Pete's Tavern

Pub, Bar, and Italian Restaurant$$$$
Gramercy Park, New York
  • Rich G.
    "where O. Henry penned “Gift of the Magi"(8 Tips)
    Dave C.
    "They're very proud here that they survived prohibition"(4 Tips)
    Young to Publishing
    "... 1864 and was renamed Healy's in 1899. In the early 20th century, O...."(4 Tips)
    "physical bar is considered the oldest bar in NYC"(2 Tips)
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  • o henry
  • burgers
  • beer
  • oldest bar in nyc
  • prohibition
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  • P. D.
    P. D.July 18, 2014
    Can't beat the ambience. Thrilled it is still around. Will be a go to in my new nabe. However, it kills me that the food is as bad as it is. Make a run for a top 10 burger...the place screams for it.
    ThePurplePassport.comJanuary 10, 2012
    This place fills up with singles and young professionals, though happy hour also draws a number of NYU students, post-grads, and pub-crawlers. It's a must-hit for anyone looking for a taste of Old NY. Read more
    Upvoted Jun 17
  • Alyssa
    AlyssaDecember 17, 2015
    Always a good crowd of 20 somethings at this bar. Can get pretty crowded but can pretty much always find a seat. Food is actually pretty good here as well, makes for a perfect neighborhood spot.
  • Young to Publishing
    Young to PublishingSeptember 11, 2011
    This former hotel in Gramercy Park opened as a bar in 1864 and was renamed Healy's in 1899. In the early 20th century, O. Henry lived nearby and wrote about the bar in his story "The Lost Blend."
  • Jason 6.
    Jason 64128February 22, 2012
    Built 1829. A "grocery & grog" store from 1852 and a tavern from 1864. Named Healy's in 1899 and alluded to in O.Henry's works. Renamed Pete's in 1932. Appears in numerous films and TV shows.
  • Untapped Cities
    Untapped CitiesNovember 8, 2014
    The building itself dates back to 1829, though it was not operated as a bar until 1864. Its large signs claiming to be the oldest bar in the city have been greatly disputed by McSorley’s. Read more
  • Young to Publishing
    Young to PublishingSeptember 11, 2011
    Pete's opened as one of the first NYC bars in 1864, selling liquor throughout prohibition. In the early 20th century, O. Henry frequented the establishment, mentioning it in "The Lost Blend."
  • jon a.
    jon accarrinoSeptember 27, 2012
    O. Henry was a regular at this bar and lived down the street at 55 Irving Place between 1903 to 1907. At the time, Pete's Tavern was called Healy's. O. Henry mentions the bar in "The Lost Blend."
  • amNewYork
    amNewYorkOctober 5, 2011
    O. Henry wrote “Gift of the Magi” in one of the black-lacquered booths, and the “Oldest Continuously Operating Bar & Restaurant in New York City” serves a surprisingly fresh weekend brunch.
  • Aly
    AlyJanuary 18, 2011
    pasta night on monday nights is an awesome value at one of nyc's oldest establishments (salad, heaping bowl of pasta and a glass of wine for under $12) - delicioso!
  • Brigette K.
    Brigette K.March 17, 2013
    Food was okay, place itself was cool and the waiter was super nice! Booths were small and I kept getting hit as people walked by. Good St Patricks Day place though
  • prince of A.
    This place is just fantastic. Excellent beers, great clientele and just a great New York vibe off the place. Pete ale is a great beer!
  • Min T.
    Min TanSeptember 28, 2011
    Definitely try the "Lobster. Tail, Shrimp, Clam Seafood & Pasta" dish with white wine for the sauce. Once u try it u'll come back for more!
  • Honghui Y.
    Honghui YuApril 19, 2015
    The eggs Benedict and French toast are a delight here. Also, $11.95 for a brunch entrée plus coffee or tea is a great deal!
  • Pookie P.
    Pookie PuffsMarch 15, 2011
    Loved the pasta w/ their massive meatballs, baked clams are awesome make sure not to put too much lemon. Tnx Brian & Deklan the owner
  • Daniel B.
    Daniel BenkwittFebruary 1, 2015
    A New York classic and all around great neighborhood spot. The Gramercy burger is particularly good (and all burgers are cooked to perfection).
  • Brandon M.
    Brandon McGrawNovember 27, 2012
    O Henry was a regular at this Union Sq drinking hole. It opened in 1864, though drinking likely happened in the location before that, becoming Healy's in 1899 & Pete's Tavern later on. - From Eater NY
  • Tom F.
    Tom FleetwoodNovember 15, 2013
    Don't tell them to hold the lettuce and tomato on your sandwich. They will charge you $1 for each item you don't want on your sandwich.
  • Cindy R.
    Cindy RolencOctober 3, 2010
    I'm a skinny female and I ate the whole blue cheese burger by myself - the mayor is not a homo - haven't checked out the hand dryer in the mens rooom - will have to let you know. Will come back again
  • Peter V.
