Cittanuova – A Great Treat At The Beach, Good Food & TVs with Sports

Cittanuova Italian Restaurant East Hampton New York Long Island

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Rating: 4.0/5 (3 votes cast)

 

Summer is over, not officially yet, but Labor Day has passed. We had a very nice bar meal outside of our usual locales. Here is an East Hampton review of one of my favorite bars to eat and watch sports or engage with a very friendly crowd. Trying to remember the good summer and extend it just a bit with this edition of BarTaste.

Out in the East End of Long Island in East Hampton I am enjoying a relaxing weekend with friends. I decide to break off to walk around the village when I come upon Cittanuova, a place where I have had many good meals and spent several Monday nights watching Monday Night Football in one of the few places with large televisions tuned to sports, Rowdy Hall is another. This being East Hampton, this contemporary Milanese Italian’s menu is higher end than others places televising sports, just another reason why I was pleased to be walking in the door to find a seat at the bar.

Cittanuova Experience: No, not another burger. I can hear the sighs of relief, no worries, more burger reviews to come. On a cool, drizzly Summer Saturday I walk in and and find a couple of open seats at the bar which handles about 12 people. The restaurant and bar are full but not crowded, it is later in the afternoon, giving it a nice vibe. Lots of people in the Village today because of the weather and many have come to Cittanuova for a leisurely lunch, hang out or wait for friends. I take a seat near the right side. The bar faces the wall with three large televisions, all tuned to sports. Behind me the restaurant opens to a very inviting patio facing the street bringing the sidewalk activity into the restaurant.

Checking my phone I realize there is a Mets game on, not the Phillies, but the National League East will do. This is New York after all. I ask the bartender to change one of the channels from ESPN and Golf to the baseball game. The bartender is having difficulty finding a listing for a live game and the guy next to me thinks this is an encore game. We quickly realize this is a rescheduled rained out game. This guy, being a Mets fan, is quite happy. I am pleased as well and settle in for lunch.

I order the Sopressata Frittata special from the very nice and extremely hardworking bartender. The meal, spicy sopressata with spinach, provolone and piccante was delicious and the perfect late lunch/brunch cure for a somewhat dreary afternoon at the beach. They mistakenly tried to at first serve me the Chicken Milanese which looked delicious as well.

Business Travelers: Cittanuova is a mix of weekenders from New York City, a business crowd, and local residents. While it is away from regular business centers this is The Hamptons where business is  being done all weekend so having a good place to meet with friends, co-workers, clients or colleagues is cool. I know that there can be a wait at times and reservations are not accepted. An excellent place for women traveling alone on business. The location right on Newtown Lane, in the center of East Hampton Village, is ideal for a before or after meal stroll. The stores are very high end so prepare for lots of window shopping or big credit card charges. Parking in the Village parking lots is free but on days like today many have to cruise around the lots waiting for an open spot. Parking in the lots is limited to two hours and strictly enforced. Street parking may be more restrictive. Park on the perimeter of the Village, with less restrictions, and take nice walk into the center. Walk or ride to the beach. All beaches require East Hampton Village or East Hampton Town parking permits which are not issued for short periods. Some paid beach parking is available at Main Beach.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★★☆

Cittanuova
29 Newtown Lane
East Hampton, NY 11937
(631) 324-6300

Cittanuova Menu

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Smithfield – Great Sports Tavern and Soccer Mecca in Chelsea with Food to Match

Smithfield Sports Restaurant & Bar New York Manhattan Chelsea
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Rating: 3.7/5 (7 votes cast)

Here at BarTaste we are continuing to beef up our reviews of Sports Bars, especially now that we are at the midpoint of the baseball season. The MLB All Star Game 2013 was on Tuesday night so I decided to head out to watch the game and have a meal at the bar. A friend recommended Smithfield and the Smithfield Burger which comes with foie gras and truffles! Of course I did not pass up the opportunity to order another burger, I know I promised no more burgers but foie gras and truffles! It did come recommended and I was not disappointed.

