Overlook

★★★★☆
Midtown's Best Happy Hour and Holiday Party Destination-Overlook
  • 225 E 44th St

    New York, NY 10017

    Cross street: Between 2nd Avenue and 3rd Avenue

    Map & Directions
  • 212-682-7266

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I've thrown parties here, went to parties here hung out after work here and had lunch here. The drinks are cold. The food is great and the staff is always friendly. It's a fun place to hang out and a great place to eat. Best french fries in the city. Look it up!

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★★★★☆

I've thrown parties here, went to parties here hung out after work here and had lunch here. The drinks are cold. The food is great and the staff is always friendly. It's a fun place to hang out and a great place to eat. Best french fries in the city. Look it up!

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ok just a quick address to the guy below...do you realize you are complaining when you paid ONE DOLLAR? like im pretty sure unless a bouncer punched you in the face (assuming you didn't deserve it) you dont get to complain when you out of pocket cost is not even enough to buy you a pack of orbit gum

I feel better...

moving on, i simply love the place. life may have gotten really busy and i dont go there nearly as much as I used to or as much as Id like to but it still holds a fond place in my heart. Drinks are always poured to perfection and you cant really beat a 2-6 , 2 for 1 happy hour. (At least not anywhere when the crowd is above 19) . Go there enough and you will be treated like family. A must -see if you work/are ever in midtown. Best low-key / not pretentious roof-top in town

<3

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★★★★★

ok just a quick address to the guy below...do you realize you are complaining when you paid ONE DOLLAR? like im pretty sure unless a bouncer punched you in the face (assuming you didn't deserve it) you dont get to complain when you out of pocket cost is not even enough to buy you a pack of orbit gum

I feel better...

moving on, i simply love the place. life may have gotten really busy and i dont go there nearly as much as I used to or as much as Id like to but it still holds a fond place in my heart. Drinks are always poured to perfection and you cant really beat a 2-6 , 2 for 1 happy hour. (At least not anywhere when the crowd is above 19) . Go there enough and you will be treated like family. A must -see if you work/are ever in midtown. Best low-key / not pretentious roof-top in town

<3

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Bought the $1 dollar special off of living social. Its funny because the whole point of teaming up with living social is to promote the restaurant but this experience made me NEVER want to return. The service was extremely poor and slow, water was never refilled, every table was waiting for their food 45min to and hour or more, and worst of all NO ONE was apologetic at all. Its understood that they were busy but at least show some remorse for your hungry customers.
I would NOT recommend coming back here.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Bought the $1 dollar special off of living social. Its funny because the whole point of teaming up with living social is to promote the restaurant but this experience made me NEVER want to return. The service was extremely poor and slow, water was never refilled, every table was waiting for their food 45min to and hour or more, and worst of all NO ONE was apologetic at all. Its understood that they were busy but at least show some remorse for your hungry customers.
I would NOT recommend coming back here.

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I have been to Overlook a few times over the past couple years - mostly for Mizzou alumni games - and have always enjoyed this place. Unpretentious, good food, love the outdoor patio. But where the real gem of this place is in WORKING with Overlook. I recently conducted a fundraiser at this establishment - and I could not have been happier with my entire experience at Overlook. Start to finish. First, I worked directly with the owner to work out all the details. I was ambitious and wanted to do a lot of different tactics to generate money, and he was on board for all of them - even suggesting items for our silent auction that he knew our regulars would bid on and generate more cash for us. Secondly, the entire staff from bartenders to staff managers to DJ to doorman were friendly and accommodating on the actual night of the event itself. If we needed something, they were made themselves available, even though the place was packed. I felt like it was true partnership and I will do ALL my charity work at this place in the future. Thanks Overlook!

2
★★★★★

I have been to Overlook a few times over the past couple years - mostly for Mizzou alumni games - and have always enjoyed this place. Unpretentious, good food, love the outdoor patio. But where the real gem of this place is in WORKING with Overlook. I recently conducted a fundraiser at this establishment - and I could not have been happier with my entire experience at Overlook. Start to finish. First, I worked directly with the owner to work out all the details. I was ambitious and wanted to do a lot of different tactics to generate money, and he was on board for all of them - even suggesting items for our silent auction that he knew our regulars would bid on and generate more cash for us. Secondly, the entire staff from bartenders to staff managers to DJ to doorman were friendly and accommodating on the actual night of the event itself. If we needed something, they were made themselves available, even though the place was packed. I felt like it was true partnership and I will do ALL my charity work at this place in the future. Thanks Overlook!

