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Looking for a replacement for M&R Bar

sushisasha Feb 10, 2003 03:13 PM

My favorite Bar, M&R, recently closed. What made M&R so great was a relaxed, not very bar-like atmosphere, nice bartenders, a non-snooty clientele, some rather tasty finger food and an amazing blueberry bread pudding.

Does anyone know of any good replacements? I go to a lot of bars especially downtown, but none as comfortable and easy as M&R.


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    DeeDee RE: sushisasha Feb 10, 2003 04:10 PM

    Wow, M&R closed. I used to go to that place all the time. I would suggest that you try Five Points on Great Jones Street. Great food, fantastic drinks and a relaxed vibe.

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      Hazel RE: DeeDee Feb 10, 2003 06:42 PM

      Wow, I am bummed out that M&R closed. I had a great time there 2 months ago and it was the same cool place I enjoyed in the mid 90's.

      It reminded me of Orson's, a great bar on 2nd Ave near the movie theatre. Now it's a wine bar. Both M&R and Orson's were great; great drinks and very comfortable. They were on the verge of being pretentious but weren't, in my opinion..

      What a shame!

      ps - sorry, I don't have a replacement suggestion.

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      cat RE: sushisasha Feb 11, 2003 09:33 AM

      say it isnt soo, are you serious? since when? that is awful. that is my favorite place. it will be very hard to replace.

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        DCDL RE: sushisasha Feb 11, 2003 07:22 PM

        Von on Bleeker between Elizabeth and Bowery is a nice neighborhood bar - but no snacks. Rats. Tom and Jerrys is very low key but not the same cozy feeling of M&R (and also...no snacks)

        1. Harlan RE: sushisasha Oct 30, 2008 04:54 AM

          If I may dredge up this thread from 2003, M&R Bar reopened on Bowery not long after that, but then closed again last Winter. And I really miss it!

          Can anyone else offer up a suggestion for a bar, South of 14th St., with a similar eclectic not-too-crowded scene, all my favorite music on the sound system, and (most importantly!) actually good food? M&R had quite a good selection of sandwiches and small plates...

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