearl St. btw Pine and Wall St.
One of the closest things to a pub that I’ve seen in NYC. Very friendly bar located in an area where there are a bunch of nice Irish pubs, but this one feels authentic. Lots of room to sit, stand, good open space, good tasting taps, average prices, plenty of TV’s, mixed crowd, zero complaints.
26th St and West Side Highway
Get here before sundown; otherwise, good luck. Came here after work one day, found a renovated barge with two tug boats attached to the pier, parked myself and my coworkers right on the bow of the boat. The beers came in buckets, not priced too much over average, and we took up a good amount of room so as to not be bothered by others. Pretty good, right? Came again a week later, and much later in the night, and this place turns into a shit show. No room, people falling all over each other, and the most expensive non-alcoholic sangria. Toss in no room to move and no more waterfront views due to darkness and it becomes a place to be missed.
Beekman St. btw Front and South St.
So there are next to no lounges in this area downtown but this place tries to hold its own. I kind of liked it even though I think most lounges are ridiculous. I was there with a group and we were served quickly and they had a decent selection of average priced beer that tasted fine. They also have cupcakes that we eventually convinced the owner to give us for free…we should’ve been paid to eat them.
W. 4th St. btw Cornelia and Jones St.
If I had to take a stab at the crowd (and sometime, I wish that was an option) I would say it attracts the late 20’s and up crowd. Basically, everyone who thinks they’re better than Down the Hatch or the other “rowdy” bars on the block. If you get a seat here, hold on to it for dear life, otherwise it’s a bunch of people tripping over you to get to the bar. Service is good, drinks taste fine and at about your average price.
4th Ave. btw 12th and 13th St.
I guess this is the bar that symbolizes the new direction of the neighborhood…it’s not bad, but for the love of God, hold out tiny pubs! This large bar is very popular with the suits in the neighborhood and the B&T’s that work on Park Avenue. The strange part is that I oddly like it when I go in with a big group and can take up the back. Otherwise, you blatantly get the weird looks, but you know what, sometimes I want a drink by myself on my way to a normal pub! Anywho, the drinks actually taste good and are average prices.
Ave. A btw 13th and 14th St.
I’m going out on a limb, and I could be wrong, but this has got to be an Asian fusion/gay bar. There’s a big island bar that takes up a lot of the space, but you can still freely move around. If you show up on a weeknight, there’s some kind of weird dance party that occurs. There are a few tables but nobody is eating from the menu. And yet, the place was laid back, the service was great, beers about average prices and tasted fine, but I felt left out of whatever groove I clearly don’t have.
70th St. btw 1st and York Ave.
Holy crap did I hate this place. It used to be T.J. Pub, and while I never went there under it’s previous owner, anything had to be better. The tap was definitely off, an extremely obnoxious crowd…I’m getting miffed just writing about it. Go two doors down to Murphy’s.
So I went back on a random night. Empty. The tap still tasted a little funny. It would be easy to say that because it was an off night that it wouldn’t be packed. But it was a Friday…empty. Maybe I hate it less but still wouldn’t go back.
Eldridge St. btw Grand and Broome St.
With everything else crammed into tight little spaces/basements in this neighborhood, I was surprised at how big this was…something I long to hear. Anywho, it’s a little out of the way, but the live act space downstairs draws most of the crowds here. When the shows are over, this place is packed, and while there is a lot of room, most of it is reserved…seriously? I mean, the reserved tables are no where near the bands so why have them at all? The crowd is very mixed, the service is actually pretty quick for the amount of people in here, beers tastes fine and is average prices. If you want quiet, just get here before the show goes on.
33rd St. btw Broadway and 5th Ave.
I didn’t think it would be when I walked in, but I think I found a new favorite place to add to my list. It’s like a sports bar that has way more crap on the walls than a T.G.I. Fridays, though the objects are much more interesting to look at here. There’s also an electric racecar track in the back, and it actually functions. They have good specials, but avoid the Rolling Rock tap, no matter how tempting it may be. Tons of TV’s for sports watching too. The staff was cool (though the owner was a bit of a TV Nazi), the food was good, beers were average prices and tasted fine, Rolling Rock excluded.
20th St. btw Park Ave. and Broadway
Call me crazy, but I have never heard of a champagne bar. We don’t really get those in south Queens. I was pleasantly surprised to discover this place. It’s actually kind of romantic, something I didn’t think I would like in a place to grab a drink. They have some bottled beers (slightly overpriced but still tasty) and your normal liquor options, but the walls are lined with endless amounts of champagne. Hot hostess too and lots of very attractive clientele.
8th Ave. btw 17th and 18th St.
Remember when you were a kid and were coloring your restaurant dinner place mat and thought “Wouldn’t it be great to have a beer right now”? If you did (and please get help), then come here. This sports bar in Chelsea provides a respite from its male oriented neighbors. The beers taste fine and were at average prices, and they have good deals during the week for happy hour. And lots of popcorn.
14th St. btw 7th and 8th Ave.
