Best Cheesesteaks in New York?

Best Cheesesteaks in New York?

Steve's Prince of Steaks Philadelphia

Our favorite is Shorty’s, what is yours?

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

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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

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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

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South Philly Bar & Grill – One Of Philly’s Best Sports Bars

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Rating: 2.7/5 (2 votes cast)

 

South Philly Bar & Grill is all about location, you guessed it: South Philadelphia, next to the famous Geno’s and Pat’s cheesesteak palaces.  SPBG is the quintessential Philadelphia sports bar and a great place to watch any Philly game with some of the most devoted fans anywhere.  The area is swarming with tourists so beware. One of BarTaste’s Top 10 Places To Watch The Phillies.

There are other good sports bars closer to the Center City Business District, Convention Center and hotels (see Top 10 Places to watch the Phillies) so is it worth the trip? It certainly is if you are walking the nearby Italian Market, which is worth seeing. Go ahead and do the tourist cheesesteak thing, I prefer Pat’s over Geno’s but really recommend foregoing both in favor of Steve’s Prince of Steaks (the original on Bustleton Avenue).  Remember, Cheese Wiz is for tourists, get provolone cheese.

The South Philly Bar & Grill Experience: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 about 6:30 P.M. I arrive with some friends primarily to watch the Phillies but the Sixers and Flyers are both in the playoffs and on tonight.  It is a big night for Philly sports. Surprisingly, few people here now although it does fill up later but certainly never became crowded.  There was some confusion about not being able to have all three games on at once but with some prodding from customers all three games were finally on. Center bar, my favorite, almost a triangle with about 5 seats and 3 seats on the two shorter sides and about 13 seats on each of the two longer sides. Televisions everywhere so pick your game then select a seat.

We order appetizers to be followed by sandwiches but they all come at once.  Order separately if you don’t want them all together.  The Onion Rings and Italian Sausage and Peppers were good.  The sausage is made locally in the nearby Italian Market.  Both the Phillies and Sixers win, making me happy.

Business Travelers: No business people around and if you are a woman business traveler I’m sure the very nice and friendly bartenders (sisters?) would make sure you were comfortable at the bar.  Worth the trip from Center City if you are looking for a real Philly sports bar experience away from Center City, are visiting the Italian Market or are being touristy with cheesesteaks.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★☆☆ 

South Philly Bar & Grill
1235 East Passyunk Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19147
215-334-3300
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10 Best Restaurant Bars for Watching The Phillies

The Phillies opener is so close, I feel like a 5 year old waiting for Christmas. I’ve got my tickets for the home opener on Monday April 9th but where will I watch the season opener at the Pirates on Thursday April 5th?  I know its at 1:35 on a Thursday afternoon so boot camp will have to do without me this week. You will probably find me eating at the bar at one of these places:

1. Misconduct Tavern

It’s like the stars aligned: food, seats, TVs, bartenders and other customers, all terrific.  It’s the best.

1511 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA (215) 732-5797
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2. Cavanaugh’s Rittenhouse

Adult party place, super enthusiastic crowd and Tatter Tots!

1823 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA (215) 665-9500
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3. Perch Pub

Really like the food, great staff and friendly crowd.  Could stay here, eat and drink for hours.  Second floor view can’t be beat. One of the TVs is too high and you have to crane your neck upward to watch.

1345 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA (215) 546-4090
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