Mon-Sat, 11am-1am; Sun, noon-9pm
A, C, E at 34th St.-Penn Station; 1, 2, 3 at 34th St.-Penn Station; B, D, F, M, N, Q, R at 34th St.-Herald Sq.
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Deep within the bowels of Penn Station's underground mini-mall, somewhere close to 7th Avenue, lies Tracks Raw Bar and Grill. As the name suggests, trains are definitely a theme: pictures of them line the walls, model ones sit on shelves near the rafters, and subway straps are attached to more than one surface, just in case. The bar (one of the city's longest) could fill a commuter rail car, manned efficiently by brisk but seasoned bartenders who always manage to find the time to greet their many regulars -- a combination of daily commuters, sports fans on their way to events at the Garden, and general Penn Station weirdos. The beer selection is basic, but a pint of Guinness is an excellent option, slowly but perfectly poured from a clean line (it's even won awards from the brewery, strangely enough.) For the hungry, there's plenty of pub food available in the bar or in a dining area way in the back including, of course, a fine selection of oysters from around the world. The truly brave can opt for the Platinum Sampler--60 pieces of raw shellfish for $86.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.