You know how there are places you are really curious about and have to see for yourself, despite your better judgment? 230 fifth is just that type of place. On top of what was once the Victoria hotel, 20 floors up, in the first level of the club there is a lounge that is as big as it is cheesy. Then on the rooftop is a spacious and very green open air space. This is much better, yet the shrubs lining the surrounding walls obscure a bit of the view. This place is like an outdated Meat Packing joint, all flash and no class. Even the waitress begrudgingly know this (maybe that’s why they are so cranky). The only way to enjoy the view is if you come early (5ish), plus this way you hardly have to deal with the obnoxious doorman (don´t say i didn’t warn you).
Hours: Daily, 4pm-4am
230 Fifth Ave., 20th fl, at 27th St., NY 10001 212-725-4300
Pete’s Tavern first opened its doors in 1864. From that date to today, it has remained open. While there are other bars in NYC that fight for the title of oldest bar in New York, Pete’s has legal claim to being “the longest continuously operating bar and restaurant in New York City”. Not even Prohibition forced Pete’s to close its doors: it remained open disguised as a flower shop. They even have their own brew named 1864 Ale. It was originally known as the Portman Hotel then it became Healy’s Café when it was purchased by the Healy brothers, John and Tom in 1899, which they ran until 1921. It was renamed “Pete’s” when Pete Belle purchased it in 1932.”The bar has hardly changed since it opened and the crowd is mostly local and totally mellow.
Hours: Mon-Fri, 11:30am-3am; Sat-Sun, 11am-3am
129 E. 18th St., at Irving Pl., NY 10003 212-473-7676