York City's Best Bars
New York has an endless
number of watering holes. We are
frequently asked which is our favorite
and quite frankly, it is hard to say.
There are many places around town that
are terrific, but no single place is
right for every one or every occasion.
The following list, compiled after much
discussion among The NYC Insider staff,
is a start, and includes what we consider
the best there is in many key categories.
Best Place for a
Scotch and a Cigar
Bull & Bear
Waldorf-Astoria, 301 Park Avenue (near
Everything about this place denotes
old-money affluence and masculinity. Note
the electronic stock tickertape on the
back wall. If you are looking for a
clubby atmosphere, this is the place for
Best Selection of
Third Avenue between 93rd and 94th
The first thing you will notice upon
entering the Kinsale is a huge offering
of beers: 151 are available and 35 are
kept on tap at all times. This generous
selection combined with the friendly and
authentic Irish staff and pleasant pub
food makes the Kinsale one of our
103 Greene Street (between Prince and
A close friend and oeniphile introduced
us to this place several years ago and we
have been heading back regularly ever
since. Try tasting several different
wines by choosing one of their many
"flights" of wine, or make your
selection of a full bottle from their
extensive wine list.
Hogs and Heifers
859 Washington Street
As the hour gets later and later, this
place gets wilder and wilder. The women
dancing on the bar and the moose head
dripping with brassieres should give you
some sense of what this (mostly yuppie)
crowd considers fun.
Four Seasons Hotel, 57 E. 57th St.
(between Madison and Park)
We love to relax with a Cosmopolitan and
a dish of awesome olives and enjoy the
beauty of this elegant space.