West End Bar & Grill

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West End Bar & Grill For those left thirsty and famished after negotiating the commercial jungle of nearby Midtown Manhattan, West End Bar & Grill provides an oasis of pre-theater snacks and after-show martinis in a refined and relaxed atmosphere. New York United States 40.761641 -73.986748
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Party Earth Review For those left thirsty and famished after negotiating the commercial jungle of nearby Midtown Manhattan, West End Bar & Grill provides an oasis of pre-theater snacks and after-show martinis in a refined and relaxed atmosphere... ... read full review

  • Subway:

    1, 2,: 50th Street-Broadway; A, C, E: 50th Street-8th Avenue

  • Phone:

    212-707-8986

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  • Hours:

    M–F, Su 11am–2am, Sa 10am–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth West End Bar & Grill Review

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For those left thirsty and famished after negotiating the commercial jungle of nearby Midtown Manhattan, West End Bar & Grill provides an oasis of pre-theater snacks and after-show martinis in a refined and relaxed atmosphere.

For those left thirsty and famished after negotiating the commercial jungle of nearby Midtown Manhattan, West End Bar & Grill provides an oasis of pre-theater snacks and after-show martinis in a refined and relaxed atmosphere.

As weary local office dwellers settle in at the mahogany bar to sip Blue Point and nosh on Greek pita wraps, younger couples grab the tables by the wide windows, perfect for taking in the busy street scene.

With muted blue lighting and a laid-back vibe, this small eatery offers tourists a respite from the noise of Times Square’s more chaotic scene and a beer list that includes mainly domestics, but varies enough to please pickier brew-noisseurs.

More adventurous off-hour carousers congregate in the back, downing sangria and specialty drinks like the Wicked Ginger.

The venue is at its best in the summer when the sunny days mark the return of al fresco dining, allowing groups of lunching revelers to take in some fresh air along with their BLTs and scallops.

Though never too wild, West End Bar & Grill remains a reliable stop for anyone looking to reclaim some equanimity amid the ceaseless racket of Midtown.

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Tip from Emma:

The jars full of fruit on either side of the taps contain flavor-infused vodka, and they’re delicious. Order some rosemary-blueberry or pineapple-lemongrass shots for a decadent dessert drink.

  • Crowd

    Local young professionals, work friends, tourists looking for a nice meal, and laid-back Europeans, 20s through 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Flat-screen TVs behind the bar. Ambient contemporary music.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Full menu of American dishes and bar food.

  • Prices

    Brunch menu $8–$16, starters $9–$14, salads $9–$12, sandwiches and burgers $10–$15, entrées $14–$19, sides $5. Beer $6–$8, wine $8–$10/glass, $28–$36/bottle, cocktails $6–$12+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: t-shirts, jeans, collared shirts, seasonal dresses, sneakers, flats, boots.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Fridays and Saturdays for the biggest crowds, and weeknights to hang with after-work locals.

  • Close By

    In business for almost eighty years, Rudy’s Bar & Grill (627 9th Avenue) is a Hell’s Kitchen institution that offers an old-timey saloon feel.

West End Bar & Grill User Reviews

Average rating:
Comfortable, business-casual joint to meet up for craft beers and upscale pubfare
Mike C. May 15, 2013
Just the right distance from the neon roar of Times Square, West End Bar & Grill is a reliable go-to spot for relaxed after-work drinks or a quick bite after a show. The sleek, dimly-lit space has a long mahogany bar with an impressive array of craft beers on tap, house cocktails, and fruit-infused vodkas. Chef Jim Hanley, formerly a line cook at Jean Georges, puts together a seasonal menu that mixes above-average American gastropub fare with more surprising entrees — think lobster clubs with applewood bacon, or pan roasted salmon with a soy chili glaze. The 86-seat room can get a little crowded around happy hour, with tourists struggling to find their bearings and young midtown professionals blowing off steam with their co-workers. But it empties out again after sunset as the music shifts to pop-40 and the friendly, laid-back staff kicks into gear. More of a utility than a destination, West End is a good launching pad for adventurous plans elsewhere in Hell's Kitchen, or as a dependable place for nightcap to wind down an early evening.
SOME UNIQUE FEATURES, BUT STILL NOT STAND-OUT
Kimberly T. Feb 21, 2013
If it could put some of its layout flair into its menu, West End Bar & Grill could be more than a meh. Three big-screen TV's line the walls, one interestingly against the entrance awning. That allows people seated at tables a view of a TV. I don't see many bars offering TV time to the customers not churning a tab, but this one did, thanks to the positioning of the TV by the entrance. So, West End gets a point for that. The bar setup was different -- old school, swirly stairwell shelving for the bottles, against a pretty mohogany wood and yellow lights. But after that, the AWESOME BOTTLE gets empty. Unless you're big into typical burgers, chicken, and steak dishes, you won't find much variety here. The menu included wine and beer pairing suggestions for different meal options and threw in a few creative cheeses to some plates (goat cheese, pepper jack). But you may be stuck with bunny food if you eat more than fur and fins. I shelled out $9 for an appetizer that tasted decent, but the plate was too small to warrant its price tag. The staff was friendly and allowed for small meal substitutions (sweet potato mash in place of veggie chips), but I found myself having to be creative in ordering around standard menu options to give my meal a little color. I was surprised when I got my bill and saw that I had a breakdown of "suggested gratuities." Based on my bill, someone did my math for 15%, 18%, and 20% tips. I'm sure it was all intentional to encourage the high generosity. But it was still nice to take a break from numbers, since my brain shuts off at Happy Hour. West End gets the job done, but only if you're not picky or trying to impress anyone. Its dim lighting makes it look closed from the street view, and unfortunately, if you knew what was inside, you wouldn't stop to check the hours..
No clue what it's doing
Chris K. Nov 16, 2012
West End feels like the hottest, chic-est wine and cocktail bar...in Easton, Pennsylvania. However, as far as New York joints go, this place is a big let down with absolutely no idea what it's trying to do. What's the worst part? I can't quite say. Maybe it's the drink selection, inadequate and dull, or the food, which appears to be straight-up Applebees fare. Or maybe it's the decor--you've got your backlit water vases with reeds and other crap sticking out of them, and tall glass cylinders packed with small black stones, to give it sort of an earthy feel...I guess? Honestly, I'll never come back to this place. I guess if you work around the corner, it's a fine spot to get a burger. Wait, you know what? Nevermind. I don't guess that.
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Dylan W. Nov 12, 2012
I read the review above and thought I was getting into something a little more fun and out of the box but when I showed up it was like a sports bar without the sports. Lots of people in pastel button downs and stuff... very milquetoast/safe. There's a nice terrace thing along the side so that's a redeeming quality for sure but usually I just would never go here. Actually, I think it's a great place for to bring a date or for something professional or to not-pushing-any-boundaries. Maybe for a work outing with the boss or when mom and dad are coming to town and want to go out? But not as an every week thing.
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