Pros: outdoor patio, good food, unpretentious, friendly staff

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I came here when a friend threw a private party and had an amazing time. Service was top notch and food was out of this world. I came back last weekend for after work drinks during happy hour. Amazing specials. Highly recommended.

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★★★★★

I came here when a friend threw a private party and had an amazing time. Service was top notch and food was out of this world. I came back last weekend for after work drinks during happy hour. Amazing specials. Highly recommended.

Pros: food, service

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This place is like a dream.. Great TV's to watch the game. I had the best time during superbowl here! The wings & burgers are tasty and the french fries are crunchy just the way I like them. Great place to go with a big group of friends... And the service awesome too.

2
★★★★★

This place is like a dream.. Great TV's to watch the game. I had the best time during superbowl here! The wings & burgers are tasty and the french fries are crunchy just the way I like them. Great place to go with a big group of friends... And the service awesome too.

Pros: Good Burgers, Drinks, Lots of TV's

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ere were more TVs in this place than in my local BEST BUY! Every booth had its own set. Never saw anything like it before.
Besides the TVs, the bar had a nice 365-Day Xmas decor, with a ceiling full of colored balls. The beer list was fair, with Blue Moon on tap.
I wouldn't want to be here on a heavy sports night, but on a mild-Tuesday it was peaceful. The food was okay, but nothing special, slightly on the pricey side... but that's Midtown NY. The waitstaff was friendly and efficient. The crowd was mostly 20 to 30 somethings.There's not much more to say. --Drink Club NYC is a roving group of NYC drinkers.

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★★★☆☆

ere were more TVs in this place than in my local BEST BUY! Every booth had its own set. Never saw anything like it before.
Besides the TVs, the bar had a nice 365-Day Xmas decor, with a ceiling full of colored balls. The beer list was fair, with Blue Moon on tap.
I wouldn't want to be here on a heavy sports night, but on a mild-Tuesday it was peaceful. The food was okay, but nothing special, slightly on the pricey side... but that's Midtown NY. The waitstaff was friendly and efficient. The crowd was mostly 20 to 30 somethings.There's not much more to say. --Drink Club NYC is a roving group of NYC drinkers.

Pros: Friendly and lots of TVs

Cons: slightly pricey

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love this place for happy hour and drinks. can we go again?

2
★★★★★

love this place for happy hour and drinks. can we go again?

Pros: happy hour

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love it for what its worth. always get a good time. always people having fun. seriously i have never left unhappy. the bartender is awesome (she knows who she is).

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★★★★★

love it for what its worth. always get a good time. always people having fun. seriously i have never left unhappy. the bartender is awesome (she knows who she is).

Pros: happy hour

Cons: ehh, noce really

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Came into Overlook with some of my girlfriends for happy hour. Great happy hour specials, cute boys, and cute boys :) Exactly what we were looking for. The place was really chill and they played great music as well. A nice la*d back bar in midtown. Def will come back esp for when the weather is warmer as we spied a big outdoor patio area.

2
★★★★★

Came into Overlook with some of my girlfriends for happy hour. Great happy hour specials, cute boys, and cute boys :) Exactly what we were looking for. The place was really chill and they played great music as well. A nice la*d back bar in midtown. Def will come back esp for when the weather is warmer as we spied a big outdoor patio area.

Pros: happy hour. music

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I was here last night for a few drinks after work. The place bumping with good looking girls and a great crowd. The happy hour scene here is really amazing. They have great drink specials and great food. The burgers might be some of the best in the city. We arrived here at around 6pm and stayed till a little after 9pm. We were enjoying the great weather on the large patio and also got to watch the yankee game. I would definitely come here again when the weather is nice out.

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★★★★★

I was here last night for a few drinks after work. The place bumping with good looking girls and a great crowd. The happy hour scene here is really amazing. They have great drink specials and great food. The burgers might be some of the best in the city. We arrived here at around 6pm and stayed till a little after 9pm. We were enjoying the great weather on the large patio and also got to watch the yankee game. I would definitely come here again when the weather is nice out.