    Peter VigeantJune 28, 2013
    Not surprisingly, not only is Pete's one of the oldest bars in America, it has the notoriety for the highest number of alleged "bar babies" from adventurous to-be parents.
  • Public House W.
    Public House WineAugust 12, 2014
    A classic that never gets old. Great for a group, a game or a date. A+ for ambience, brews and bar food.
  • Elysia M.
    Super weird crowd at times but if you're hungry the zucchini fries have cheese in them and it's amazing
  • JenKudu
    JenKuduSeptember 25, 2013
    Skip the rowdy business crowd and get a table in the back. The lasagna is amazing and enough for leftovers too :)
  • Rose W.
    Rose WJanuary 24, 2011
    shrimp lobster tail clams pasta was delicious. full lobster tail not chunks of meat. can't beat that!
  • Nuri J.
    Nuri JeonDecember 7, 2014
    Very crowed. They have awesome egg nog with brandy. Also looks like a really cool place for group dinner.
  • WillMcD
    WillMcDAugust 16, 2011
    The bar itself is considered the oldest physical bar... During prohibition, Pete's doubled as a floral shop.
    Upvoted 3 days ago
  • DR G.
    DR GAugust 21, 2015
    A classic old NY bar. Their eggnog at Christmas is killer. Burgers are good too.
  • Alfred M.
    Alfred M.July 11, 2015
    great space. you can smell the history. guy walks around with free apps during happy hour
  • Kelly A.
    Kelly AAugust 12, 2015
    Awesome history! Nice IPA!! Get the burgers, you will thank me later. You're welcome!
  • Janna M.
    Janna Meyrowitz TurnerOctober 11, 2010
    There's a guy waiter during brunch that has the most rediculous toupee I've ever seen. Don't nurse a hangover here....
  • Nicholas W.
    Nicholas WagnerOctober 15, 2012
    Nice place. Nice old fashioned wood bar, lots of shenanigans on the walls etc. didn't try the food but the beer selection is wide but no depth.
  • Gaby F.
    Gaby FloMay 28, 2012
    Stop in for a pint to quench your thirst after that full day of walking. The city’s oldest continually operating drinking establishment. Look familiar?
  • DoubleDeuce
    DoubleDeuceApril 4, 2015
    Fairly crowded and mildly pretentious staff. But it's busy almost any night of the week.
  • Scott Ex
    Scott ExNovember 19, 2010
    Pete's hasn't closed since 1851. It was even open during prohibition, disguised as a 'flower' shop speakeasy.
  • Calvin M.
    Calvin MultanenMay 27, 2015
    Nice selection of beers. Great service and atmosphere. Food isn't amazing but good value.
  • Tom M.
    Tom M.December 7, 2015
    NY Steak is very good especially with the garlic mash
  • Meg F.
    Meg FarmerOctober 17, 2014
    Oldest tavern in Manhattan, good for drinks but skip the food, overpriced and nothing special.
  • Wilson Z.
    Wilson ZhouJune 13, 2013
    This is a mixed sports bar, you can watch game, enjoy food, and have a sip of nice wine
  • Grant H.
    Grant HewitNovember 2, 2015
    Neighborhood favorite. Low key crowd with above average juke box selection.
  • Rob H.
    Rob HaileApril 18, 2012
    A favorite historic watering hole of mine Bar food specials are a real bargain.
  • Michael F.
    Michael Fox-RabinovitzFebruary 14, 2015
    Great atmosphere solid beer selection, excellent hamburgers and fries
  • Ashley H.
    Ashley HughesFebruary 17, 2013
    Stop in the bar on Sunday afternoons to see Devin. Great and hilarious bartender!
  • Rich G.
    Rich GallagherAugust 18, 2011
    Experience one of the best Old New York bars by having a beer in the booth where O. Henry penned “Gift of the Magi”.
  • John T.
    John ThrasherMay 18, 2014
    Food is rather bland for the prices but cute outdoor seating in a great location.
  • Caitlin C.
    Caitlin ClementsJuly 7, 2014
    Monday night pasta special - pasta, salad, and wine for only $12.95!
  • Bob M.
    Bob MerskiSeptember 2, 2012
    Friendly staff, friendly patrons, great house beer on tap!
  • Rob B.
    Rob BroganMarch 15, 2014
    Stick to the beer. Do NOT eat here. The prices are ridiculous and the quality is too :/
  • Tom I.
    Tom IgoeJanuary 14
    Historic place, good food, but often a bit too crowded.
  • HBO
    HBOSeptember 3, 2011
    Sex and the city happened here. This is where Miranda took the reins and proposed to Steve "over three-dollar beers."
  • Ryan B.
    Ryan BallOctober 20, 2015
    Their food is consistently average, but the atmosphere is a must see
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