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Big City Bar & Grill

1600 Third Ave., New York, NY 10128 40.781278 -73.95223
at 90th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-369-0808 Send to Phone

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    10 out of 10


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  • Scene: After Work, Bar Food, Brunch, DJ, Neighborhood Bar, Private Party Space, Restaurant & Bar, Sports Bar

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Happy Hour

Mon-Fri, noon-6pm

Nearby Subway Stops

4, 5, 6 at 86th St.


This venue is closed.

Do you still dig the fratty sports bar scene but feel you‘ve gotten too old to hang out in a place where your feet stick to the floor? Congratulations, you’ve graduated to Big City. The décor of dark wood and dried flower arrangements serves its purpose as a sedate background to the reason you’re here: 17 TVs, including two 10-ft screens, projecting the game. A full menu of everything from coconut shrimp to Asian chicken salad to burgers, as well as wine (yes wine!) by the glass, means you might even convince your girlfriend to come with you (if you think you’re ready for that). Beer is obviously the big seller though, with domestics at $5 and imports at $6, and a Monday through Friday Happy Hour from noon 'til 6pm. But Big City is really at its best on weekends in Spring and Summer, when the windows open up and the large wraparound bar takes on the feel of a block party: crowded and boisterous, yet not drunk and disorderly. You might even call it a Park Avenue Country Club primer, but until you’re ready to leave the Upper East Side for sports and beers, Big City is your best bet.


Got Kids?A downstairs day-care room called PlayDine lets parents eat while kids play. A name tag is stuck to the back of a child's shirt, and both kid and mom get matching invisible hand stamps for security. Parents can spend as much time schmoozing as they want while the PlayDine nannies—who, Lowenstein says, have all cleared background checks and have CPR training—not only supervise but actually play with the kids, all under a watchful nannycam. For the littlest kids, there are lots of coloring materials and buckets of preschool toys; older kids can play foosball, Twister, or board games. For clingy kids, there’s a dining area adjacent to the playspace. ($10 per child, two kids at $9 each, three or more at $8 each.)