Mother's Ruin

Mother's Ruin

Cocktail Bar and Gastropub$$$$
NoLita, New York
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    Danielle D.
    "And get the fried chickpeas!! Great vibe here too!"(8 Tips)
    The Corcoran Group
    "Come during the summer & order whatever is in the slushie machine."(11 Tips)
    Craig V.
    "Slushies, waffle fries, michelada are all great."(13 Tips)
    Liz M.
    "Their french onion soup grilled cheese"(5 Tips)
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  • slushies
  • trendy
  • fried chickpeas
  • good for singles
  • spicy food
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  • Eater
    EaterFebruary 19, 2013
    Here the menu changes frequently, bespoke requests are encouraged, and the operation, run by T.J. Lynch and Richard Knapp, is kept down to earth with frozen drinks and cocktails by the pitcher.
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    Sam BrownJune 26, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the dressed tecate, lime juice, salt, and hot sauce, on the top of a can of tecate! There you go, you got a drive through liquor store version of a michelada.
  • Noah W.heart icon on user image
    Noah WeissFebruary 22, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Sneaky great brunch with boozy cocktails to waste away a weekend day with. Breakfast sandwich with bacon, egg, cheese, and roast tomato on a croissant. Sausage gravy egg and biscuits. Coma.
    Upvoted Sep 15
  • 7th.List
    7th.ListAugust 14, 2012
    Low-key cocktail bar adds a welcome neighborhood feel.The menu changes frequently, bespoke requests are encouraged. The drink menu is kept down to earth with frozen drinks and cocktails by the pitcher Read more
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableNovember 7, 2014
    After you've downed one too many boozy slushies, it's nice to know this cozy but stylish bar has some everyday edibles. Get the spicy fried chickpeas ($5), or the cayenne and salt, duck wings ($12). Read more
  • Eater
    EaterJune 22, 2017
    Mother’s Ruin serves Old Bay-spiced waffle fries in a big pile. The waffle shape means a high ratio of crunchy exterior to potatoey interior, while the Old Bay is spicy without being overbearing. Read more
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    Melissa YuJuly 17, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    This bar has some great edibles — however I'd be content just having the Tecates dressed (like, hot sauce & salt) and waffle fries (chipotle ketchup & chopped onion creme fraiche dip).
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    Harlem’s HungryDecember 8, 2016
    Treat the barkeeps good and they show it in awesome delicious drinks in return. The turn up is always real from open to close so any time is a awesome time. Ask them to make you something sexy!
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupOctober 9, 2013
    If you're looking for a great, low-key cocktail bar, this is your spot. Come during the summer & order whatever is in the slushie machine. The food is not to be missed either - get the grilled cheese!
  • Dan D.heart icon on user image
    Dan DickinsonDecember 11, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    Whatever is in the slushy machine is always a solid bet, but my ordering strategy - order whichever drink name makes you laugh the most - has never lead me astray.
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    LisaSeptember 2, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the best straight up GOOD bars in the neighborhood, and in Manhattan in general. No gimmicks, just chill, and a touch divey but with great cocktails.
  • Dean S.heart icon on user image
    Dean SilfenFebruary 7, 2020
    Love it all. The drinks are strong,love the fun hot sauce on the brew dogs. Have also had brunch & lunch there. The chicken sandwich is 👍, as are the breakfast nachos and the burritos. 10/10
  • Kayleigh H.heart icon on user image
    Kayleigh HarringtonSeptember 22, 2017
    It doesn't get better than one of their seasonal slushies and a seat at the bar.
  • @thirsty
    @thirstyJuly 8, 2016
    Not only does Mother's Ruin now serve all day brunch, they have a rotating selection of potent frozen slushy cocktails on draft, one reason this spot is a favorite of bartenders all around the city.
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    AmateurConciergeJanuary 22, 2017
    This is a quintessential "soho" bar to pass thru. Good tunes, good crowd, they manage to do good mixology despite the fact that it's a crowded bar. Bar snacks are quite good as well
  • Foxxy B.heart icon on user image
    Foxxy BFebruary 9, 2017
    Been here 50+ times
    Food's very filling, drinks are good, & the slushies are usually excellent. Expect to be squeezing through crowds & unable to hear much anytime post 8pm Thurs - Sun. Great scene on random weekdays.
  • Giovanni D.heart icon on user image
    Giovanni D'PalmaOctober 8, 2016
    Great cocktail spot with fun, tasty drinks and a good selection of food. The atmosphere is perfect for meeting friends or a casual date
  • Jen R.heart icon on user image
    Jen RiosNovember 18, 2017
    This place never disappoints. Food is the star and I love the cocktails, slushy drinks are a plus and not your average watered down pina colada. Gets crazy busy some nights. Give brunch a go!
  • Anna F.heart icon on user image
    Anna FrenkelJune 19, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Favorite bar right now. The decor, music, atmosphere, munchies -- all rad. Tell the bartender what your preferred liquor is, and the mood you're in. S/he will make you a delicious cocktail. Trust.
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    AndrewApril 27, 2016
    You'll be lucky to grab a decent table here because it's so good! Wide range of drinks, good crowd and a lovely place to hang out with your mates.
  • ConnecTheWorld
    ConnecTheWorldJuly 28, 2014
    The good thing about Mothers Ruin a part of the amazing food, is the friendly athmosphere and the casual awesomeness. You will feel at home. Find the other Top Hidden Bars in NYC, click the link. Read more
  • Amy C.heart icon on user image
    Amy CummingsJuly 19, 2017
    The service was a little slow around lunchtime, but the drinks and fried chicken sandwich were delicious! Ask for the French onion and burger sauces for dipping.