Smithfield Experience: In the middle of a heat wave I venture out into steamy Manhattan to watch the 2013 MLB All-Star Game. I was considering attending the game in person since it was played at the Met’s Citifield in Queens, an easy subway ride. With the oppressive heat it looks like I made the right choice to skip Queens in favor of the cool air conditioning of Smithfield in Chelsea, a recommended place which has been on my radar for a while.

I walk in just after 7 P.M. giving enough time before the start of the game to find a good seat. It looks like all the tables and bar seats are full with a very energetic and boisterous crowd having a good time. My luck comes through once again and I find a seat towards the left at the bar. I order a drink, ask for a menu and settle in.

Smithfield is focused on Soccer (Football anyone?). Yes, plenty of attention is given to those other minor leagues like the NFL and MLB, but be prepared for a soccer emporium. Of the many large TVs everywhere, at least half were showing the CONCACAF Gold Cup ‘13. From my seat I could see two large televisions, one with the Gold Cup, the other NFL Network. I saw Cuba beat Belize in the quarterfinals and the beginning of the USA vs Costa Rica match which USA won.

The bartender was extremely nice, friendly and attentive. I was very impressed how the channels were changed to FOX right as the national broadcast began at 7:30. This shows attention to detail from Smithfield, managing their televisions, understanding their customers and treating them well. Read my rant on places not managing their TVs here. The pre-game and game came on right in front of me without a hitch, I was happy. In too many places I’ve had to ask that channels be changed to events which should have already been on, sometimes the channel on has been Lifetime, at a sports bar! Not at Smithfield. The sound of the USA vs Costa Rica soccer match was on throughout the place, making watching the All Star Game a little different, but this is after all a Soccer Mecca, and they know their customers and keep them happy. I knew plenty of baseball fans were around because of the very loud groans when Robinson Cano of the Yankees got hit by a pitch on the knee. It looked bad but he is supposed to be okay. I really like Joe Buck but he looked like an alien coming in for a landing on that platform FOX built him for the game at Citifield.

The Smithfield Menu is several steps above a typical sports place and delicious. The Smithfield Burger with foie gras and truffles was tremendous. I will be thanking my friend many times for recommending it. The Thursday Short Rib special looked very good but alas it was Tuesday. The bar faces a wall with 5 large TVs with about 18 seats on the long side and 3 on the short side. Plenty of TVs throughout the first floor. There is also a second floor and mezzanine. Sit anywhere for a terrific view of the action.

Business Travelers: The crowd seemed to be mostly an after work business crowd mixed with locals from the neighborhood really enjoying themselves. A great place for friends, co-workers, clients or colleagues. Be prepared to speak up if you are getting serious about conducting business here. Smithfield is in the Chelsea neighborhood, not far from Flatiron and, being at 28th Street, a quick trip from most of Midtown and about a 5 minute walk from Madison Square Garden and Penn Station, great for pre or post game. Some consider the location part of Midtown. The location puts you within quick striking distance of many Manhattan’s fun neighborhoods and attractions for shopping, strolling, bars, restaurants and exploring. Checkout The High Line, Manhattan’s Park in the Sky, Meatpacking DistrictWest ChelseaNoMadMadison SquareUnion SquareFashion District and Greenwich Village. A comfortable sports bar for women traveling on business.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★★☆ 

Smithfield
215 West 28th Street
New York, NY 10001
212-564-2172

Smithfield Menu

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

Rogue Bar & Restaurant Sports Bar & Restaurant Chelsea Midtown Manhattan New York
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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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Ainsworth Park – Mad for March, Absolutely Terrific Crowd, Food and Sports

Aisworth Park high-end Sports Bar New York Flatiron Manhattan Business Travelers: Do you recommend Ainsworth Park for

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Rating: 4.1/5 (5 votes cast)

It’s March and I am mad for college basketball. Three of my hometown teams are in: LaSalle, Villanova and Temple. Three of Philly’s Big Five, not bad. (half of the City Six if you are a Drexel fan.) Unfortunately tonight one of these teams will disappoint but Ainsworth Park more than made up for it. Ainsworth is a great place for sports and food but the big, big plus was the crowd, they were terrific.

