Mother's Ruin

Mother's Ruin

Cocktail Bar, Bar, and Gastropub$$$$
NoLita, New York
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  • Noah W.
    Noah WeissFebruary 22, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Sneaky great brunch with boozy cocktails to waste away a weekend day with. Breakfast sandwich with bacon, egg, cheese, and roast tomato on a croissant. Sausage gravy egg and biscuits. Coma.
  • Eater
    EaterFebruary 19, 2013
    Here the menu changes frequently, bespoke requests are encouraged, and the operation, run by T.J. Lynch and Richard Knapp, is kept down to earth with frozen drinks and cocktails by the pitcher.
    Upvoted May 23
  • Sam B.
    Sam BrownJune 26, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the dressed tecate, lime juice, salt, and hot sauce, on the top of a can of tecate! There you go, you got a drive through liquor store version of a michelada.
    Upvoted Jun 4
  • Guest of a Guest
    Guest of a GuestAugust 16, 2016
    A low-key Nolita spot serving up everyday brunch (yes, every day) and inventive cocktail creations in slushie form. Pair those waffles and wings with tequila and a sweet chili molasses slush. Yum. Read more
  • Melissa Y.
    Melissa YuJuly 17, 2016
    This bar has some great edibles — however I'd be content just having the Tecates dressed (like, hot sauce & salt) and waffle fries (chipotle ketchup & chopped onion creme fraiche dip).
  • Precious C.
    Precious CoxDecember 8, 2016
    Treat the barkeeps good and they show it in awesome delicious drinks in return. The turn up is always real from open to close so any time is a awesome time. Ask them to make you something sexy!
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableNovember 7, 2014
    After you've downed one too many boozy slushies, it's nice to know this cozy but stylish bar has some everyday edibles. Get the spicy fried chickpeas ($5), or the cayenne and salt, duck wings ($12). Read more
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupOctober 9, 2013
    If you're looking for a great, low-key cocktail bar, this is your spot. Come during the summer & order whatever is in the slushie machine. The food is not to be missed either - get the grilled cheese!
  • 7th.List
    7th.ListAugust 14, 2012
    Low-key cocktail bar adds a welcome neighborhood feel.The menu changes frequently, bespoke requests are encouraged. The drink menu is kept down to earth with frozen drinks and cocktails by the pitcher Read more
  • Dan D.
    Dan DickinsonDecember 11, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    Whatever is in the slushy machine is always a solid bet, but my ordering strategy - order whichever drink name makes you laugh the most - has never lead me astray.
  • Eater
    EaterJune 22
    Mother’s Ruin serves Old Bay-spiced waffle fries in a big pile. The waffle shape means a high ratio of crunchy exterior to potatoey interior, while the Old Bay is spicy without being overbearing. Read more
  • Anna F.
    Anna FrenkelJune 19, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Favorite bar right now. The decor, music, atmosphere, munchies -- all rad. Tell the bartender what your preferred liquor is, and the mood you're in. S/he will make you a delicious cocktail. Trust.
  • @thirsty
    @thirstyJuly 8, 2016
    Not only does Mother's Ruin now serve all day brunch, they have a rotating selection of potent frozen slushy cocktails on draft, one reason this spot is a favorite of bartenders all around the city.
  • Giovanni D.
    Giovanni D'PalmaOctober 8, 2016
    Great cocktail spot with fun, tasty drinks and a good selection of food. The atmosphere is perfect for meeting friends or a casual date
  • Foxxy B.
    Foxxy BFebruary 9
    Been here 25+ times
    Food's very filling, drinks are good, & the slushies are usually excellent. Expect to be squeezing through crowds & unable to hear much anytime post 8pm Thurs - Sun. Great scene on random weekdays.
  • ConnecTheWorld
    ConnecTheWorldJuly 28, 2014
    The good thing about Mothers Ruin a part of the amazing food, is the friendly athmosphere and the casual awesomeness. You will feel at home. Find the other Top Hidden Bars in NYC, click the link. Read more
  • Andrea H.
    Andrea HongNovember 6, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    French onion soup grilled cheese, holy crap. Get the slushies or ask the bartender to make you something with tequila - it will be awesome / you'll stumble out happy.
  • ZZubin
    ZZubinJanuary 22
    This is a quintessential "soho" bar to pass thru. Good tunes, good crowd, they manage to do good mixology despite the fact that it's a crowded bar. Bar snacks are quite good as well
  • Jeremy F.
    Jeremy FisherMarch 14, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    This bar is great, and it's the only good option in this part of town. Very good cocktails and very good food (get the French Onion Soup Grilled Cheese)
  • Branzino B.
