The Penny Farthing

The Penny Farthing

Bar and Gastropub$$$$
East Village, New York
  • The experts at The Wall Street Journal and The Corcoran Group recommend this place
    • The Wall Street Journal
    • The Corcoran Group
  • Sara D.
    "Fun dancing downstairs on the weekend"(11 Tips)
    Kevin R.
    "Buffalo Mac & Cheese is delicious."(4 Tips)
    "Happy hour has delicious $6 summer fruit sangrias!!"(12 Tips)
    Gabriel H.
    "Can get very crowded and uncomfortably hot during summer."(13 Tips)
173 Tips and reviews
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  • downstairs
  • buffalo mac
  • mac & cheese
  • brunch food
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  • Tony X.
    Tony XerrayApril 18, 2013
    They make a great Manhattan here. Also a nice selection of brews. I spent most of my time at a party downstairs and it was nice and comfortable. Staff was great and prices very reasonably. Hit it up!
  • James P.
    James ParkMay 24, 2013
    My favorite restaurant. The buffalo chicken salad is amazing, especially because of their peeled celery and carrots as a topper. The steak salad's great too. Actually, everything here is effing great.
  • BoozeMenus
    BoozeMenusFebruary 24, 2012
    The Penny Farthing has a great draft beer selection, go for the Goose Island ($7), but if beers not your thing there also a decent selection of inexpensive wines – try the Martin Codax Albarino.) Read more
  • Maurisse J.
    Maurisse JohnsonApril 25, 2013
    Good place for after work drinks especially if its nice outside. Watch your tabs at the bar, they've been known for adding drinks to your tab if you're in a large group thinking you won't notice.
  • RDW
    RDWApril 27, 2013
    people actually wait in line for this spot at night, HA, but good spot, pretty decent food, large bar, lots of people having fun, and always a broad to be had, good size too Read more
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupOctober 7, 2013
    A fratty and crowded bar by night. We prefer to come here on a lazy Sunday afternoon for their $6 sangria special.
  • Ben G.
    This is one of those places. You know the places you go when you are an intern in the city and you want to meet someone else in their 20s to spend the night with. After that it wears off..
  • Victoria N.
    A classic. Fun at night out with friends, but gets very crowded. I've also gone during the day when it's less packed for a beer and played charades with friends :)
  • Glenn D.
    Glenn DSeptember 28, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the Butternut Squash and Shrimp Risotto - The squash is really sweet & the addition of some regiano at the end is a nice touch. The shrimp are huge too.
  • Ebis L.
    Ebis LesFebruary 9, 2011
    The food is great in here. Try the steak salad, or the skirt steak and for breakfast try the steak and eggs. Love the steak here. really cool bar tenders. Also has a great party on weekends.
  • The Festive Anthropologist
    The Festive AnthropologistSeptember 24, 2014
    Amy is such a breath of fresh air in an isle of glib servers. Trust her food recs, and enjoy a very welcome "I'm not from here" attitude that results in hand written recs to other venues.
  • Rachel R.
    Rachel RApril 26, 2015
    Curly fries are tasty and a great value for only $5 per huge serving. Great spot to watch games; several large TVs throughout the dining area.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    The brunch menu ventures into playful fare like the most popular dish, "eggs in a nest," two eggs served any style over parmesan toast. The mimosas, bloody Marys and sunflower martinis are also good. Read more
  • Erica T.
    Erica TaylorAugust 29, 2014
    I've been here for brunch and it's really yummy. I like the decor of the place too. Their challah French toast is awesome.
  • The Penny Farthing
    The Penny FarthingFebruary 3, 2015
    Hi Everyone, looking for somewhere in the East Village to enjoy a delicious lunch today ? Why not join us at The Penny Farthing. There's lots of tasty options on our menu! 11am-4pm :)
  • Frank F.
    Frank FayerJuly 27, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Dope spot. Always a great time. A lot of room upstairs and down, and downstairs can be fun when they turn the lights off.
