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Fanelli's Cafe

94 Prince St., New York, NY, 10012
at Mercer St.
212-226-9412

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8
"Recommended"

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82% would go back.

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Rudest bartender in history

By BridgetC on 10/2/2011

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

Maybe the food here is great; I didn't stick around to find out. I don't reward jerks with my business.

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47 out of 118 people found this review helpful.

Arrogant Bar tender

By AnthonyJordan54 on 3/12/2013

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • No, I would not go back!

Today we stopped by to have a couple of beers and a plate of French fries. French fries were average and then we got the bill. Being from Southern Africa we are not used to the custom and on a $26 bill we left $3. The Bar tender threw it back at me and told me 15-20% tip. On asking what she'd prefer she told me she'd done her job and it was now time to do mine. Gobsmacked and probably stupidly i handed her $5. I have many friends coming over to holiday and i will be sure to tell them not to bother stopping by. Lady in my custom, arrogance like yours should have left you with no tip at all!

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46 out of 76 people found this review helpful.

Open Early, Open Late

By roastbeef on 1/31/2003

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

OK, so my fondest memories of Fanelli's have taken place before 11 in the morning, but they do make the best bloody mary going. They start with Absolut Citron, and make each one individually. Toss back two of these devils and the night before feels like it's still going strong. I think it's best to just pop in for a coupla pops, chat with the bartender, crusty regular or Sasha, the owner, and head on to the next place.

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425 out of 862 people found this review helpful.

Great Hunger Buster in Middle of Christmas Tour

By swynne on 12/31/2003

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

Just to sit down and grab a burger was great. Service was quick and responsive. Would definitely hit it again.

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335 out of 704 people found this review helpful.

Fanelli's history

By Francisxmc on 12/23/2008

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

Why isn't the fact that Fanelli's is the third oldest drinking establishment in New York City along with a rich history not mentioned. Their history is posted in the Prince Street window and handouts are in a box inside the front door. In addition, they have a collection of their 19th century saloon licenses on the back room restaurant wall.

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124 out of 253 people found this review helpful.

Maryland Crabcake Sandwich

By JonesF1 on 1/29/2008

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

Stumbled upon this place during a hard days shopping. The service was great despite how busy it was and the Maryland crabcake sandwich was to die for. Can't wait to go back.

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160 out of 312 people found this review helpful.

Best bar in New York

By gburts on 4/23/2008

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

First visitied NY in Dec 2004 and popped in here for some soup on a cold christmas afternoon after buying an ipod next door. It was the best soup i ever tasted. Was in NY again last week and simply had to call in to see if they could satisfy my hunger for a second time. Did they What? I had the best burger i've ever taseted. Melt in the mouth it was. I cannot wait to go back again. Good looking staff to boot. They should put this bar on a plane and fly it back to Ireland. As Arnie once said "I'll be back"

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126 out of 245 people found this review helpful.

Fell in love at Fanelli's

By slowpokemary on 11/12/2008

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

First went there 24 years ago, with my then-boyfriend. Friends who lived the neighborhood said the food was good. It was more than good! It was fabulous. Shepherd's pie and pasta primavera, a bottle of wine and great conversation with people sitting nearby. For about $20. We fell in love on that trip to NYC and partially credit a wonderful evening at Fanelli's. Now husband of 23 years and I took our kids there 18 years later - they loved it, too. We met a great character there this time who was drunk as a skunk and told us the whole history of the bar. I pointed out to my family later that the "drunk" was wearing $400 loafers and Brooke's Brothers casual! You never know who you'll meet there.

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130 out of 273 people found this review helpful.

Fanelli Cafe

By donaldwaits on 7/11/2009

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

Fanelli Cafe was my living room for 30 years until the smoking ban took place. My memories are so wonderful and positive about the place that I cry just thinking about ihem. The many terrific friends I met on a daily basis kept me happy and content for three decades. The wait staff (we called them waitresses in those days) were always beautiful and friendly. Larry Trapp was the king of bartenders. I moved to New Orleans in 1994 and send all of my friends to the Fanelli Cafe when they visit New York. (By the way, the name is NOT "Fanelli's"!)

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134 out of 288 people found this review helpful.

Fanelli Cafe

By donaldwaits on 8/14/2009

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

I was a patron of this bar for 30 years, seldom missing a day or night. As a would-be painter, the place was a living room for all of the artists in the area. Great bartenders, great food, beautiful wait staff, it had everything. I say had because if was forced out of N.Y. in 1994 by the rents and the smoking police. But even today, I can send friends from New Orleans to the place and they are treated with superb service and a good time. Long live Fanelli.

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