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Cock & Bull – Great British Pub & Terrific Crowd in Midtown

Cock & Bull British Pub Midtown Manhattan New York BarTaste Review Meal Eaten at Restaurant Bar
Business Travelers: Do you recommend Cock & Bull 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: 4.4/5 (4 votes cast)

I’m being asked for more Midtown reviews so here we go! With many travelers and locals staying and meeting in Midtown Manhattan, more info on choices is necessary and we aim to fill in the info gap. (Why does my auto-correct keep typing “Modtown”?) I have some meetings in Midtown so I scope out a few choices from BarTaste’s Targeted for Review Map. After my meetings, I head to my first choice, Cock & Bull. Of course I have burgers on the mind.

Cock & Bull Experience: On Wednesday, January 9, 2013 I walk into Cock & Bull in Midtown. The place is pleasantly full with an after-work crowd. Groups of people, out for a bite and a drink after work, sit and stand at the wall tables in the bar area and several groups sit at the bar itself. Plenty of room to maneuver so I a scout out a seat. Once again I arrive to find one last bar seat remaining. I seem to be on a lucky roll. This seat is a little crammed between two groups at the bar but when I ask if anyone is sitting there, both groups are happy to provide a little room for me to fit in and sit down for a comfortable meal.

The Bar faces the wall with about 6 seats on an angle at the front of the restaurant and 14 seats on the long side stretching into the main seating area. I am sitting near where the angle meets the long side giving me a great view of the entire bar, restaurant and out through the front windows onto the street. There is an upper level which is quieter than the main floor but the noise level tonight is quite comfortable, making for a fun, but not loud, experience. Two large televisions are visible from all bar seats and are now playing ESPN with no live games being televised. The other patrons are very engaging and fun. Cock & Bull is advertising a Super Bowl Party which I unfortunately missed.

I look at the menu for a long time wanting to try much of what is there having forgotten my burger craving long ago. The very friendly, strongly accented bartender, recommends his favorite, Bangers and Mash. Not sure which part of the British Empire he is from, my skill at differentiating accents is pitiful. I really want to try the Mushy Peas with Bacon but I have stopped ordering too much food and go with just the Bangers and Mash. It is great, a hearty meal and I devoured every last bit. You can’t go wrong with the bartender’s recommendation.

Business Travelers: Cock & Bull is perfect for business travelers. It was full of people who had just gotten off of work and were settling in with friends and coworkers for meals and drinks. During the evening other locals, and just a few tourists, came in making for a really nice well rounded crowd. Absolutely go here with friends, co-workers, clients or colleagues. Check out the nearby beautiful Grand Central Terminal which just celebrated its 100th Anniversary. Look up (yes, here you can look up) at the beautiful ceiling, an astrological painting. Notice Orion is backward, or is everything else backward? Grand Central is full of shops and restaurants. Definitely a perfect place for women traveling on business.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★★☆ 

Cock & Bull
23 West 45 Street
New York, NY 10036
212-819-1900

Cock & Bull Menu
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Manzo – Wonderful Meat and Service at Bustling Eataly Italian Market

Manzo Restaurant at Eataly New York Manhattan Flatiron
Business Travelers: Do you recommend Manzo 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: 4.3/5 (5 votes cast)

Eataly, the huge Italian Market in Flatiron, is perpetually crowded. There are several restaurants inside but the one which truly gives you a break from the mobs is Manzo, a beef focused restaurant with a long bar, white cloth tables, wonderful service and of course meat and everything to go with it.

Manzo Experience: On Thursday, December 13, 2012 about 1:10 P.M. I am meeting a friend for lunch at Manzo, in the Batali and Bastianich cavernous Italian Market, Eataly. We never picked a spot to meet and spend the next 10 minutes trying to find each other over the phone in the crowd. It is a happy, fun and hungry crowd jostling around, some just looking but many shopping, everything looks amazingly good.

We head to Manzo and wait while the hostess deals with a tourist who is asking and reasking about his many options for dining within the next ten minutes. Why doesn’t he just sit down? He can’t find his dining partner in the crowds. We wait patiently but I am getting a little antsy as I see two prime bar seats, and no others, the bar is full of lunchers. Finally quiz guy walks away and we are quickly seated. We are immediately given water and menus and my friend goes to the restroom and someone tries to take his seat, the bar spots are in high demand for lunch. I fend off the interloper, my friend comes back, and we talk about what we will have.

