206 Avenue A, New York, NY | Directions 1000940.729535 -73.980829
Neighborhoods: East Village, Alphabet City, Downtown
Very nerdy – I went here with my boyfriend for trivia night, and it was easily one of the worst places we've ever been. It was full of very nerdy, very competitive players. I mean people were covering their answers with their hands and whispering to each other. Very odd for a bar. This place is nearby so many better bars... we left early and went across the street. I suggest you skip it altogether.
Excellent TVs – I just moved into the East Village. I popped into Common Ground for the first time yesterday to catch the Yanks/Sox game. I really like this bar. The bartender was extremely friendly. The other customers I chatted with were also down to earth and real nice (even the Sox fans). I didn't taste the food, but it certainly looked delicious. To top it off, two fantastic HD plasmas for watching the games. I think this place'll become my new local.
Great party place – Just had my 25th birthday party here this past weekend. They reserved a huge space in the back for about 50 of my friends for free. The service was excellent. Even though the place was packed, I never saw the bottom of my glass. I highly recommend this place for birhtday parties.
Flawed Rating – So I dropped by here the other night because of all the curiously positive remarks. Upon arriving a noticed the bartenders were pretty average, not as hot as other posts said. The layout is pretty cool and a good selection of beers, but a very nerdy crowd. What's up with the board games?
After being extremely dissappointed from this place not being awesome (since it is rated so high) I decided to look at the previous ratings again.
Here's what I found. It's obvious that the owner/staff is monitoring the ratings on this site very closely. ANY time there is any sort of negative remark, it is immediately followed by extremely great recomendations.
On 4/3 there was a negative rating, followed by a great rating on 4/4
On 8/15 there was a negative rating, followed by a great rating on 8/16.
On 7/19 there was a negative rating, followed by a great rating on 7/20.
On 5/17 there was a negative rating, followed by two great ratings on 5/17 and one on 5/18.
This raises a flag because there are typically several weeks or months between the good reviews, but any time there is a negative review, it is immediately followed by an extremely positive review. Something very fishy about that.
favorite bar EVER! – I find it funny that I actually signed up for this website just to write a review for this place...and I only did it because they undoubtedly deserve it. I've been frequenting this bar for after work drinks and have discovered after eating several of there amazing paninis and apps that they undoubtedly have the best caesar salad in town. If I had to compare this place to anything, as cheesy as it may be, it reminds me of cheers. I'm usually there alone and I sometimes feel as if I have ended up with my best friends sitting around the bar. The bartenders treat me as if I'm there sister, (i'd probably get more guys if I even looked half as hot as these girls do) and the locals that frequent the bar act as if I've been friends with them since childhood. For the first time last week I brought my friends with me, they wanted to finally see this bar that I keep hyping about. We went for trivia night. Even though we didn't get that many questions right, the staff was treating us like we were winners and we had such a blast. My friends couldn't believe how great the food is at this bar. After one of my guy friends admitted to wanting pizza from a local pizza joint across the street, I told him to sit down, shut his trap and eat what I ordered for him. So of course I got one of the pizzas. He couldn't believe how pleased he was with the food there, that he ended up taking his friends there last weekend to watch the final four basketball games with his friends. They loved how different the food is here and how great it is to have found a bar that stands out from the usual food they see at sports bars. I really just want to thank Common Ground for the AMAZING SERVICE, AWESOME FOOD, and an all around great experience every time I am there, whether its alone or with my friends. If I had the capital, I'd give the bar owner money to open another bar in every part of manhattan so everyone could experience this wealth of entertainment and fun.
Used to Love...Still Do..But the Service is Horrible! – I used to love this place! I would recommend it b/c it has the best happy hour. Great specials, awesome food.
But lately every time I have gone in there, the service was horrible! I never write reviews, but I love this place so much and each time it was bad. so i felt it necessary....Every time it has been a different girl, and each time they have been horrible.
They don?t smile, have a bad attitude and it shows. If they hate their job so much, they should get over themselves and not work there anymore. I had to wait 40 minutes the last time I was there for a mozzarella and tomato panini. And they were not that busy. If you are planning to go out to this place, just be wary of the horrible grumpy service and attitude that ruins even the great food and drink. and i am unfortunately not going to recommend it to anyone, anymore....
Great venue for private parties – Had a surprise birthday last night for my girlfriend. This is a place that I've walked past several times but have never popped in to check out. I wish I had done so sooner because this place is great. The staff was very helpful in assisting me with the food selections for my party, based the number of people that arrived. They helped me pick the perfect amount of food, as there was not much extra left over. Price-wise... very easy on the pocket with the happy hour drink and food specials. They were accommodating to my special needs (we brought in a birthday cake and it was served right on time). Dan, the owner, was personally there to make sure everything ran smoothly. I would recommend this place to anyone, and I will certainly be back!! Thank you to everyone at Common Ground for making my special night so comfortable and fun!
Perfect party venue. Everyone had a great time! – I hosted my party at Common Ground on a Friday night. It was an ideal venue and everyone had a blast! I found Common Ground online, and met with Dan, who reserved me the back couch area for my party of 30 (for free!). Everyone was comfortable, it was easy to socialize and talk, the waitress was great, it was easy to get drinks at the bar and the place got busy, but not sardine-packed like so many other great bars in NYC. I would highly recommend having a party at Common Ground.
Awesome party place!!! – I had my birthday party at Common Ground this past weekend, and the staff there could not have been better. Dan took care of everything and made me feel right at home and our server, Yale, was incredible!! The food was great and I got a ton of comments of how much my guests enjoyed the party. I most definitely will be back. Between the service, the atmosphere, the food, and just the way this place goes out of it's way to make it the perfect party, Common Ground is simply awesome. Thanks for making my bday a blast CG!!!
Amazing Experience, All-Around! – I stumbled upon Common Ground a few months ago when scouting locations for a friend's birthday. I decided I HAD to have a Halloween party at this pretty, funky but chill bar/lounge. I am so glad I did. Think of the space as one party chill downtown lounge, one part neighborhood bar, and one part spooky library. This past Saturday, my two friends and I hosted a huge Halloween bash in their "back area" and it was an amazing sucess - I cannot think of one thing this place did wrong! The managers, Dan and Matt, were accommodating from the get-go when I called them two months ago. They gave us great drink specials, hooked us up with tasty food (the paninis are a must-try!) and gave us a great space! Yale, the server that worked our party ALL BY HERSELF was unbelievable! I don't think anyone waited more that 5-10 minutes for a drink, and this girl was serving upwards of 70 people at one point! Kudos to Common Ground. I can't wait to check this place out on a "normal" night - they do fun stuff like trivia night and open mike nights, I think. Bravo, CG. You made our Halloween party a great sucess. I would highly recommend checking this fun, chill bar out. Good vibes, good food, and great people.
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