  • Jeremy F.heart icon on user image
    Jeremy FisherMarch 14, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    This bar is great, and it's the only good option in this part of town. Very good cocktails and very good food (get the French Onion Soup Grilled Cheese)
  • Luke
    LukeJuly 11, 2017
    Weekday any day brunch with a cool cafe vibe on weekdays and a daylight party vibe on weekends. Get the Bloody Mary and whatever looks good
  • Andrea H.heart icon on user image
    Andrea HongNovember 6, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    French onion soup grilled cheese, holy crap. Get the slushies or ask the bartender to make you something with tequila - it will be awesome / you'll stumble out happy.
  • Lauren M.heart icon on user image
    Lauren MacApril 29, 2016
    The fried chicken sandwich with seasoned waffle fries were perfectly done, and at $13, reasonably priced (especially considering I paid the same for a cocktail).
    PUNCHSeptember 24, 2015
    Cheap beer, strong whiskey and a consoling ear can all be found here. But Mother’s Ruin also flies under the radar as one of the most inventive cocktail bars in the city. Read more
  • Kevin C.
    Kevin ChiuMarch 27, 2015
    Slushy machine. Do it. I had something that was sweet and slightly spicy. A spicy slushy! Life changing!!
  • Douglas Elliman
    Douglas EllimanJuly 15, 2014
    A popular lounge with great vibes. We love stopping in with friends for happy hour to enjoy delicious signature cocktails. The grilled cheese is a must!
  • Mike N.heart icon on user image
    Mike NickersonMay 29, 2018
    Fun, lively spot for some cocktails. Bartenders are super friendly. Grab a window nook!
  • Michael C.heart icon on user image
    Michael CristeApril 12, 2015
    Great bar, has a good mix of people. Can get a little crowded and loud in the front but the back is usually better. Also try a Blood Stream just for fun.
  • Garrison P.heart icon on user image
    Garrison PriceMay 30, 2016
    Awesome scene for singles. Great bartenders. Always have the frozen house cocktail. Always... and waffle fries. You didn't expect such delicious food.
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithMay 20, 2016
    I know, I know, I know, this is a cocktail bar. But the tap list isn't too shabby either. If beer (or wine!) is your thing, try something on draft.
  • Prad N.
    Prad NelluruMay 21, 2017
    The fried chicken sandwich was excellent. Great coleslaw and mayo sauce. Fries were spiced well!
  • Alberto S.heart icon on user image
    Alberto SimonNovember 4, 2018
    Dope bar for after work drinks. Not cheap but tasty
  • Nate B.heart icon on user image
    Nate BeattyDecember 30, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't let the witty cocktail names fool you, or the magnetic letters on the slushy machine. These bartenders take mixology seriously and the results speak for themselves
  • Tony X.
    Tony XerriDecember 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Quite possibly had the best old fashioned in NY here. Out of the.countless spots, these guys get it right. Expertly crafted and personable service. Love this joint.
  • India K.heart icon on user image
    India KMay 13, 2015
    So cute, and perfect on a nice day. Sunday evening it's not too crowded and they have a great happy hour. Try the slushie.
  • Branzino B.
    Branzino BandiniJune 13, 2012
    A peaceful haven from Soho’s shopping-bag-toting hordes, this light-filled Nolita bar feels especially welcoming during daylight hours, when it’s scarcely populated and offers a neighborhood vibe.
  • Sonny B.
    Sonny ByrdOctober 27, 2013
    Super fun and delicious place for brunch and probably any other time. Amazing fried chicken, grilled cheese, and breakfast sandwich. Friendly staff.
  • Margot M.heart icon on user image
    Margot MazurMay 24, 2015
    Veggie burger with waffle fries is amazing. Get a vodka cocktail and sit outside—it gets loud and packed in there real quick.
  • Katie E.heart icon on user image
    Katie EytchMarch 7, 2015
    If you're ordering food with a friend order together so you get served at the same time. Otherwise one person will end up waiting a long time while the other person is finished with their food.
  • Liz M.
    Liz MallalieuMay 26, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Their french onion soup grilled cheese might be one of my favorite bites in New York.
  • Ranu R.heart icon on user image
    Ranu RajkarnikarOctober 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great cocktails. Cozy but lively spot. And have you tried the spiced chickpeas? Do it.
  • Karl W.heart icon on user image
    Karl With A "K"September 5, 2014
    Nice bar - rustic feeling and great bartenders. Try their hand crafted drinks, although they have some great beers on tap as well.
  • Ashley C.
    Ashley ChanApril 8, 2017
    Attracts a very eclectic crowd, mostly SoHo hipsters. The bartenders are impressively attentive. Drinks don't taste very unique but the place is lively & crowded. Decent cocktail bar to hang out at.
  • Elvis R.
    Elvis RodricksFebruary 23, 2015
    Came here on sunday and they had a guitarist playing. The waffle and chicken were great! Small portion though for a southern delight.
  • Parker C.heart icon on user image
    Parker ChambersFebruary 4, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    Spicy gin drinks and bros in button downs. For the win though
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkOctober 5, 2011
    Try the fried chickpeas, tossed with a savory mix of salt, cayenne pepper and pungent garam masala. It’s one of our #100best dishes and drinks of 2011. Read more
  • Jack O.
    Jack OsborneOctober 1, 2018
    It's a 9.0 for a reason. Good music, food, people and drinks. Enjoy!
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