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2nd Ave. btw 94th and 95th St.
This is place is more of what the Upper East Side needs for anyone over the age of 45. It’s a quiet spot, good amount of seating, everyone is very chatty, bartenders included, and I can just relax and have a beer before heading south into the fraternities. Above average beer at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
Broadway btw 45th and 46th St.
Before you go in, place an over/under on how many people try to place one leg on the stationary part, the other on the rotating floor, and then grimace with surprise shock at how this could possibly hurt. Back to the review! Big rotating bar right above Times Square in the Marriott. It’s usually for tourists, hotel guests, or dates, all coming for the view (which is pretty good), all trying to grab one of the tables on the edge to take a few pictures, and then head out. Service is fine, average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
54th St. btw Park and Lexington Ave.
Make your way down the dark, metal staircase (I say that not to make it sound mysterious but more to make it sound like death once you fall) and you come upon a fancy bar with a decent amount of space. Definitely a business/yuppie crowd, there’s usually a group of coworkers taking up most of the space, but thankfully there is room at the bar where you can watch the TV’s that never have the sound on. No taps, average prices for average tasting bottles.
4th St. btw 6th Ave. and MacDougal St.
Could be the smallest “gastropub” (I hate that name) in the city, but far from the worst. So you will most certainly walk right by the entrance on 4th, but when you find it, walk through an…atrium?…plaza?…open space (yes, that works) and come into a small bar that holds a good amount of people. There are some tables in the back, tons of bartenders, and the crowd ranges from hipsters to yuppies to small groups who try to make the most of their little area within the bar. Beers are your above average beers (Delirium Tremens, etc.) and cost a little above average, all taste good.
Rivington St. btw Ludlow and Essex St.
Ok ok, this place makes an argument for a restaurant…but come in at happy hour and it is anything but. Ooh, and there’s a DJ, so not a place to dine, bar it is! Good happy hour specials ($5 Litchi Martini’s) and zero space. Well, if you get a table or can plant yourself at the bar, do so, because you will be squeezed into a tight area. Service handles the crowd excellently, beers are a little above average prices after happy hour, all bottles.
1st Ave. and St. Mark’s Pl.
I’m not entirely sure if this place wants to be a bar or a café. Since I saw no one eating around dinner time, bar it is. There’s a bar, a few tables, a few people…you would think that this place would be hopping considering it’s at the “entrance” to the East Village for most newcomers, but alas, just a few people passing the time at the bar. The bartender was a little aloof, but I can’t blame him for that due to the lack of clientele. Average beers at average prices.
45th St. and Vanderbilt Ave.
So, yeah, basically one big room filled with people below the age of 28, all B&T’s (mostly in “pack formation”), half sitting and half standing. There really isn’t much of a draw to this place besides the fact that it’s a couple extra blocks in all directions to the next bar. Plus sides: average tasting specialty beers at average prices, service was pretty good.
Bleeker St. btw Elizabeth St. and Bowery
A small bar in the East Village, it’s a nice place to meet up while waiting for dinner in the area. The bar attracts its share of hipster clientele, but there is plenty of sitting space in the back room. The Red Stripe is only $6, other beers average prices and taste fine, the music is low and the atmosphere comfortable.
51st St. btw 8th and 9th Ave.
I guess Hell’s kitchen is becoming a new Chelsea, but in a more blend-in kind of way, this bar being an example. Among the restaurants on this street is this two story gay bar/lounge that is always crowded, at least both times I’ve been there. The drinks are actually average prices and taste good too. The crowd is, well, for the boys, and I don’t feel as if I’m going to be pounced on in the second I walk in the door…maybe I’m losing my sex appeal.
Bedford St. and Leroy St.
I guess this is the sports bar of the West Village. Not entirely sure I like it. Now, it gets good crowds, good beer at average prices, but it can get a little too crowded sometimes. That and it’s a sausage fest when it does get crowded. Did I mention the word “crowd”?
Amsterdam Ave. btw 108th and 109th St.
While downtown takes care of the NYU kids, the uptown branch sees to the Columbia crowd. The owner must really love booths in a bar because it seems like they’re waiting for VIP’s to show up to this sports bar and sit in them. All you find here is the college to post-graduate types watching every available sports game the American television world has to offer. They have your yard-long beers, lots of taps at average prices, but the service is hit or miss with some waitresses having to serve the entire 3 rooms.
2nd Ave. and 11th St.
A bar that tries to give you everything and they don’t miss the mark. There were tons of TV’s (each labeled to show you what game would be coming on next), plenty of space and a good crowd. A few hipsters were attempting brunch but they were thankfully kept quiet by football fans. The food is alright, the drinks are average prices, and there seemed to be different events going on during the week, in case TV doesn’t entertain you enough.
Bleeker St. btw Sullivan and Thompson St.
An actual adult bar in the Greenwich Village area, more so than its neighbors. A good sized space, cheap beers (at least during happy hours) and a friendly atmosphere. Plenty of TV’s for game watching. Makes me wonder why this place isn’t more crowded while other bars in the neighborhood cram them in.
Spring St. and Elizabeth St.
I’ve been in here when it’s packed, I’ve been in here when it’s dead, and this place is better empty. It gets really crowded with B&T’s and leftovers from the Bowery bars on the weekends, and the small service does what it can and serve quickly. Come in on a weekday night, it’s me and the bartender, maybe one other loner. This leads to some awkwardly put forth conversation, but it’s quiet, average prices for beers (that apparently come in 16oz glass bottles now) and they taste fine. No taps or TV, so be prepared to talk.
3rd Ave. and 25th St.
Well, I liked this place. I didn’t think I would because every time I pass the bar it seems like a bunch of yuppies. Lots of space and even a big screen in the back with a Wii hooked up, though this could’ve been a one time occurance. There were tons of TV’s spread around for everyone’s viewing pleasure, the beers were good, average prices, and the staff was also friendly.
3rd Ave. btw 27th and 28th St.
These Aussie bars are popping up all over the place, and this one is as great as the other ones. There’s a good amount of space here, plenty of good taps that are average prices and lots of bottles Aussie beers that are your average prices with good service behind it all. The space could’ve been used differently on the second floor, but, oh well. Definitely one of the nicest bar owners, very accommodating, he must live there because I’ve seen him every single time I’ve been in there.
9th Ave. and 54th St.
This bar could get pretty crowded. They have lots of different beers that usually taste pretty good at average prices. The bartenders are pretty hot and there is a decent singles crowd here, though you will also normally find a lot of after work groups here as well, including your B&T’s.