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The Thirsty Fan (fka The Irish Times)
Posted by Anonumous on 07/26/2011
I was finishing a phone call when I walked into this practically empty bar to meet friends last night. The minute I walked in, the bartender started yelling at me to order. I politely told him I'd order when I got off the phone. I asked the waiter if the kitchen was open. He told me "no" and about half an hour later I saw him bring a bunch of food to another table. I ordered a cheap beer and a water. The bartender rudely told me that they don't give out glasses of water--you have to BUY a bottle. So I said never mind. He gave me my beer and said it was $5.50. I left $6 and went to sit down. Seconds later, he sent a waiter over with 50 cents and the waiter said "he told me to tell you to keep it in case you need to make a phone call". I had a sip of beer. It was not good. No surprise that this huge bar is empty. Probably the poorest "pub" experience I've ever had.
Posted by Ballet Girl on 07/14/2010
I am still shocked at how rudely I was treated by the bartender at this place. We went to watch the World Cup here with my mom and a few friends before my mother's train was to leave. At first it was just me and my mom, and I ordered a glass of wine for myself right away. My mom wasn't yet ready to order, but the bartender put on a big fake smile and threatened to take away my 55-year-old mother's bar stool unless she ordered something right away, because "other customers are standing". Shocked, we ordered another glass of wine (we couldn't just leave as I really didn't want to miss the game). At some point my friends joined us (they were able to get themselves bar stools without problem, by the way, despite arriving way into the game). They meant to get something to eat, but upon hearing of how rude the bartender was, they decided to wait till after the game when we could go somewhere else.I also would've normally had way more than 1 drink, but obviously at this point could not bring myself to order another one from that bartender so I was trying to sip the wine as slowly as possible. So 20 minutes before the end of the game she came back and tried to take away my unfinished glass. I very politely pointed out that I was still working on it. At this point she proceeded to tell me how very long it was taking me and demanded to know how many people were drinking from my glass (what???). I apologized for being slow (also with a big fake smile), and then she once again reminded me that she has customers in need of chairs. I pointed out an empty one standing RIGHT NEXT TO ME and explained that her customers were welcome to take that one. Needless to say no one ever came to claim it. We left right after the game.
Posted by Notpicky on 02/07/2010
I remember telling my friend as we went in for a quick drink after work that if the food was good, this place would become my new penn station hang out because of the atmosphere. The bar is spacious and has a nice open feel to it. Well we decided to have the chicken quesadillas as an appetizer. To our disgust, the quesadillas were made with dark meat (including the fat) and twice I bit into chicken cartilage. This place is okay for drinks but I wouldn't recommend the food based on the quesadillas. As far as service, the hostess was nice but the waiter was unfriendly and impatient.
Posted by fredct on 12/06/2009
I brought my family here before a recent event at Madison Square Garden and we were all very happy. The food was very good & reasonably priced, the service was good, & the place was roomy with a fun atmosphere. It was a little noisy the time we went, but there was an event at the Garden so that's to be expected, but it was still a good atmosphere for a family dinner if you don't mind speaking up some. But it was *not* a bar-only atmosphere, definitely more restaurant than bar crowd. There are a variety of big screens to make it a great option for a sporting even too (although we weren't there for that). One of the best things is the variety of options - from traditional pub/Irish fare (fish & chips, Shepard's Pie, Bangers & mash, etc) to NYC standards (reuben, corned beef sandwich, etc) to bar food (nachos, wings, chili) to standard American options (burgers, wraps, salad, etc) to even some upscale options (Gorgonzola Salad, Atlantic Salmon, etc). There's something for everyone no matter your tastes or mood. Definitely recommended if you're looking for good food near MSG for a reasonable price, as long as you're not looking for a quiet experience (again, not *too* loud, but it wasn't quiet).