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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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
TripAdvisor Manzo @ Eataly 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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