Ainsworth Park Experience: On Friday, March 22, 2013 at about 7:30 P.M. I  am walking toward Ainsworth Park, yikes a velvet rope. No problem, no line, and a very nice guy at the door who waves me in. Ainsworth is a large multilevel place, beautifully decorated with large televisions everywhere and a couple of bars, lots of seating and multiple areas for standing and connecting with everyone. The place is packed, of course, it being Friday happy hour with several NCAA Championship Tournament games going at once. I move into the crowd surrounding the main bar, scoping out the televisions looking for the Villanova – North Carolina game. I find it and settle into the crowd. No seats but I am able to find a little space and watch, keeping my eyes open for a seat.

This crowd was wonderful. The place was full of 20 somethings through mid 30’s, well dressed after work crowd. Probably evenly distributed between men and women and amazingly super nice and polite! You see a crowded happy Hour, especially a sports bar full of basketball rivalries, and you expect some rowdy, maybe even a little obnoxious behavior, not here. Yes, it was loud with cheering rarely absent but walking through the crowd you were overwhelmed by the polite and well spoken (loudly) crowd. Ainsworth, the crowd and their parents should all be proud. Send your kids and even if you are not within the age range I described (me included), go too. You will feel very comfortable.

My lucky streak continues and a seat opens up in front of me despite the crowd and right in front of the ‘Nova game. My patience paid off. I sometimes think of leaving but never again until this lucky streak ends. Unfortunately Villanova disappointed and played a very poor game against North Carolina. I order the Park Burger and substitute the Bleu Cheese Tater Tots for the fries. The burger was great and the Tater Tots were nothing like I had had before. Not the small things I remember from my childhood but large hot pockets of potato and bleu cheese. I ate two and took the rest home, still eating them now. The staff were very attentive, engaging and working hard to keep the crowd happy. There are two bars on the first level. the bigger one faces the wall in the center and has about 11 seats facing four large televisions. The other is to the left and has less seats but a nice area for standing and mingling. Great crowd, a good place to come with friends and meet new ones. The televisions were closely managed, I really like this, so that channels were changed based on customer preference and the tournament schedule.

Business Travelers: I strongly recommend this place. Don’t let the age group I talked about above be a deterrent. All are welcome and I fit in fine. Many tables available for a group of friends, co-workers, clients or colleagues.  I don’t see a bad spot where a view of a television is not available. If there is a specific game you want to see I’m sure the staff would be happy to change one of the televisions for you. There is also a second level with limited access. Ainsworth is in the center of Manhattan’s Flatiron District, right in the middle of of New York City’s burgeoning high tech Silicon Alley business area. You are close to Union Square, with many things to do and see, check out Madison Square Park and Eataly, the huge Italian Market with restaurants and a cooking school. The Gramery Park neighborhood is a great place for a stroll Close to the bars and Restaurants along Park Avenue South. A comfortable Sports Bar for women traveling on business with an extremely polite clientele.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★★☆ 

Ainsworth Park
111 East 18th Street
New York, NY 10003
212-673-2467

Ainsworth Park Menu

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Windsor Gansevoort Park – Stepping up the High-End Sports Bar Game

Windsor Gansevoort Park Hotel Sports Bar New York NoMad

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Rating: 4.1/5 (4 votes cast)

Tired of the classic stereotypical sports bar? It’s time to move to a different level. The Windsor at the Gansevoort Park Hotel has taken the Sports Bar concept and bumped it up a couple of notches. I am out to watch the NFC Championship game between the San Francisco 49ers and The Atlanta Falcons and I want a higher end Sports Bar experience so I head to the Windsor Gansevoort Park with high expectations and I am not disappointed. Another Windsor location downtown on West 4th Street will be reviewed later.