    Branzino BandiniJune 13, 2012
    A peaceful haven from Soho’s shopping-bag-toting hordes, this light-filled Nolita bar feels especially welcoming during daylight hours, when it’s scarcely populated and offers a neighborhood vibe.
  • Andrew
    AndrewApril 27, 2016
    You'll be lucky to grab a decent table here because it's so good! Wide range of drinks, good crowd and a lovely place to hang out with your mates.
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkOctober 5, 2011
    Try the fried chickpeas, tossed with a savory mix of salt, cayenne pepper and pungent garam masala. It’s one of our #100best dishes and drinks of 2011. Read more
  • Courtney R.
    Courtney R.October 4, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the best grilled cheese sandwiches I've ever had. Gruyere, carmelized onions, smothered with more cheese ON TOP and served with au jus. NOM NOM NOM.
  • Douglas Elliman
    Douglas EllimanJuly 15, 2014
    A popular lounge with great vibes. We love stopping in with friends for happy hour to enjoy delicious signature cocktails. The grilled cheese is a must!
  • Tony X.
    Tony XerrayDecember 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Quite possibly had the best old fashioned in NY here. Out of the.countless spots, these guys get it right. Expertly crafted and personable service. Love this joint.
  • Luke
    Luke1 week ago
    Weekday any day brunch with a cool cafe vibe on weekdays and a daylight party vibe on weekends. Get the Bloody Mary and whatever looks good
  • Kevin C.
    Kevin ChiuMarch 27, 2015
    Slushy machine. Do it. I had something that was sweet and slightly spicy. A spicy slushy! Life changing!!
  • Amy C.
    Amy Cummings4 days ago
    The service was a little slow around lunchtime, but the drinks and fried chicken sandwich were delicious! Ask for the French onion and burger sauces for dipping.
  • PUNCH
    PUNCHSeptember 24, 2015
    Cheap beer, strong whiskey and a consoling ear can all be found here. But Mother’s Ruin also flies under the radar as one of the most inventive cocktail bars in the city. Read more
  • Michael C.
    Michael CristeApril 12, 2015
    Great bar, has a good mix of people. Can get a little crowded and loud in the front but the back is usually better. Also try a Blood Stream just for fun.
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren MacApril 29, 2016
    The fried chicken sandwich with seasoned waffle fries were perfectly done, and at $13, reasonably priced (especially considering I paid the same for a cocktail).
  • Sonny B.
    Sonny ByrdOctober 27, 2013
    Super fun and delicious place for brunch and probably any other time. Amazing fried chicken, grilled cheese, and breakfast sandwich. Friendly staff.
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithMay 20, 2016
    I know, I know, I know, this is a cocktail bar. But the tap list isn't too shabby either. If beer (or wine!) is your thing, try something on draft.
  • Nate B.
    Nate BeattyDecember 30, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't let the witty cocktail names fool you, or the magnetic letters on the slushy machine. These bartenders take mixology seriously and the results speak for themselves
  • Garrison P.
    Garrison PriceMay 30, 2016
    Awesome scene for singles. Great bartenders. Always have the frozen house cocktail. Always... and waffle fries. You didn't expect such delicious food.
  • Nicole F.
    Nicole FormicaJanuary 29, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Here in the morn?.. BLOODY MARY. Here in the summer?.. Anything frozen. Here in the winter? Hot toddy..
  • Karl W.
    Karl With A "K"September 5, 2014
    Nice bar - rustic feeling and great bartenders. Try their hand crafted drinks, although they have some great beers on tap as well.
  • Serena
    SerenaJanuary 27, 2013
    possibly my new fave bar bar. nails the sweet spot in between too crowded and too quiet. plus they have slushies and make a damn solid old fashioned.
  • Prad N.
    The fried chicken sandwich was excellent. Great coleslaw and mayo sauce. Fries were spiced well!
  • India K.
    India KMay 13, 2015
    So cute, and perfect on a nice day. Sunday evening it's not too crowded and they have a great happy hour. Try the slushie.
  • Danielle D.
    Danielle DavisMarch 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The Mothers Triple Decker Club with pecan smoked trout is to die for. And get the fried chickpeas!! Great vibe here too!
  • Margot M.
    Margot MazurMay 24, 2015
    Veggie burger with waffle fries is amazing. Get a vodka cocktail and sit outside—it gets loud and packed in there real quick.
  • Elvis R.
    Elvis RodricksFebruary 23, 2015
    Came here on sunday and they had a guitarist playing. The waffle and chicken were great! Small portion though for a southern delight.
  • Ashley C.
