Fraunces Tavern

Bar, Whisky Bar, and Gastropub$$$$
Financial District, New York
133 Tips and reviews
  • george washington
  • whiskey
  • beer
  • authentic
  • lively
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  • Erin M.
    Erin MurphyOctober 15, 2014
    Really great authentic and old NYC bar. There are tons of tables and seating. Can get a little crowded at times. Definitely check it out! They have tons of beers including some they make themselves.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupJuly 10, 2013
    If this place was George Washington's favorite, then it's ok in our book! While it's known for its whiskey selection, the extensive beer list is not to be ignored. We usually go for the beer flights.
  • @juliefogg F.
    @juliefogg FoggDecember 9, 2015
    Chicken Pot Pie has been on the menu since George Washington ate here. It was the most savory dish I've enjoyed. Make sure you have 1.5 hours for this place. Hard to get in & out, fast.
  • Sunaina S.
    Sunaina SwaminathanDecember 18, 2014
    Love love love this place. There are so many hidden spots here. Love the decor and lighting. Perfect for a large group of friends.I can't wait to come back again. Foods great too.
  • Hernán G.
    Hernán GonzálezOctober 2, 2014
    Excellent food!! The building doesn't look like much and might drive you off at first glance but just go along with the whole 'this is a historic building' idea and enjoy the food.
  • Heather C.
    Heather CallawaySeptember 20, 2014
    The food and beer were delicious, and there was a great live band playing. Be sure to check out the museum upstairs! As a history nerd, this place was a great experience.
  • Landmarks Preservation Commission
    Opened as the Queen’s Head Tavern by Samuel Fraunces, it was the site of Washington’s farewell to his officers in 1783. It's one of the few notable 18th c. buildings in Manhattan. Landmarked 1965. Read more
  • Travis M.
    Travis McFetridgeAugust 18, 2013
    Great restaurant with incredible old world atmosphere and charm! Plus a historical museum where George Washington stepped down from the Continental Army after the Revolutionary War.
  • Dale G.
    Dale GoldfarbDecember 21, 2013
    Lots of interesting rooms in this meandering old place! We sat by an old fireplace on a cold December day but sadly it was not lit. Maybe it didn't function but it should have. Would have been nice.
  • Michael A.
    Michael AdlerSeptember 5, 2013
    I've been here several times before and after the renovation. The history, the whiskey, the food is not bad either. Great if you want to host a party if about 100 people!
  • Sean O.
    Sean ONeillJuly 21, 2013
    4 visits and the food has never disappointed. Cheese board, muscles and Chardonnay. Tomato bisque and pan seared salmon. Candle lit tavern where Washington used to hang doesn't hurt.
    TenantKing.comJuly 25, 2014
    This bar is as classy as they come. They have a whiskey tasting room, a formal dining area, and a large assortment of beer. There's even a small museum upstairs!
  • Sigalle B.
    Sigalle BarnessOctober 7, 2015
    Come for the novelty. Service and food mediocre at best and at times the service made it just plain bad. My guess is historical significance and ambience is what keeps this place afloat.
  • Untapped Cities
    Untapped CitiesJuly 31, 2013
    This Revolutionary-era tavern was the site of George Washington's farewell address to his army officers, a murder/suicide, and a bombing. Footsteps and unexplained noises have been reported here. Read more
  • Brandon M.
    Brandon McGrawNovember 27, 2012
    A whole lot of beer gets poured at Fraunces Tavern, established in 1762, but it's also a gathering spot for several cocktail and whiskey clubs. - From Eater NY
  • amNewYork
    amNewYorkSeptember 15, 2013
    Highlights include the Long Room, where George Washington gave his final speech to his officers. Bonus: the museum is connected to an excellent old-school tavern and restaurant.
  • Dylan H.
    Dylan HorkinMarch 26
    Found myself thinking about the Founding Fathers sitting where I was. Food was pricy, but okay. Service was very slow even when the restaurant wasn't crowded. I waited, watching them set tables.
  • Loni F.
    Lots of separate rooms and bars make you feel like your in you're living room. Each room is different; some with couches and more comfortable chairs.
  • Kouros M.
    Kouros MohitDecember 7, 2014
    Great quick bite to get back to business. Get a free pass to go upstairs to see George Washington's visit there. Amazing artifacts and paintings.
  • Claudia F.
    Claudia FilthAugust 18, 2015
    The bar section is no way as charming as the proper restaurant side. Kinda sucks they charge $8 to go into their museum when you're eating at the restaurant...
  • Bradley A.
    Bradley AnhouseJuly 25, 2013
    Absolutely delicious. Strip steak is one of the best I've had. Ask to replace the onions and get the spinach then mix it with the potatoes
  • Patrick F.
