The Half King

Bar, Pub, and Restaurant$$$$
Chelsea, New York
  • Tyler R.
    "Great spot right off the High Line for beers."(9 Tips)
    "partly owned by Perfect Storm author Sebastian Junger"(4 Tips)
    "Excellent bar food, good beer selection, great service!"(8 Tips)
    "Great burgers...and oh yea... sweet potato fries!"(11 Tips)
178 Tips and reviews
  • burgers
  • happy hour
  • high line
  • beer
  • sweet potato fries
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  • Cole K.
    Bleh. The beer was warm.
  • Guest of a Guest
    The Half King is a more casual option for the chiller among us. Located perfectly at an entrance of the High Line, the Half King is an easy choice when looking to sit and enjoy a good beer. Read more
  • Shannon M.
    The French Toast is really bread pudding French Toast.
  • Melissa Y.
    Melissa YuMarch 29
    Been here 25+ times
    Good Happy Hour deals, service could use a big improvement.
  • Lisa E.
    Lisa EFebruary 5
    Been here 10+ times
    Whitney member benefit: 10% discount on checks paid in full (not separated)
  • Justin F.
    Great for an afternoon drink or a beer stop after walking the Highline. Above average tap selection.
  • Erwin O.
    Erwin OngDecember 19, 2016
    10% discount on checks paid in full with Whitney membership.
  • Matthew C.
    Matthew CaldecuttMay 24, 2016
    The "spiked Arnold Palmer" was recommended and worth it.
  • Tim S.
    Tim SheaMay 13, 2016
    Delicious burgers, good beer selection
  • Brad K.
    Brad KleinFebruary 23, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Ivria (if-ree-uh) is the best server, she'll take good care of you + remember how your mom's doing. Sweet pot fries are pretty decent. Also fun happyhrs
  • Karli S.
    Karli ScottFebruary 9, 2016
    $5 pint Happy Hour starts at 5pm
  • Manisha N.
    Manisha NairDecember 30, 2015
    Chill vibe and beer
  • Tom M.
    Tom MengDecember 8, 2015
    Nice dark setting bar. They have a back patio.
  • Colleen K.
    Colleen KellyNovember 20, 2015
    Casual neighborhood spot; good happy hour.
  • Nicole F.
    Nicole FormicaNovember 4, 2015
    Forget about what you thought you wanted to order and get the nacholos. Trust me. It is what you want.
  • Jesse G.
    Jesse GillOctober 31, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Order from the bar after 10 pm
  • Ruby A.
    Ruby AnayaSeptember 11, 2015
    Pickle backs? I'll take two.
  • DoubleDeuce
    DoubleDeuceAugust 20, 2015
    This may be the most frequented place after sportstuff at Chelsea Piers Field House or Chelsea Waterside Park.
  • Cara F.
    Cara FriedmanMay 23, 2015
    Dog-friendly! Enjoy a nice brunch outside while your pup is provided with ice water.
  • Kaitlyn P.
    Kaitlyn PezikMay 10, 2015
    affordable happy hour option in a neighborhood of not so affordable options
  • Karla L.
    Karla LopezApril 16, 2015
    Not for a quick meal. Sandwiches take at least 30 min.
  • Sameepa S.
    Sameepa ShettyApril 5, 2015
    Reserve the back room for a party. Right by the high line. Good bar food-sliders,hummus,nachos. Not the best cocktails. Stick to beer/vodka/white rum.
  • Emilio C.
    Emilio CMarch 2, 2015
    Good place to get a drink when you're gallery hopping.
  • Emilie F.
    Emilie FuttermanFebruary 20, 2015
    Good happy hour. Mcgarrybowen employees get 10% off.
  • Justin D.
    Justin DickinsonJanuary 5, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Hit or miss menu but we keep going.
  • Chelsea F.
    Chelsea FelinDecember 30, 2014
    The Antelope burger was amazing! Get the burger cooked medium rare. Their lemonade is also delicious as well. Sweet potato fries were not too bad, the Cajun fries are a bit salty. Overall great spot!
  • Ming-Samurai L.
    Ming-Samurai LaiDecember 9, 2014
    Good vibe!
  • Janine P.
    Janine PerryNovember 25, 2014
    Good beer selection, good bar food.
  • Jenn D.
    Jenn DayNovember 5, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Neighborhood staple.
  • Meg F.
    Meg FarmerNovember 4, 2014
    Right next to the highline. Casual, friendly, wings are decent.
  • James J.
    James JOctober 4, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    What a great place. Food is solid.
  • Karl W.
    Karl With A "K"October 2, 2014
    Nice patio in the back. Very cozy and quaint.
