Union Square / Gramercy

Union Square / Gramercy

(14th-34th; East of 6th)    

Corkbuzz: Wine Bar. 13 E 13th @ University-5th Av; Wildly popular with rave reviews; Very nice selection of rare and top notch wines; Food is outstanding – especially the Pork belly;  Gets mobbed on Saturday nights;  Ideal starter place and perfect for a lite dinner and great wine. Have wine classes. https://www.corkbuzz.com/location/union-square/

Park Bar: Lounge. 15 E 15th @ 5th; Upscale atmosphere; late 20s-30s; Date place/ pre-dinner drinks; Comfortable places to sit, though small overall and gets crowded; Mature crowd; Well made cocktails.  Pre or post dinner date spot. Large windows, welcoming feel. Late afternoon cocktails.   https://www.parkbarnyc.com/

SideBAR: Sports Bar. 118 E 15th @ Irving;  Mixed reviews and service but a reliable stand-by in this busy area.  HH is M-F from noon-7pm;  Sports Bar as well – 21 High Def TVs. Mixed crowd; Craft cocktails;   https://www.sidebarny.com/

Mercy Bar: Dive Bar. 129 E 15th St @ Irving-3rd Av; Garden in back;  Private parties; Happy Hour 4-8pm M-F with $5 well and drafts;  Great beers on tap. Upstairs area to chill. Cheap drinks for area. Recent name change to Mercy Bar from Revival.  http://mercybarnyc.com/

Raines Law Room: Speakeasy. 48 W 17th (downstairs) @ 5th-6th Av; Mixologist heaven; Classy scene; Orient Express décor; Chains on wall to summon staff; Great way to impress a date; Just cool as hell; Open 5pm-3am, opens 7pm Sunday. If in the area, start here with a cocktail. Rave reviews from all sources. http://www.raineslawroom.com/

Rye House: Liquor Bar. 11 W 17th @ 5th-6th; Large, clean space; Attentive, professional bartenders with knowledge of their craft; Special cocktails for about $15; Just a massive list of bourbons, ryes, rums, scotches and more; More of a pub feel than a lounge. https://www.ryehousenyc.com/

Lillie’s: Irish Pub. 13 E 17th @ B-Way-5th Av; Gorgeous Victorian inspired décor; Lots of fun as well; Super friendly bartenders; Lots of effort here; Huge space – best times at the bar; Has a huge menu and brunch, desserts, bar food served. One word – impressive. https://www.lilliesnyc.com/#lillies-events

Cibar: Martini bar. 56 Irving @ 17-18th; Trendy and cool. Date place / sophisticated spot; Sexy crowd; Professionals with cash; Fireplace, and outdoor area in summer; Romantic – formula works here. Plush couches. Order a martini here. HH is M-F 5-8pm with $11 cocktails and $8 wine of the day.  http://www.cibarlounge.com/

Dear Irving: Cocktail Bar. 55 Irving @ 17th-18th; Opens 5pm daily;  Beautiful space and chill vibe;  Cocktails and cheese plate; $18/drink; Super fancy – private sofa/lounges available. Beer is $10. Impress a date but drink slowly!  https://www.dearirving.com/

Triona’s on Third: Irish Sports Bar. 192 3rd Av @ 17th-18th;  Great Irish bartenders; Multiple TVs (13); Great specials, dart boards, decent food;  Huge burgers & top Shepherd’s Pie; $14 pitchers Bud light;  HH is noon-8pm daily;  Have all sports packages. Beer pong; Chicago sports fans come here. https://east.trionasnyc.com/

Old Town: Pub. 45 E 18th @ Park S-BWay; NY Institution; Great Food; After Work/ Happy Hour spot; Cool old-NY feel- opened in 1892; Upstairs area as well; Great starter bar. A fancy McSorleys of sorts.  Like a London pub. Delicious burgers; Homey feel;  Not a good sports bar… more for atmosphere. http://oldtownbar.com/

