Quality Italian – Fun and High Quality Italian – Perfect Name in Midtown

Quality Italian Restaurant New York Manhattan Midtown
Business Travelers: Do you recommend Quality Italian 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: 4.0/5 (6 votes cast)

When you select a name like Quality Italian for your restaurant you have already set expectations very high. After two visits I can tell you that those expectations have been exceeded. The first visit with friends had me wanting much more so I returned to have a meal at the bar.

The Quality Italian Experience: On a snowy Tuesday evening I decide it is time for a Midtown Manhattan review and head to Quality Italian. Being a Tuesday with snow I’m sure there will be lots of room. I arrive to find the bar full.

Quality Italian (QI for short) has a small bar downstairs but the slightly larger upstairs bar is where the action is. All the 8 seats on the long side facing the wall and the couple on the short side facing into the main dining room are full. One of these has been strangely co-opted by a woman sitting with friends in a small cocktail area next to the bar. Sitting substantially higher than her friends, and precariously leaning over, she looks as if she will shortly tumble over. The bartender, another patron and myself look at her quizzically and shrug.

The bartender, an extremely nice and attentive guy, asks what I would like to drink. I reply that I was hoping to sit at the bar for dinner. He replies that should not be a problem with a knowing nod and a smile. I order a drink and settle in, standing at the corner of the bar, waiting for a seat.

A regular is eating dinner next to me and she knows the bartender well, raving about the food. My new friend offers me a piece of an appetizer she is eating, Dry-Aged Porterhouse Agnolotti. It is terrific and I have a new best friend.

A seat opens up at the end of the bar and, before someone down there can snag it, the bartender guides me over into the seat. I finally settle in for what turns out to be a great meal.

I start with the Baked Clams, perfectly done and delicious. Make sure you have plenty of the freshly baked bread to soak up all the leftovers from the clams. Next is something I have been waiting for all week, the Veal Chop Milanese. Yes it is $39 but worth every cent. Pounded veal cooked perfectly with very tasty House Pickled Peppers & Mozzarella. I ate it slowly, thoroughly savoring every bite.

The bar area began filling and I made more friends, QI is a fun place. I met a couple from Long Island and she was making her own drink. After ordering a martini she pulled out a packet of Crystal Lite lemonade mix and poured it in. She did not have a name for the drink but she was certainly happy. Now I like martinis and Crystal Lite but don’t expect to be mixing them together anytime soon.

Business Travelers: Quality Italian is absolutely terrific for Business Travelers and anyone who wants to entertain clients, colleagues, friends or coworkers. In a top location, this restaurant is convenient to most buildings and hotels in Midtown Manhattan. It is worth the trip if even if you are staying downtown. QI is close to Central Park and all the very high-end Midtown Manhattan shopping and the city’s premiere office locations. I met several business women who felt very comfortable dining alone at QI’s bar and do so on a regular basis

BarTaste Rating  ★★★★★

Quality Italian
57 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019
212-390-1111

Quality Italian Menu
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Rogue – Great Food, Sports, Location: Chelsea, Flatiron & Midtown

Rogue Bar & Restaurant Sports Bar & Restaurant Chelsea Midtown Manhattan New York
Business Travelers: Do you recommend Rogue for

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Friendly staff, patrons and good service?
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Rating: 3.4/5 (4 votes cast)

Being a Philly sports fan in New York is lots of fun but it can be challenging. Finding a good place to eat and watch a game is not always easy if you stray away from the standard Philly haunts in Manhattan: Shorty’s (two locations – 9th Ave & Madison Ave) or Wogies (tell us where else?) Since the Phillies are in New York to play the Mets it should be easy to walk into any sports bar restaurant, sit at the bar, have a meal and watch the game. I decide to try Rogue and I am not disappointed.

Once again after a brutal Sunday morning gym workout I head to a restaurant bar to have a meal. I’ve had Rogue on the radar for some time because of its large collection of screens, large bar and ample space for groups looking to enjoy a game and some food. The Phillies are playing at 1:00 P.M. and I just make it in time for first pitch and brunch.

Rogue Experience: It is a beautiful Sunday afternoon and I walk through upper West Chelsea toward Rogue on 6th Avenue. West Chelsea is home to New York’s “Park In The Sky”, The High Line. Lots of people out strolling and crowding restaurants for brunch. Places with outdoor seating are especially popular. The crowds thin a bit as you walk north toward Midtown. I arrive at Rogue and many of the sidewalk seats are taken but I have my eye on the bar. Inside it looks like brunch is just getting started with plenty of open tables and about half the seats open at the bar. The hostesses’ greetings were extremely welcoming. I decide on a seat in the middle of the bar and ask the waitress if I can have the large television directly in front of me tuned to the Mets game. I purposely say Mets, not Phillies, this is New York afterall. I do have a Phillies shirt on so my allegiance is clear. Most televisions are tuned to the New York Knicks at the Boston Celtics playoff game which Boston won. The bartender gladly changes the channel for me and I settle in and take a look at the menu.

After my big workout my goal was to continue the good health mode through the afternoon. That quickly changed once I spied the Brunch Bloody Marys. Not resisting, I ordered one and it was nicely done, just the right amount of spiciness. The menu had a nice selection of brunch items, the Acapulco Omelette looked extremely good but I had had my fill of eggs earlier in the morning so I select the Chicken & Spinach Quesadillas. What arrived were large, stuffed quesadilla slices brimming with grilled chicken breast, spinach and shredded jack cheese, delicious. With guacamole, sour cream and Pico de Gallo on the side it was extremely enjoyable and filling. I had originally planned to order a second course but I was no longer hungry. Soon I may have to spend 24 hours a day at the gym or make a very long appointment with my tailor.

The bar is long and faces the wall with four large screens directly ahead with about 18 seats on the long side and 4 curving around to the short side near the front. There are lots of high top tables and televisions offering views from all directions, several are super large projection units. Main dining room is large with a second level which can accommodate groups for special events. Other bar patrons are some of the most friendly people I have met yet. The staff is equally nice. Cole Hamels pitched a great game for the Phils leading the team to a big win.

Business Travelers: Rogue is a terrific place to go with friends, co-workers, clients or colleagues for a very good upscale bar food menu and to catch a game. Don’t let the sports focus scare you away though, the great staff, service, and large, open dining room and bar will keep you and our group happy. Rogue is on the Flatiron and Chelsea border and, being at 26th Street, a quick trip from most of Midtown and about a 5 minute walk from Penn Station. Some say this is part of Midtown. The location puts you within quick striking distance of many Manhattans fun neighborhoods for shopping, strolling, bars, restaurants and exploring. Checkout the Meatpacking District, West Chelsea, NoMad, Madison Square, Union Square, Fashion District and Greenwich Village. A comfortable sports bar for women traveling on business.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★☆☆ 

Rogue
757 Sixth Avenue (Avenue of the Americas)
New York, NY 10011
212-242-6434

Rogue Menu

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

Shorty's 9th Avenue Restaurant Sports Bar Midtown Manhattan New York
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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

Shorty’s 9th Avenue Menu
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