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Posted by Cuisinecrazy on 02/07/2015
I hadn't been to Pete's in about thirty years and thought it was time to go for a casual dinner. When I recommended it to a friend, he said, "That's a place for burgers". Well, it certainly is not a great place for satisfying pub cuisine. So noisy and crowded at the bar, unless you're seated in the second dining area. The place is over 160 years old, and feels it. So much was wrong with our meals. The wrong side dishes of spaghetti- we had to wait for replacements that took ten minutes. Tough, overcooked shrimp. Fried zucchini, requested as crispy, that arrived also a while after the entrees were delivered, as burnt. No apologies from the server. Well, maybe it IS a place for burgers. I won't know for at least another thirty years.
Posted by Lee on 10/25/2014
The bartenders are extremely rude and refused to let me and my coworkers order food after ordering 4 drinks... I called the manager and he did not even attempt to ease the situation. Will never go again. This place is extremely overrated.
Posted by RalphinNJ on 06/11/2012
I have been dining and 'hanging out' at Pete's for 40 years, and I still go there with my kids whenever I am close. Pasta a la Pete is fabulous, as is Petes Ale. The atmosphere is upbeat, friendly and historic as well as comfortable and accepting. You never know who shows up, and dress is from jeans to tuxedos. I lived in the Gramercy Hotel [no longer there] in the 70's and this was my favorite restaurant-still is.
Posted by Steven on 08/30/2011
Pete's has always been a go to place for a burger and a beer. We get delivery from them often, and use it for a meeting place to grab a beer outside. Today, their new manager told me they will no longer deliver to my apartment. I live on 13th and 3rd, they are on Irving and 18th, literally a 10 minute walk if you stroll. So while I enjoyed my time at Pete's, the declining food quality, along with their refusal to deliver 5 BLOCKS away takes them off my list. You lost a customer tonight, and I am sure I am not the first
Posted by Sean on 07/28/2011
My first time at Pete's was really a surprise. The food was terrific (prime rib) and the service wonderful. So a couple of months later, we went again and it was just as good.
Posted by aaw926 on 05/17/2011
I've been to Pete's Tavern many times, usually only because I live nearby; it is certainly not for the food. My last trip, however, will be my last. My friend and I were seated in an empty dining room but just below the music speakers. I asked the waitron if the music could be turned down a bit....she never returned. I then asked the manager who stridently replied NO...IT IS A FRIDAY NIGHT (it was an empty dining room @6PM). He said we could leave if we wanted to or simply move anywhere we wanted. My friend opted to move into the second dining room, where the music was only marginally lower. At least the waiter was a delight....the food was as usual. Other than burgers and some Italian dishes, never bother with any of the steaks...mediocre, to say the least. My hanger steak was the toughest, most flavorless piece of meat I've ever encountered in any resto. Never again!
Posted by MAXIMILIAN on 05/25/2010
You've probably heard that O'Henry wrote 'Gift of the magi' here while getting pie-eyed, but what always matters is the food, since this is Menu Pages. The food can be Great at best and edible at worst. I've had a few clunker meals here, but never enough to make me upset. I had a great steak here once, and a rather chewy one here the next. A friend got a special one night (can't remember what) that was swimming in red sauce. But more often than not, the food is good. It's become kind of a tourist spot more than anything, so I think it has sort of rested on it's laurels a bit.