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Emerald Inn

205 Columbus Ave., New York, NY, 10023
nr. 69th St.
212-874-8840

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8
"Recommended"

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89% would go back.

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Emerald Inn 2

By Charles_Campbell on 5/20/2013

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

relocated to 250 W 72 st!! Biggera nd better with a back dining area that seats 40 people easily

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42 out of 75 people found this review helpful.

Not Closed!

By GothamScribe on 4/26/2013

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

It's true that the Emerald is being forced to leave the Columbus Avenue location that they're occupied for 70 years due to a sky high rent increase, but they're relocating to 250 West 72nd Street between West End Avenue and Broadway either in late May or early June. The neighborhood Irish watering hole is not dead yet!

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36 out of 79 people found this review helpful.

Inviting

By JBQ on 3/10/2012

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

I have visited this bar on a number of occasions. The outside facing is very inviting. Inside, there is warmth and coziness. You can hear the brogue from the owner and waitresses. There is a bit of standoffishness. However, it melts with a little friendliness. The food is good and you can watch the March madness on a number of tvs.

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65 out of 141 people found this review helpful.

Great Neighborhood Bar

By fetzermillsjr on 7/21/2011

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

This is a true gem of a bar. It's not fancy, just good, solid basics, and that's what you want in a bar. It's a comfortable place with Irish barkeeps and waitresses and a regular clientele. It's cliche, but if you go back more than once everybody knows your name. It's a comfortable place with a laid back vibe. It's the epitome of the NYC neighborhood bar. If you're on the Upper West Side and you're looking for a convivial place for a pint, this is it.

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92 out of 166 people found this review helpful.

avoid this bar!

By phrederic on 12/14/2010

  • Overall Rating: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

service is terrible. there are ever fewer choices in this area, but even a fern bar like PJ Clarke's is a better alternative. do yourself a favor and walk the 6 blocks to Dive 75. At least they have live fish there.

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69 out of 147 people found this review helpful.

THE EMERALD INN: We were lucky to find this little gem!

By joanos on 7/27/2010

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

We went in to the city to see a broadway show last Sunday (South Pacific - it was great!). We had lunch reservations at noon at a French restaurant around the corner - and it was only 11 a.m. - so we had some time to kill. Most of us ordered Bloody Marys (in honor of the show), which were made by a gracious Irish bartender named Maura (sp?). She made them just the way we like them, with horseradish, worcestershire sauce, pepper, etc. - absolutely delicious! The friendly owner, Mike, came over and chatted with us for a bit. He told us all about the tainted history of the Campbell's and the McDonald families back in Ireland - look it up, or better yet, pay Mike a visit! VERY interesting. (He's a Campbell, by the way.) I loved the old wooded Celtic tools hanging on walls, and warm friendly atmosphere. The Emerald Inn gives me one more reason as to why I love NY!

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81 out of 151 people found this review helpful.

old school

By aginghippie on 3/14/2010

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

reminds me of the irish pub in chestertown, md. run by dubliners. great food and atmosphere!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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115 out of 224 people found this review helpful.

A Wonderful Neghborhood Gem: A Family Run Irish Pub for the last 66 years

By thob_ny on 11/7/2008

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

There are few places in New Yrok City where the food, the staff and the ownership are perfect. The Emerald Inn is in that exclusive club and as it name implies, it is simply a Gem of the West Side of New York. A neighborhood fixture for the last 66 years, it is a 3rd generation family-owned pub. Sadly they will be closing their doors on May 1, 2009 because their landlord doubled the rent to a ridiculous $350,000 per year! No doubt so they can put in another silly boutique store like the one next door to the Emerald. So enjoy it while you can, it will be gone soon! Now, if you love preserving the charm of New York City and its wonderful West Side, remember the squeaky wheel gets the most grease -- WRITE your local NYC City Councilman ask to save this asset as a historical neighborhood landmark.

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118 out of 276 people found this review helpful.

My favorite place in New York City

By peixotto on 2/13/2008

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

With its great food, drink, and friendly atmosphere, the Emerald Inn is a long-time favorite of students and performers at the nearby Juilliard School and Lincoln Center venues. The staff are very friendly, always welcoming to a new or familiar face. The drinks flow, and the food is simple but delicious, particularly their burgers, which I rank as the best in the city. I spent many an enjoyable evening in this fine establisment, and for me it is the quintessential NYC irish pub.

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129 out of 251 people found this review helpful.

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