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)
    Elizabeth Y.
    "Awesome happy hour drink specials"(3 Tips)
    Gabriel H.
    "Can get very crowded and uncomfortably hot during summer."(13 Tips)
173 Tips and reviews
  • happy hour
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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..
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • Samantha O.
    Samantha OrtizJuly 1, 2013
    Go for brunch! Complementary Drink and the food was great!
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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...
  • 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
  • Mandi
    MandiMarch 16, 2013
    Great customer service & bar staff! Casual yet classy environment. Get the Cajun shrimp... Very tasty!
  • 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.
  • 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 =)
  • Kristine A.
    Kristine ArutyunyanFebruary 10, 2015
    Great atmosphere to enjoy and awesome food! Loved "Irish mule" drink
  • 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.
  • Mo M.
    Mo McBirneyApril 8, 2013
    Brunch is always less crowded than nearby places. And a drink is included!
  • Ambika P.
    Ambika PaiApril 21, 2012
    The eggs in a nest are amazing. $10 with a free drink. Can't go wrong.
  • Chet M.
    Chet ManciniFebruary 22, 2015
    Spacious, great menu, and large bar. Good for a happy hour.
  • Katarina K.
    The goat cheese in the goat cheese salad is amazing! I wish they just served the fried goat cheese as a side on it's own
  • Rosa S.
    Rosa SJune 3, 2012
    Great, inexpensive, simple food, but if there's a game on, this place can get packed.
  • 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.
  • Jessica P.
    Jessica PartingtonAugust 13, 2013
    Delicious Pama cocktail with brunch or in the morning!
  • Carol
    CarolSeptember 7, 2015
    Bro bar. Gets very crowded at night. But happy hour on the weekdays are quiet and chill
  • Fatou B.
    Fatou BahSeptember 7, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Divine steak salad. Lunch time price is $9! Unbeatable.
  • 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.
  • 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.)
  • Barry H.
    Barry HottJanuary 28, 2011
    Outstanding burger: juicy and delicious. Best lunch burger option in the area.
  • Camille M.
    Camille MaranoJuly 21, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Sit outside and enjoy the mussels, crab cakes and a cocktail perfect!
  • 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!
  • James A.
    James AllenMarch 28, 2011
    Excellent range of draught and bottled world beers... and Carlsberg.
  • Robin T.
    Robin Taylor RothAugust 23, 2014
    Very high (almost excruciating!) noise level, because there are no absorbing surfaces.
  • Wilson Z.
    Wilson ZhouJune 20, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    They usually pour an extra size of wine for you, good practice
  • Glenn D.
    Glenn DOctober 2, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the Goose Island IPA - Really really like IPAs & this beer.
  • Eliza H.
    Eliza HillApril 10, 2011
    Great atmosphere. Brunch is delicious and it comes with a drink!
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel ShawJanuary 31, 2016
    A free drink with your (affordable) bunch, can't complain about that.
  • Jenn D.
    Jenn DayMarch 30, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Lovely East Village bar. Great brunch.
  • 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.
  • Matt F.
    Matt FitzpatrickDecember 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    During Santacon, they didn't allow Santas of any kind. Only fratty brahs here.
  • Stefanie M.
    Stefanie MyersJuly 22, 2011
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  • Alfred M.
    Alfred M.February 1, 2015
    perfect lunch specials here. get the steak salad.
  • Leanne Z.
    Good for people watching, happy hour, and late night downstairs.
  • Andy P.
    Andy PascalAugust 24, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Always show love to Zack and/or John at the door - great peeps.
  • 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! :)
  • 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! :)
  • Celia
    CeliaSeptember 8, 2012
    Happy hour has delicious $6 summer fruit sangrias!! They are soo good!
    Upvoted May 21
  • Tom M.
    Tom MaximFebruary 15, 2015
    Private room/bar downstairs. Good for parties.
  • Helen G.
    Helen GalarzaAugust 28, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    You should probably have a drink here. Bonus: Eat here too.
  • Alicja P.
    Alicja P.May 1, 2013
    The buffalo chicken mac & cheese hits the spot!
  • Alan P.
    Alan PetrilliApril 10, 2011
    Try the tater tots and spin dip, both are fantastic
  • Kayla G.
    Kayla GiuntaJuly 12, 2015
    Good spinach artichoke dip! 40% off drinks for happy hour
  • 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.
  • Benjamin W.
    Benjamin WagarJuly 3, 2015
    Surprisingly good food at a place with a pretty young crowd
  • Paul G.
    Paul GalliganAugust 5, 2010
    Calamari is great even better on the second one thanks to the boss. Good hospitality.
  • 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.
  • CBM 
    CBM February 16, 2012
    Order a Magner's and the artichoke dip.
  • Sandeep A.
    Sandeep AhluwaliaMarch 29, 2016
    Tasty eggs benedict
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • John P.
    John PaterakisMay 27, 2015
    It's a cavernous space, so it takes a *lot* of people before it feels crowded.
  • Jane K.
    Jane KimNovember 4, 2011
    Decent pint of Guinness. Come here if you want to listen to 90's sorority music.
  • Monica L.
    Monica LeslieAugust 10, 2015
    Great for a casual night out
  • 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.
  • Jackii S.
    Jackii SovsApril 12, 2014
    Large space!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Matthew D.
    Matthew DMarch 30, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Medium is Medium-well at the Farthing
  • Jonathan C.
    Best eggs I've ever had
  • Lauren L.
    Lauren LevyAugust 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Buffalo chicken Mac n cheese, in my mouth.
  • Ana Flávia C.
    Ana Flávia CoelhoJune 16, 2014
    Filé grelhado com folhas verdes! E assiste-se aos jogos da Copa! Barato e simpatico!
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