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237 W. 105th St., New York, NY, 10025
a homey and comfortable Upper West Side bar
By jonkwilliams on 11/1/2006
I've gone to the effort of creating an account on this site so that I can set right some of Shana Liebman's review, which is somewhat misleading. First of all, the house wine is like water--but a tangy, tannic, affordable water! Note that a half carafe of the stuff is a mere $9.50. I'm also hurt that the Liebman chose to refer to those of us who are regulars as people "who ought to be at an A. A. meeting." That's hurtful. We're lushes, not alcoholics, and we're obviously comfortable and happy enough at the Abbey that we choose to spend our leisure time there with one another. Stop by, and we'll make you feel welcome too.
unpretentious and cheap
By geri_z on 6/1/2007
If you want to chill with your friends, this is the place. No one even tries to pick up other people since it's really just a nice relaxing place to sit back and have a beer. And why would anybody want to order wine from The Abbey to begin with - one look at the place and you know this is a beer place.
A great place to hoist a few and the food is much better than Ms. Liebman said.
By Daddy on 2/11/2009
I agree with the previous post by Mr. Williams. And remember, an alcoholic is someone you don't like who drinks as much as you do. If you get to know us, you'll agree with Mr. Williams that we are just lushes. Stop by on a Friday when Brian is working, he'll make you feel at home. I'm not sure what "the dinner menu hints at elegance" means, but I don't like the sound of it. The food is very good. Try the sunday brunch menu or one of the specials on a weeknight. The Abbey is good neighborhood place filled with friendly people.
By reillyhartigan on 11/7/2009
The Abbey! Drinks=Good, Cheap Atmosphere=Great, feels like home! food=tasty. All I have to say.
Cool but needs JOHNNY VEGAS to return
By MrShamrockz on 5/28/2010
Great bar& cool staff but back in da day w/Johnny Vegas (Mark) worked the place was never boring. I heard he's at a bar uptown but if Paul Brian Ethan & Francis are listening, get VEGAS to guest bartend
The best bar in Manhattan with GREAT Food!
By newyorkerinexile on 8/13/2010
There is nothing "cheap" about the Abbey, but the food is affordable, and fucking delicious. Especially the specials. They are always changing, and available on a handwritten placard behind the bar. Value, not cheapness, is the intention here; and the craftsmanship in the service of the bar is like that of its pews. However, they do also have carafes of (ok) wine, and a very broad selection of cider, liquor, mixers... just don't ask for PBR; this is a holy place for beer! I think they may have $1 bud lites with shots, since they're the practical equivalent of Gatorade in a place where so much straight Whisky is consumed. What else? I would correct the notion that the college kids sit at the tables. That's a bad distinction. The bar fills up first cuz people like the bartenders, and I guess kids go out later than the post-work crowd, so they don't get dibs... but you'd have to be antisocial and/or on a date to shuffle past Paul, Brian, Ethan, or Francis to a back table without at least saying hi! What else? Someone made it sound like the Abbey was dead for girls. To say that there are no pick ups at the Abbey is just plain nuts. It's not a hopping singles club... but it's a bar and there are cute girls, and to boot, the kind who can drink straight whiskey (on balance). There's not much else to add... the regular kids have learned some bar manners from the rosy nosed regulars, and it's social without being a hipster scene. Introduce yourself to this place.
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