Archives for November 2012

Shorty’s 9th Avenue – Good Fun, Food and Sports in Midtown Manhattan

Shorty's 9th Avenue Restaurant Sports Bar Midtown Manhattan New York
Business Travelers: Do you recommend Shorty’s 9th Ave for

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Co-workers, Colleagues or Customers?
Conducting Business; having a Business meeting?
Dining alone?
Women Business Travelers dining alone?
Friendly staff, patrons and good service?
Enjoyable food?
Meeting other Business Travelers?
Rating: 3.7/5 (3 votes cast)

Out of Greenwich Village and headed to Midtown Manhattan. My destination is Shorty’s 9th Avenue in search of a Phillies game and a good cheesesteak. Back in New York for the past 3 months after a 3 year stint away in Philadelphia. I am missing a good, real cheesesteak while watching a Phillies game among like minded fans. Shorty’s has two locations, 9th Avenue and Madison Avenue. Don’t be afraid, Philly fans are actually nice and friendly to the competition and Shorty’s is not all about cheesesteaks, so head on over for a casual, fun, bar food place with televisions and sports in Midtown Manhattan.

The Shorty’s 9th Ave Experience: On a Thursday night about 8:15 P.M. I walk into Shorty’s 9th Avenue and sit at the bar and order a drink. Great beer selection but tonight I order a glass of wine. Not your typical sports bar kind of choice but I plan on eating big and don’t want to get filled up. The Phillies were on and I settle in for what will become a disappointing night for my team. The bartender gives me a menu and calls me “honey” making me feel like I am right back in Philly although she must not have been a day older than 22.

Shorty’s has a large selection of cheesesteaks, chicken cheesesteaks, hoagies and sandwiches with enough sides and salads to please everyone. I order my usual Pizza Steak with fried onions, steak, provolone, marinara and onions with a side of Yuengling Rings. Lots of onion for me tonight. All was terrific. Many credit the bread made with Philly water as being the key to a great cheesesteak and Shorty’s 9th Avenue has the bread shipped in from Philly every hour and bakes it onsite.

The bar is long and faces the wall and runs the length of the restaurant. About 5 seats on the short side near the door and about 15 on the long side. Televisions visible from everywhere.

Two German tourists came in and asked to have a local beer. The bartender recommended the Brooklyn Summer Ale and a Yuengling Lager. Yeungling is a favorite local Philly beer, delicious from the “Oldest Brewery in America.” Shorty’s uses Yuengling to batter the onion rings I ordered. Terrific recommendations. She also recommends the tourists select two different cheesesteaks and share. They were very happy with the beer and food.

Shorty’s also has a food truck traveling around the city.  Follow them on twitter to get the daily location @shortysnyc. We will review the second Shorty’s location on Madison Avenue soon.

Business Travelers: Shorty’s 9th Avenue is a Philly joint in Manhattan but if no Phillies teams are on television the staff is so nice and friendly I’m sure they would change the channel to your favorite team. Not a rowdy place tonight and moderately full so it was a great night to hang and have a good meal and catch a game without riotous crowd you might expect at a sports bar. Comfortable noise level. I know the situation is very different when the Eagles are playing, even when they are losing badly, so timing is everything. A great place for a group of friends, co-workers, clients or colleagues. Good casual place especially if you are staying in the Midtown Manhattan area, including the Theater District and Time Square. Tired of hotel food? Shorty’s has a great delivery service whose delivery area includes many of the local hotels. A comfortable sports bar for women traveling on business. Stroll around and check out the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood shops and restaurants centered on 9th Avenue and of course the nearby Theater District and Times Square.

BarTaste Sports Bar Rating ★★★★☆ 

Shorty’s 9th Avenue
576 9th Avenue
New York, NY 10036
(212) 967-3055

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Dell’anima – Italian Gem in Greenwich Village

Dell'anima Restaurant New York Manhattan Greenwich Village West Village

Business Travelers: Do you recommend Dell’anima for

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Co-workers, Colleagues or Customers?
Conducting Business; having a Business meeting?
Dining alone?
Women Business Travelers dining alone?
Friendly staff, patrons and good service?
Enjoyable food?
Meeting other Business Travelers?
Rating: 3.9/5 (3 votes cast)

Yes, back in The Village. I have celebrated a couple of happy events (or not so happy if getting older irks you) at Dell’anima. Love the place, so was anxious to go back, sit, eat at the bar and write about it.

The Dell’anima Experience: On Friday, August 3, 2012 I walk into Dell’anima about 7:15 P.M., sit at the bar and order a glass of wine. The place is packed and I snag the last seat at the small bar. The crowd is a mixture of dating couples, West Village locals and other who are just getting their night started with dinner, they have all picked the right place.

Dell’anima, “of the soul” in Italian, serves an inventive, fresh menu which changes frequently. Don’t worry when I say “inventive”, everyone will find something they like on the menu. I order an appetizer with Tomatoes and Ricotta and and then the Risotto Alla Pilota, housemade sausage, salumi and pecorino. Everything was delicious, the other patrons were terrific as well. The bartender handled the bustling crowd and made everyone feel welcome.  A truly enjoyable evening at the bar.

It was a Friday night so getting into the restaurant without a reservation would be more challenging than usual and getting one the seats at the small bar was tough as well. I got the last of one of the bar seats and shifted down one seat later to make room for two people to my left. The bar has about 8 seats and faces the wall leaving most of the restaurant and street activity behind you. No televisions, no problem.

Business Travelers: It was a Friday night so not the biggest business traveler night out of the week. Dell’anima is worth the trip to the West Village for a meal. Make a reservation or wait for a seat at the bar. A great place for a group of friends, co-workers, clients or colleagues. Not a large place with moderate sound and an open kitchen. Next time I will try to sit at the chef’s counter. There were a couple of women eating alone at the bar making Dell’anima a good place for women traveling on business. Allow some time to check out the surrounding West Village neighborhood and stop by nearby Magnolia Bakery for a cupcake.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★★☆ 

38 8th Avenue
New York, NY 10014
212-366-6633 ‎

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