    Attracts a very eclectic crowd, mostly SoHo hipsters. The bartenders are impressively attentive. Drinks don't taste very unique but the place is lively & crowded. Decent cocktail bar to hang out at.
  • Alexandra D.
    Alexandra DoucetteApril 30, 2015
    Industry bar. Dope spot with delicious food and cocktails. They change up their specialty cocktails often. Frozen drink machine!
  • Public House W.
    Public House WineAugust 26, 2014
    Awesome singles bar on the weekends, and a great date spot Su-Wed. Drinks range from sweet to strong but they're all delicious.
  • Rachel H.
    Rachel HarrisonJanuary 2, 2013
    I love this place. Be careful tho. The bartenders are all so nice you end up staying later than you planned... And often end up legless.
  • IrmaZandl T.
    Excellent cocktails.loved the southside with gin and cucumber. Get here early, later it gets way too crowded and LOUD.
  • Parker C.
    Parker ChambersFebruary 4
    Been here 10+ times
    Spicy gin drinks and bros in button downs. For the win though
  • Alex H.
    Alex HennesseyAugust 13, 2015
    Vibrant atmosphere. Drinks are a little less expensive (~$12) than some surrounding bars and way stronger. Good for drinking when you're on a mission. Food menu looked good but didn't try
  • Alexis B.
    Alexis BendjouiaJanuary 14, 2015
    Good ambiance, not too loud. Drinks are casual but tasty, do the job. The hot toddy was pretty good. The fried chickpeas were a plus too.
  • Victoria N.
    Good date spot with good drinks. Not the best for large groups but perfect to catch up with an old friend. A staple in the SoHo area.
  • Chris E.
    Chris EvansOctober 12, 2015
    Cozy atmosphere that does get a little loud at night. They do a watermelon and fennel cocktail that really packs a punch.
  • Robert S.
    Robert StevensonAugust 27, 2014
    The bartender is a good guy, ask him if he's finished reading Hyperion. The cocktails are well executed, I liked the freewheeling hamster.
  • Noah @Noah_Xifr X.
    Noah @Noah_Xifr XifrDecember 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask fot the hot toddy if it is off menu. It includes homemade grated ginger beer and is awesome.
  • Matt K.
    Matt KDecember 2, 2012
    Cool place & atmosphere, try one of daily slushies. If u don't mind smell if pork fat, stat longer than one drink
  • İpek A.
    İpek A.November 30, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Perfect brunch on Sunday w/ live music. E.B.C highly recommended👍
  • @HungryEditor B.
    Thai pork sliders...comes w/ three tasty little sliders that are a bit spicy w/ a hint of sweetness from the peanut sauce.
  • Phil T.
    Phil TorontoAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Spicy Tecate - Cholula, line juice and salt👌
    Upvoted Jun 4
  • Jon H.
    Jon HorowitzOctober 28, 2016
    Great atmosphere, cozy/cool vibe, overpriced drinks (SoHo, whattya expect), solid food. Get the waffle fries!
  • Allison H.
    Allison HeimMarch 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get whatever concoction is swirling in the slushie machine. Yes, I know a slushie machine in a bar is highly suspect but believe you me, this ain't no cherry + coke 7/11 bullshit.
  • The Blonde Gourmand
    They make cocktails based off what's in season, not a set list of drinks! Also love the sunny window seats here.
  • Cizenbayan E.
    Cizenbayan Elif TanverdiJanuary 17, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Mondays at mother's ruin. i love those spicy chicken wings & scotty's cocktails 🖖🏻🖖🏻🖖🏻
  • Pelin K.
    Pelin KayıranMay 6, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the french onion soup-grilled cheese sandwich and fries. Dont ask any questions. This order is good for two.
  • Amanda S.
    Amanda SchneiderSeptember 29, 2014
    Grilled cheese is good but doesn't live up to the hype. Try the brussel sprout salad and the slushy of the day!
  • Bonnie C.
    Bonnie ChuApril 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    French onion soup grilled cheese. Au jus! Le bomb! Sooo much better than Kraft singles on wonder.
  • Kathy M.
    Kathy MatthiesenMay 17, 2015
    Amazing cocktails (try the slushy!) A hip, trendy, laid back bar without the pretentious hipsters
  • Teresa G.
    Teresa GreenleesJanuary 30, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Serious drinks, expertly made - and served without pretension. Also, hot toddies. And a sick soundtrack. Your new home away from home?
  • Ranu R.
    Ranu RajkarnikarOctober 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great cocktails. Cozy but lively spot. And have you tried the spiced chickpeas? Do it.
  • Jason B.
    Jason BradyMarch 8, 2013
    Thursday night after work or meeting spot. Total winner!
