Half King Bar

★★★★☆
  • 505 W 23rd St A

    New York, NY 10011

    Cross street: nr. Tenth Ave.

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  • 212-462-4300

About Half King Bar

Hours
Monday To Friday From 11:00 AM To 04:00 AM Saturday To Sunday From 09:00 AM To 04:00 AM

Food

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Two well-dressed, polite friends and I stopped here for a drink. The bartender studiously ignored us. It wasn't crowded, it was 4pm on a Saturday afternoon. The host and hostess, both with the most affected speech [seriously touched - they were like the wanna-be retail fashionistas on SNL, as played by Will Ferrell, Pierce Brosnan and Jimmy Fallon] I've ever heard, were defending the snobby bartender instead of making him serve us. He literally served the people to our right, to our left and at the other end of the bar, most of whom arrived after we did. Horrible.

A friend who lives in the 'hood said they will only wait on the literati and the neighborhood people, and "everyone knows that". Wow. Junger doesn't need the money, I guess, since the success of "The Perfect Storm". Egalitarian proletariat my a$$. I'd like to see one of the fishermen from Gloucester get served here.

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★☆☆☆☆

Two well-dressed, polite friends and I stopped here for a drink. The bartender studiously ignored us. It wasn't crowded, it was 4pm on a Saturday afternoon. The host and hostess, both with the most affected speech [seriously touched - they were like the wanna-be retail fashionistas on SNL, as played by Will Ferrell, Pierce Brosnan and Jimmy Fallon] I've ever heard, were defending the snobby bartender instead of making him serve us. He literally served the people to our right, to our left and at the other end of the bar, most of whom arrived after we did. Horrible.

A friend who lives in the 'hood said they will only wait on the literati and the neighborhood people, and "everyone knows that". Wow. Junger doesn't need the money, I guess, since the success of "The Perfect Storm". Egalitarian proletariat my a$$. I'd like to see one of the fishermen from Gloucester get served here.

Pros: Wouldn't know

Cons: Snobby

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The headline says it all.

Have never been disappointed at Half King. Accommodating staff. Friendly crowd. Good vibe.

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★★★★★

The headline says it all.

Have never been disappointed at Half King. Accommodating staff. Friendly crowd. Good vibe.

Pros: Great food. Great staff. Reasonable prices.

Cons: Can't really think of anything now.

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Love this place for lunch, brunch and dinner. Reasonably priced and really good service, their meals are always delicious. Also right next to the new fabulous Highline Park!! A must on weekends!

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★★★★★

Love this place for lunch, brunch and dinner. Reasonably priced and really good service, their meals are always delicious. Also right next to the new fabulous Highline Park!! A must on weekends!

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im a little mad they took the lamb burger off the menu, it was sooo good. anyway its a great pub. nice selection of beer. bartend mike is the man. food is good quality pub food

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★★★★☆

im a little mad they took the lamb burger off the menu, it was sooo good. anyway its a great pub. nice selection of beer. bartend mike is the man. food is good quality pub food

Pros: good beers and staff

Cons: can get crowded

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I frequently come here after gallery tour in Chelsea. The location makes it very convenient.

They serve nice bar food particularly sweet potato fries. The price is rather high, but justify with the location.

I sometimes feel that people at the bar do not treat me right. They are rather brunt and not accommodating. I suppose you can do that if the place is busy enough.

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★★★☆☆

I frequently come here after gallery tour in Chelsea. The location makes it very convenient.

They serve nice bar food particularly sweet potato fries. The price is rather high, but justify with the location.

I sometimes feel that people at the bar do not treat me right. They are rather brunt and not accommodating. I suppose you can do that if the place is busy enough.

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Summer and fall are the best times to take advantage of Half King's outdoor seating. And it's great if you have a dog...you can all plunk down outside. Tons of great beers , wine , and cocktails. The food is pretty good...burgers, mussels, nachos. Great place to check out all the hunks walking back from Chelsea piers. And you can smoke on one side of the patio outside.

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★★★★☆

Summer and fall are the best times to take advantage of Half King's outdoor seating. And it's great if you have a dog...you can all plunk down outside. Tons of great beers , wine , and cocktails. The food is pretty good...burgers, mussels, nachos. Great place to check out all the hunks walking back from Chelsea piers. And you can smoke on one side of the patio outside.

