NYC Guide: The Penrose

Jun 29 2014
If you know me personally, this post will come as no surprise. The Penrose is by far my favorite bar on the Upper East Side – especially considering most of the watering holes up here are either all sports bars – or simply not very nice. The best part about The Penrose, to be quite frank, is that it makes you feel like you’re anywhere but the Upper East Side. (And I really mean that in the nicest way possible. I love living up here – but the area’s bars have a terrible stereotype of not being so great – and it’s usually true).
The Penrose is a rustic, old fashioned kind of place. The decor is warm, the bartenders are friendly, and the drinks are great. No Bud Lights, Miller Lights, etc. If you’re looking for anything like that, then The Penrose is not for you. Specialty draft beers and cocktails only.
The bar is equipped with plenty of seating, which makes it quite cozy. A long community table lines the back room, and there are booths along the walls – as well as plenty of tables and barstools throughout.

The food at The Penrose is definitely worth trying, as well. Most plates are your standard bar snacks – but in larger portions – your typical American foods like burgers, mac and cheese, fried pickles, etc. For their full menu (including drinks), see here.
If you’ve never been to The Penrose before, come up and check it out! (It’s a sister bar to The Wren, Wilfie & Nell, and Bua here in the city..same vibe if that gives you a better idea).
And say hello if I’m there!
PS – It’s perfect for a first date spot if you need one! Comfortable setting and an overall good time.