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Posted by Jodalis Garcia on 07/31/2008
Been that i've been living in washigton heights for over 13 years, the only bar i still go to is Coogans simply because its a great place to go and have a drink with your friends. The best nights to go are tuesdays thursdays and sat that been if you like karaoke!! Now they dont have happy hour but they do have a different drink of the day for only $5 which beats happy hour lol..Food was great and the service even better. There is nothing better than to know your gettin exactly what you want!! I also loved the way one of the owner takes time out of his hands to go to each table when he cans to make sure everything is going ok Now thats Great Customer service! I give Coogans 5 stars!!
Posted by CubanaNYC on 12/23/2007
I love Coogan's, except for the noise on some nights. I have been going there (although less and less since I'm no longer in the area) since they opened over 15 yrs. ago. What started out as a place hospital employees can go to for lunch and hang out for after-hours drinks; as well as a nicer restaurant for the area locals, has become an institution in the Heights. The staff are wonderful and personable for the most part. Yes, I've had a run with a few who cared more about being out-of-view than in service, but this happens in about every restaurant from time to time. For the most part, they've been great. I really miss the waiter (he's no longer there) who used to take time whenever I was there (and whether he waited at my table or not) to make my Tom Collins perfectly (the bartender couldn't get it the way it should be). My faves: Captain Jack burger and their fall-off-the-bone ribs.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/01/2007
this is the best bar in the heights. lots of character and history to this bar. the food is great, and the service is very friendly and accommodating. karaoke nights are always jumping
Posted by Saucy on 07/22/2007
I've been going here for years...the bar is fun and always has a cast of characters, including the bartenders!! If you are looking for a gourmet meal, go elsewhere but the bar fare (and the Aisian Chicken Salad) are above average. The ribs are actually great too. The baked potato stinks and don't do any pasta. Brunch is also good for this 'hood...
Posted by Anonymous on 07/06/2007
I wanted to like this place..being so close to my apartment and all, but after having to find someone to be seated (the hostess was somewhere in the back) and once seated trying to find our waitress (also hanging out somewhere in the back) I am almost thinking that the "back" is the place to be and not the VERY loud dining room. As for the food, its normal uninspired bar fare. Burgers are good. Beer was warm. Our eventual waitress alternated between taking our order and yelling at the busboy in spanish. Apparently, Coogans is a bit of a institution, with a fun run every year and lots of pictures of the owners/staff with several important people. That's all fine and good, but when I repeat my order that I want bleu cheese 3 times and still get chedder while someone at the bar is singing Madonna out of tune and my beer is warm and I have to yell to talk to my date...not to mention the filthy bathroom... Coogans sucks--unless you just wanna grab a burger and a beer before you head on out to the monster truck race in Jersey.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/22/2007
I love Coogan's! It stands out in the Washington Heights neighborhood as the only Irish pub-like restaurant (that I know of). The food is really good - they have a great selection of traditional American and Irish meals, and they also have some classic Italian dishes. I recommend the Captain Jack Burger and the Chicken PIccata. I have always had good service at Coogan's - the staff is very personable. I definitely recommend making the trip to Washington Heights to eat at Coogan's!
Posted by Anonymous on 03/25/2007
Coogan's surprisingly has very good pub food. It's definetely better than I could have expected and it's definetely a treat for being the only pub near-in-or around Washington Heights with guinness on tap. The service is rediculously bad at the tables, but the bartenders are very friendly and alert. The crowd is usually on the ghetto side and there's a lot of loud cops who hang out there too, but if you catch it on a good day/ not karaoke night/ its quite delightful.