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I love coming here with my friends. The menu is refreshing, and they have some really great specialty drinks. I really like the side room where I usually sit and its brick walls and awesome decor. The crowd is just right not pretentious and not snobby. Unusual for Chelsea. The prices are just where they need to be, not too expensive for fresh food. Ya and the burgers really are amazing. I recommend this place for happy hour and if you work or live in Chelsea their lunch is not bad either.

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★★★★★

I love coming here with my friends. The menu is refreshing, and they have some really great specialty drinks. I really like the side room where I usually sit and its brick walls and awesome decor. The crowd is just right not pretentious and not snobby. Unusual for Chelsea. The prices are just where they need to be, not too expensive for fresh food. Ya and the burgers really are amazing. I recommend this place for happy hour and if you work or live in Chelsea their lunch is not bad either.

Pros: Service, Burgers, outdoors is nice too

Cons: Not enough of these place's in the city

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They make a nice burger and all the bar foods you want. A little pricey, but try at least once. Good beer selection too. The place is a little out of the way.

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★★★☆☆

They make a nice burger and all the bar foods you want. A little pricey, but try at least once. Good beer selection too. The place is a little out of the way.

Pros: Good burger and Beer selection.

Cons: Out of the way.

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Been here a couple of times, not a bad place to have a few beers.The crowd is collegian,nothing exciting.The food is not that good.

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★★☆☆☆

Been here a couple of times, not a bad place to have a few beers.The crowd is collegian,nothing exciting.The food is not that good.

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My friends and I have made The Half King a regular hang out for over a year now. The burgers are the best in the city especially the salmon Crab cake burger, MY FAVORITE. They can get very creative with the daily specials so dont just order from the regular menu. The service is fast and friendly, the staff really adds to the atmosphere of this place and they always make us feel welcome, it is very laid back. I like eating at the bar booths but if you are looking for a quieter meal sit in the dining room or small lounge room, it can get loud at the bar. They also have a very cute back garden and front cafe for people watching. They have a small section out front for smokers. They also have interesting reading and photography events on a Monday night.

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★★★★★

My friends and I have made The Half King a regular hang out for over a year now. The burgers are the best in the city especially the salmon Crab cake burger, MY FAVORITE. They can get very creative with the daily specials so dont just order from the regular menu. The service is fast and friendly, the staff really adds to the atmosphere of this place and they always make us feel welcome, it is very laid back. I like eating at the bar booths but if you are looking for a quieter meal sit in the dining room or small lounge room, it can get loud at the bar. They also have a very cute back garden and front cafe for people watching. They have a small section out front for smokers. They also have interesting reading and photography events on a Monday night.

Pros: Great Food, Friendly, Fun

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The Half King is a great place to get a beer or eat a meal. There is plenty of outside seating on the street or in the back garden. The interior is warm and cozy. They have great beers on tap and live music. The service is consistent. The food is not typical bar fare and the ingredients are fresh.

PROS: Good food, good drinks, good service
CONS: None

4
★★★★☆

The Half King is a great place to get a beer or eat a meal. There is plenty of outside seating on the street or in the back garden. The interior is warm and cozy. They have great beers on tap and live music. The service is consistent. The food is not typical bar fare and the ingredients are fresh.

PROS: Good food, good drinks, good service
CONS: None

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The staff could not have been ruder. The bartenders had attitude, were very unaccomidating, and did not want to get you your drinks. I will never be back to this place and I do not recomend anyone goes here unless they want a miserable time. STAY AWAY!!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

The staff could not have been ruder. The bartenders had attitude, were very unaccomidating, and did not want to get you your drinks. I will never be back to this place and I do not recomend anyone goes here unless they want a miserable time. STAY AWAY!!!!

Cons: rude staff

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Fantastic service - all the bartenders are extremely professional but not unwilling to strike up a conversation (Bryant is great). Buyback policy keeps an enlivened mood too. Excellent and fresh beers and a great versatility about it - good for a beer after a game at Chelsea Piers, but you can also have a drink with a date there too - which works. Once you go, it will become a favorite.

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★★★★★

Fantastic service - all the bartenders are extremely professional but not unwilling to strike up a conversation (Bryant is great). Buyback policy keeps an enlivened mood too. Excellent and fresh beers and a great versatility about it - good for a beer after a game at Chelsea Piers, but you can also have a drink with a date there too - which works. Once you go, it will become a favorite.

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This bar is equal parts good food, good service and casual atmosphere. The initial draw may be that Sebastian Junger owns the place, but what will bring you back is everything else.