Pros: out door area, great food and drinks

Cons: none that i could think of

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My girlfriends and I came across Overlook a few months ago, and have since gone back every week. It?s precisely what we?ve been searching for ? a great neighborhood bar with good music, good people, good happy hour specials, good food (the fried ravioli is simply out of this world), and good service. Everyone here seems to go out of their way to make sure that the customers are comfortable and having a good time: from the manager providing additional seating when there were no chairs left, to the busboy referring to us by name, to the owner offering to transform my leftover matzo into matzo pizza during Passover so that I, too, could have something tasty to eat! We simply love this place and you will too !!!

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★★★★★

My girlfriends and I came across Overlook a few months ago, and have since gone back every week. It?s precisely what we?ve been searching for ? a great neighborhood bar with good music, good people, good happy hour specials, good food (the fried ravioli is simply out of this world), and good service. Everyone here seems to go out of their way to make sure that the customers are comfortable and having a good time: from the manager providing additional seating when there were no chairs left, to the busboy referring to us by name, to the owner offering to transform my leftover matzo into matzo pizza during Passover so that I, too, could have something tasty to eat! We simply love this place and you will too !!!

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Nice patio with beautiful sun...unfortunately the service was so slow, my friend and I had to leave without even having our meals! We were still waiting for our burgers after over 1 hour ...with no indication of when our meals would arrive. Service was friendly but the explanation we received for the delay was that one of our burgers was asked to be cooked "well done". We probably will never know if the belgian fries we ordered were crispy well done after an hour of cooking, as we would definitely not return here.

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★☆☆☆☆

Nice patio with beautiful sun...unfortunately the service was so slow, my friend and I had to leave without even having our meals! We were still waiting for our burgers after over 1 hour ...with no indication of when our meals would arrive. Service was friendly but the explanation we received for the delay was that one of our burgers was asked to be cooked "well done". We probably will never know if the belgian fries we ordered were crispy well done after an hour of cooking, as we would definitely not return here.

Pros: Nice patio

Cons: If you have 2 hours to spare at lunch time...this is the place for you!

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I love everything about the OverLook, from the Tuesday night karaoke, to the dope patio on the 2nd floor. This is more than just a bar. It is a nice bar. The food is fresh and prepared well and I have never ever gotten sick there. Moreover, I think they have some of the BEST French Fries in the city. Think Pommes Frites downtown, you won't be disappointed. While the happy hour is a little too early for most working folks, it is 4 hours long. So perhaps a late lunch on a friday and a few martinis then back to work? I like the lively atmosphere, the waitstaff is always friendly and the bathrooms are clean. Management really knows how to cater to different crowds. The long bar has lots of prime real estate and the bartenders are good looking. You can't go wrong at the Overlook, I wish I lived in that neighborhood just so I'd have a great neighborhood bar. Se La Vie. Also great for private parties.

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★★★★★

I love everything about the OverLook, from the Tuesday night karaoke, to the dope patio on the 2nd floor. This is more than just a bar. It is a nice bar. The food is fresh and prepared well and I have never ever gotten sick there. Moreover, I think they have some of the BEST French Fries in the city. Think Pommes Frites downtown, you won't be disappointed. While the happy hour is a little too early for most working folks, it is 4 hours long. So perhaps a late lunch on a friday and a few martinis then back to work? I like the lively atmosphere, the waitstaff is always friendly and the bathrooms are clean. Management really knows how to cater to different crowds. The long bar has lots of prime real estate and the bartenders are good looking. You can't go wrong at the Overlook, I wish I lived in that neighborhood just so I'd have a great neighborhood bar. Se La Vie. Also great for private parties.

Pros: lively staff, good music, great food, awesome patio

Cons: none

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Their burgers are among the best in the city. Very appropriately priced for a midtown venue. Drink specials are great too.

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★★★★☆

Their burgers are among the best in the city. Very appropriately priced for a midtown venue. Drink specials are great too.

Pros: Food and Drinks

Cons: Parking can be a problem, but who drives here?