I never learn my lesson. Showing up for a big game 10 minutes before it starts, expecting to get a bar seat, is just plain nuts. Well, I do it again today and of course no seats but with a little patience my luck once again shines through.

Windsor Gansevoort Park Experience: On Sunday, January 20, 2013 I walk into the Windsor Gansevoort Park at about 2:50 P.M. to catch the NFC Championship game and have something to eat at the bar. The place is full but not crowded yet considering the importance of this game and fanatical fans both teams have. Of course there are no seats available at the bar with the game about to start in a few minutes. All of the seats in the restaurant are taken. Televisions are everywhere so watching from any location is not a problem. Luckily I snag a spot standing at the bar between two seated fans so I settle in order a drink and watch the start of the game.

Several people order food and I watch the game, watch the food and ask how everyone how they like what they ordered. The menu has many of the classic items you find on a sports bar menu along with several nice additions. They call it “gourmet comfort food.”

The first quarter ends and the guy sitting next to me leaves freeing up a seat which I quickly take and ask for a menu. The bar is not large with about 10 seats facing a wall but all seats have a good view of the televisions. The place has gotten crowded with people standing in most areas and moving around. It is a fun, loud crowd, it is after all a Conference Championship game, but not the usual sloppy rowdiness you might find in other sports bars. A very good experience.

I order the Tuna Tartare, yes Tuna Tartare during a football game and an excellent choice, fresh and tasty. Before I sat down, the guy next to me raved about how good his burger was so I order one for myself. He was right, it was delicious.

The bartenders were outstanding and the crowd was extremely friendly and engaging. Met many fun people this afternoon which made the entire experience very enjoyable.

Business Travelers: This is great place to have a Sports Bar Meal with with friends, co-workers, clients or colleagues. If there is a specific game you want to see I’m sure the staff would be happy to change one of the televisions for you. If there is a big game on go early to get one the comfy looking booths or high top tables. The bar has 10 seats so getting several together might be a challenge. There is also a second level.

NoMad has many things to do and see, check out Madison Square Park and Eataly, the huge Italian Market with restaurants and a school. Experience NoMad and MadParkNews are two great resources for checking out the neighborhood. The Windsor is a quick cab ride or nice walk from many of the Midtown hotels. A comfortable Sports Bar for women traveling on business.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★★☆ 

Windsor Gansevoort Park
420 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10016
(646) 380-5301

Windsor Gansevoort Park 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
Thrillist Cock & Bull Review

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Wogies – West Village, Philly Sports and more Cheesesteaks

Wogies Bar and Grill Greenwich Village New York Manhattan Philly Sports Bar
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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

Wogies Bar and Grill Menu
Google Wogies Bar and Grill Reviews

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Shorty’s Madison Ave – Friendly Sports Territory with the Best Cheesesteak in NYC

Shorty's Sports Bar Madison Avenue New York Manhattan NoMad
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Rating: 3.7/5 (7 votes cast)

It’s taken awhile for me to write this review, I’ve been a little sad about the crash and burn end of the Eagles’ season. Now that the Eagles have hired Chip Kelly as Head Coach and with the Super Bowl approaching, it is time. I arrive at Shorty’s Madison Avenue. My optimism has returned.

My starting goal in checking out Sports Bar Meals has been to find a Philly friendly crowd in New York. There are actually several Philly friendly locations to try. Eater NY has a great guide to Manhattan NFL Bars Where to Watch: A Guide to Manhattan’s NFL Bars if you are looking to watch an out of town game with a crowd of like-minded fans. To begin my reviews of Sports Bar I try to go when I know a Philly sports team is on and to restaurants known to be Philly friendly. I will branch out later. Today I am watching the Eagles at the Cardinals.

Shorty’s Madison Ave Experience: I arrive at Shorty’s about 3:45 P.M. for a 4:05 P.M. game planning to sit at the bar and having what is billed as “NYC’s most authentic cheesesteaks.” Of course once again I misplan and arrive to a packed Shorty’s with no bar seat available. Arriving at a bar just before game start is not a good Idea if you expect to get a seat. I would recommend arriving at least an hour before especially if your destination is popular with a specific sports team or it is a big game.

