I rarely hang out in the ever-gentrifying Alphabet City anymore, but this is a really fun hangout, comfy and unpretentious. They have a great happy hour, where the well drinks are not juts mixer! I know little about beer, but I know the few I really like and the waitress was great at recommending beers from their list that I would like based on my tastes. I?m very picky when it comes to food, and just because it is bar food, it is no excuse to be ?just? greasy, and the Tavern does not disappoint. The sweet potato fries were delicious (Southern food is my fave), and surprisingly and happily married to a BBQ-type dip. And the cheese steak may not be Philly but it?s great, and very reasonable prices. A simple and welcoming decor, relaxed atmosphere, perfect to forget the worries of the workday. The place is big enough that even when busy it doesn?t feel uncomfortably crowded or noisy. Expect a very mixed clientele where everyone is welcome and comfortable ? NYU students, artists, attractive young professionals fleeing the stilted yuppie scene, young and old, casual and well-put-together, everybody bonds here. I am definitely going back, again and again and again - and I?m going to start lobbying for a dessert menu ? I want a key lime pie to follow those fries!
Pros: Great atmoshpere, strong drinks at happy hour, good food
Cons: No dessert menu, some unusual drinks not always available