Pete’s Tavern: American Pub. 129 E 18th @ Irving;  Incredibly friendly; Outdoor seating in summer; Been around forever- established in 1864; Brunch served with 1 drink for $22;  Inexpensive for area. Cool old-NY vibe.   http://www.petestavern.com/

The Watering Hole: Irish Pub. 106 E 19th @ Park-Irving;  Karaoke Wed-Sat;  Happy hour M-F, noon to 8pm with $7 drafts, well and wine.  Good jukebox; Full of locals; Nice bar menu;  Not an overly crowded or noisy place. http://www.wateringholenyc.com/

Slate: Pool Hall. 54 W 21st @ 5-6th Av; Upscale pool hall;  Very nice, spacious bar area; Sexy bartenders; Perfect for a Private party or group; After work hot spot; Has a Ping Pong Lounge for $17/hour!! 25 Pool Tables/ 200 seats. Even a dining room.  Also a dance floor- mistake! Yuppy/ corporate crowd- 20s-30s. Free pool/ping pong Sundays  https://slate-ny.com/

Ampersand: Cocktail Bar. 294 3rd Av @ 22nd-23rd;  Cocktails $14, wine $12 and beer $8.  Opens daily at 5pm;  Ideal for a date and it isn’t too too expensive; Elegant and inviting. Excellent ambiance.  Stylish although can be pretentious.   https://www.ampersandbarnyc.com/

Molly’s: Irish Pub. 287 3rd @ 22nd-23rd; Truly a traditional place. Small but very friendly staff.  Working fireplace and very homey feel; Huge portions of excellent Irish food.  This one you have to check out. Best Guinness, Corned Beef, and Irish Breakfast! Sawdust on floor; Great atmosphere. Brunch includes 1 drink.  https://mollysshebeen.com/

McSwiggan’s: Irish Dive Pub. 393 Second @ 22-23rd; Neighborhood Bar; 20s-40s crowd;  Pool, Darts, Jukebox; Amazing drink specials daily; Nothing stands out but it is reliable and everything an Irish pub should be- including the pub grub.  $12 pitchers!  HH is daily from 11am-7pm;  $5 drinks of all kinds.  https://www.mcswiggansbar.com/

Spin: Sports Bar. 48 E 23rd @ Park Av S; As one reviewer put it – it is ‘table tennis with a bar, not a bar with table tennis; If you are a ping pong junkie, this is your place. Fairly priced drinks; Great for groups; Best on a weekday when there is little or no wait for a table. Every Monday – open tournament! Opens daily at noon. https://wearespin.com/

Taproom No. 307: Beer Pub. 307 3rd Av @ 23-24th; Craft beer specialist; Over 40 beers on tap;  Great place to watch a game as well; Service can be spotty; Truly excellent food – especially the burger;  Five assorted craft beers for $25;  Rotating selection of suds. Bottomless brunch. Poutine on menu.  http://www.taproom307.com/

Fitzgerald’s: Irish Pub. 336 3rd Av @ 24-5th; This is your classic neighborhood Irish pub featuring $5 all day pints of domestic; Great pub food with partitioned seating; Clean bar area and bathrooms; Friendly conversations. Full of locals; Around since 1901. Cocktails around $8.  http://www.fitzgeraldspub.nyc/

Grey Bar: American B&G. 43 W 26th @ BWay-6th Av; Lots of TVs to enjoy a game. Big menu for a bar. Wine as cheap as $8 and a dozen beers of tap.  Bottomless brunch with Bloodies. Underrated place.  You’ll get good service and food here. Great for day drinking.  https://www.greybarnyc.com/

Hog Pit: Dive Bar. 37 W 26th @ 5-6th Av; Country roadhouse serving amazing bar food – Mac n Cheese; Grilled cheese; Pool table, country tunes, and cheap beer. The Duke brothers would have come here; Absolute dive. Great place for a cheap beer as well. $8 pitchers during football! Fun times. http://www.hogpit.com/