I settle in, grab a beer and find a place to stand comfortably. It is crowded with lots of people moving around but I find a good spot to lean with a view of the game on a nicely sized television. I continue maneuvering in the crowd to maintain my television view and minimize bumping. I find myself now near the bar and suddenly a seat opens up! Not sure how it happened but I quickly sit down, not directly in front of an Eagles TV but good enough.

Televisions are everywhere with the Eagles the top choice and several other games being shown attracting a wide range of NFL fans but predominantly an Eagles crowd. This is a Philly bar in NYC but foremost a Sports Bar. Don’t worry if you want another game, many games on many televisions. The bar faces the wall with about 18 seats on the long side and 5 on the short. I am sitting on the long side near the door. I order a Pizza Steak with onions which comes with provolone and marinara sauce, standard. I also have Mozzarella Triangles and Yuengling Rings (Yuengling is a local Philly brewery.)  I felt like I was back in Philly and the cheesesteak was as good as you can get in NYC.  I’ll reserve judgment on how it compares to Steve’s Prince of Steaks in Philly.

I’m surprised that, while the crowd was loud and boisterous, it was not just a bit crazier, you know the reputation of Eagles fans, a reputation not fully deserved.  The day was ripe for fun, ribbing and a little trash talk between competing fans. Maybe the Eagles fans were a little subdued because the Eagles played so poorly and lost badly to the Cardinals and their former backup quarterback, Kevin Kolb. Shorty’s Madison Avenue is probably one of the best Sports Bars in Manhattan, maybe a little bias on my part. Staff and food are terrific.

Shorty’s also has a location on 9th Avenue. BarTaste review here.

Business Travelers: If you are looking for a Sports Bar and a delicious Philly inspired meal, Shorty’s on Madison is a top choice. Get there early if it’s a big game and don’t worry if you are not a Philly Team fan, with all the televisions you surely will find the game you want. Ask for a channel change, the staff are extremely nice. Shorty’s is located in the NoMad neighborhood of Manhattan (North of Madison Square Park.) NoMad has many things to do and see, check out Madison Square Park and Eataly, the huge Italian Market with restaurants and a school. Experience NoMad and MadParkNews are two great resources for checking out the neighborhood. You will feel welcome and comfortable here with friends, co-workers, clients or colleagues. Shorty’s is a quick cab ride or nice walk from many of the Midtown hotels. A comfortable Sports Bar for women traveling on business.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★★☆ 

Shorty’s Madison Avenue
66 Madison Avenue (27th Street)
New York, NY 10016
212-725-3900

Shorty’s Madison Avenue Menu
MadParkNews Shorty’s Madison Avenue Review

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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
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

Shorty’s 9th Avenue Menu
MadParkNews.com Announces Shorty’s Madison Square Park Location

Shorty's on Urbanspoon

BLT Burger – Greenwich Village & Burgers Are Made For Each Other

BLT Burger Bar Image Greenwich Village Manhattan New York City
Business Travelers:  Do you recommend BLT Burger 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: 3.2/5 (2 votes cast)

BLT Burger is a longtime NYC favorite, time for a review. I know, another Greenwich Village review and another burger!? I promise the next review will be in another neighborhood. I wanted to acclimate myself with my long-time Village home and neighborhood before venturing out. I’ve already done several meals at restaurant bars in other areas which are just waiting to be published, you’ll see them soon.

The BLT Burger Experience: On Tuesday June 26, 2012 about 8:30 P.M. I walked into BLT Burger sat down, ordered a drink and asked for a menu. I have not been to this neighborhood favorite of mine in about four years so was anxious to check it out. Of course I order a Philly Burger. I guess I miss my last three years in Philly just a bit and needed a little comfort. I forgo fries in favor of coleslaw. The burger was so good I have been back since to get it again (and ordered one a third time for delivery at home). The Cole Slaw was the best I have probably ever had, sorry Mom.  Who raves about cole slaw?