The staff is fantastic (and they're a very nice looking crew). It's obvious that the Half King is not a training ground for new waiters. These people know what they're doing. Sure, it gets busy and a drink may occasionally take a minute or two longer. It's worth the wait.

As for the food and the drinks, I've frequently gone for the daily specials (never a miss), and I stick with the beers (it's a pub, people!). And the Irish breakfast!!!

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★★★★☆

This bar is equal parts good food, good service and casual atmosphere. The initial draw may be that Sebastian Junger owns the place, but what will bring you back is everything else.

The staff is fantastic (and they're a very nice looking crew). It's obvious that the Half King is not a training ground for new waiters. These people know what they're doing. Sure, it gets busy and a drink may occasionally take a minute or two longer. It's worth the wait.

As for the food and the drinks, I've frequently gone for the daily specials (never a miss), and I stick with the beers (it's a pub, people!). And the Irish breakfast!!!

Pros: Food, Gorgeous People, Service

Cons: Crowds on occasion

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The place has got it half right. We spent a few hours here the other night. The food we tried (we weren't really here for dinner) was fine, nothing special, but fine. I had very decent fish & chips and my friend had crisp calamari rings (we like the tentacles too!) The beers were good, but my friend's cosmopolitains were way too red and sweet (lesson: don't order cosmos at a pub.) The place looks nice and our booth was comfortable. The service was cold, but very efficient. I dons't smoke, but I reaked of cigs on my way home. I wonder what it'd be like here after the smoking ban, everyone seemed to smoke.

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★★★★☆

The place has got it half right. We spent a few hours here the other night. The food we tried (we weren't really here for dinner) was fine, nothing special, but fine. I had very decent fish & chips and my friend had crisp calamari rings (we like the tentacles too!) The beers were good, but my friend's cosmopolitains were way too red and sweet (lesson: don't order cosmos at a pub.) The place looks nice and our booth was comfortable. The service was cold, but very efficient. I dons't smoke, but I reaked of cigs on my way home. I wonder what it'd be like here after the smoking ban, everyone seemed to smoke.

Pros: decent food, service, good pub atmosphere

Cons: uninspired food, cold service, too smoky

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Thi is by far the best bar restaurant in manhattan Very friendly staff and the crowd is laid back.The food is also excellent

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★★★★★

Thi is by far the best bar restaurant in manhattan Very friendly staff and the crowd is laid back.The food is also excellent

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A noisy mess of a bar.... and avoid the food

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★★★☆☆

A noisy mess of a bar.... and avoid the food

Cons: Noisy, disorganized, Mediocre food

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First, it it me or are there always two or three reviews in each ratings/review area that sound like the owner or workers posted them? For example, a ten is given, nothing even slightly negative is said, like it was too crowded or the coat check girl was too saucy, the review has no less than five exlamation points that lard statements that sound like movie taglines, and it ends with an excited "try the..." statement, like "Try the calimari!"

Anyway, this place has its charms--attentive and friendly service, good food, good beer, and a nice laid back, unpretentious atmosphere.

The bad part is limited, but important. The mixed drinks are weak. Everytime I have been there, everyone at my table complains about it, so I just order beer. Also, it does get loud in the bar area and it is hard to hear even people across the table.

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★★★★☆

First, it it me or are there always two or three reviews in each ratings/review area that sound like the owner or workers posted them? For example, a ten is given, nothing even slightly negative is said, like it was too crowded or the coat check girl was too saucy, the review has no less than five exlamation points that lard statements that sound like movie taglines, and it ends with an excited "try the..." statement, like "Try the calimari!"

Anyway, this place has its charms--attentive and friendly service, good food, good beer, and a nice laid back, unpretentious atmosphere.

The bad part is limited, but important. The mixed drinks are weak. Everytime I have been there, everyone at my table complains about it, so I just order beer. Also, it does get loud in the bar area and it is hard to hear even people across the table.

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Despite its literary pretensions, this bar just isn't very interesting. It may look nice, but one can find smoke and vapid conversation at lots of other places that serve better cocktails at better prices.

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★★★☆☆

Despite its literary pretensions, this bar just isn't very interesting. It may look nice, but one can find smoke and vapid conversation at lots of other places that serve better cocktails at better prices.

Pros: Decor

Cons: Overpriced drinks

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Well-known writer Sebastian Junger, who penned "The Perfect Storm," opened this urban pub that is part neighborhood hangout, part party scene, and a favorite among brooding writer types, who often keep their journals propped on the bar…

 

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