The Penrose

The Penrose

Gastropub and Cocktail Bar$$$$
Yorkville, New York
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    Nikki 🌺
    "Order the Oyster sliders and a spicy pickle martini."(9 Tips)
    "Love the dirty pickled martini!!!"(5 Tips)
    Alice K.
    "Great cocktails, extensive beer list, downtown vibe in uptown!"(12 Tips)
    Vidhi K.
    "Try the specialty cocktails, fried pickles and lobster rolls."(8 Tips)
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  • trendy
  • good for singles
  • brunch food
  • good for groups
  • casual
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  • Anna H.
    Anna HyclakJanuary 24, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the UES's cooler, more hipster bars. Great cocktails, even better brunch (love the fried chicken & waffles!). Typical faux vintage-y Williamsburg-esque decor.
  • 7th.List
    7th.ListJune 26, 2012
    The Upper East Side. Ruairi Curtin. Irish Gastropub. Try - Spiced beef sandwich (cured for 40 days, spiced in house for four days, then slow roasted for six hours). Cocktails made with Irish whiskey. Read more
  • Eater
    EaterSeptember 13, 2017
    The Penrose on East 82nd represents a welcome reprieve from that neighborhood's sports bars. Go for the smoked meat sandwich, made with 40-day-cured brisket that's been slathered with mustard. Read more
    Upvoted Jan 1
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    FaithJune 15, 2017
    The soft shell crab sandwich was so yummy and crispy! Definitely get the buffalo Brussel sprouts for a shareable plate especially since mains don't come with sides. It was delicious!!'
  • Paige C.heart icon on user image
    Paige CJune 22, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    Fun place to meet up with friends after work for dinner and/or drinks! Their apps are delicious, particularly the mac & cheese and the mussels.
  • Charlotte J.heart icon on user image
    Charlotte JaneNovember 30, 2017
    Where you bring your friends from out of town to convince them that UES is vaguely cool. Brunch is great, and the cocktails are varied and well crafted. Gets crowded and loud on weekend nights.
  • Abbie W.heart icon on user image
    Abbie WMay 14, 2014
    TT: Soda spikes are the daily draw, from 4 to 7 p.m., at this UES staple: Your choice of sprit plus root beer, tonic, grapefruit soda or ginger beer, all house-made, for $7. Draught beers $5, wines $6
  • Nick A.heart icon on user image
    Nick AtkinsonMay 12, 2017
    When you look in through the door, don't stop there. Go right in, it's a lot bigger than it looks. What a great vibe and atmosphere. The fish tacos were excellent with Valentina Mexican Hot Sauce
  • Christophe J.heart icon on user image
    Christophe JammetAugust 5, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Finally, a proper mixology gastropub in the UES. While close to the 2nd ave douchebars, it seems to be a haven for what passes for a hipster on the UES. The fried oyster sliders are great.
  • Dulcita C.heart icon on user image
    Dulcita CocoOctober 28, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The beer list and cocktails were great! Not fond of the crowdedness w/ little standing room options (small columns w/ even smaller shelves to rest one's drink), but the friendly staff makes up for it.
  • Rob J.
    Rob JacksonSeptember 24, 2012
    Unusually cool downtown vibe on the Upper East at The Penrose! Awesome bartenders, unique (and delicious) cocktails. Great interior design. Great with friends or a date.
  • A L.heart icon on user image
    A LazDecember 25, 2016
    Had the breakfast burrito with a black coffee! Fantastic boost after long park walks! The place has nice service, atmosphere and music !
  • Beka C.heart icon on user image
    Beka CMarch 27, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great selection of beer on tap and scotch on shelf...oh and there's a killer burger to help you get through that next round. Check the back bar for current craft beer offerings.
  • Marie L.heart icon on user image
    Marie La RueMarch 23, 2019
    Yorkville 20-something singles scene. Super busy neighbourhood pub. Above average bar food at affordable prices. Fish tacos and shishito peppers were quite tasty.
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchOctober 15, 2015
    The Bitches say: B-. We love the décor at the Penrose and it’s a great vibe for brunch. The food is pretty good, but nothing remarkable, however, and the service was hit-or-miss. Read more
  • Brendan C.
    Brendan ClancyJuly 28, 2012
    Another loud filament light bulb filled gastropub employing the failsafe method to young professionals wallets of fried pickles, artisanal drinks, mac and cheese and tiles. Tear for Ship of Fools...
  • Andrew C.heart icon on user image
    Andrew COctober 22, 2018
    Pretty solid brunch restaurant with classic and new-ish style foods... long wait for table, or just sit at bar quick!!! Plenty of great cocktails and craft beer options
  • Alice K.
    Alice KimDecember 19, 2012
    Found one of the better burgers in NY. Better than those of Shke Shk or Brgr Jt! Fries are awesome as well. Great cocktails, extensive beer list, downtown vibe in uptown! Can't wait to go back.
  • Bryant B.heart icon on user image
    Bryant BalatbatApril 20, 2015
    Great atmosphere. The Penrose Burger has a flavorful blend, complemented well with the potato bun. Does not come a side. The large fries though is more than enough for two people.
  • Greg M.heart icon on user image
    Greg MacDonaldMarch 4, 2019
    Love the vibe, the service and the food. The French toast sticks at brunch are not to be missed!!