  • Lin L.
    Lin LingSeptember 9, 2013
    The dessert is really good! My girlfriends and I shared a slice of chocolate mousse cake and key lime pie. Delicious!
  • Julia M.
    Julia MontiDecember 7, 2015
    Happy hour wines are $5 and a very healthy pour. Good after work crowd and good place to dance on the weekends.
  • Kevin R.
    Kevin RickertJuly 18, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Buffalo Mac & Cheese is delicious. They have a good beer selection. It could get very crowded during peak hours.
  • Octane
    OctaneAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    This place can get pretty crowded on the weekends. If you can't get to the bar, there's another one downstairs that may save you time.
  • Samantha O.
    Samantha OrtizJuly 1, 2013
    Go for brunch! Complementary Drink and the food was great!
  • Jade B.
    Jade Bailey-AssamNovember 20, 2011
    Good brunch deals. Each brunch item comes with a complimentary bloody mary or mimosa. Perfect "hair of the dog."
  • Joanne R.
    Joanne ReinardOctober 18, 2016
    Crowded but huge place. Sit at the bar if it's just for drinks or have to order something to eat to have a usual. Wine is good
  • Hana S.
    Hana SlevinJanuary 1, 2014
    Great brunch! Lots of options, very reasonable prices, and comes with a Mimosa or Bloody Mary.
  • Nicolette R.
    Nicolette RomeroOctober 5, 2014
    Come here to get rowdy. If you get food, the short rib sandwich with tots is on point!
  • Wilson Z.
    Wilson ZhouJune 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Nice place to have brunch, price is various up on choice and complimentary mimosa Bloody Mary etc...
  • Mandi
    MandiMarch 16, 2013
    Great customer service & bar staff! Casual yet classy environment. Get the Cajun shrimp... Very tasty!
  • Maxwell N.
    Maxwell NortonNovember 29, 2013
    Dear penny farthing my name is max I love your restaurant and the grilled cheese is awesome and the tv is great too
  • The Penny Farthing
    The Penny FarthingJanuary 29, 2015
    Hi Everyone, we hope to see you this Sunday for the Superbowl :) $3 Bud & Bud Light Bottles and Draft will be flowing at The Penny Farthing !‪ #‎superbowl‬ ‪#‎bud‬ ‪#‎thepenny‬
  • Wojciech Z.
    Wojciech ZalotSeptember 30, 2014
    We take Burger and Ceasar Salad and both of them were pretty solid, and finally sour pickles!
  • CollegeCandy
    CollegeCandyDecember 5, 2011
    If you're looking to meet drunk college kids in NYC, this is the place to do it! Book the downstairs area for your birthday.
  • Mommy Shorts
    Mommy ShortsJanuary 9, 2011
    Perfect brunch for parents- spacious for strollers, tater tots on the menu, and the childless don't get there till at least 2pm.
  • Chris D.
    Chris DignesDecember 29, 2012
    Never have so many manly men ordered such girly drinks. You just keep yelling about that cranberry vodka and two Bud Lights, guy. It's working.
  • Kristine A.
    Kristine ArutyunyanFebruary 10, 2015
    Great atmosphere to enjoy and awesome food! Loved "Irish mule" drink
  • A Whole Meal of Food
    A Whole Meal of FoodNovember 23, 2011
    Grab a stool and sit by yourself in front of the exposed brick wall and hammer down some whiskey.
  • Brooke w.
    Brooke williamsFebruary 3, 2011
    Really cute inside, spacious. Staff was friendly and the grilled veggie wrap was yummy! I would DEF come back =)
  • Mo M.
    Mo McBirneyApril 8, 2013
    Brunch is always less crowded than nearby places. And a drink is included!
  • Chet M.
    Chet ManciniFebruary 22, 2015
    Spacious, great menu, and large bar. Good for a happy hour.
  • Ambika P.
    Ambika PaiApril 21, 2012
    The eggs in a nest are amazing. $10 with a free drink. Can't go wrong.