Flatiron Hall: Gastropub. 38 W 26th; Victorian styled bar. Make their own beer. Dozen drafts. HH is M-F 4-7pm;  The food stands out here – almost a German beer garden type of menu. Try the giant pretzel. HH prices are still expensive at $8 for beer and $10 for wine/cocktails. https://www.flatironhall.com/

Abbey Tavern: Irish Pub. 354 3rd Av @ 26th; Daily $10 lunch specials. HH is M-F, 4-8pm with $5 beers and $6 wine/martinis. Huge menu. Décor is fairly basic/standard for an Irish Pub. Opens daily at 11am.   https://abbeytavernnyc.com/

HandCraft Kitchen & Cocktails: Gastropub. 367 3rd Av @ 26th-27th;  Really attractive space with just delicious food. Bottomless brunch for $20 additional. Incredible American comfort food. Not as great a place for pure drinking – more a restaurant.  https://www.handcraftnyc.com/

Hillstone: Bar/ Restaurant. 378 Park @ 27th; Unreal food- best pub level food in the city; Semi-formal actually, perfect for a date; On bar list because it has one of the best after-work scenes in NYC; Singles, meeting for a drink, and a spacious bar area. Happy Hour best time to go. Fairly expensive otherwise.  https://hillstonerestaurant.com/locations/nyc-parkavenuesouth/

Roof at Park South: Rooftop Bar. 125 E 27th @ Lex-Park; Somewhat affordable rooftop scene. Gets crowded after work.  Open seasonally.  Cocktails about $16 and beer is $9.  Can get a Tecate can for $6. Tasty finger food too. Management cares about their patrons.  https://www.roofatparksouth.com/

Jazz Standard: Jazz Bar. 116 E 27th @ Lex-Park; Outstanding Jazz but the bonus is the food. BBQ supplied by Blue Smoke upstairs;  Located underground; Roomy setting;  Well known acts show up; Excellent acoustics; See website for schedule; Two sets an evening.  http://www.jazzstandard.com/

230 Fifth: Upscale lounge. 230 5th Av @ 27th; Roof deck with 14,000 sq ft terrace with 360-degree views. Expensive.  Pre-dinner scene. Stylish bar open 4pm-4am every day; Sexy, good-looking crowd; Large parties; Truly an epic spot to take a date for dinner/drinks or for a Holiday party. Extremely popular and has an occasional celebrity. 10am-4pm brunch buffet weekends. Igloos, yes igloos available.  https://www.230-fifth.com/

Nomad Bar: Cocktail Bar. 10 W 28th @ BWay; Very well reviewed. At the NoMad Hotel. There are other bars here too including the Elephant Bar and am Atrium.  Fireplace and amazing cocktails – though very expensive. Sit at the bar if you can and have bartender make you something magical.  Burger is unreal. https://www.thenomadhotel.com/new-york/dining/spaces/the-nomad-bar

Churchill Tavern: British Pub. 45 E 28th @ Park; Open daily at 11:30am;  Lowkey friendly pub. HH is daily, noon-7pm with $8 Wine and well and $6 drafts. Lots of UK beers on menu.  Brunch served but no free drinks.  Large regular menu – tons of British traditional choices. https://www.thechurchillny.com/

Tavern29: American Pub. 47 E 29th @ Park;  Have to love the daily HH M-F from 11am-7pm with $5 Beer, $6 wine. Cool outdoor seating in the back.  Bottomless brunch.  Sit at the bar with the friendly bartenders and enjoy a few inexpensive drinks. Perfect for day drinking.  http://www.tavern29.com/

Paddy Reilly’s: Irish Pub. 519 2nd Av @ 29th: Lots of live music. Great for a few. Awesome food.  Even have open Mic night; Guinness & Bud on tap only; Reeks with tradition & been around forever. Classic Irish gem. One of the most authentic Irish pubs in the city. Nightly bands.  http://paddyreillysmusicbar.us/

Failte: Irish Pub. 531 2nd Ave @ 29th– 30th;  Standard Irish fare with pool in the back;  Extremely friendly staff and patrons;  Fireplace; Beer Pong & Trivia Thursday; Weekend drink deals just as good. One of the better spots in the area. Guinness poured well here. Whiskey specialists.  HH is daily 11:30am-6pm.  https://failtebar.com/

