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Mad River Bar & Grill - 34 Reviews - 1442 3rd Ave, New York, NY - Bars, Pubs & Clubs Reviews - Phone (212) 988-1832

Mad River Bar & Grill

1442 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10028
(212) 988-1832
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Mad River Bar & Grill - New York, NY
Mad River Bar & Grill - New York, NY


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This place is like the best! I can come here every week and love it everytime. The food is simple, normal and great.



went last night. great girls but horrible bouncer who thinks he works at a nightclub in nyc. overall good experience but relax at the door, its only a simple bar on upper east, no...

Hot Dog! 1/3/2011

This place is like the best! I can come here every week and love it everytime. The food is simple, normal and great. more

Nice place 4/29/2010

I really like more

Great Time 1/27/2009

After living on the UES for about 3 years now I have become a fan of Mad River. Every time we stop in, there is always something going on. There were great specials and the music was just what we want to hear. Recently we just had dinner there and the food was awesome i def. recommend the burger with the waffle fries! Pros: Service, Prices more

OK 11/14/2008

went last night. great girls but horrible bouncer who thinks he works at a nightclub in nyc. overall good experience but relax at the door, its only a simple bar on upper east, nothing else more

Hands down a blast and great value in NYC!!! 2/20/2008

Ok I visit NYC only once a year for the NFL draft with friends and we always go to M-R! Established a great rapport with some people who work here and basically enjoyed the hell out of every night we have ever gone there! No rip offs, yet your right there in NYC with some great people for fun! I love this place and will always go back! Music, drink prices, location etc. by far one of my favorite places to go! You like to dance, listen to good music, see girls, or just chill up front? Then you can do it all here, trust me! I'm a former jock and business man, "Thumbs up to Mad River"! Pros: Honestly I have not had a bad experience yet! more

Nice Staff, music 9/5/2007

one of my favorite places on the UES. great place to grab a good beer and listen to great music. the crowd is a good vibe. the bouncers could lighten up a little at the front door. good location to subway. Pros: tap beer, music more

Best place in the east side 6/26/2007

I really like this place great music, great buffalo wings and I really like the restroom they smell better than my own restroom at home. more

Great Bartenders, Great Music, Great Prices! My new spot! 5/10/2007

Ok so I went in last night to meet up with some of my girlfriends for a drink... ended up staying for pretty much the whole night! I am just happy I was able to get out of bed this morning. I had a great time, the DJ was really good kept the crowd going all night and it was only a Thursday! The bartenders were really nice and not stuck up like most other places. Thanks Kenny! If you havent been there yet you must check it out! This will definitely be a weekly deal for me. See you all there! Pros: Bartenders, Music, Drink Specials! Cons: I'll have to get back to you on this one! more

save your time&money 4/18/2007

Unless you're a regular at this place, I would never recommend anyone ever I care about to go to this bar. My friends and I went to this bar for the fist time last week. From the beginning, it seemed shady. First of all the bouncers at the door tried to make it seem like it was the place to be that night by trying to get us to give him money to get in (this place has no cover). He at first refused one of my guy friends in for no reason and made it apparent that he wanted money. When we eventually got in we went to the bar to get drinks...the bar was ok...drinks were alright, nothing worth talking about. By the end of the night a short guy with glasses started trouble with one of my friends because his girlfriend was dancing with my friend. His pride was obviously hurt and he told the bouncers a bs story about my friends starting trouble. Because this loser was a local and a regular the bouncers believed him and kicked my friends out. **Unless you want to see girls dancing barefoot on a nasty floor or have annoying pigs trying to talk on you the whole night. Take your money and party elsewhere. more

Beware of berating bouncers 3/18/2007

We went here as a group to meet another group of friends, who were already inside and drinking for hours already, on St. Patrick's Day. We expected it to be crowded given the fact it was St. Patrick's Day and this is your typical frat-boy type bar with young just-out-of-college age guys acting like drunk idiots so I'm not going to complain about the crowding (which was any bar on that day). I'm not even going to complain about the fact that I had to pay $6 for a lousy CAN of Bud Light. What I do feel the need to comment on is the over-zealous bouncer who worked the upstairs room/door and the manner in which he treats/acts/speaks towards the bars patrons. My roomate was patiently waiting on line for the ladies room (at least 15 minutes). She was still patient even when the bouncer allowed 2 girls who supposedly work there (but who were not working on this day) cut the line in front of her. She was still patiently waiting (and was the next person in line to use the bathroom) when the bouncer brought a 70 year old lady from the STREET up to use the bathroom and brings her to the front to cut the line. However, it was at this point the bouncer chose to berate my roomate for absolutely no reason and begins SCREAMING at her, calling her drunk (she had had TWO BEERS and was NOT drunk) and stupid and telling her she needs to shut up and stop acting out of control, etc. to the point where he had my roomate in tears and hysterical. Maybe he mis-took the other girls in line who were yelling and making a scene for my roomate who hadn't said a word. I don't know. But what I do know is that I will NEVER return to this bar again after witnessing this. I (nor any of my friends) have ever been treated/spoken to in such a manner as we are not usually "those girls" or "that group" who causes scenes by getting wasted. We have had good times at this bar in the past but this altercation has left us with such a bad taste in our mouth I can't even recommend this bar to others. Cons: Bouncer, line for the bathroom more