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I love that bar. It has been crowdy, cause everybody in the neighbourhood foud out that it's there! It is not overlooked anymore. I don't like to see bad reviews and I don't believe them, cause I have never been served poorly. Staff is friendly and they show their appreciation to returning cutomers. They even remember my name and believe me, it doesn't mean that I am there all the time.

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★★★★★

I love that bar. It has been crowdy, cause everybody in the neighbourhood foud out that it's there! It is not overlooked anymore. I don't like to see bad reviews and I don't believe them, cause I have never been served poorly. Staff is friendly and they show their appreciation to returning cutomers. They even remember my name and believe me, it doesn't mean that I am there all the time.

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THIS PLACE IS GREAT!!!! I work in the area and frequent the overlook regularly. Their food is great
(very good and creative lunch specials) and their drink prices are in line for Manhattan. They do have daily drink specials and a 2 for 1 happy hour till 6pm. The spot gets really busy sometimes so that may explain some of the service difficulties, but the atmosphere/outdoor deck/ and great food more than make up for it

2
★★★★★

THIS PLACE IS GREAT!!!! I work in the area and frequent the overlook regularly. Their food is great
(very good and creative lunch specials) and their drink prices are in line for Manhattan. They do have daily drink specials and a 2 for 1 happy hour till 6pm. The spot gets really busy sometimes so that may explain some of the service difficulties, but the atmosphere/outdoor deck/ and great food more than make up for it

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Went here on a thursday night at a recommendation of my coworkers. The fries and mayonnaise managed to keep me in bed for the next 3 days- I have no idea what was wrong with it. The drinks were weak, especially during "happy hour." Waitstaff was overall uninterested and rude. So so many better places to go in midtown.

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★☆☆☆☆

Went here on a thursday night at a recommendation of my coworkers. The fries and mayonnaise managed to keep me in bed for the next 3 days- I have no idea what was wrong with it. The drinks were weak, especially during "happy hour." Waitstaff was overall uninterested and rude. So so many better places to go in midtown.

Pros: patio

Cons: sickening food, weak drinks

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You guys must be lunatics! Overlook is a great bar. I've been going there for a few months, love the atmosphere, drinks are good, never got sick (looove bufger bites) and staff always treats me very well. Perhaps you should think of your own attitude first! I mean, what?s wrong with older people playing darts in a bar?.... If you have a problem with that, you shouldn?t be hanging out in the bars but search help cause you obviously have issues. And then? with an attitude like that, I don?t blame anyone for being rude to you. Service only reflects your OWN attitude. All I can say is that Overlook is a great bar, and don?t go there if you?re cheap and want to eat or drink for $3.

2
★★★★★

You guys must be lunatics! Overlook is a great bar. I've been going there for a few months, love the atmosphere, drinks are good, never got sick (looove bufger bites) and staff always treats me very well. Perhaps you should think of your own attitude first! I mean, what?s wrong with older people playing darts in a bar?.... If you have a problem with that, you shouldn?t be hanging out in the bars but search help cause you obviously have issues. And then? with an attitude like that, I don?t blame anyone for being rude to you. Service only reflects your OWN attitude. All I can say is that Overlook is a great bar, and don?t go there if you?re cheap and want to eat or drink for $3.

Pros: Patio, yummy food, drink specials every day

Cons: sometimes too crowded

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The bar was way too crowded with an older trucker looking crowd playing darts and pool. Drinks and food are totally overpriced and the bartenders and waitresses are completely rude and disgusting behavior.
There's not much to say about this place, big disappointment.

1
★★☆☆☆

The bar was way too crowded with an older trucker looking crowd playing darts and pool. Drinks and food are totally overpriced and the bartenders and waitresses are completely rude and disgusting behavior.
There's not much to say about this place, big disappointment.

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I have to agree with "Aborant's" review! this place was terrible! The managers and waitstaff were drunk and rude. The place was filled with local odd looking people playing pool and darts and UN people who thought they were too cool and good looking. Drinks were overpriced and happy hour mixed drinks are very weak. Food comes in small portions and is overpriced!! oh, and music sucked too!