BLT Burger is part of the ESQUARED Hospitality Group which has brought NYC many restaurants among them BLT Fish, BLT Prime, BLT Steak and Casa Nonna. ESquared also has restaurants in several other cities.

The bar faces the wall in the deep, and storefront, wide restaurant. 3 seats on one end and about 15 seats on the long side. Tonight is not crowded at the bar, several people from the neighborhood and a bunch of business people, although the prime television viewing seats are almost all taken. I snag a seat near the door on the long side of the bar just able to see both televisions, one at the end near the front and the other about towards the other end of the bar. Both televisions had the Yankees game on but the bartender was happy to change one channel to the Mets for me. She was extremely outgoing, friendly and engaging. I spoke to one business women traveling who sat enjoyably at the bar.  The other patrons were very fun especially with the both Yankees and Mets fans at the bar.

Business Travelers:  A good group of business people at the bar, both locals after work and others in New York for business. Fun place with a lively vibe, good for business travelers looking for a fun night out and a great burger with coworkers, clients and colleagues. You can’t beat the Greenwich Village location.  As I said earlier, I chatted with one woman business traveler at the bar who found the food and atmosphere quite comfortable and enjoyable. Women traveling on business will feel welcome and comfortable in BLT Burger and the surrounding neighborhood.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★★☆ 

BLT Burger
470 Sixth Avenue
New York, NY 10011
212-243-8226

BLT Burger Menu
New York Magazine BLT Burger Review

BLT Burger on Urbanspoon

Jack Bistro – Greenwich Village Neighborhood Favorite

Jack Bistro NYC Review Bar Restaurant Greenwich Village Manhattan New York City

 

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Women Business Travelers dining alone?
Friendly staff, patrons and good service?
Enjoyable food?
Meeting other Business Travelers?
Rating: 3.1/5 (3 votes cast)

 

Excited to be back in NYC, move complete, and to introduce New York BarTaste reviews. There are still several Philly Reviews to deliver which you will see over the next several weeks sprinkled among the New York reviews. For my first NYC review I decided to use the opportunity to reacquaint myself with my old neighborhood, Greenwich Village. I chose a longtime neighborhood standard, Jack Bistro on University Place.

The Jack Bistro Experience: I walk into Jack on Monday June 25, 2012 about  9:00 P.M. The place has not changed much, the menu has become a simpler French inspired bar food selection. The place is not very crowded although it is a little later on Monday night. Jack offers a $20 three course dinner special, a nice surprise, and you can substitute a glass of wine for one course which I do. I order the Lamb Bolognaise, desert and a glass of wine, all for $20.  Food was very good and the price made it even better. Bar is on the smaller side in a corner with 4 seats on the short side and 6 on the longer side. The short side seats offer a view of the restaurant through the often open full length glass windows to the outdoor seating area and the busy sidewalk beyond. Of course a guy comes in, sits right next to me (why?) and reeks of cigarette smoke. I get the idea he is a regular and that I am next to his regular seat so avoid the third and fourth seats from the corner. One television in the corner showing the Mets who lost to the Cubs. Being a Phillies fan in NYC I was not sad. Bartender extremely engaging and friendly.

Business Travelers: No business people around this evening. Not the place you would normally travel to from other parts of the city if traveling on business but a great casual choice if you are in the Greenwich Village neighborhood. Especially appealing is the outdoor seating. I have seen several business people taking a break, eating lunch or people watching from the large number of outdoor tables in the afternoon and evening. Women traveling on business will feel welcome and comfortable in Jack and the surrounding neighborhood.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★☆☆ 

Jack Bistro
80 University Place at 11th Street
New York, NY 10003
212-620-5544
Jack Bistro Menu
New York Magazine Jack Bistro Review

Jack Bistro & Bar on Urbanspoon