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Bars, Cocktail bars Midtown West
4 out of 5 stars
(5user reviews)
Monkey Bar alum Jason Walsh is behind the stick at this small-plates-and-cocktails den in midtown, equipped with a square wood bar, black-leather banquettes and a projector for screening black-and-white movies. Find updated quaffs like a Thyme and Tonic (thyme-infused Oxley and London Dry tonic) or a Smoked Sidecar (Lapsang souchong–infused cognac, Cointreau, lemon juice), as well as classics like a mai thai, chilled with ice from a vintage, hand-cranked grinder. Balance the booze with Asian bar bites from chef Anunya "Kwan" Clarke (Añejo Tequileria), including pork dumplings and Thai chicken wings.


Venue name: Bea
Address: 403 W 43rd St
New York
Cross street: between Ninth and Tenth Aves
Opening hours: Mon–Wed, Sun 5pm–1am; Thu–Sat 5pm–2am
Transport: Subway: A, C, E to 42nd St–Port Authority
Price: Average cocktail: $12. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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Average User Rating

4 / 5

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Always good to know of a staple like this in a neighborhood! I got the grilled shrimp toast and it was pretty good! Small portion but tasty.


I went here before a show on Tuesday night and am forever hooked. I usually don't trust dining establishments anywhere near Times Square because they are overpriced and unflavorful however Bea has forever changed my life. I ordered a cocktail (can't remember the name) but it was amazing. The ceaser salad was so good, the dressing had a sweet and tangy flavor to it and although there wasn't a lot of it, it also wasn't dry. I also got the market fish of the day, with mashed potatoes and an onion gravy. It was all amazing and anytime I have a show to go to I will definitely be hitting up Bea.

Was there for the soft opening. Great food, more variety the just Asian bites. Ordered Shrimp toast, more of a proper sandwich, and dumplings. Nice cocktail selections, a bit pricey. My fav drink so far is tiny dancer?moon dancer? can't remember the proper name, was that good. Lovely atmosphere. Very well decorated. Lovely atrium. Most certainly plan on going back.

A group of us went the other night and had a fabulous time! We must have ordered half the menu, and loved every last bit of it! For a midtown bar, we couldn't believe how warm and welcoming the place felt. There is a lovely atrium with an actual tree growing inside! Cant wait to go back this weekend, and beyond! For such a good looking bar, i still got the feeling of an old neighborhood local. Loved it!

Don't bother going, unless you want to throw money away on barely warm food and a limited drinks menu with small pours. Decor and atmosphere is worth the 2 stars only. Left the restaurant hungry. Food could be ok if it was hotter. Only 3 types of wine on menu. At $16 for a glass of Brut, it came in the smallest champagne glass I've ever seen!! Waitress was just weird...I got told off in a stern Eastern European accent for not ordering a second drink from her directly (the place was empty and at $16 a glass, I'll order from whoever happens to be by my table). Friend had a cocktail which was very well made but, ahain, for $15, came in the smallest glass I've ever seen. This building is beautiful, but with standards like these, it will go the same way as every other restaurant that has been in this lovely little space...I give it 18 months. A shame about the limited food, small drinks sizes and limited menu for the $$$