Wine:30: Wine Bar. 41 E 30th @ Mad-Park;  HH daily from 3-6pm where you pick a bottle of wine and get a dip/pita app for $30. They serve lunch, dinner and brunch. Huge wine list featuring 100’s of bottles. Most glasses around $13.  https://wine30nyc.com/

Banc Café: Gastropub.  431 3rd Av @ 30th;  Very tasty and exciting food menu.  Brunch features 4 types of Bloodies and amazing looking food.  HH is M-F, 4pm-8pm with $5 beer, $7 wine. Live music on occasion. https://banccafe.com/

Waterfront Ale House: American Pub. 540 2nd Av @ 30th;  Really great American bar food (ribs, nachos, elk or bison burgers etc); Menu is large as well; Excellent selection of beers; Cool, ‘normal’ bar scene;  Attracts regulars; Best nachos ever. www.waterfrontalehouse.com

Ayza Wine & Chocolate Bar: Wine Bar. 11 W 31st @ 5th – BWay; Recently renovated; Amazing desserts – many chocolate based;  Happy Hour is M-F, 3-6pm with $5 wines and beer; Brunch served; Chocolate martinis of course;  The food is great as is the atmosphere. Date friendly.  https://ayzanyc.com/

The Heights at Arlo NoMad: Rooftop Hotel Bar. 11 E 31st St @ Mad-5th; Opens at noon on weekends; Chill vibe – upscale but not pretentious; Have Frose (drink) all day; At Arlo Hotel; Has a glass floor; Lots of seating; Can see Empire State Building; Great option.

PS 450: Lounge. 450 Park Av @ 31st;  Has a stylish 32 foot bar; DJ at night; Great after work spot with banker types that changes into a more progressive crown later; M-F HH 4-8pm $5 drafts, $7 wine; Decent wine selection; Great food; Private party space. The space is huge. Unpretentious;.  http://www.ps450.com/

Brother Jimmy’s: Dive / Sports Bar. 181 Lex @ 31st; Carolina Bar; Incredible Bar-B-Q food; Dirt Cheap beer specials- Happy Hour 5-8pm; Great for games – especially Tarheels or Yankees; Just a fun place, but this chain of bars is starting to fizzle out.  www.brotherjimmys.com/;

Jack Dempsey’s: Irish Pub. 36 W 33rd @ 5th-BWay;  About 20 beers on draft; They serve Rum Punch; Great food selection; Super friendly bar and very popular; Wine is $8. HH is M-F, 4-8pm; Names after the boxer. Has 3 levels- huge place.      http://jackdemseys.com/

Foley’s: Sports Bar. 18 W 33rd @ 5th-BWay;  Huge baseball scene. They have a 3,000 baseball collection; Great food. Excellent atmosphere;  Up to 200 kinds of beer. Caring staff. Carlsberg on tap. Check out your next game here. Good location with other bars nearby. www.foleysny.com

Legends: Sports Bar. 6 W 33rd @ 5th-BWay; Huge place featuring football ‘factory’- soccer. 3 levels – can dine on amazing pub grub on 1 level full of sports memorabilia; Every soccer game imaginable plays here; Stunning gorgeous interior; Gets mobbed after work and during big games.  Private parties. http://www.legends33.com/media/legends.html

Ainsworth: Upscale Sports Bar. 45 E 33rd @ Park-Mad; Football heaven; Huge palace of sports watching heaven; TVs on all surfaces; Rustic décor; Female friendly; Great food menu; At night it is more of a lounge feel; Celebs will show here; Happy hour is 4-7pm daily.   http://theainsworth.com/

Wine:34: Wine Bar. 127 E 34th @ Lex-Park;  Open for brunch, lunch or dinner; Great food options, large and small;  Wines over $13 by the glass; More of a sit-down and eat set up than pure wine bar. Classy.    https://wine34nyc.com/