Bar Spotlights Grub/Spirits — 23 August 2013
Tavern 29 – Murray Hill: Drink Here Now

Every single Friday morning we’ll be taking over where our own Link Cromwell’s Spirits in the Sixth Borough” left off, showing you distinctive bars in each New York City borough perhaps for the very first time, perhaps to refresh your memory of a fun place you’ve ducked into, or perhaps to suggest a new spot for you to check out. You can follow our travels as we approach each weekend on Friday mornings with’s “Drink Here Now.”

Tavern 29
47 East 29th Street between Park and Madison Avenues, New York, NY
Getting There: 6 to 28th Street

The long German beer tables that sit atop the roof of Murray Hill’s coolest new bar Tavern 29 are just a glimpse of the many facets of this bar and restaurant. The seemingly tri-level space has an old New York feel to it, immersed somehow with a small touch of the Renaissance era. Dimly lit and surrounded by old world wood, plush couches and dated pictures and photographs all along the walls, Tavern 29 is about as jack-of-all-trades a place as there is anywhere. Bottomless brunch on Saturdays and Sundays? Check. A craft beer selection that rivals any in Manhattan? Check. A rooftop for those sunny afternoons or seasonally crisp nights? Checkmate.

In an area not necessarily known for bars geared toward ‘adults,’ Tavern 29’s location off the beaten Murray Hill path is a much welcomed excuse to head into the neighborhood. The rustic exterior surrounding signage leads inside to a modernized pub space, equipped with darkly painted walls brightened up a bit by the overhead hanging chandeliers and several flat screen televisions each showing sporting events. Once inside, two castle-like private rooms sit to the right and left of the host stand, ideal for more private dining experiences. But for our brunch here, we ponied up to a table in the center of the first floor for pour after pour of bloody Mary mix and mimosas.
Before dining, I made my way upstairs to scope out the second floor space which leads to the small but excellent rooftop. Atmospherically, the upstairs exudes the comfortable feel of a throwback bar. Old barn wood is literally everywhere with the walls and corners lined by comfortable looking old-fashioned booths as knick-knacks and photographs of Manhattan’s emergence sit all around you. When I return, my food is tableside. Moving my thrice filled mimosa glass aside, I dig into the “Tavern Cheddar Burger” topped with mozzarella cheese and a “Tavern Benedict,” served on a poppy seeded ‘blini’ rather than an English muffin. The fare suits my growling stomach well as I yearn to recover from a wild night prior. But soon, with this many mimosas, I’m back where I started- slurring a bit, laughing a lot, and in a great place. That is until, tomorrow morning.

The Rundown

Bar Type - Hard to define. It’s essentially three different bars- sports/dive, upstairs lounge, and rooftop space- each of which are pretty unique to be found within the confines of a singular space, and Tavern 29 has ‘em all.

When to Visit – Weekends are likely the best bet, although the beer selection and rooftop are ideal any weeknight as well. But for a day drink or for a night time destination, you can’t go wrong with Saturday.

Value – It’s an extra $15 for bottomless brunch- mimosas and bloodies. Anything else is meaningless.

The Lowdown - The name isn’t all that catchy but Tavern 29 as a bar stands out on its own. It’s both fun and versatile, and is a unique respite from an otherwise fratty neighborhood- albeit one that does seem to be slowly developing and improving with each passing month. But Tavern 29 gives us as good enough a reason as any to drop by Murray Hill and especially to ‘Drink Here Now.’

-Alex Corrine

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  1. A picture of a table with half drank orange juice. Check.

    Not mentioned in the review are the wide array of scotches. #DrinkLikeAGentleman

    The fall is just around the corner, so this will be my GO TO spot for the first seasonably crisp night.