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Best Pub (Non Upper East Side Frat Party)

ashulman Nov 2, 2007 03:35 PM

In the mood for some good pub food. I would love a great burger and a beer and my partner is thinking something like Fish & Chips.
Any area of Manhattan is fine.
We are looking for a place that is more restaurant/food than crazy bar scene - more London than Upper East Side.


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    TipsyMcStagger RE: ashulman Nov 2, 2007 04:34 PM

    Finnegan's Wake is on the UES but it's definitely not a frat scene. Good food and good atmosphere. 1st and 73rd.

    Tavern on Jane...Jane St. and 8th Ave.

    Also, the Ear Inn on Spring and Greenwich has great atmosphere, but for some reason, no fish & chips.


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      travpard RE: ashulman Nov 3, 2007 12:26 PM

      The Crooked Knife in Murray Hill is nice, not crazy, and good "pub" food. Their fish and chips are nice.

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        KTinNYC RE: ashulman Nov 3, 2007 02:51 PM

        Molly's good food and a fireplace, need I say more?

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          princeofpork RE: KTinNYC Nov 3, 2007 05:27 PM

          Must agree with Mollys. Fantastic burger and outstanding Fish and Chips. Great Irish pub atmosphere. Fireplace is a plus.

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            Gluttonous Prime RE: princeofpork Nov 3, 2007 10:30 PM

            Second Molly's! Just had the fish & chips; delicious. Love their burgers too.

            Like Half King too; best Guinness stew ever.

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              Simon RE: Gluttonous Prime Apr 2, 2009 06:35 PM

              i had the fish&chips at Half King recently: they were disgusting...incredibly tough stale overcooked fish and lots of thick breading...the salad was gross too...

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                small h RE: Simon Apr 5, 2009 07:57 AM

                I had the fish & chips at Half King once myself, and "disgusting" makes the dish sound better than it is.

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          piccola RE: ashulman Nov 3, 2007 07:48 PM

          Try the Half King in Chelsea.

          And I haven't tried the food at Puck Fair, but I like the place - and the extensive beer list.

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            small h RE: piccola Nov 4, 2007 04:53 AM

            I like the shrimp quesadillas and the potato skins at Puck Fair, but the noise level there is insane (I'm usually there around 10:30 on Thursdays). It's not a crazy bar scene, but it SOUNDS like it is. The beer list, and the beer specials, are a plus.

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              piccola RE: small h Nov 4, 2007 05:08 PM

              Yeah, I went on a Friday night and it felt borderline clubby. But I liked it anyway - and I figure people going for a burger would head there earlier.

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              jackieparis RE: piccola Nov 4, 2007 05:25 AM

              I agree that Half King is great! I love the food there and the atmosphere.

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              Ralphus RE: ashulman Nov 5, 2007 12:04 PM

              The Blind Tiger has up-scaled pub food nowadays. The menu has never disappointed us and the beer selection is one of the best in the city.

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                lorna1 RE: ashulman Apr 2, 2009 04:38 PM

                We had lunch at the Crooked Knife, fish and chips sooo tasty and good value too!

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                  hungry329 RE: ashulman Apr 2, 2009 06:29 PM

                  Try St. James Gate on the UWS, 81st and Amsterdam. Great pub grub, great drinks, bartenders and servers are wonderful. The crowd is more mature, not pitchers, no jello shots. I always find it comfortable and fun.

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