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
813 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10019
1, 2,: 50th Street-Broadway; A, C, E: 50th Street-8th Avenue
M–F, Su 11am–2am, Sa 10am–2am
Hell's Kitchen, New York –
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.
Local young professionals, work friends, tourists looking for a nice meal, and laid-back Europeans, 20s through 40s.
Flat-screen TVs behind the bar. Ambient contemporary music.
Full menu of American dishes and bar food.
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+.
Casual: t-shirts, jeans, collared shirts, seasonal dresses, sneakers, flats, boots.
Fridays and Saturdays for the biggest crowds, and weeknights to hang with after-work locals.
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.