106 East 19th Street, New York, NY | Directions 1000340.737285 -73.987330
Neighborhoods: Gramercy Park, Midtown
Great spot for drinks. Cheap happy hour. $2 food menu at happy hour which was just what we were looking for. The sliders are excellent. Karaoke starts around 10 which is entertaining. We were drawn in and couldn't stop singing!!! We had so much fun.
Nice staff, karaoke, nice for a quickie – Pleasant staff, and a decent tap selection (oddly Brooklyn Pilsner-- but no Lager), Smithwicks, etc. The bartender remembers your name and the waitress is always Johnny... er... Janey on the spot. Your empty glass won't stay that way for long.
It's a skinny place with a few tables in the back. There's a large TV screen used on Thursdays (when we were there) for Karaoke. Some of the performers are... how can I tactfully put it... really bad! But it's all in fun, though a bit loud. The food is typical bar food. We had the wings (a bit too mild), nachos, and a sizzling fajita... the latter big enough to share. It's not worth a special trip, but if you're in the neighborhood. and need a friendly drink. This is a place to go. --Drink Club NYC is a roving group of NYC drinkers.
yup know exactly who you mean but time passes by and lets face it he wasn't going to be there forever totally agreed, amazing bartender! and yes the best in that place! but service there is secondary and lets face it people go there for the singing the cheap menu and cheap kicks! (ha ha) everyone liked him but maybe he had enough!,How he survived Art was beyond me? but then again what dosen't you know makes you stronger. By the way, live about three blocks away and I never came in expecting good service but Joe was the exception to that rule, but nothing lasts forever.
Not the same miss you Joe – use to have a lot of fun here came in last Thursday and was informed Joe does not work there anymore, well let me just say he was the best part of the place, always the charmer. The new bartenders lack charm and no one there can really get a crowd going the way this guy could. He would even walk you to a cab at three in the morning a true gent, yes there are some left ladies. Anyway I speak for myself and the entire area we might come in once in a while to laugh at the idiots singing but a regular spot never! we miss you Joe wish I would have gotten your number always thought about opening my own spot you would have been perfect!
Great Karaoke, Horrible Employees – A group of my coworkers and I went out on a Friday evening. Someone suggested TracyJ's. We get there around 10 and the place was super busy. We heard someone singing Every Step You Take which was awesome...we grabbed some drinks but there was nowhere to sit...not at the bar...not in the back. We kinda had to end up spreading out everywhere....which sorta sucked. Then later we all squeeze in at the bar and this wench on a waitress/bartender...some thing...kept shoving passed us. Eventually she told us that "if we didn't move away from the back end of the bar, she'd have us removed". We were all a little buzzed...so we just left. I mean, there's a nice way to ASK...and then there is the way this snob TOLD us.
Avoid Talking to anyone, seriously – My girlfriend and I went here with a group of her friends for a kind of end of the night for a birthday outing. It was preplanned as this place was supposed to be excellent (when it was called Tracy J's). But, we quickly found out differently! My girlfriend grabbed us each a drink. As we stood and watched some of the Karaoke (which was actually kind of fun) a seat at the bar became available. We asked the guy next to us if he knew anyone sitting here, he said no. My girlfriend sat down. However, there was a jacket on the chair. A tall skinny lady came back maybe ten minutes later and told my girlfriend to get up (she didn't ask at all). My girlfriend kind of smiled as told her that we didn't know anyone was sitting there. The woman then promptly followed with a comment that she will have my girlfriend kicked out. I told my girlfriend to get up and as she did...the woman waved over the bouncer. This all happened within a matter of a minute or two. The lady must have had some connection or something...because we were asked to leave. When I asked why...no one could give me any answers...no talking to managers....no information at all. Not to mention the bouncer was treating each of us as if we caused a real problem. So overall we were kicked out of not just the seat but the entire bar, and quite rudely. Be careful at "The WateringHole" ; you have to walk on broken glass, practically.
Editorial Review – The Watering Hole is serving the Gramercy Park community great drink specials, tasty food and karaoke fun.
cheap drinks, free tee-shirts – Tracy J's is a great after work spot if you work in the area
the happy hour specials are great and the owner, Art loves to give out free tee-shirts and food to his patrons.
the only downside to this bar is the attitude of the female bartenders who seem to hate everyone for no apparent reason.
Get there earlier than 8pm – It's a great place to watch TV, eat a delicious dinner at the bar, listen to the regualrs chat. The meatloaf is DELISH.
Scratch this off your list – We went here a few nights ago on what happened to be Karaoke Night. Turns out that it was a $7 minimum drink order per person, so my girlfriend paid $14 for our two light beers. When we went up to get what we assumed would be our second drink at no charge, the bartender charged us $5 a piece. "So 24 bucks plus tip for four light beers?" we asked. She said, "I charged you $14 up front because that's the minimum, you had to have ordered two beers each up front. Now we have to charge you again." When we protested, she proceeded to rudely talk down to us and act like a know-it-all. Needless to say, we left. Don't bother with this place -- you can get the same dive-bar ambience without the bad service, tricky "beer specials" and oodles of 30-year-old ex-frat boys elsewhere.
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