The sports bar of Chelsea? Well, I guess the straight one at least. This long bar has plenty of room and plenty of TV’s for all your sports watching, but since McKenna’s relocated and cleaned up down the block, the locals have congregated here to mix with the college kids. The pints taste so-so, at a less than average price, and the bartender make sure you always have a new beer coming.
3rd Ave. btw 24th and 25th St.
A very friendly bar on the east side, this place always has a decent sized crowd in there, usually all from Baruch or the NYU Hospital campus. The bartenders are friendly, they have a good beer selection for your average prices, a dart board in the back, and a decent amount of space. They also don’t mind if you drag in a cheese steak from across the street later in the evening.
South St. btw Beekman St. and Peck Slip
I thought this place was a restaurant every time I’ve walked by. It’s not far off, but it feels more like a cafeteria where you can grab some beers and have pub grub instead of actual fish. The bar is pretty small, though a decent amount of sitting space in the back. The service is pretty quick, beers tastes fine, costs average prices, a crowd of tourists or the few people who actually live down here comprises the crowd.
52nd St. btw 5th and Madison Ave.
If it weren’t for the wall of TV’s, I would consider this place a restaurant. That being said, I didn’t belong here. I am neither in finance nor a cougar. Add to that the $8 Brooklyn Lager and it wasn’t for me. The bartender was very friendly, the beer tasted fine, and the free almonds on the bar were the only bright spots.
Columbus Ave. btw 85th and 86th St.
So I thought about how I felt about this bar and I’ve landed on the fact that I liked it. It was a little empty but there’s a nice amount of coziness and space to the place. The wait staff is very friendly, the beer is average prices, tastes fine, and there are plenty of TV’s to watch sports. Plus, the food is actually pretty good.
Spring St. btw Lafayette and Mulberry St.)
First off, tons of space in this bar. Secondly, you wonder where the surgery is taking place in this sterile bar. Okay, they seemed to have just opened so that would explain the cleanliness, but it lacks feeling as well as lights in the back. Tons of TV’s, lots of sitting space in the back, and your run of the mill average priced beers that taste fine.
2nd Ave. btw 13th and 14th St.
Some of my friends complain that since it moved, it hasn’t been the same. I don’t know, I still see the same frat party I saw at the old location. It really is just one big room. The drinks taste good and the prices are average, though there are specials. Usually packed during games, it’s just your good ole B&T sausage fest.
1st Ave. btw 73rd and 74th St.
I don’t know if I really dig the cave like atmosphere in here. I also wasn’t sure if this was a restaurant or a pub. Because I’m not sure, here comes the review. They had a decent bar, more of an older crowd that was acting as if they were waiting to be seated the whole time, the beers were average prices and tasted fine. Now that I think about it, I don’t recall any music being played, negative points.
Greenwich Ave. and Perry St.
I simultaneously like and hate this bar. Plenty of space, with lots of seating, and a pool table that’s usually open. The service is alright, but as in most places, always send a girl to get your drinks for better service. The drinks taste fine and are an average cost. The reason for the dislike is that it seems to attract meatheads, most likely from the nearby PATH train (take that Hoboken!) and they tend to get obnoxiously drunk really fast and hit on anything that moves. No you can not get my number sir!
3rd Ave. btw 92nd and 93rd St.
Alright, probably more of a restaurant than a bar, but the bar looked packed and we decided to go in. Maybe I missed the sign out front, but everyone stared at us as we came in. It felt like we were crashing some private party. When we elbowed our way to the bar, they had your normal taps at normal prices, but the crowd in the bar had such a holier than thou attitude that we left pretty quickly, after finishing a few pints of course, we’re not heathens!
Christopher St. btw 7th Ave and Bleeker St.
I’m not completely sure why there needs to be a cover to play games you have to pay for anyway, but I digress…no, screw that, I…regress? There are plenty of ping pong tables, air hockey tables, and board games, yet you have to pay more than the cover to play these? Anyway, you have your canned beer and taps that taste fine at average prices, but get there early or you may never get a chance to play.
40th St. btw 7th and 8th Ave.
This midtown lounge tries to have a little something for everyone; it just doesn’t mix well, for me at least. The drinks were priced averagely and tasted fine but I only really liked it as a stopping point on my way to another bar. Everyone (the few people there) were sectioned off in their own little areas. The music being played was a mix between R&B and the most random rock songs from the 90’s. It’s a place to go if you don’t want the usual bar scene in Times Square, which I would never understand why you wouldn’t.
2nd Ave. btw 29th and 30th St.
Nice bar with lots of space. The music is good and the pool table is usually open. Drinks are average prices, taste fine and the clientele are the non-hipster/yuppies that occupy most of the other bars one avenue over on 3rd. However, I doubt that anyone in here can properly pronounce the name of the bar. Good for a pre movie drink.
54th St. btw 6th and 7th Ave.
There’s a lot of space in this midtown bar. The food is pretty good and there are plenty of beers on tap. It gets extremely crowded around the bar so try and grab a seat at the numerous spaces around the bar. If you can’t, there’s really no point in staying because you just feel in the way and who wants to stand in the middle of a room? The beers were average tasting at average prices.