Wings with free dessert 2/26/2007

Went for wings on a Saturday afternoon. The wings were 10 cents which is a bargain for NYC bars. However the wings should have been called "winglets" due to their miniature size. After the wings an unexpected dessert presented itself on the bar. Desert being a C OCKROA CH. The occupant vertically crawled up the bar on my arm then ran around on the bar like ratts in west village taco bell. The bartender came over and called for backup. He disposed of the creature and she simply wiped off the bar and acted casual. No apology + no reduction in bill = NO RETURN TO THIS BAR. Pros: Beer Cons: Infestation issues more

Good hang out spot.. 11/13/2006

While this is not the most exciting place to be, it is definitely a good place to have a few drinks and enjoy with friends. It sure gets packed. i went to see a live band play and sure had fun. Like I said, nothing exciting except just another bar uptown NY. Friendly staff and ok drinks. more

Gets crowded on Saturday Night 9/4/2006

This bar draws predominately a mid to late 20's frat boy/sorority type crowd and gets packed on Saturday Nights when they have a DJ spinning. Even with the large crowd, the bar is big enough to where you are not packed in like a sardine. There is a front bar and a smaller back bar and there are plenty of TV's located throughout. Good place to make your last stop on a weekend night. more

F-U-N 8/9/2006

thats has to be the word to explain this whole bar, the bartenders were fun drinking with the customers, the music and the dj was great. The drinks aren't over-priced. You can chill towards the front at the bar and talk, or you can dance in the back. I crowd was full of layed-back city people just having a good time. I would def go back. Pros: dancing, crowd Cons: may have cover more

Great Private Party Spot!!! 8/1/2006

This place has so many options to choose from whether its food or open bar packages or private areas and the service was great....the manager Tommy helped us put together a party from day one and took most of the pressure off us and the party was a huge success...the bartenders and other managers were very nice and attentive making sure we got whatever we needed...and fast... great food, great music, great atmosphere and great private party room I love this place and would recommend it to anyone for a private event...thanks guys!!!!! Pros: service, plenty of flatscreens, great value Cons: upper east side more

Personality!!! 2/16/2006

I love going to Mad River b/c you never know what you're going to get. Last night was their 8 Year Anniversary. I walked in a saw a "little person" dancing on the bar dressed as an "umpalumpa"!!! Not to mention, everything was FREE for 2 hours!! Nothing wrong with a little customer appreciation. I've been to Mad River during the week and it is a great chill scene with ridiculously cheap drinks and the food is great. The weekends are legendary for going out with the girls and dancing with the guys. $1 drinks on Friday night with great looking bartenders, what more could you ask for??? Pros: Hot Bartenders, Cheap Drinks, Private Parties more

awesome chill sunday nights 1/9/2006

Mad River is the place to hang out with the girls on Sunday nights- fairly quiet after 9pm and almost empty after 10pm if there's no football game, etc. Great bartender attention and service Saturday mornings and Sundays- music can be changed at your request. Overall, a lovely time. more


This bar isn't bad. Strong drinks, friendly crowd, good mix of music. Just don't check your coat! Line was ridiculously long and hardly moving at all. You should never have to wait forty five minutes to get your coat from a bar's coat check. Seriously. (And it's not even free!) more

Great Place For Happy Hour 11/1/2005

great mixing, good times. my coworkers and i had great fun, it was a good place for drinks, didn't know about the food. Pros: drinks, atmosphere, inexpensive more

Great bar. 1/17/2005

We had one of the best open bar private parties I have ever been to. Great all round bar. more
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  • The Scene
    Miss those college outings for comfort food, brews and a decent jukebox? Mad River will take you back, minus the tuition. Casually dressed folk of all ages chill in the spacious back dining area, while up front a lively happy-hour scene draws recent grads and sports fans. A second-floor party room, TVs galore and pleasant, low-key service make it great for that Super Bowl gathering or fraternity reunion.

    The Draw
    It's more than just an after-work spot. Live bands appear on select weeknights; DJs and guest bartenders bring in large crowds on the weekends. For munchies, choose from bar starters such as nachos, and main courses of hamburgers, sandwiches and large salads. While the potato skins and thin-crust pizza are a tad bland and too cheesy, most dishes use surprisingly fresh ingredients; standouts include a peppery French onion soup with thick chunks of bread and beer-battered onion rings.

  • 7/25/2004 Provided by Citysearch

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  • Neighborhoods:

    Yorkville, Midtown