4, 5, 6, 7, S at Grand Central-42nd St.
American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
Park Avenue Tavern raises the bar for beer service, giving the post-college frat boys of Murray Hill exactly what they want: kegs for grown-ups. The wood-paneled "American gastropub” is modeled to look like a twenties-era family restaurant—dark wood, leather booths, old family photos—but is brought up to date with flat-screen TVs and high-tech "tap tables." The six downstairs booths each sport three built-in beer taps with nifty digital screens that track how much you drink and charge accordingly (so handy one wonders if they’ll soon replace bartenders). To soak up the suds, order off the extensive menu of high-end bar food served straight to your tap table, or venture upstairs, where offerings vary from salads, soups, charcuterie, and flat breads to mussels, steak tartare, pork chops, and grilled cheese. A large bar in the center of the room rounds out the upstairs space, with cocktails and lots of after-work suits bro-ing out and watching the game.