Amid the swank food sanctums sprouting around Park Avenue South, this classic tavern remains a shrine to unchanging values. Most old-time Old-Towners go for the much-praised burger, which we found in need of a little salt. For lightweights, there’s a smattering of salads and other sandwiches. Some things, however, do change. Bloomberg’s antismoking legislation has made the once befogged booths and long mahogany bar strangely haze-free.
|Venue name:||Old Town Bar & Grill|
45 E 18th St
|Cross street:||between Broadway and Park Ave South|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Fri 11:30am–11:30pm; Sat noon–11:30pm; Sun 3–10pm|
|Transport:||Subway: L, N, Q, R, W, 4, 5, 6 to 14th St–Union Sq|
|Price:||Average main course: $8. AmEx, MC, V|
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Average User Rating
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No, mystery here; an Old Skool joint...the OG of the Nabe. OT has outlasted everything from indoor smoking to Max's Kansas City by being true to its calling. The Old Town delivers on simple things really well...good, reliable beers, serviceable cocktails and bar-style eats with fair pricing in Union Square of all places! Keep your absinthe and fussy cocktails for the speakeasy in the East Village. The local gentry and office drones all know the real deal. For an after work libation and a bite, Old Town is definitely doing something right, so enjoy it before Danny Meyer snatches it up.
Well, this bar certainly lived up to its name, and that was alright by me. A website that consists of only 1 page and no Wi-Fi available inside, relying on reviews was the best you could get on this location. Thankfully, I used the Time Out review on "best wings" and needed to sample these spicy treats. The bartenders were courteous and the beer selection included some staples along with some craft samples. The wings came and were as delicious as reported. Done well, without being overdone, they were tangy and spicy and kept the beers flowing. I did get a buy back as well after my 3rd beer. I wish this "old" tradition was more prevalent in the new establishments.