  • Phill
    PhillSeptember 29, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Excellent bar food, good beer selection, great service! Perfect place to go after a game at Chelsea Piers.
  • Sean R.
    Sean RutherfordSeptember 13, 2014
    Burgers are delicious and available beers are great.
  • Soo Y.
    Soo YooAugust 22, 2014
    $5 happy hour beers
  • Eric V.
    Eric VenkerAugust 22, 2014
    A standard quality bar in the area. Nothing fancy, but it'll serve you well to catch a game or grab a quick bite. A handful of decent beers on tap.
  • Tyler R.
    Tyler RidingsAugust 7, 2014
    Great spot right off the High Line for beers. Pretty good happy hour as well.
  • Anna O.
    Anna OhareAugust 2, 2014
    Try the mozzarella balls, delicious with sauce!
  • Mike C.
    Mike CilientoJuly 24, 2014
    Pick any burger. Happy hour beers
  • Marc C.
    Marc CesarJune 21, 2014
    Good food but it's like the battle of who can outs peak each other..... Way too loud for me!!!!
  • UzoNYC
    UzoNYCJune 1, 2014
    A decent place for after work, but I wouldn't come here unless you can sit outside. Great pre/post-game for a walk on the High Line. Read more
  • Gordon M.
    Gordon MeiMay 30, 2014
    They have Stella Artois Cidre.
  • Paul G.
    Paul GrazianoApril 29, 2014
    Skip the fries and get tater tots, they are amazing!
  • Laura D.
    Laura D.March 20, 2014
    they have yuengling and boddington's on tap, so -- this place is good in my book.
  • Affinia Hotel Collection
    Affinia Hotel CollectionFebruary 19, 2014
    Guests at this bar may be able to catch a glimpse of the part owner, author Sebastian Junger (The Perfect Storm).
  • Mark M.
    Mark McLaughlinJanuary 23, 2014
    Try the Six Points Global Warmer. Very tasty beer!
  • Brendan J.
    Brendan JordanDecember 5, 2013
    Pricey drinks, okay food, but I've had some really great nights here.
  • Oliver B.
    Oliver BouchardOctober 15, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    This is the best place for a drink after a High Line stroll.
  • Lucretia
    LucretiaSeptember 29, 2013
    Nice staff, relaxed atmosphere, good prices, a great time!
  • Greg G.
    Greg GauthierSeptember 28, 2013
    Don't order the shepherd's pie, or the onion rings. They're soggy and gross. The hamburgers are decent, though.
  • Joshua S F.
    Joshua S FreemanSeptember 15, 2013
    Nice happy hour cocktail menu!
  • Leniere M.
    Leniere MSeptember 7, 2013
    The rosemary turkey burger is amazing!
  • Dave P.
    Dave PanettaAugust 16, 2013
    Not enough bathrooms.
  • Jenn P.
    Jenn PeddeAugust 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Crunch Nuggets. Get them for the name alone. They are also delicious.
  • Bethany
    BethanyAugust 14, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Some of the sweet potato fries I've had & I'm picky.
  • Barbara S.
    Barbara SerranoAugust 1, 2013
    It's a weird little spot. Music doesn't match the environment. The crunchy nuggets are good.
  • Andrew G.
    Andrew GalusJuly 26, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Happy hour 5-8pm, 7 days a week :)
  • Steven C.
    Steven ComfortJuly 26, 2013
    Read the back of the menu for the history of the name...
  • Gina G.
    Gina GotthilfJuly 22, 2013
    The waitress was lovely to me! So service probably depends, jut like every other place in NYC.
  • steev
    steevJuly 20, 2013
    Poor beer Ok white russians. Young crowd. Poo tunes
  • Evan R.
    Evan RothsteinJuly 3, 2013
    Yo. Chicken and waffles, sick.
  • Vivek P.
    Vivek PradhanJune 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Outdoors is fun. Good veggie burger. Get it with guac and peppers/onion. And sweet potato fries.
  • Megan K.
    Megan KrzyskeJune 20, 2013
    Pimm's Lemonade at happy hour
  • Mario C.
    Mario CoreaMay 22, 2013
    Just a pic of my food
  • Mario C.
    Mario CoreaMay 22, 2013
    This place is good, my second time here since last year ad it's still good, good food, beer and staff!
  • Zachary Adam C.
    Zachary Adam CohenMay 19, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    My local dive. Though its not truly divey. Excellent food. Lots of homo bros with hockey sticks hanging around. Don't really trust men with clubs of any kind. Bartender talent.
  • Jesse C.
    Jesse ClarkApril 27, 2013
    Had the Mexican burger, was extremely good. High quality grass fed beef, do it.
  • Thomas S.
    Thomas SimmonsApril 26, 2013
    Best local restaurant in Chelsea!