  • Jessica P.
    Jessica PartingtonAugust 13, 2013
    Delicious Pama cocktail with brunch or in the morning!
  • Rosa S.
    Rosa SJune 3, 2012
    Great, inexpensive, simple food, but if there's a game on, this place can get packed.
  • Carol
    CarolSeptember 7, 2015
    Bro bar. Gets very crowded at night. But happy hour on the weekdays are quiet and chill
  • Heath T.
    Heath TerryJuly 24, 2010
    Food is solid. Good grilled chicken and great fries. Pal really liked the fish and chips. Sit in Candace's section - great service.
  • Fatou B.
    Fatou BahSeptember 7, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Divine steak salad. Lunch time price is $9! Unbeatable.
  • Brad G.
    Brad GerickJune 16, 2012
    It's a bar. With a heavily wooden decor. And a modest beer selection. A nice fall-back, I suppose. (Didn't order food.)
  • Mary B.
    Mary BAugust 23, 2012
    Buffalo Mac and Cheese is great! Huge portion, enough to share.
  • ashley m.
    ashley mckinnonApril 1, 2011
    So much fun to go with a bunch of friends, drinks are cheap and music is always great!
  • Josh F.
    Josh FerryFebruary 27
    Young crowd, but a fun bar none the less!
  • Erik M.
    Erik MichielsenSeptember 11, 2014
    Burger is fantastic. Pair with waffle fries. $11.
  • Abby
    AbbyAugust 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Do yourself a favor and get the spinach & artichoke dip with extra chips.
  • Whitney A.
    Great happy hour 4-8, 40-50% off all alcohol. Great sidewalk seating.
  • Barry H.
    Barry HottJanuary 28, 2011
    Outstanding burger: juicy and delicious. Best lunch burger option in the area.
  • Stan B.
    Stan BashmashnikovSeptember 1, 2011
    5 words: Buffalo Chicken Mac n' Cheese. Trust me, it's worth it.
  • Brittany V.
    Brittany VanBibberJune 22, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The downstairs bar is much easier to get drinks at!
  • Camille M.
    Camille MaranoJuly 21, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Sit outside and enjoy the mussels, crab cakes and a cocktail perfect!
  • Robin T.
    Robin Taylor RothAugust 23, 2014
    Very high (almost excruciating!) noise level, because there are no absorbing surfaces.
  • Glenn D.
    Glenn DOctober 2, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the Goose Island IPA - Really really like IPAs & this beer.
  • James A.
    James AllenMarch 28, 2011
    Excellent range of draught and bottled world beers... and Carlsberg.
  • Wilson Z.
    Wilson ZhouJune 20, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    They usually pour an extra size of wine for you, good practice
  • Jenn D.
    Jenn DayMarch 30, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Lovely East Village bar. Great brunch.
  • Eliza H.
    Eliza HillApril 10, 2011
    Great atmosphere. Brunch is delicious and it comes with a drink!
  • Matt F.
    Matt FitzpatrickDecember 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    During Santacon, they didn't allow Santas of any kind. Only fratty brahs here.
  • Becky C.
    Becky CaseOctober 7, 2012
    This might have been a great bar if I were still in college, had no respect for myself, was attracted to douchebags, and enjoyed drunk sweaty men shoving me around all night.
  • Alfred M.
    Alfred M.February 1, 2015
    perfect lunch specials here. get the steak salad.
  • The Penny Farthing
    The Penny FarthingMarch 8, 2015
    Happy International Women's Day to all the lovely ladies in our lives! Come and raise a glass at The Penny Farthing today! :)
  • Leanne Z.
    Good for people watching, happy hour, and late night downstairs.
  • Ira B.
    Ira BlossomSeptember 1, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The go to nighttime outting for those in college and just out of college. If that's not what you're looking for, beware.
  • The Penny Farthing
    The Penny FarthingFebruary 10, 2015
    Happy Hour at The Penny today! 4-8pm. 40-50% off Beer, wine & Well Drinks! :)
  • Andy P.
