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Manhattan & NJ (Bergen County) Restaurant Reviews

Ian Hunter's Guide to Manhattan and Bergen County, NJ's Best Restaurants, Bars, and Gourmet Markets

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CHELSEA / GARMENT / MEATPACKING (14th-38th; West of 6th Av)
 
Plunge - Gansevoort Hotel Bar: Lounge. 18 9th Av @ 13th; 24/26/VE; Rooftop 15th floor bar. Endless hot people but very pricy. Dress well; Singles scene; Incredible views of the Hudson; Romantic when not packed.  Tends to be B&T and reviews mixed – but the view, wow!   Gets crowded on weekends; Impress a date! 
 
Ara Wine BarWine Bar. 24 9th Av @ 13th-14th; 20/19/E; Unpretentious; Comfortable, smallish wine bar serving tasty eats; Comfortable sofas; Nice mix of people, great place to unwind. Most glasses - $12-$14 and cocktails available for $15.  Not a huge selection. Cheese plate is solid.


Gaslight: Lounge. 400 W 14th @ 9th Av; 19/16/M; Cool looking Elizabethan décor; Spacious but not huge; Sexy singles mingling; Living Room feel; Great stop for a couple. Can get crowded – better off peak. Less pretentious, fun crowd. Great location.  5-7pm Happy Hour. Loungier sibling bar “G2” opened 39 9th Av @13th-14th

 

Snap: Sports Bar. 248 W 14th @ 7th-8th; 18/22/E; Upscale sports bar with large food menu – get the sliders; Numerous huge high def TVs; LED sports ticker in the bar; Solid bartending; Much needed sports bar for the area; Drafts are $7 normally so not cheap for the genre. Go during happy hour – knocks a few bucks off. 


The Cabana @ Maritime Hotel: Lounge. 363 W. 16th @ 9th; 22/22/E; Amazing crowd. Ultra popular. Great scene. 20s-30s; Retro décor; Extremely large place; Outdoors in summer is amazing; Couches, sofas; Professional crowd; Sexy staff.  Late night scene; Expensive drinks. Rooftop/outdoor

 

The Park: Lounge. 118 10th @ 17th-18th; 19/24/E; Gorgeous inside – huge beautiful patio; Tons of different rooms with different music; Celeb spot. Bar area is vast and expansive; Sexy singles and networking; DJ – good music.  Downside is prices and it is a scene- bit pretentious.  

 

Peter McManus: Irish Pub. 152 Seventh Av @ 19th: 21/16/M; Very friendly locals; Great Juke. Neighborhood pub; Buy Backs- cheap drinks; One of the few laid back typical Pubs in the area.  Great food! Family run.  Throw back to old school NYC pubs; Never a bad time. 

 

Bar Veloce: Wine Bar. 176 7th Av @ 20th-21st; 22/20/E; Square bar, spacious, ample seating; You sit facing all the wine bottles along the bar; Sophisticated European feel; Medium sized selection of all types of wines; Excellent cheese and meat plates as well as delicious paninis.

 

Trailer Park Lounge: Dive Bar. 271 W 23rd St @ 7th – 8th Av; 19/20/M; Fantastic Margaritas- strong;  Southern menu of great food; Fun, inventive drinks;  Happy Hour 4-7pm daily- $3 drafts, $5 margaritas; Cute, friendly staff; High energy. Wacky setting with bizarre things on the walls; PBR in can. 

 

Westside Tavern: Irish Pub; 360 W 23rd @ 9th: 17/17/M; Large, cool Tavern… great starter place or place to hang out pre-Lounging.; Pool in back; Spacious setting; Buy Backs; Dave Mathew’s fav place. No Happy Hour – annoying. 

 

Half King: Irish Pub; 505 W 23rd @ 10th; 20/15/M; More low key; Owned by famous author Sebastian Junger; 2/3 restaurant – 1/3 Bar; Outdoor seating; Very hip spot.  Focus on excellent pub food- fresh ingredients. 4-8pm happy hour - $4 drafts. 

 

One Star: Dive Bar. 147 W 24th @ 6th-7th Av; 22/15/M; Every day, different 1st name honored- drink for FREE if yours; Pool, Jukebox; This is a fun, laid back bar; Great for after work or a few pre-game. All night if your name! Mixed drinks in pint glasses. 16 oz can of beer & shot of whiskey for $7.

