I was lucky enough to check out Social Bar, a casual and classic American eatery in the Theater District last night and have to say that it serves a cut above neighbor sports bar fare—actually, several cuts above. Social Bar calls itself an Irish pub on its official website but I saw only one or two pub-style dishes on the menu (the Dubliner Irish Burger and Fish & Chips). Everything is prepared fresh and I dare say that their fries are a contender for one of the Best In Manhattan! They are salty (in a good way) and seem to be fried in peanut oil for extra flavor.
|Dread Head cocktail|
I started out with the coconut and colorful Dread Head cocktail, which is only $5 all day until 8PM and was impressed not only by its flavor how the green melon liqueur stayed at the bottom of the glass! My dining partner could not resist the cotton candy based Cotton Candy Cosmo (also $5), which started out pink and blue and then turned into a root beer-looking concoction once the booze was poured over the cotton candy.
|Cotton Candy Cosmo|
|Pulled Pork Sliders|
I love the trivia games that take place at 7PM at Social Bar as well as the friendly staff. I noticed a strong mix of clientele from families to people stopping after work to tourists from Australia sitting nearby. The atmosphere is very casual and friendly and the food comes quickly. Social bar appears to have become a bit of a neighborhood hangout because of these features, as well as the very reasonable prices. I was too full from the large portions served to try the desserts at Social Bar, but I will be stopping back in very soon to test them out. I will also be back to test out the highly acclaimed $7.95 lunch special here.
795 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10019
Photos: Anne M. Raso