152 7th Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1001140.741738 -73.997540
Mon-Sat 11 am-4 am, Sun noon-4 am
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Chelsea
Listed in BEST BARS OF NY – Another one listed in the great book, BEST BARS OF NEW YORK, by Jef Klein and Cary Hazlegrove., and it sure is.
4 generations of owners and all as friendly as a politician on election day... but much more sincere. Ownership evidently went from Peter to James to Jamo (the current owner) and his son Justin who now tends at the bar. The bar book says Jamo is the friendliest man in New York. I'm not sure that's true. I have about 3.5 million more to meet for comparison, but Jamo sure is up there.
He came over to talk to us and give us free cards. They (the cards) weren't good for anything.... no discounts or premiums... but they were free. We also met the cook, who worked there for 30 years, so they must be doing something right.
The ambience is old Irish. The food is typical bar grub, though I gotta say the pastrami sandwich was pretty good for the less than $10 price. But you don't come here for the food. You come for the characters both in front of and behind the bar. Those, you'll enjoy a hell of a lot regardless of what you think of the food. --Drink Club NYC is a roving group of NY drinkers
Delicious Burgers with Crispy and Crunchy Steak Fries – A friend of mine took me to this place years ago to experience what he thought was was the Best Burger In Town! He wasn't kidding because I have been going back ever since. This place has making burgers down to a science...the ground beef is well seasoned, the rolls are toasted and the steak fries are crispy and crunchy. How much better does it get?! Well, it just doesn't. Go and check this place out for yourself. It is worth the trip!
A place for REAL people – This is what real bars look like. bars with history and mystique...bars with loyal patrons and newcomers who enjoy savoring a decent beear or whiskey or classic mixed drink at an Irish pub that has been in the family for generations.
One of the last ungentrified sanctuaries for atmosphere that hasn't been polluted by plutocrats on Manhattan Island.
and ps if they like you you can have your Guiness
Best Irish Bar In NYC – great place with friendly staff. make you feel like your welcome and at home when you walk in. The place is really cool and old fashioned - the bar and the whole place is straight out of an other era. Its a mixed crowed- college guys and girls, business men, native new yorkers, local drunks, everyone has a great time. Good food too. A NY landmark. Long live Peter McManus!!!
A sleazy dive without an ounce of charm – This place might be worth checking out just as an example of everything you shouldn't do. The beer is definitely watered down, and the taplines have never been cleaned. I tried three kinds of beer; they all tasted skunked. (and what kind of Irish Bar doesn't carry Guiness?) The waitress was truly wretched: a rude, incomeptent skank. She brought the wrong dishes and then totally blamed the customers for her own incompetence. She cursed at one of the guys at the table. Barman was so rude, I was honestly looking for an Englishman afterwards to shake his hand and urge them to give the Irish another thousand years of troubles.
Worst Experience – I started going to McManus about a year ago when a freind moved to the area. Over the course of a year I have had many fun nights there just relaxing and having a few drinks. However after my most recent experience I will never again visit McManus. Never have I been at a bar/pub ordred my drink and then been told to F*** Off by the bartender. This bartender may have been the most disrespectful man ever. Now I understand that sometimes people can get a little crazy at bars, however this was not the case. If you to go to a place where the bartender will stand there are curse off two (paying) girls then by all means this is the place for you.
Best Wings Ever...This place rocks! – I decided to check this place out after several of my friends went on separate occasions and each one of them raved about it (food, ambience, prices, patrons, etc.). It is so nice to have a place in Chelsea that's so low-key. McManus is super casual. They have many televisions and will play whatever sports game you request. They have the best wings I have ever had in my life (I am a self-proclaimed "wing connoisseur" if I do say so myself). I recommend ordering them extra crispy with the buffalo sauce on the side (so they stay crispy). They prepare them with some secret ingredients and they are simply amazing.
I love the random vintage photographs on the walls. There are many regulars there, including celebrities (I am figuring it's because no one, including the paparazzi, will bother them at McManus.
Oh, and to top it all off, the prices are very reasonable (cheap by Manhattan standards). You must give this place a try!
A Chelsea pub so unaffected that it can't help but stand out. – The Scene
There's nothing too unusual about this corner pub--and that's precisely why it stands out among its posturing neighbors. Terrazzo floors and a tin ceiling frame the long oak bar, behind which a no-nonsense bartending vet pulls pints (including McManus Ale). Simple pub fare dominates the menu in the ambience-free back dining room.
You may remember that Edward Norton threw a few back here as a priest in the movie "Keeping the Faith." And while you may not spot any men of the cloth, McManus' patrons do show up religiously: You'll find old guys, firefighters and a khaki'd after-office crowd fiddling around on the jukebox. Sure, Ethan Hawke has been spotted at the bar watching the baseball game on TV, but that's probably because this laid-back alternative to Chelsea glitz is a perfect place to dodge the spotlight.
Great Bar! – I have to admit I stumbled across this bar a few years back when I was visting NYC. However, what a discovery! The bar staff were really friendly and there were some real good, fun characters around. I also caught the annual stickball game another year and the whole day was just magic. I can't wait to get back there when I visit in November!
Greatest of the Irish Owned Bars! – One of the best values in NYC! Atmosphere is awesome- Great place to have
a drink and talk to the barkeeps and patrons. I highly recommend this throw
back to the past. Owner, James McManus carries a tradition that no longer exists
in Manhattan. Catch it and you will be pleasantly surprised!
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