 

Rogue Bar & Lounge: Sports Bar; 757 6th Av @ 25-6th; 18/16/I; Private Parties; Daily Happy Hour specials; Great Drinks; Good food menu; After work spot; 8 Flat screens; Weekend DJs. Cool 20s-30s crowd; Singles; Fun & low key.  

 

Frying Pan: Waterfront Bar. W 26th @ West Side Highway; 23/19/M; Built on a lightship, it is an outdoor bar on the water; Boats docked to the pier nearby stop for a drink; Perfect daytime space/ pre-evening; Great food as well. Beautiful views of Jersey; Open May-October; Gets packed. 

 

Gstaad: Lounge; 43 West 26th @ 6th-Bway; 19/19/M; Top After Work spot;  Like a ski lodge inside; Lots of room; Seasonal drinks; Good looking crowd;  DJ’s spin music; Gets crowded at night; Starter or full evening place.  Happy hour 5:30-7:30. 

 

Rare View: Rooftop Lounge. 152 W 26th @ 6th-7th; 24/21/E; Great after work spot; Private Parties; Amazing views; DJs/ Music; Go early to avoid crowds; Check out Murray Hill sibling. Open 5pm-midnight; Incredibly tasty menu; Go for nibbles and cocktails and enjoy the view. Impress a date. 

 

Ainsworth, The: Upscale Sports Bar. 122 26th @ 6th-7th Av; 23/22/E;  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 best time to go.

 

Triple Crown: Irish Pub. 300 7th Av @ 28-9th; 18/18/M; Plenty of tables to dine before a game at MSG; Large spacious bar scene as well; Daytime/ lunch/ dinner bar- not a late night spot. TVs; Good food- solid for a pub; Gets crowded before a MSG game; Friendly bartenders.  

 

Billymark’s West: Dive Bar. 332 9th Av @ 29th; 25/14/I; CitySearch’s TOP Dive Bar in area; Great for Pool, Darts; Watch a game; Cheapo Party; Jukebox; Inexpensive; Grunge feel; Locals and mixed crowd. Cheap drinks. Neighborhood bar. Bartenders are the BEST – funny and cool. Generous.  

 

Ace Hotel Lobby Bar: Hotel Bar; Ace Hotel; 20 W 29th @ B-Way-5th Av; 25/24/E; Spacious and hip; Gorgeous décor;

Couches, a photo booth; Best lounge in the area; Bar is popular with people wanting to log on-line and chill; At night becomes a trendy scene; Young, hip hotel. 

 

Blarney StoneDive Bar. 410 8th Av @ 30-31st; 15/12/I; Filled with locals and dirt cheap beer and happy hour specials. True classic. This location the ‘nicest’ of the Blarney chain. Better food than most. 

 

Brother Jimmy’sDive / Sports Bar. 416 8th Av @ 31st; 20/14/M; Carolina Bar; Incredible Bar- B-Q food; Dirt Cheap beer specials- Happy Hour 5-8pm; Great for games – especially Tarheels or Yankees; Singles scene at night; Beer lover’s haven; Fish Bowls with Alligators in them; Just a fun place.  

 

Stout: Irish Pub. 133 W 33rd @ 6-7th Av; 20/18/M; Gigantic Irish pub; 32 large screens; 130 beers; Sports bar too;  Monday is Pint & Pizza night - $10;  Karaoke Saturdays in the Cellar; 3 levels- multiple bars; Perfect for huge groups or After work fun;  100+ beers to choose from. Gets mobbed during MSG events. 

 

Houndstooth Pub: Irish Pub. 520 8th Av @ 37th; 21/19/M; From owners of nearby ultra popular Stitch; Large place (6,800 sq feet) – square bar in main room; Three distinctive scenes; Popular after work happy hour crowd; Strong drinks; Happy hour until 7pm; Higher end bar food- it’s good. 

 

StitchBar/ Lounge. 247 W 37th @ 8th: 19/19/M; Pre MSG event bar. Lots of music and TVs. Great food. Extremely spacious; Sexy crowd for area; Singles scene; Massive place- great for parties; Happy Hour; Excellent pub food.  See website- lots going on. Numerous huge TVs- perfect for a game. Gets mobbed pre Knicks or NY Rangers;  Major after-work scene as well.