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Similar to Pete's Tavern

Hi all,

My father will visiting NYC next weekend and I would like to take him to dinner.

We have eaten a Pete's Tavern before near Gramercy Park before and he really enjoyed it. I am looking for a similar experience with a great (and perhaps historical) atmosphere with good reasonably priced food. Any suggestions? I live in the East Village, but we are willing to travel to other neighborhoods.

Thanks so much!

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  1. Old Town Bar - 18th between bwy/park ave south

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      1. re: harrison

        I also agree. I don't find it divey...it's just old!

        1. re: prunefeet

          Also, as the OP asked for a historical bar, this definitely qualifies. Great tin ceilings, still use the dumb waiter, all around great spot (excellent wings too).

      2. Waterfront Ale House

        1. Agree with harrison, Old Town bar; I prefer the booths in the bar to upstairs, but you may have to wait at the bar and drink (not too bad, huh?!)

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          1. re: mikeinchelsea

            Agree totally, and stick with the basics & the food's pretty good!

          2. Personally I'm not a fan of it, but PJ Clarke's in midtown is the first thing I thought of. Though somewhat improbable, I had lasagne at PJC and really enjoyed it.

            Second Old Town Bar, even though in my mind it's more of a drinking place and not a food place. Good burgers though. Can't go wrong there.

            1. Fanelli (Soho)
              Ear Inn (far west Spring St.)

              both are more pub-like than Pete's Tavern, but similar old-feel, mellow places...

              1. I found the burger at Old Town tasteless. But it does have a nice divey atmosphere -- a good deal divier than Pete's, in my opinion.

                1. Try Walkers in Tribeca. Great food- not as divey as Old Town Bar.

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                  1. re: roze

                    walkers is perfect...great bartenders, music, drinks, food.

                  2. I'd say McSorely's, talk about classic - my father and grandfather went there before me (that's heading back into the late 1800s). Still no ladies room. Avoid nights but afternoons are great, as is the cheddar, saltines, and onions.

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                      1. re: steinpilz

                        'cheddar, saltines, and onions' ... and (how could you forget) MUSTARD.

                        Go to McSorely for two (or four) quick darks and then go eat somewhere else.

                        1. re: Cheese Boy

                          I forgot about the mustard, really HOT! I'm not a big mustard lover so I would have the rest without the mustard, still a great snack which I have at home occasionally.

                      2. Landmark Tavern on 11th Ave. & 46th is another historic and lovely old tavern. The food is good, though the choices I find to be somewhat limited and not very tavern-like. I like going to the nearby Pom Pom diner, or Daisy May's bbq for eats, then drinks at the Landmark.

                        1. Molly's on 3rd between 22nd and 23rd. Best burgers south of 34th Street and probably higher. Irish bar. Relaxed atmosphere. Not too loud.

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                          1. re: North Bank Ned

                            I'm a huge fan of Molly's.. but I don't think it's really a historic place in the same way that Pete's, Old Town, JGM, PJC, etc. are. Molly's is definitey an Irish pub, and not an "old new york" tavern. Having said that, you can't go wrong with a burger and a guinness at molly's.

                          2. JG Melons. Upper East Side. I believe they are the best burgers in the city - and there's a bar in front. They make the greatest bloody bulls I've ever had... mmmm... and with a cheese burger. I am SO hungry now!

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                            1. re: BaconBits

                              i used to go to Pete's pretty often, as i'm only a few blocks away. got tired of the mediocre food and it wasnt a good value. and that old gray haired lady that mans the outdoor seating gave me the creeps. i've never been to old town even though its just down the block from petes. i do really love Walkers alot. not unusual for me to walk from union square to tribeca to go there. really good place. melons ive gone alot in years past but too far uptown. never been to molly's either. been going often to westville east and blt burger.

                            2. If you like steaks, try Knickerbocker Grill on 9th Street & University Place. The restaurant has an old New York feel to it though is probably not a 'landmark' space. Ask for a booth - they are really comfortable.

                              On weekends, there's live music but I went during the week and enjoyed the atmosphere and food.

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                              1. re: Beau711

                                Arturo's Pizza on Houston, doesn't have the history, but it does have a similar New York-in-December feel that Pete's does. The live nightly jazz and kooky servers is part of it.