McSorley's is a Cooper Union landmark that first opened sometime around the Civil War. It is one of the oldest continuously operating bars in the city. McSorley's serves two kinds of beer, McSorley's Lager and McSorley's Cream Stock Ale, and they are served two mugs at a time. Inside, you'll find sawdust on the floor and historic bric-à-brac alongside photos and news clippings. The menu is simple, with appetizers such as hearty cheese plates. Just be sure to keep the pub's centuries-old motto in mind: "Be Good or Be Gone!"
This pub is one of the oldest bars in the city. The house itself was built prior to 1817 and is named after its owner, former slave and revolutionary war hero, James Brown. Mr. Brown originally sold tobacco to sailors before embarking on the docks right outside the door where the Hudson came ashore. Over the last century, it has lived a precarious existence slinging drinks due to developers and the constant maintenance of this almost two century-old house. The house is a relic of yesteryear and though the interior decor has changed due to zoning requirements in the city, there is history galore in the structure, as old jugs that date from 1870 and memorabilia are displayed throughout. Some locals still call the bar the "Green Door" due to the fact that before the "Bar" sign was painted over to show "Ear" and the door was the only viable moniker everyone knew. The place was originally a haunt for sailors, and several ghost stories are associated with the establishment making it something of a local legend. The kitchen offers the usual Irish/American pub fare with a few brews on tap. A true New York City bar, this is a great place to hang out with friends and enjoy a few pints.
Sunny's Bar has been around for decades, a favorite of Red Hook locals and even some Manhattanites who travel to Brooklyn. The place is your typical neighborhood dive bar, without any frills. The drinks are cheap, the décor unpretentious with knick-knacks collected over the years on display. The place is swarming with friendly faces, young and old. A bar with high stools set at the counter greets visitors who can pick from a list of beers, wines, and other options. Live bands also perform here regularly.
Jacob's Pickles is a trendy restaurant that serves amazing American comfort food, craft beer, and, of course, pickles. Along with their homemade pickles they have a delicious variety of biscuits. They've become well known for their brunch, sweet biscuits with honey and maple drizzles, delicious chicken and pancakes. And it's never too early in the day for pickled foods with options like sour green tomatoes or candy red beets. If you head here later in the day make sure you try one of their amazing selections in beers or a BLT Bloody Mary, which has become their signature cocktail. The staff is friendly and attentive, and service is prompt.
Sake Bar Decibel is a hipster sake bar that brings everything cool and eclectic about Japanese culture and presents it in bar form. The basement interior is dark, sexy and filled with Japanese decorations. The extensive sake selection can be overwhelming, but the staff is friendly, knowledgeable and more than happy to point you in the right direction. Bar snacks include katsuo, udon or soba noodles, as well as shumai and various seaweeds and vegetables.
The Black Ant is the venture of Jorge Guzman and Chef Mario Hernandez. This contemporary Mexican diner with its ant themed wall art has a funky yet sleek look. Their creatively inspired menu is crafted to suit all palates ranging from the adventurous to the prudent ones. These include dishes like Black Ant Guacamole, pata de mula y cerdo (blood clams, avocado, pied de cochon, bruja-pitiona salsa, chicharron dust), tlayuda con chapulines (sauteed grasshoppers in a tortilla), taco de chivo revolcado, pollo de plaza (guajillo jerk roasted chicken) and cerdo en mol (roasted pig suckling). Complement your meal with artisanal cocktails. Enjoy happy hour with tequila and mezcal as well. You can be sure of a fabulous dining experience.
As the inspiration for the pub on the hit tv show, "How I Met Your Mother", McGee's Restaurant & Pub is a Hell's Kitchen staple. Find the usual fixings of an Irish pub here, from the draft beers and large HDTV's to the mahogany topped bar and friendly bartenders. However the pub grub is far superior to many other similar establishments, with gourmet burgers, Irish fare, and homemade desserts.
Fire, sparkles, a blasting Juke Box and colorful shots, drama exudes from every corner of the Barcelona Bar. The bar boasts of over 100 shots which are executed in true Barcelona style; they all taste sensational and that electrifying experience lingers on your palate for a long, long time. Albeit small in size, the Barcelona Bar impresses its patrons with its quirky decor and interesting theme. Where else would you gulp down a fire-infused shot wearing a king's crown? This and many such antics await you at the Barcelona Bar. Fun is all they have and fun is all you'll get here!
Located in Hell's Kitchen neighborhood, Kashkaval Garden is a deli/restaurant offering appetizing food and amazing wine selection. Cheese lovers will be delighted with Kashkaval's choice of fondues, even chocolate variety is available. The menu has plenty of options for tasty dips from on the tapas menu. Every other dish, such as entrees, like the mustard chicken, or various paninis are hearty and wholesome. Due to its size the place can get crowded during weekend brunch, so you may have to wait.
One of the most popular gay bars in Hell's Kitchen, Industry Bar is located on 52nd Street. The vibrant, colorful place is best known for the burlesque performances of Sherry Vine. Every night there's something new brewing – Mondays are Diva Nights, Tuesdays Cocktail specials. Open all week, the party here goes on till wee hours on morning. The bartenders are friendly, the drinks are stiff and the ambiance is half a measure short of a carnival. Drop by for a fun time!
The Flaming Saddles Saloon, voted as one of the best country gay bars in the city, offers a world of fun. In keeping with its western theme, the bar features food items such as chili and sliders, among others, with beer making up most of the beverage list; although cocktails and sangria also feature on the menu. The ambiance is one of a never-ending party, with everyone, including the bartenders, dancing to the groovy music.
The taste of Italy in a glass is what you will find at the Briciola. It is a small and quaint wine bar with some of the finest vinos from Venice and the Italian country side. The decor and ambiance is warm and intimate, making it ideal for a nice romantic date or to catch up with a friend over a glass of delicious drink. Their collection includes Cichetti and other regional street wines. They also serve some Italian bites to have with your wine. So choose or ask your waiter for help in choosing a dish that complements with your wine.