Monthly Archives: August 2015

A review of Stout NYC near Grand Central Terminal, part 1

Located at 60 East 41st Street in Midtown Manhattan, Stout NYC expands its empire with this third location, adding to its already successful Penn Station and Financial District spots. This bi-level space is similar to the other two locations, as a combination Irish /craft-beer / sports bar with decent eats. Its location just south of Grand Central Terminal should bring in numerous office workers / commuters, as there are not many bar options in the few blocks immediately south of GCT.  Check back later this week for Part 2 of our visit to Stout NYC.

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A review of McGettigan’s Irish pub in Midtown Manhattan, part 2

Click here for part 1 of our review of McGettigan’s. The pub’s layout includes the following: A crescent moon-shaped bar greets patrons on the left just past the entrance. High-top tables opposite the bar and seating in back and on the second level. There’s also a small second level just above the entrance that offers window seating, along with a few tables for outdoor seating. There’s also some seating on a mid level area directly behind the bar.

We look forward to our next visit to McGettigan’s. If you work nearby, make McGettigan’s your new after-work go to spot.

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A review of McGettigan's Irish pub in Midtown Manhattan, part 1

Located at 70 West 36th street (just northeast of Herald Sq), McGettigan’s is a spacious, bi-level Irish pub. The layout and ambiance is like no other Irish nyc pub we’ve seen (and we’ve seen almost all of them!).  McGettigan’s is a family owned spot and has locations in Ireland and others around the world. This is their first US location. At least 8 flat screen TVs are mounted optimally around the space. Tap beers number 24 of mostly quality crafts. The bottled beer selection was fairly standard. Bar food can be best described as upscale bar/pub fare.  Check back later this week for Part 2 of our visit to McGettigan’s.



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A review of Bar Rua in Manhattan's Murray Hill

Located at 497 Third Avenue, Bar Rua is an Irish pub/ sports bar located along a stretch of Third Ave with numerous other sports bars. This spot used to be Patrick Kavanaugh’s (and, briefly, pig n whistle in between). With fewer tables and more standing room, Bar Rua feels more spacious than its previous incarnations. There’s a small room on the back for private events. Food offerings are fairly standard for a sports bar (bar apps, burgers, sandwiches and other entrees). The $10 lunch special is fairly generous and includes the choice of an app and an entree. This is a great stop for your next Murray hill NYC bar crawl.

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A review of Handcraft Kitchen & Cocktails in Manhattan's Kips Bay

Located at 367 Third Avenue in Manhattan’s Kips Bay, Handcraft is a recently-opened cocktail and wine bar. We found the craftbeer selection to be notable as well. We stumbled upon this spot within a few weeks after it opened, so the kitchen was not yet fully operational during our visit. Thus, we’re not able to provide a first-hand view on the food offerings. The place is fairly spacious and a nice alternative to some of the other bars that operate along this stretch of Third Avenue. We look forward to a return visit.

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A review of Jasper's Taphouse in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen

Located at 761 9th Avenue (on the NW corner with 51st Street) in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen, Jasper’s Taphouse is a solid addition to any craftbeer bar crawl through this part of town. Jasper’s offers 20 tap beers, including a good emphasis on local, tri-state area brewed beers. Jasper’s is a spacious spot offering bar area seating and some seating for dining. Food offerings include upscale bar appetizers, along with burgers and sandwiches. Brunch on weekends includes a complimentary bloody mary or mimosa. Jasper’s opens on weekdays at 11am and on weekends at 10am. Jasper’s is a great spot and we look forward to returning here on our next 9th avenue pub crawl!


A review of The Cannery in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen

Located at 765 9th Avenue (in the old Stecchino space) in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen, The Cannery is a new sports bar and gastropub (from same owners as Lilly O’Brien’s further downtown in Tribeca). Ten tap beers and cocktails are the main liquid draw here. Food menu can be best described as a combo of upscale bar and bistro fare. This spot will make for a good place for college or pro football watching in the fall. Definitely stop in for a drink the next time you’re bar hopping along Ninth Avenue.

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A review of The Malt House in Manhattan's Financial District

Located at 9 Maiden Lane in Manhattan’s Financial District, The Malt House recently opened its second location following the success of their first location in Greenwich Village. The Financial District location is more sizeable than its Greenwich Village counterpart.   A large bar area greets patrons upon entering. Some seating in back, along with a small second floor level opposite the main bar area. The draw at The Malt House is their solid craft beer selection. Over 30 frequently-rotated taps are available. The staff is friendly and can help you make a beer decision if you’re having difficulty deciding. This is a great spot. If you live/work nearby, add The Malt House FiDi to your rotation.

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