    Andy PascalAugust 24, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Always show love to Zack and/or John at the door - great peeps.
  • Celia
    CeliaSeptember 8, 2012
    Happy hour has delicious $6 summer fruit sangrias!! They are soo good!
  • Alicja P.
    Alicja P.May 1, 2013
    The buffalo chicken mac & cheese hits the spot!
  • Helen G.
    Helen GalarzaAugust 28, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    You should probably have a drink here. Bonus: Eat here too.
  • Tom M.
    Tom MaximFebruary 15, 2015
    Private room/bar downstairs. Good for parties.
  • John P.
    John PaterakisMay 27, 2015
    It's a cavernous space, so it takes a *lot* of people before it feels crowded.
  • Alan P.
    Alan PetrilliApril 10, 2011
    Try the tater tots and spin dip, both are fantastic
  • Benjamin W.
    Benjamin WagarJuly 3, 2015
    Surprisingly good food at a place with a pretty young crowd
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel ShawJanuary 31, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    A free drink with your (affordable) bunch, can't complain about that.
  • Kayla G.
    Kayla GiuntaJuly 12, 2015
    Good spinach artichoke dip! 40% off drinks for happy hour
  • Paul G.
    Paul GalliganAugust 5, 2010
    Calamari is great even better on the second one thanks to the boss. Good hospitality.
  • Zara Z.
    Zara ZJune 12, 2011
    Beware, contact wearers: the jets of cool air downstairs will dry out your lenses and make your life a bit uncomfortable.
  • Stefanie M.
    Stefanie MyersJuly 22, 2011
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  • Campbell B.
    Campbell BirdOctober 12, 2014
    This place seems like it's pretty nice, except for the fact that it's actually douche-central.
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesMarch 29, 2015
    Can get very crowded and uncomfortably hot during summer.
  • Sandeep A.
    Sandeep AhluwaliaMarch 29, 2016
    Tasty eggs benedict
  • CBM 
    CBM February 16, 2012
    Order a Magner's and the artichoke dip.
  • Yoav T.
    Yoav TApril 13, 2014
    The vegy rap is very good
  • Megan G.
    Megan GemOctober 6, 2013
    Way too crowded with the wrong kinda people. They have multiple security guards acting like its a club telling you where you can and cannot stand. Better places in the neighborhood, I won't be back.
  • Monica L.
    Monica LeslieAugust 10, 2015
    Great for a casual night out
  • Nicky K.
    Nicky K.August 19, 2014
    There's nothing special about this place but it's a big step up from the frattiest east village bars and restaurants.
  • Paulette A.
    Paulette AngMarch 19, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Great lunchtime menu and brunch. Popping nightlife.
  • Jane K.
    Jane KimNovember 4, 2011
    Decent pint of Guinness. Come here if you want to listen to 90's sorority music.
  • Jackii S.
    Jackii SovsApril 12, 2014
    Large space!
  • Vinny Z.
    Vinny ZAugust 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    You're from the tri-state and or went to one of the Sushi-12 colleges.
  • Loren H.
    Loren HnksnNovember 28, 2013
    The sliders are excellent.
  • Corey M.
    Corey ManiconeAugust 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    4 words: Buffalo Mac and Cheese.
  • M G.
    M GOctober 25, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    The eggs in a nest and eggs florentine are yummy.
  • Matthew D.
    Matthew DMarch 30, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Medium is Medium-well at the Farthing
  • Tatiana
    TatianaMay 4, 2013
    Dude checked the crap out my I.D. Then asked for a card to confirm. Never felt younger... Or more uncomfortable!
  • Zander B.
    Zander BarnardApril 7, 2012
    The basement is hot and filled with the scent of stake sex
  • Noel S.
    Noel SelegziNovember 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    There is really nothing that recommends this place. Rude servers. Indifferent managers, mediocre food. Decent beer selection, but this is NYC. You can easily do better.
  • Lauren L.
