Pete's Tavern

Pub, Bar, and Italian Restaurant$$$$
Gramercy Park, New York
117 Tips and reviews
  • o henry
  • burgers
  • beer
  • oldest continuously
  • oldest bar in nyc
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  • 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.
    Upvoted Jul 2
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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).
  • 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
    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."
  • Deb
    DebSeptember 21, 2016
    Nice bar and it's impressive they survived the prohibition!
  • Aly
    AlyJanuary 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    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!
  • 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."
  • OkCupid Daters' Choice
    Pete's Tavern was voted the Best Classic Date Spot by OkCupid users in the first-ever Daters' Choice Awards! Tap Read more for additional date spot categories in New York City. #daterschoice Read more
  • 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!
  • 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 :)
  • 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."
  • Elysia M.
    Elysia MannMay 1, 2016
    Super weird crowd at times but if you're hungry the zucchini fries have cheese in them and it's amazing
  • 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.
  • WillMcD
    WillMcDAugust 16, 2011
    The bar itself is considered the oldest physical bar... During prohibition, Pete's doubled as a floral shop.
  • Kelly A.
    Kelly AAugust 12, 2015
    Awesome history! Nice IPA!! Get the burgers, you will thank me later. You're welcome!
  • Alfred M.
    Alfred M.July 11, 2015
    great space. you can smell the history. guy walks around with free apps during happy hour
  • 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
  • Marcus D.
    Marcus D'ArrigoNovember 10, 2016
    Pete's Tavern great place to go. Fantastic beer, excelente food and great prices for NYC
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • DR G.
    DR GAugust 21, 2015
    A classic old NY bar. Their eggnog at Christmas is killer. Burgers are good too.
  • Tom M.
    Tom M.December 7, 2015
    NY Steak is very good especially with the garlic mash
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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?
  • Michael F.
    Michael Fox-RabinovitzFebruary 14, 2015
    Great atmosphere solid beer selection, excellent hamburgers and fries
  • Dave S.
    Great service from bartenders, very cool decor, generous drinks.
  • Calvin M.
    Calvin MultanenMay 27, 2015
    Nice selection of beers. Great service and atmosphere. Food isn't amazing but good value.
  • Ashley H.
    Ashley HughesFebruary 17, 2013
    Stop in the bar on Sunday afternoons to see Devin. Great and hilarious bartender!
  • Rose W.
    Rose WJanuary 24, 2011
    shrimp lobster tail clams pasta was delicious. full lobster tail not chunks of meat. can't beat that!
  • Rob H.
    Rob HaileApril 18, 2012
    A favorite historic watering hole of mine Bar food specials are a real bargain.
  • 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.
  • Grant H.
    Grant HewitNovember 2, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Neighborhood favorite. Low key crowd with above average juke box selection.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Bob M.
    Bob MerskiSeptember 2, 2012
    Friendly staff, friendly patrons, great house beer on tap!
  • Nitzan B.
    Nitzan BApril 29
    Cute, simple and down to earth. Just what you need
  • Rich G.
    Rich GallagherAugust 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Experience one of the best Old New York bars by having a beer in the booth where O. Henry penned “Gift of the Magi”.
  • Caitlin C.
    Caitlin ClementsJuly 7, 2014
    Monday night pasta special - pasta, salad, and wine for only $12.95!
  • Kathryn P.
    Kathryn PhillipsMay 17, 2015
    Amazing Cobb salad. Great brunch deals
  • Liza
    LizaJanuary 9, 2016
    chicken parm is huge, awesome, and super cheesy
  • Cameron B.
    Cameron BorrielloMarch 12, 2016
    They have a great food menu
  • Kevin B.
    Grab a candlelit table outside at night.
    Upvoted Jul 1
  • DoubleDeuce
    DoubleDeuceApril 4, 2015
    Fairly crowded and mildly pretentious staff. But it's busy almost any night of the week.
  • Trevor B.
    Trevor BracherFebruary 21, 2015
    Amazing burgers. Great beer. Go for lunch.
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