  • Willy
    WillyApril 21, 2013
    See the shivs?
  • Mario C.
    Mario CastroApril 19, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Huevos Rancheros is the best Brunch dish!!!
  • Andrew B.
    Andrew BearnotApril 14, 2013
    No booze or outdoor seating 'till noon...
  • Jae S.
    Jae Salinas 🍜April 12, 2013
    Happy Hour: 5-8pm $4 draft beer, $7 Drink Special (changes daily)
  • Ken A.
    Ken AllardApril 5, 2013
    This place us pretty awful. If you see this tip before you order, I recommend leaving!
  • Jean B.
    Jean BlignautMarch 12, 2013
    Oh wait a minute... Half King = Queen?? Lol
  • Caty T.
    Caty TedmanMarch 3, 2013
    A+ burger. Solid beer selection. Beware of the hipster clientele.
  • Peter D.
    Peter DarcheMarch 2, 2013
    If you bring a group of 30 they might just let you take up the whole back room
  • Kev O.
    Kev O'cFebruary 19, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Omg food late at night that's actually good
  • Deep G.
    Deep GujralFebruary 15, 2013
    Best happy hour spot in Chelsea. $4 pints from 4-8pm and super chill and friendly bartenders.
  • Daniel B.
    Daniel BenettiFebruary 4, 2013
    The burgers and the artists
  • JenKudu
    JenKuduFebruary 2, 2013
    Great spot for a large and/or private party. Great beer and burgers. Skip the nacholos... No bueno.
  • Rick K.
    Rick KrupaJanuary 6, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Food is actually pretty damn good.
  • David B.
    David BrabynDecember 18, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Much improved music
  • Katy A.
    Katy AoyagiNovember 17, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Best sweet potato fries in the world. And for someone who doesn't like sweets, I would go back just for the banana chocolate bread pudding!
  • Alfred T.
    Alfred TamOctober 29, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Great lunch specials, gets kind of douchey at night.
  • Storms G.
    Storms GuySeptember 27, 2012
    WiFi password is their phone number (as of 7/9/12)
  • Aleks I.
    Aleks IvicSeptember 19, 2012
    Turkey Burger is phenomenal...
  • Annie M.
    Annie McMinnSeptember 1, 2012
    Excellent happy hour special: all drafts $4 from 4pm-8pm!
  • Kent F.
    Kent Fine ArtAugust 23, 2012
    Homey pub-feel kinda a place. Good deals for happy hour and ideally located right next to the newly designed High Line.
  • Mayel
    MayelAugust 4, 2012
    wi-fi password: 505west23 - via
  • Arch C.
    Arch CareyJuly 18, 2012
    Mmmm Cuban sandwich tastes good to me! Mark Cuban?
  • Ethan K.
    Ethan KahnJuly 4, 2012
    shitty service
  • Nadia B.
    Nadia BartolucciJuly 2, 2012
    The Veggie Burger is legit, and of course the sweet potato fries are to die for...
  • Natalia Q.
    Natalia QuinteroJune 14, 2012
    Open Late- try their summer beer or their summer lovin' drinks.
  • Tamara H.
    Tamara HJune 11, 2012
    "Owned by Sebastian Junger, Nanette Burstein and Scott Anderson, the Half King has created a successful hybrid between a comfy pub and candlelit writer's hideaway." (via @ShelfAwareness)
  • Tommi F.
    Tommi ForsströmMay 27, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Sweet potato fries. That's where it's at.
  • Maryann W.
    Maryann WatsonMay 27, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Best sweet potato fries ever.
  • Stefanie D.
    Stefanie DMay 18, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    not the half king you used to know. they blare z100 on the speakers and the amazing waitresses from the good old days have been replaced by pretty robots.
  • David B.
    David BrabynMay 8, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Make sure you get your Friends of Anton photojournalism auction postcard with your check
  • Chancellor P.
    Chancellor PetersonApril 25, 2012
    Great draft $6-$10+ beers for only $4 during happy hour
  • Pia
    PiaApril 20, 2012
    Low-key, casual spot where you can grab some good beer (mmm Duvel) with friends either inside or out front. Service is good and the location is prime for people watching. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Daniel E.
    Daniel EizoJune 17, 2016
    Comida otima
  • Mo A.
    Mo AngelesSeptember 16, 2014
    Prueba "beef hamburger" con papas muy ricas! Hay wifi
  • Helmo B.
    Helmo BorgesAugust 30, 2014
    Não é ruim! Mas tem melhores. O chato é que do nada traz a conta. Uma forma de te "mandar embora".
  • Rodrigo D.
    Rodrigo DelgadoOctober 6, 2013
    Muy buenos los desayunos y buen ambiente en la tarde...
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