Onieals Grand Street

Restaurants, American Little Italy
5 out of 5 stars
(8user reviews)
Onieals Grand Street
Venue says Late night food menu until 1am! Happy hour Mon-Fri 3-7pm, $1 oysters every Wednesday 4pm-11pm. Bottle brunch every weekend, $29 bottles!

A former brothel, speakeasy and gambling parlor, Onieals had quite the heydey during the Prohibition era. Though imbibing is legal once again, some of the vestiges of the bar’s nefarious origins still survive; the tunnel that bootleggers used to use to smuggle in booze now serves as the wine cellar. With an extensive menu of beer, wine, spirits and inventive cocktails, the bar has something for anyone looking to take the edge off. These days, Onieals also serves an upscale menu of classic American dishes with hints of influence from other cuisines. At brunch, try the shrimp and grits ($15) or the omelette with goat cheese, shiitake mushrooms and asparagus ($14). For dinner, start with the filet mignon carpaccio with parmesan and horseradish creme ($19) or grilled oysters on the half shell ($15), then move on to sesame-crusted tuna with tempura green beans ($26) or hammered chicken in a shallot wine sauce ($23).

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Onieals Grand Street says
Set in a neighborhood that for more than a hundred years was the knife’s edge of wealth, corruption, poverty and crime – Onieals Soho is a distinctive blend of yesterday and today’s modern sophistication. Onieals is located directly opposite the old Police Headquarters that held legendary criminals from 1909 – 1973. The Onieals building operated as a center for pleasurable crimes in such close proximity. Its former occupants include a brothel, a speakeasy, and a gambling parlor. In the early part of the 20th century, the system was so corrupt that a tunnel was built underground to connect the two buildings so that uniformed NYPD officers and officials could step across the street for some cheer undetected. The tunnel, which ended up coming in very handy during Prohibition, is still visible in Onieals and is used today as the wine cellar. In 1987, the headquarters was sold, turned into luxury residential condos and the tunnel was filled. These luxury condos, commissioned as an NYC landmark, housed some well-known names including Steffi Graf, Winona Ryder and Christi Turlington.

Onieals is well known for its part on the HBO Sex and the City television series for being the backdrop of the casually hip New York City bar SCOUT.

Pull up a seat in the lounge or join us seven days for brunch, lunch, dinner or cocktails. Onieals offers casual but elegant cuisine and unique cocktails to satisfy a variety of tastes and preferences.
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Venue name: Onieals Grand Street
Address: 174 Grand St bet Lafayette and Mulberry
New York
Cross street: between Centre Market Pl and Mulberry St
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 11:30am–2am; Fri–Sun 11:30am–4am
Transport: Subway: B, D to Grand St; J, M, Z, N, Q, R, W, 6 to Canal St
Price: Average main course: $25. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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4.7 / 5

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The bar there is great, cool vibe, fun and service is warm and friendly. Happy hour till 7 on Wed! Yessss


Great location and super cute spot. The brunch deal is not bad - $18 to add two hours of unlimited mimosas, bellinis or bloody marys to your entree. However, I would say only go here if you have a lot of time to spare. The service was incredibly slow and the staff was not at all apologetic about it. It took our group 30 minutes just to be given menus. The staff seems to get overwhelmed with the Sex and the City tour groups that come in - must be a huge moneymaker for them... but they neglect their clientele in the process. Regardless, when the food finally does come out, it is very good, and the drinks are great as well. My group opted out of the all you can drink and stuck with their cocktail menu, which is very inventive and reasonably priced. 

Always a great time. Brunch turns into dinner turns into drinks and dancing. Repeat.