    Lauren LevyAugust 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Buffalo chicken Mac n cheese, in my mouth.
  • Symone G.
    Symone GreenAugust 24, 2013
    Mhmmmm cheesy French onion soul
  • Jonathan C.
    Best eggs I've ever had
  • Jade K.
    Jade KimJanuary 21, 2013
    Great place to watch nfl playoffs
  • Francine K.
    Francine KaragozianJanuary 28, 2012
    Get the french toast & eggs benedict!!
  • London N.
    London NagaiAugust 24, 2014
    People say it's a bro bar...people are right...that being said, I have been here many times..sorry I'm not sorry
  • Liza
    LizaAugust 19, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    $5 wine happy hour!
  • Elizabeth Y.
    Elizabeth YannoneOctober 10, 2011
    Awesome happy hour drink specials
  • Ben 💯 B.
    Ben 💯 BenrubiOctober 6, 2012
    Downstairs bar is way less crowded.
  • K.T.
    K.T.November 7, 2010
    Go here late night if you want to be surrounded by sloppy drunks sucking face in your personal space. Literally, I can see 5 couples making out right meow.
  • Drew M.
    Drew MinoMay 3, 2016
    Buffalo Mac-n-cheese.... Outfuckingstanding
  • Scott S.
    Scott SparksJuly 11, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Huge beers, open space, & great music!
  • Booie
    BooieMay 21, 2015
    Nice antique decor
  • James D.
    James DelFebruary 27, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Cheeseburgers are dope.
  • Johann Michel C.
    Was super great I love it
  • Butheina H.
    Butheina HKDecember 2, 2011
    Takes a while for them to put out orders
  • The Penny Farthing
    The Penny FarthingMarch 10, 2015
    Happy Hour 4-8pm! You know you want to.....
  • BK
    BKJanuary 3, 2016
    Solid neighborhood bar. 🍻
  • Monti B.
    Monti BrayAugust 2, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
  • Lindsay S.
    Lindsay ShererSeptember 30, 2012
    Avoid downstairs! Very hot and crowded.
  • Sanjeev S.
    Sanjeev SreetharanApril 12, 2013
    average bar. nothing really exceptional about it other than its affinity for Michael Jackson songs
  • DJ R.
    DJ RaiZeNovember 14, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    DJ RaiZe on the set each and every Saturday -
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan SussanOctober 11, 2012
    Magic. Hat.
  • Ritika S.
    Ritika SinghJune 21, 2015
    Awesome happy hour
  • Euni
    EuniNovember 12, 2016
    music and vibe
  • Liz E.
    Liz EvansMay 28, 2015
    I do not like the minimum to order drinks but then again a few more shots never hurt anyone...
  • Derek J.
    Derek JonesApril 28, 2012
    Steak and eggs were nicely done
  • Robin T.
    Robin Taylor RothAugust 23, 2014
    Lentil soup is delish!
  • Afiya C.
    Afiya ClarkeDecember 11, 2010
    The spin dip is amazing!
  • Jacqueline V.
    Jacqueline VanDusen 🐷January 22, 2013
    Cobb salad was good for lunch.
  • Maksim A.
    Maksim AlipovOctober 13, 2015
    Outdoor seating. Beer.
  • Sara D.
    Sara DavisMay 14, 2011
    Fun dancing downstairs on the weekend
  • Alex C.
    Alex CasariegoApril 16, 2015
    Pretty typical bar
  • Susie E.
    Susie EastonDecember 14, 2013
    Fun big place!
  • Gaudiness
    GaudinessApril 21, 2011
    Negative ten on the service & food- round up on change - only good thing is the decor ;p
  • Tiff P.
    Tiff PirachaJuly 26, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    White boys in plaid shirts are everywhere
  • David S.
    David SchorrJuly 18, 2010
    I was totally unimpressed. Not bad but definitely nowhere near great.
  • Alex O.
    Alex OropezaMay 22, 2010
    12 buck drinks are HUGE...they're strong but taste cough syruppy
  • Haithem E.