We are sitting about midpoint along the bar which has about 18 seats and faces the wall. While you can hear the activity in the market you are comfortably wrapped in a rich setting with a fantastic staff, friendly co-diners and fantastic food. The bar is full but there are still a few tables available.

The lunch menu is extensive but the $29 Prix Fixe catches our eye. We both order the Baby Artichokes, NY Strip Steak and the Torta di Nocciole. Along with a ¾ bottle of wine, the food and service were perfect for a fun and satisfying lunch.

Business Travelers: While the market does draw tourists, the bar and tables seem to be filled with professionals from both the area and Midtown. I know it is more crowded after work, dinner and weekends. Have not tied scoring a bar seat during dinner but their online reservation system was showing several table times available for dinner. I suggest allowing a little time flexibility if going for a bar meal to allow seats to open up. The seats did turn over during lunch. Absolutely go here with friends, co-workers, clients or colleagues. Manzo @ Eataly is a nice 20 to 30 minute walk from most of Midtown or a quick cab ride. Allow time to walk the Flatiron and NoMad neighborhoods and check out the Eataly Italian Market. Enjoy the homemade gelato. Stop by the NoMad Hotel for a drink in the impressive library or go across the street inside Madison Square Park to Shake Shack and get a milkshake. Definitely a perfect place for women traveling on business.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★★☆ 

Manzo @ Eataly
200 5th Avenue (23rd Street)
New York, NY 10010
212-229-2560

Manzo @ Eataly Menu
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Wogies – West Village, Philly Sports and more Cheesesteaks

Wogies Bar and Grill Greenwich Village New York Manhattan Philly Sports Bar
Business Travelers: Do you recommend Wogies 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: 2.6/5 (4 votes cast)

We are on a Sports and Cheesesteak roll here at BarTaste, so to continue, here is our review of Wogies. Working to build our selection of Sports Bars. You can track our progress here with our New York Sports Maps. My sadness with the Philadelphia Eagles dismal season has not even been lifted by watching a New York Giants meltdown. This review was a while in coming but again it is time.

Our next review, no sports, is of a wonderful lunch at the bar at  Manzo at Eataly. Stay tuned.

Wogies Experience: I arrive at Wogies at 12 noon for a 1 P.M. Eagles game start. I’ve learned my lesson (see Shorty’s review) about arriving just before kickoff expecting to find a good seat. Even though I am an hour early, all 8 seats at the bar are taken. The place is not very crowded yet but I know to expect it to be packed by game time.  I stand near the bar, order a beer and watch the pregame on the televisions, one at either end of the bar. Several other televisions are placed strategically around the restaurant. Wogies is not a big place but has a great location on a corner in Greenwich Village. Today it is a little cold for outdoor seating but in warmer weather Wogies wraps the seating around both the Greenwich Avenue and Charles Street sides.

One again I am in luck, about 15 minutes before game start a couple gets up to leave the bar, guess they wanted to avoid the mob arriving for the game, it is getting crowded. I quickly settle in for the game with a good television view. Since it time for “brunch” I order the Oscar, a big sandwich with eggs, bacon, steak, cheese, peppers & onions. I always get provolone. It is not fair to compare this to other cheesesteaks in New York since I usually order a pizza steak so I’ll stick to my current best cheesesteak in New York and come back to Wogies again, order a pizza steak, then make a fair comparison.

As I said, Wogies is not a big place but filled with Eagles fans it has me very comfortable. The 8 bars seats face the wall and all have a view of the two televisions. Sit near the window to add a view of the West Village going by on Greenwich Avenue.

Business Travelers: If going for a big game get there early and prepare for the crowds especially if you plan to sit at the bar. If looking for a sports friendly place to go and have a cheesesteak (the wings are delicious I hear) then Wogies is a good choice. Friendly patrons and staff. Philly teams are not always exclusively on the televisions and they will take requests if possible. You can’t beat the central Greenwich Village location so come with friends, co-workers, clients or colleagues. Stroll around before or after and check out the higher end shopping and restaurants (Jeffrey’s Grocery) taking hold on nearby Christopher Street. Follow Christopher to Bleeker, make a right, and you will be in high end shopping heaven. A comfortable Sports Bar for women traveling on business.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★☆☆ 

Wogies Bar and Grill
39 Greenwich Ave
New York, NY 10014
212-229-2171

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