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Jake's Dilemma

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430 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10024 40.784192 -73.977588
nr. 81st St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-580-0556 Send to Phone

  • Reader Rating:

    6 out of 10


    1 Reviews | Write a Review

  • Scene: After Work, Bar Food, DJ, Lounge, Notable Beer Selection, Singles Scene
Photo by Shanna Ravindra

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Mon-Fri, 3pm-4am; Sat-Sun, 11:30am-4am

Happy Hour

Mon-Fri, 3pm-8pm; half price bar

Nearby Subway Stops

1 at 79th St.

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa


Set on a bustling Upper West Side block, this popular bar has a reputation for inspiring bibulous bemusement, whether among the post-grads who refuse to give up the beer pong; or the slightly less-rowdy 30-something locals who scream over a game of foosball after being lubricated by a daily half-price special on everything the fully stocked bar offers: more than 50 bottled beers and 14 drafts to start. If this sounds overwhelming, Jake's offers a backroom for chatting. No TV. No games. No Pearl Jam. Just a mishmash of sunken armchairs and old estate-sale couches. The neatly shelved ancient books (which are clearly for décor), and low, red ceiling add to the feeling that you’re quaffing a pint in an old-moneyed family's library. That is, until the screams and drinking chants from the front room start to bleed in.