  • Katie E.
    Katie EytchMarch 7, 2015
    If you're ordering food with a friend order together so you get served at the same time. Otherwise one person will end up waiting a long time while the other person is finished with their food.
  • Kinjil M.
    Kinjil MathurMarch 28, 2015
    packed during happy hour. tecates done michelada style.
    Upvoted Jun 4
  • Doctore A.
    Doctore AguacateNovember 13, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Salads, grilled cheese, the slushy cocktail, ango shots. One of the best bars in town
  • Kevin K.
    Kevin KeatingJanuary 4, 2015
    Good food in not-too-large portions, perfect for saving space for all the slushies you'll want to drink.
  • Julia S.
    Julia San JuanDecember 11, 2015
    Cocktails are delicious, creative, and correspondingly pricey. No AC in the summer though.. Whaaaat
  • Camilla B.
    Camilla BurrowNovember 6, 2012
    Brilliant. So much bar tenders are great. Heading straight back after dinner!
  • Liz M.
    Liz MallalieuMay 26, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Their french onion soup grilled cheese might be one of my favorite bites in New York.
  • Anna O.
    Anna OhareNovember 25, 2014
    Gets super busy on week nights, but make sure to get a cider hot toddy!
  • Nicolle K.
    Nicolle KeoghDecember 28, 2012
    Their golden radio is tasty, and I know this is NYC, but be prepared to pay $12 for a drink that is only filled this high.
  • Mari S.
    Mari SheibleyDecember 11, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The BEC sandwich is a solid brunch choice. Thick cut bacon, fried egg and a little spicy kick.
  • Kathleen C.
    Kathleen CorlessMay 29, 2015
    The crab dip rocks as does the laid back bartender and whatever slushy is on tap
  • Katie
    KatieSeptember 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    No plain Jane mimosas; ask for the house mimosas that change regularly - faves are: vanilla lavender, blueberry and peach
  • Jessie C.
    Jessie ChenApril 27, 2015
    Gets crowded after work and you might have a hard time ordering the exact drink you want.
  • James K.
    James KiernanDecember 10, 2012
    Not sure if they always play music this awesome but the night I was there they were playing my high school mix CD - Naughty, Tribe, Lords of the Underground, Dre.
  • Kirsten P.
    Kirsten PeisselOctober 14, 2015
    Order the house slushie - just drink it and don't ask any questions. 🙌
  • Sheila M.
    Sheila MarikarSeptember 9, 2013
    The fried chicken sandwich is like biting into the boardwalk in the best of ways.
  • Baturalp T.
    Baturalp TorunMay 29, 2016
    Great cocktails with a neighborhood vibe. Over crowded on weekend nights.
  • Lily
    LilyJanuary 16, 2016
    Cozy spot with fantastic cocktail names. Personally a fan of the Fuck Buddy.
  • Rob H.
    Rob HunwickApril 5, 2015
    Went expecting a pub, got a brunch place. Great burger.
  • Kim P.
    Kim PhạmJune 1, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    A solid Nolita bar. Their alcoholic slushes are excellent 👌🏽
  • Emily K.
    Emily KaneJuly 13, 2015
    Trust the tips. Go for the slushies.
  • Kat C.
    Kat C.August 17, 2016
    Unclear if a craft cocktail bar or a frat party .... OK drinks, but sometimes the crowd seems like a bunch of Murray Hill residents on a field trip downtown.
  • Hannah G.
    Hannah GMNovember 17, 2016
    Creative drinks and friendly bartenders. Get there early on the weekends!
  • Jeff B.
    Jeff BrelsfordJanuary 15, 2012
    The "effort waffles" - honey wings, Belgium waffles and buttermilk dressing - are AMAZING.
  • Maggie W.
    Maggie WalshJune 3, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Delightfully spicy Moscow Mules, wonderful bartenders, and all kinds of nice things.
  • @JaumePrimero
    @JaumePrimeroOctober 14, 2013
    Kick ass cocktail menu, leads to multiple drinks and ultimate ruin. And yet I keep going back.
  • Deep G.
    Deep GujralDecember 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Bar food here is astoundingly good. Hands down the Best burger in Nolita!
  • Kira G.
    Kira Garvin LermanJuly 27, 2014
    Homemade ginger beer= one of the best dark and stormys I've ever had!
  • Gino G.
    Gino GianneschiFebruary 17
    They staff is just the friendliest in the neighborhood! Great group of people!!!
  • Cole K.
    Cole KennedyJune 5, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Dirty Look, a refreshing cocktail made with gin, lemon, blueberries, and bitters.
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