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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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UPPER EAST SIDE (59th- 96th; E of 5th)
 

Carriage House: Irish Pub. 219 E 59th @ 2nd-3rd Av; 18/18/M; Failure standard Irish pub; Great food, friendly bartenders, lots of TVs; Solid options to start out your evening;  Good option for the area; Has pool table; some tables and nice sized bar.

 

Subway Inn: Dive Bar. 143 E. 60th @ 3rd; 19/11/I; Dumpy, cool. Popular. Gritty Charm. Dirt Cheap. Top Dive Lounge; Good Juke and Golden Tee; Seedy locals frequent here. Not for families. Shot and a beer kind of place; Been around since 1934; Drink while waiting for wife at Bloomies.    
 
Baker Street: English Pub. 1153 1st Av @ 63rd;17/13/M; 8 TVs; Rugby fans hangout; Cocktail filmed here;  Known for being a great place to watch English Premier Soccer; 30s-40s crowd. Great bar food. 
 
O’Flanagan’s: Irish Pub. 1215 First @ 65th: 17/18/M; Irish bar w/ music, live sometimes, almost every night;. Sports Bar; Have a party here. Great local scene. Great atmosphere. Excellent bar food –can sit down. Friendly group of regulars. 4-7pm happy hour. Buy backs. Pool tables.   
 
Phoenix Park: Irish Pub. 206 E 67th @ 3rd; 19/18/M; Lots of seating; Pool; Huge bar; Outside Garden; Multiple rooms; Neighborhood  joint with character; Quiet off peak hours. Buy backs. Older late 20s-40s crowd. Happy hour noon-7pm with $3 pints and house liquor. $4 on weekends. 
 
Session 73: Bar/ Lounge. 1359 1st Ave @ 73rd: 18/15/M; Live music. Very spacious. Good singles scene. Cool place. 20s-30s. Loud. Seating to eat a meal- decent food; Multiple bars; Trendy and cool.  Cheese fondue on menu. Happy hour 5-8pm weekdays with $3 domestic beers, $5 cocktails. 
 
Banshee Pub: Irish Pub. 1373 1st @ 73-4; 16/15/M; Great bartenders.. buy backs every 3rd drink. Pub feel; Friendly beer spot; Good jukebox; Just a decent pub with cool crowd.  Happy hour 5-8pm. Smallish.
 
Iggy’s: Dive Bar. 1452 2nd Av @ 75th;19/17/M;  Karaoke Bar every night; Fun atmosphere.... drinking and singing. Long bar w/ big back room; Locals and parties; Good for private groups. Rockband Hero on Wed/ Sun. Happy hour 5-7pm daily;  Private parties. 
 
McKeowns: Irish Pub. 1303 3rd @ 75th; 19/19/M; Upscale. Family place but fun. You can bring anyone here. Neighborhood bar; Great for a burger or other food. Not overly popular, just a nice neighborhood bar. Kind of cool décor; Best for a nice meal and a pint. 
 

Stumble Inn: Beer Bar. 1454 2nd Av @ 76th; 18/18/I; Major Frat party scene; Beer pong; Formerly Mo’s Caribbean; Very cheap drink deals; TVs galore; Have a stuffed burger – amazing but you’ll gain 5 pounds; Great website listing the daily drink specials; Talking great deals;  Lively energy – pick-up joint for 20s crowd. 

 
Doc Watson’sIrish Pub. 1490 2nd @ 77th; 19/15/M; Upscale bar; 20 ounce pints; Great dining in the back; Garden; Sports bar; Minor singles scene- better date spot; Pretty cool and nicer pub – classier.  Happy hour 11am-7pm w/ $3 specials. Same owners as Hairy Monk & Johnny Foxes. 
 
Brother Jimmy’s: Dive / Sports Bar. 1485 Second @ 77; 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. This is the original.  
 

Vero: Wine Bar. 1483 2nd Av @ 77-78th; 22/19/E; Nice wine bar known as well for sangria and tasty paninis – often free on Monday during happy hour; Good for a first date; About 100 wines by the bottle and 40 by the glass. There is a location at 1004 2nd Av @ 53rd as well. 

 
Bar CoastalSports Bar. 1495 @ 78th; 15/15/I; Stiff drinks. Happy hour specials; Frat party scene; Young crowd; Fake ID central; Bar food; Cheap drinks. Excellent wings. Perfect for football watching. $3 Happy Hour 4-7pm
 
 
Mad RiverPub. 1442 3rd @ 81st; 15/15/I; Bar n’ Grill type. Spacious and multiple tables to eat; At night – becomes a party scene; 20s crowd; Juke/DJ at night. Good for large groups.  See website for amazing drink specials including $2 draft Tuesdays & $1 draft Fridays 7-10pm. Sick deals all week.
 
Brady’s B&GSports Bar. 1583 2nd @ 82nd; 19/18/M; Typical UES Frat party bar. Cheap beer. TV’s. Happy hours; Pool, darts; Cool to hang out.  Major dart scene. Youngish 20s crowd. Good Bloody Marys. 
 
