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McManus is a port in the storm of a rapidly changing city.

Holding fast on the northwest corner of 19th Street and 7th Avenue since 1936, McManus is one of the oldest and best bars in New York City, providing great food, drinks and memories to generations of New Yorkers. Wander in on any given day and you will find yourself at home.

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McManus wins NYC’s battle of the burger - again!!

Pop Pop’s Top Shelf Burger!

Pop Pop’s Top Shelf Burger!

Voted Best Burger in NYC 2016 and 2018! Yet again, Peter McManus Café has emerged victorious in the Battle of the Burger! Twenty finalists grilled it out in the Battle of the Burger at the South Street Seaport, but after two rounds of blind taste-testing by Time Out New York's panel of judges, the Chelsea Burger was crowned the champion in 2016! Not content to rest on past glory, McManus again competed in the 2018 Battle of the Burger, and once again - Peter McManus Café made mincemeat of the competition and brought home the People’s Choice Award! Read all about our 2018 victory here! (See METRO's 2016 coverage of the 2016 burger smackdown )

Pop Pop’s Top Shelf Burger - the best burger EVER!
 
 
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FAMILY

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if these walls could talk

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McManus is that rare neighborhood bar with universal appeal—a microcosm of all that makes New York City great. Pull up a stool and order a pint, the conversation and laughs flow as easily as the Guinness on tap! There is also a dining room in the back with plenty of seating to enjoy lunch, dinner, drinks and laughter.

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If these walls could talk, there wouldn’t be a dry seat in the house! As the oldest family-run bar in New York City, McManus has seen its fair share of triumph and tragedy through the years. We were here when the Yankees were known as the Highlanders and the Met Life Tower was the tallest building in the world!  (And yes—that is a bullet hole in the stained glass cabinet behind the bar.  Come in and ask Jamo McManus what happened there—he’d rather not commit it to print!)

Atmospheric shot of 7th Avenue and 19th Street from    Highlander

Atmospheric shot of 7th Avenue and 19th Street from Highlander

Iconic bar scene from    Highlander

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look familiar?

You’ve probably seen us somewhere before; McManus has been featured in many movies and television shows: Highlander (1986), starring Sean Connery; Radio Days (1987), directed by Woody Allen and starring Mia Farrow; Keeping the Faith (2000), directed by Edward Norton; The Other Guys (2010) starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg; SeinfeldLaw and OrderSaturday Night Live, and Broad City.

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Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg in    The Other Guys

Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg in The Other Guys

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Irish pubs are a dime a dozen, but very few possess a history as star-studded as this one. The family-owned saloon, among the city’s oldest, has been at its present location since 1936 and appeared on classic NYC shows like "Seinfeld" and "Law & Order." Sidle up to the oak bar for a few shots chased with the house’s own McManus Ale; if you get lonesome, slip into one of the two old-school telephone booths and drunk-dial. TimeOut


Frida and Andreas from Sweden came to NYC to be married Saturday night and came into their favorite place after to celebrate.

Frida and Andreas from Sweden came to NYC to be married Saturday night and came into their favorite place after to celebrate.

Many bars and restaurants are open every day of the week, but how many are open every single day of the year? McManus has been in operation since 1911 and moved to this location in 1936. Four generations of the family have continued to operate the warm and welcoming Irish tavern. Today it is Peter McManus’s grandson and great grandson who stand side by side serving beer. There is a real neighborhood feel with regulars stopping in at all hours to watch sports on the several TVs, listen to music on the juke box or play video games. For those who would like to grab a bite from their simple American menu, there is another room where meals are served on red and white checked tablecloths, while sitting around bright green shiny vinyl circular booths. For me, it is the original surroundings that caught my attention the most, especially the Tiffany stained glass windows and the two classic wooden telephone booths. —Manhattan Sideways


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“It’s an inviting place in a rough-and-tumble sort of way, with a well-worn tile floor, lead-paned windows and a splendid carved mahogany bar. A back room has eerie green and blue banquettes and cocktail tables. The owner, Jim McManus, is a slow-moving, cocky Irishman with a 60-megabyte memory of anecdotes. “I started with my father and my brother 56 years ago,” says the thick-set, silver-haired owner with obvious pride. “This place was a drugstore before that.” In the middle of a chat, Mr. McManus launches into a discourse on how to make a perfect rob roy. “Swirl the shaker with the scotch and vermouth very gently,” he admonishes. “You don’t want to bruise the vermouth; it’s delicate. Like wine.”

At 7 P.M. on this day, the bar is filled with a casually clad, risible crowd ranging from business suits to blue jeans and flannels. Mr. McManus’s son, Jamo, who is 38 years old, works here. He represents the third generation in the business and heads the kitchen, where generally satisfying pub fare like sandwiches, steaks and casseroles is prepared.

Jim McManus can spin tales taller than the head on a fresh draft beer. “One day Errol Flynn walked in here and was looking pretty gone,” he recalls. “He said, ‘I’ll have a double vodka on the rocks.’ I said, ‘You’re not gonna get it from me,’ and I showed him the door.”

Then there was the time that Burt Lancaster came in with Leonard Bernstein. “It was during the Vietnam War, and Lancaster made some remark about the American flag,’ Mr. McManus remembers.” ~ Bryan Miller, New York Times (1992)


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“Twice a year on a Sunday, 19th Street is closed to traffic so that the regulars and their families can engage in a daylong game of stickball. Beer, soda and hotdogs are provided free of charge by McManus’s. Every Thanksgiving the bar serves turkey dinners at no cost to those patrons that do not have the advantage of a traditional family gathering.

Like a lot of other watering holes in New York City, Peter McManus Café has all the key ingredients that would garner it a prime position in anyone’s directory of great places to imbibe. The punch list of expected physical attributes is complete. There is of course the classic wood bar, tin ceilings, tiled floors, black and white photos, a fish tank, old phone booths and a smattering of Tiffany glass. There are rumors of a sordid past that include talk of a speakeasy and an illicit business relationship with the gangster, Dutch Shultz. Then, there are those continued sightings of Hollywood elite coupled to the fact that the place remains a favored location for both film and television.

But what truly makes McManus’s one of the greatest bars in New York City and well beyond the five boroughs are those acts of generosity and kindness by the family and staff: stickball on a Sunday, turkey on a Thursday and a good time on any day!“

~ Jeremiah Moss, Vanishing New York


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“New York is the most expensive city in the US but our guide to cheap and even free sightseeing, ferry trips and world-class museums, plus affordable accommodation, make it possible to visit on a budget . . . For a cheap drink go to Peter McManus, a friendly Irish pub . . . “ ~ TheGuardian.com