If your business has been open for over 120 years in New York City, you’ve been doing something right. For ten of those years, I’ve been a loyal regular grabbing beers with friends or just taking a seat at the bar for a drink and some conversation. I love that there’s nothing flashy here. In an age of hipster concepts and bespoke cocktails, sometimes I just need a whiskey straight up.
When I want to escape the happy hour crowds or late-night revelers, I head up the steep staircase and grab a booth on the second floor. You need to order food to sit up there, but with delicious burgers, crispy fries, and tasty creations like a grilled cheese on pumpernickel with mushrooms (“The Governor”), you won’t have a problem with that. Plus, it’s downright peaceful compared to the scene downstairs.
And guys, don’t leave without visiting the restroom on the ground floor. Trust me, you’ll be very impressed.