1
★★☆☆☆

I have to agree with "Aborant's" review! this place was terrible! The managers and waitstaff were drunk and rude. The place was filled with local odd looking people playing pool and darts and UN people who thought they were too cool and good looking. Drinks were overpriced and happy hour mixed drinks are very weak. Food comes in small portions and is overpriced!! oh, and music sucked too!

Cons: Drunk and rude bartenders, waitresses, managers, rude crowd.

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DO NOT GO HERE. I heard through the grapevine that this was a fun after work place, but what a mistake. The bar was packed with people that thought that they were cooler than each other, the over priced food made me horribly sick, and the drunken wait staff and managers were rude to everyone around them. You are better off home drinking $3.00 wine and eating pretzels.

1
★★★☆☆

DO NOT GO HERE. I heard through the grapevine that this was a fun after work place, but what a mistake. The bar was packed with people that thought that they were cooler than each other, the over priced food made me horribly sick, and the drunken wait staff and managers were rude to everyone around them. You are better off home drinking $3.00 wine and eating pretzels.

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I usually don't hang in midtown, but I work in the area & we needed a place to go - we were taking a coworker out because it was her last day. I suggested this place based on the reviews I had read. A good time was had by all. The drink specials vary nightly & are a great $$ saver [On Thursday - the special was Stoli flavored drinks]. At $5 a pop, was feeling good after spending only $20. The bar staff was friendly & the wait staff was attentive. The crowd was lively & varied. The DJ played all types of music so everyone will be pleased regardless of musical tastes - rock, hip-hop, 70's, 80's, 90's, & current faves. The place was cranking at 6 when we arrived & was still going strong at 9 when we left on Thursday. Added benefit - get there before 6 & happy hour is 2-for-1. Although I personally didn't have any of the finger foods, they looked & smelled yummy. The place is larger than it appears from the outside because it has 2 floors. There's a bar on the 2nd floor & an outside area where you can smoke & drink at the same time - a rarity in NYC! I strongly suggest this bar as a place to kick back after work & have a few with friends - considering the location, a good deal for the money.

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★★★★★

I usually don't hang in midtown, but I work in the area & we needed a place to go - we were taking a coworker out because it was her last day. I suggested this place based on the reviews I had read. A good time was had by all. The drink specials vary nightly & are a great $$ saver [On Thursday - the special was Stoli flavored drinks]. At $5 a pop, was feeling good after spending only $20. The bar staff was friendly & the wait staff was attentive. The crowd was lively & varied. The DJ played all types of music so everyone will be pleased regardless of musical tastes - rock, hip-hop, 70's, 80's, 90's, & current faves. The place was cranking at 6 when we arrived & was still going strong at 9 when we left on Thursday. Added benefit - get there before 6 & happy hour is 2-for-1. Although I personally didn't have any of the finger foods, they looked & smelled yummy. The place is larger than it appears from the outside because it has 2 floors. There's a bar on the 2nd floor & an outside area where you can smoke & drink at the same time - a rarity in NYC! I strongly suggest this bar as a place to kick back after work & have a few with friends - considering the location, a good deal for the money.

Pros: Daily drink specials, lively crowd, 2-for-1 happy hour, outside smoking patio, music

Cons: None

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Not exciting at all. I'm all for paying for location and good food/ atmosphere, but this place does not have it. It's really a pub trying to hide itself. the bartenders were rude, the managers were drunk and the crowd was pretty dull. The music could have used major makeover as well. not sure why people would recommend this place.

1
★★★☆☆

Not exciting at all. I'm all for paying for location and good food/ atmosphere, but this place does not have it. It's really a pub trying to hide itself. the bartenders were rude, the managers were drunk and the crowd was pretty dull. The music could have used major makeover as well. not sure why people would recommend this place.

Pros: Outdoor

Cons: Small food portions and drinks, expensive

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after reading some good reviews, I thought I should go check out this new neighborhood spot! It was the biggest waste of time! The place was decently full, and the waitresses could have cared less, they stood around while everyone had no choice but to crowd around the bar. And if you ask me, that is some pricey bar food for such small portions! Crowd wasn't too great either, too many older, rowdy locals playing pool and darts.

1
★★★☆☆

after reading some good reviews, I thought I should go check out this new neighborhood spot! It was the biggest waste of time! The place was decently full, and the waitresses could have cared less, they stood around while everyone had no choice but to crowd around the bar. And if you ask me, that is some pricey bar food for such small portions! Crowd wasn't too great either, too many older, rowdy locals playing pool and darts.

