I happened into this bar on New Year's Eve after doing the fun run in Central Park. It was strange walking into a bar with such bright lights - I'm used to the atmosphere being a little darker. That aside, it was a nice mellow stop, away from long lines, trendiness. We were able to get a seat fairly quickly, and got waited on fast as well - hey, who can complain about a nice pint of Guiness? (Though, I will say it tasted less creamy than others I have had...)
If you're looking for a place that's a little less trendy, and where you might be able to hear each other talk, give this place a try.