    Haithem ENovember 11, 2012
    Sweet/cheap brunch
  • aaron e.
    aaron earlsJanuary 8, 2011
    Mac n cheese is outstanding
  • A M.
    A MOctober 23, 2015
    Casual bar
  • Vinnie D.
    Vinnie DaboulFebruary 22, 2016
    Not as fun with out @Ki
  • Daniel G.
    Daniel GeigerAugust 30, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    beers and food are good Read more
  • Christopher P.
    Christopher PepeMarch 2, 2014
    I would recommend not coming here, Foursquare.
  • Christen C.
    Christen ClinkscalesFebruary 18, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    All the bros.
  • Joe C.
    Joe CAugust 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Their barstools are harsh on your ass.
  • Sonny B.
    Sonny ByrdApril 7, 2013
    This place is my definition of hell.
  • Akira
    AkiraMay 27, 2016
    The food was terrible. Eggs Benedict were overcooked and with barely any hollandaise. Too expensive.
  • Domenic D.
    Domenic DenicolaApril 22, 2012
    Brunch left us waiting 45 minutes, and the place was pretty empty. Not going back.
  • Anthony B.
    Anthony BerrySeptember 23, 2011
    Great brunch!
  • Joseph W.
    Joseph WerleAugust 12, 2012
    Took my mother here and she found a piece of a latex glove in her food... After she already chewed it..
  • Allison V.
    Allison VanhookFebruary 4, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Buffalo Mac n cheese!!!!
  • Kaitlyn P.
    Kaitlyn PezikMay 10, 2015
    bro city. the line is not worth it.
  • Aja J.
    Aja J.April 7, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Yummy wings!
  • JenKudu
    JenKuduSeptember 25, 2013
    Decent Bar, but skip the sandwiches. Nothing to write home about.
  • Marissa M.
    Marissa MiracoloApril 26, 2014
    Worst waitstaff I've seen in NYC. Rude, unhelpful, and obnoxious. You'd be better off at the nearby KFC.
  • Nikki S.
    Nikki SerianniDecember 15, 2010
    Serve half pints! Hell yes.
  • Brooke M.
    Brooke McShizzleDecember 25, 2010
    Love the wood.
  • misskittyinnyc
    misskittyinnycFebruary 17, 2011
    Call it Penny Farting!
  • Monica G.
    Monica GriffinJune 24, 2011
    Awfulllll bar! Bouncer's are racist & wouldn't accept out of town REAL driver license!! ...worst bar in manhattan!
  • Rob H.
    Rob HittOctober 7, 2012
    Bro central.
  • Public House W.
    Public House WineAugust 12, 2014
    Frattastic. Pass.
  • Tyler
    TylerMarch 13, 2011
    You got an anthony Anderson looking bouncer who sucks. You can't stand anywhere. Don't come here. Worst bar in NYC. Macho man approved
  • Katy G.
    Katy GonzalezMay 26, 2014
  • Sarah B.
    Sarah BachmannApril 14, 2013
    Music here sucks.
  • Ellen K.
    Ellen KellyDecember 28, 2015
    Way too crowded
  • 'Natasha M.
    'Natasha MarschJune 24, 2014
    Wonderful Tuna salad for lunch! Gluten free and delicious!!
  • nora w.
    nora walkerSeptember 11, 2011
    this bar sucks
  • W L.
    W LJanuary 22, 2012
    Horrible hostess.....
  • Ana Flávia C.
    Ana Flávia CoelhoJune 16, 2014
    Filé grelhado com folhas verdes! E assiste-se aos jogos da Copa! Barato e simpatico!
  • Danielle B.
    Danielle BondAugust 28, 2014
    Ahi tuna salad!
  • Mikhail С.
    Mikhail СбджJuly 3, 2011
    Абсолютный отстойник для гламурных девочек и набыченых упырей.
  • @NautaliaViajes
    @NautaliaViajesNovember 16, 2011
    Un alto en el camino para tomar una cerveza
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