    Patrick FinnJanuary 3
    Great place with a feel of the old sod. Had a quaint room with a gas fireplace you can warm up to on a cold winter day,
  • Karina L.
    Karina LinardyDecember 17, 2013
    Gouda mac n cheese with bacon bits is amazing. Came on a Monday night, service sucked eventhough it was a super slow night. No excuse for that.
  • Alida Rose
    Alida RoseApril 25, 2014
    Literally you feel like you are in another world and in another time. Nothing like some good beer and an ambiance that takes you on an adventure.
  • Nate B.
    Nate BeattySeptember 17, 2015
    Large selection of beer and lots of seating. This place is huge. The bar on the east side of the building is the best spot
  • loran j.
    loran jonakSeptember 20, 2014
    This place is pretty cool with its revolutionary history and great beer selection. Also has a whiskey bar and good food
  • Carli D.
    Carli Doers1 week ago
    Great food, a bit pricey. Excellent beer selection. Love the historic environment.
  • Eli B.
    Eli BurkeJuly 7, 2013
    Museum way better than expected. If you have a ny pass definitely check it out and have a pot pie, Washington's fav meal.
  • Sophia S.
    Sophia ShumJanuary 25, 2013
    My new fav happy hour spot in FiDi. Great atmosphere/service. Yummy hot wings. Great cocktails for happy hour.
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhFebruary 22, 2015
    Fraunces Tavern is an establishment full of history dating back to the Revolutionary era. Glad the place is still standing!
  • Kristyn U.
    Kristyn UlandayDecember 29, 2015
    Amazing historic spot in downtown NYC...Washington came here with the continental army during the Revolution!
  • Loni F.
    Good apps and happy hour specials. Be careful when ordering, only 'house cocktails' are discounted.
  • Percy C.
    Percy CockswainSeptember 14, 2015
    Wide beer selection, decent bar food, and a historical ambiance that ties the whole experience together.
  • Deb
    Deb3 days ago
    Great bar (and huge!) BTW - George Washington used to drink here. There is a museum upstairs
    Upvoted 22 hours ago
  • Sonia .
    Sonia 💋August 14, 2014
    History and good food, can't be beat. Oldest establishment in Manhattan. Great, attentive service.
  • Steena W.
    Steena WangSeptember 5, 2013
    Terribly slow service and sub-par food. Maybe I'm just in the minority since I didn't have any booze to impair my judgment. Also got eaten alive by mosquitoes.
  • Colin B.
    Colin BurnsJuly 26, 2013
    George Washington used to drink whiskey here. Happy hour seasonal brews and party platters are nice.
  • Jeff M.
    Jeff MNovember 10, 2013
    Great restaurant, one of the coolest bars in NYC, and a separate whiskey bar for a nightcap. What's not to like?
  • Angelica
    AngelicaAugust 9, 2015
    Beer straight from ireland, great crowd/bar tenders and live music sayurday ! Nothing better than that
  • Michael L P.
    Pretzel. Bun. Burger. Gouda and bacon Mac is great, large, get it for the table!
  • K
    KApril 11
    George Washington's favorite. Very old feel & so cozy. Huge craft beer selection.
  • Kathryn I.
    Kathryn IMay 10
    Touristy, sure.. But still well worth it. Linger on a Sunday afternoon with live music and pretend George Washington is there too.
  • JP P.
    JP ParkAugust 13, 2014
    Want to drink where Washington would have? This is the spot. One of the oldest bars in New York.
  • Sara T.
    Sara T.December 5, 2014
    So cute and cozy. They have over 300 kinds of whiskey. and delicious cocktails.
  • Official smart USA
    Official smart USAMay 20, 2013
    Want to know where George Washington used to get his eat and drink on? Then head over to the Financial District and step inside Fraunces Tavern.
  • Dominic P.
    Dominic PreussSeptember 19, 2013
    Get the bangers and mash. Just trust me. Grab a plain porter to wash it down.
  • Daniel B.
    Daniel BrownDecember 16, 2015
    More for the venue than the food. Go in there with that expectation and you will enjoy it.
  • Carmen N.
    Carmen NAugust 10, 2014
    Most fun for its historic setting and good beers, less so for overpriced food.
  • Chet M.
    Chet ManciniOctober 27, 2014
    It was good enough for George Washington. Amazing beer menu. Feels like a Colonial Williamsburg without the old timey costumes.
  • Abigail A.
    Abigail ArgersingerDecember 10, 2014
    Expensive but good grub in a fun establishment. Don't pass up the mac n cheese.
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