Jack Russell Pub: Irish Pub/ Sports Bar; 1591 2nd @ 82-3rd; 17/16/M; Clean, sophisticated and classy; Like a pub in England; late 20s-30s crowd normally; Very high end pub; Huge place; Great food here. 21 TVs; Does get crowded & B&T-ish at night. Pool tables. Best for a pint during a day-time sports game.

 

Gael PubIrish Pub. 1465 3rd Ave @ 82-3rd; 19/17/M; Great great place- large space;  Friendly, Buy-backs. Clean location. Upscale Irish. Neighborhood mainstay; Dates, singles, groups;  Lots of TVs;  Tuesday Trivia nights is very popular here. All day Happy hour: $4 Miller Lite Drafts, $5 Well. 
 
SaloonPub/ Lounge/ Sports Bar;  1584 York @ 83rd;  17/16/M; 3 bars; 2 DJs; Dancing at night; Lounge even. Perfect for a large private party; ZogSports has their parties here.  Can be quiet on weekdays as it is on York. Huge Florida State University bar; Service is spotty and it’s far from everything on the down side. 

 

Caledonia Scottish Pub: Scottish Pub. 1609 2nd Av @ 83rd-84th;  25/20/M; Nearly perfect Yelp reviews; Known for super friendly bartenders and an authentic environment; The Upper East Side’s new star establishment;  Endless whiskey selection;  Top cocktails, draft beer and bottles.

 

Trinity Public HouseIrish Pub. 229 84th @ 2nd-3rd; 21/20/M; Small, neighborhood place; Great bar hopping spot; Happy hour; Owned by Banshee Pub people; Beer and friendly staff are trademarks. Locals- no B&T crowd. Awesome bartenders; Welcoming feel. Cozy, wooden interior.  Great for brunch.
 
Brandy’s Piano BarPiano Bar. 235 84th @ 2nd-3rd;  24/16/M; Live music starting at 9:30pm daily; Fun crowd;  Relaxing happy crowd- 4-8pm;  Sing along and be entertained; late 20s-30s crowd;  Guilty pleasures. Does get crowded.  Go for happy hour performer and then stay for the 9:30pm bigger show.   
 
Ryan’s DaughterIrish Pub. 350 E 85th @ 1st-2nd Av; 20/15/M; Classic Irish Pub; More eclectic crowd. Crowded at night...20s-40s. Neighborhood spot off the path; Great for a group of friends. Unpretentious and one of the best bars   in the Upper East Side- not a typical college bar. Potato chips!  

Heidelberg: Restaurant/ Bar. 1648 2nd @ 86th; 21/19/M; German restaurant and bar. Authentic feel; Huge steins of beer; German food; Get drunk here! Local crowd of German beer lovers. Sunday Brunch. Fun for a change of pace. Smallish. Check out website.
 
Uptown LoungeLounge. 1576 3rd @ 88th; 23/21/M; Lounge and bar combined. Sit down dining; Great food. Top After Work, Martini, Romantic, Wine, Bartender spot. Date spot; Happy hour daily 4-8pm $6 martinis, drafts $4.  Wed-$6-martinis all night!  Excellent brunch & Bloody Marys w/ 2 drinks. 
 
RathbonesDive Bar/ Sports Bar; 1702 2nd @ 88-89th; 17/14/M; Cool spot; Tons of specials. Major frat boy scene due to TVs and cheap drinks; Can eat here. Two for Tuesday- 2 for 1 beverage and food specials.  Cool locals hang here; Many TVs; Wings and burgers. 
 

Genesis: Irish Pub. 1708 2nd Av @ 88-89th; 19/16/M; Friendly service at this Irish local keep the regulars coming back;  Known for better than average food including their burgers; Wings great as well and they have a traditional Irish breakfast; Weekend brunch; Endless TVs; 

 
Auction HouseLounge/ Bar. 300 E 89th @ 2nd; 23/22/M; Very cheap drinks; Cute staff; Singles scene; Two rooms in the place; Dark and cool; Off the beaten path;  Diamond in the rough; “Normal” people and relaxing vibe.  PDA worthy couches. Supremely cool spot. Date friendly.  

 

Manny's on Second: Sports Bar. 1770 2nd Av @ 92nd-93rd;  24/17/M; Known as a great sports bar with awesome wings at cheap priced; Staff is super friendly; Try the BBQ wings, Buffalo or Garlic Parm; Casual and relaxing;  Manny is their pug – he’s usually there; 2,000 Sq foot party room; 40 HDTVs; 24 beers on tap.

 

Kinsale Tavern: Irish Pub. 1672 3rd Av @ 93-4th; 22/18/M; Upscale Irish pub featuring incredibly good bar food; Mixed Grill, Fish & Chips outstanding; Large bottle and draught selection; Numerous large screen TVs; Older crowd during day becomes higher energy at night. Reasonable prices. Guinness poured correctly!