Pros: outdoor

Cons: expensive, small portions, older locals hang here

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On a random night in the city, my friends and I were looking for a great bar to have fun. We came across Overlook, what looks like a regular pub from the outside is far from ordinary on the inside. The service at the bar is great and fast, and the upstairs area is a perfect outdoor area for a get together. My friends and I enjoyed our night so much, that we grabbed a table and ordered appetizers, another plus. I will let it be known, overlook can expect our patronage for many crazy nights in the city to come. highly recommended.

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★★★★★

On a random night in the city, my friends and I were looking for a great bar to have fun. We came across Overlook, what looks like a regular pub from the outside is far from ordinary on the inside. The service at the bar is great and fast, and the upstairs area is a perfect outdoor area for a get together. My friends and I enjoyed our night so much, that we grabbed a table and ordered appetizers, another plus. I will let it be known, overlook can expect our patronage for many crazy nights in the city to come. highly recommended.

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Our company organizes parties in Overlook and we all love it. Drink specials and the mini burgers are fabulous!! Staff is very friendly and helpful. I couldn't believe that our waitress actually ran through the rain to bring us drinks under the tent, it was pouring!!! Definitely great party spot or a happy hour hang out!
Also, sbsolutely right spot for the singles. It seems like everyone who goes there or works there is hot and single! Way to go Overlook!

2
★★★★★

Our company organizes parties in Overlook and we all love it. Drink specials and the mini burgers are fabulous!! Staff is very friendly and helpful. I couldn't believe that our waitress actually ran through the rain to bring us drinks under the tent, it was pouring!!! Definitely great party spot or a happy hour hang out!
Also, sbsolutely right spot for the singles. It seems like everyone who goes there or works there is hot and single! Way to go Overlook!

Pros: Smokers friendly patio!

Cons: It sometimes gets too crowded

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Found this gem by accident.Great mini burgers/pomme frittes.2 for one happy hpur ,mon thru sat.The life saver was finding an outdoor spot where we can smoke and drink in peace!!!!!!!Wed/friday afterwork is pumping,with plenty cuties for both girls and boys.Friendly staff,great bartenders and flat screens everwhere.This is our new local hang............

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★★★★☆

Found this gem by accident.Great mini burgers/pomme frittes.2 for one happy hpur ,mon thru sat.The life saver was finding an outdoor spot where we can smoke and drink in peace!!!!!!!Wed/friday afterwork is pumping,with plenty cuties for both girls and boys.Friendly staff,great bartenders and flat screens everwhere.This is our new local hang............

Pros: Outside area for smokers...great food..flat screen inside and outside

Cons: Need more waitstaff, guess the place got hot fast....

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Was sent to this place by a friend in the neighborhood of the bar, was a waste of time. A man calling himself the owner, was obnoxious and drunk. the staff was just hanging around while we waited forever on our food and it was all too pricey for "just a bar."

Pros- Large screen tvs
Cons- No drink or food specials, SO overpriced, rude staff

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★★☆☆☆

Was sent to this place by a friend in the neighborhood of the bar, was a waste of time. A man calling himself the owner, was obnoxious and drunk. the staff was just hanging around while we waited forever on our food and it was all too pricey for "just a bar."

Pros- Large screen tvs
Cons- No drink or food specials, SO overpriced, rude staff

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This is a great place for just about anything! I work in the area and come by for lunch, and then I'll get out of work and come by for drinks and mini-burgers at night. They have a pool table, a dart board, and a fantastic roofdeck that is heated in the winter. The whole place is actually pretty large (hard to tell from the front) so it's a great place for a crowd. Great stuff!! An oasis for sure!!

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★★★★★

This is a great place for just about anything! I work in the area and come by for lunch, and then I'll get out of work and come by for drinks and mini-burgers at night. They have a pool table, a dart board, and a fantastic roofdeck that is heated in the winter. The whole place is actually pretty large (hard to tell from the front) so it's a great place for a crowd. Great stuff!! An oasis for sure!!

Pros: Roofdeck, Great Bar Food, Great Service

 

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