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Good or Great Pub Food in Chelsea

jackieparis Jun 7, 2007 04:10 AM

We'll be in Chelsea this evening for a meeting and thought we'd try a new pub. Good burgers and fish & chips are a plus. Any suggestions?

  1. egit Jun 8, 2007 02:05 PM

    Half King is a pub I'll actually get in a cab to go to. If it makes sense to say it, it's a "destination pub." Though it's not sceney like Spotted Pig, and it's certainly not a gastropub .

    It's just a very good, solid pub with a very laid back vibe where you can get excellent burgers and pub-like things. You won't be disappointed if you want a pub. The other places mentioned are fine too, but they're not in chelsea.

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    1. re: egit
      ricky7 Jun 8, 2007 02:19 PM

      never been to half king but is it like walkers in tribeca? anyone? anyone?

      1. re: ricky7
        egit Jun 8, 2007 02:55 PM

        It's certainly bigger than Walkers. Honestly, I haven't been to walkers since probably 2003. As I recall it was pretty good. Since it was so long ago I'm not going to try to compare the two.

        I've been to Half King probably once a month for the last 6 or so, and I don't think I've had anything that wasn't at least good. I've also never had a problem getting a table at HK. It's big enough that you can get a table, yet small enough that it still feels cozy. They have a nice (covered?) garden out back. It's covered in winter. I don't know when/if they uncover it in summer.

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          Dandel Jun 9, 2007 08:07 AM

          Anyone been to Jake's saloon on 23rd and 7th avenue?

          1. re: Dandel
            roze Jun 10, 2007 10:58 AM

            Don't go!!!! Really pricey drinks and poor service. I think they charged us $7 for a coors light. Our bar total ended up being more than our dinner at RUB next door. There are MUCH better options in the area.

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      psawce Jun 7, 2007 09:48 AM

      Tavern on Jane , if you're will to go a little further south is great.

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      1. re: psawce
        Lucia Jun 7, 2007 10:01 AM

        I second Tavern on Jane. I've heard that Flight151 has good burgers, but I've never been. Cafe de Buxelles is another out-of-Chelsea suggestion

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        elizabeththinks Jun 7, 2007 09:28 AM

        More in the MPD but Brass Monkey is good.

        1. lilnugget Jun 7, 2007 08:17 AM

          i've never been, but when the weather is nice, there is always a crowd at the half king - tenth ave at 23rd st.

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            CDB Jun 7, 2007 09:15 AM

            Im guessing most everyone who sees this thread will have the Half King pop right into their head.

            Just a nice bar to relax in with very, very good pub food --great burger. A bit far west, but if you are anywhere close and looking for a pub environment, you should definitely go.

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              nokitsch Jun 11, 2007 12:27 PM


            2. re: lilnugget
              jackieparis Jun 8, 2007 01:33 PM

              Went to Half King last night. They had an excellent burger and the atmosphere was laid back. Thought the service was good too. Would definitely go back.

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