  • Corey P.
    Corey PasseroAugust 21, 2017
    bro-duechy scene at night but fine cocktails and a really good food menu. highly recommend the deep fried pickles as well as the pat lafreda burger
  • Sherry W.heart icon on user image
    Sherry WangOctober 27, 2014
    Come on Sundays for live music! Old pal spencer is my favorite cocktail (kinda like a boulevardier), and the dirty pickle martini is solid too. Murphy's stout is A+.
  • Maire G.
    Maire GriffinOctober 22, 2013
    Adorable and a delicious brunch to boot. The chicken & waffles were yum and the egg in tomato tasty. Strong coffee = happy Sunday mornings (look for the old timey typewriters)
  • Vilje L.
    Vilje LMay 14, 2017
    This place is so awesome! It has a cool downtown vibe in a great UES location. Must visit!
  • Todd H.heart icon on user image
    Todd HamiltonNovember 10, 2015
    They've done a very good job renovating the old Ship of Fools space. We had a private event in the back room and the space worked perfectly.
  • Kevin C.
    Kevin CabralJuly 28, 2013
    It's the epitome of post-bubble yuppie retro cliché chic but the food is actually quite good, reasonably priced and a bottomless cup of coffee (without any fair trade accoutrement) costs $3. Why not?
  • Oscar S.heart icon on user image
    Oscar SdZJuly 9, 2017
    The Penrose medium done with caramelized onions will be the best burger you ever had.
  • Juliet O.
    Juliet ObodoAugust 25, 2012
    Try to come early btw 7-9 to get a table. Recommend the Mac N Cheese, the oyster sliders and the yummy spiked lemonade.
  • Adrienne R.heart icon on user image
    Adrienne ReinaSeptember 28, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Mules and Bucks and Dirty Pickle Martini cocktails are great! So are the Oyster Sliders and the burger.
  • eFlirt Expert
    eFlirt ExpertOctober 2, 2013
    Adorable date spot! Lots of opportunities for great body language with the different seating arrangement options.
  • Elizabeth P.
    Elizabeth PearsonSeptember 8, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Great atmosphere with an excellent playlist. Crowd is young and fun, and the drinks are decently priced! If you like a good beer selection, come here.. Definitely will be back!
  • Polina W.heart icon on user image
    Polina WeitzOctober 8, 2017
    Came for a Sunday brunch. The French toast sticks were great. The avocado toast was solid, but I've had better. There is no soy milk, or a proper coffee machine, so I couldn't drink my coffee.
  • Kaitlin A.heart icon on user image
    Kaitlin AhernJanuary 18, 2020
    Great cocktails, especially the old fashioned. Gets a little fratty later at night, though.
  • James V.
    James VillaJuly 1, 2014
    Always have good beers on tap. Try their juicy burger! Good from the bun to the tender tasty core of the meat. Crispy fries also
  • Kevin K.heart icon on user image
    Kevin KOctober 14, 2013
    For a non-New Yorker, the Happy Hour on Sunday with $5 beers is perfect. For someone from Worcester, seeing 'Gansetts for the same price as other beer is strange.
  • Edgar C.heart icon on user image
    Edgar CastilloJune 30, 2017
    Great atmosphere, drinks were delicious. Fun space, will definitely try to make this place a new regular spot.
  • Baturalpheart icon on user image
    BaturalpMay 11, 2019
    They have decent cocktails but it can get super busy during weekend nights. Good for singles.
  • Nina L.heart icon on user image
    Nina LoSchiavoNovember 17, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Spicy beef brunch dish is unique and flavorful. For lunch/dinner/bar fare try the soft shell crab sandwich...amazing!
  • Nicholas B.
    Nicholas BeckJuly 17, 2013
    It's got that old-timey decor that's so popular with establishments across the river these days in a gigantic space that houses two long bars and three separate dining rooms.
  • Jon h.
    Jon hoffmanJuly 9, 2012
    feels wonderfully out of place on the upper east side. fried pickles. yum. also, spiced meat sandwich. also, beer.
  • Bre T.heart icon on user image
    Bre TempestaAugust 19, 2018
    Went for brunch, the chimichanga was amazing. Definitely would recommend.
  • E W.
    E W.November 18, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Great jazz and brass bands Sunday nights! It gets loud but if you sit upfront you can still hear whoever you are with speak! Starts at 8pm
  • Meg F.
    Meg FarmerNovember 30, 2015
    Shockingly cool place on the UES. Totally feels like you're downtown. Equally good for a first date or meet up with friends.
  • Devon L.heart icon on user image
    Devon LawrenceDecember 24, 2015
    This is a quality daily of bars. Like their sister spot in WV, Wilfie and Nell, this place has quality drinks and solid food.
  • Tony X.
    Tony XerriNovember 5, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Get an Old Fashioned with Bullet Eye Whiskey and make sure the orange peel is burnt at the end. Crowd can be a bit pretentious and dominantly white but what do you expect from the UES?
  • Stephanie C.heart icon on user image
    Stephanie CesearMarch 10, 2015
    Everything is great, food and drinks! Sometimes they have live music and it's even better. Great casual date spot.
  • Philip H.heart icon on user image
    Philip HarperJuly 29, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Was great however be careful of separating the water glasses they may: no joke explode in hand! It shattered all over the food we ordered however it was all fixed in the end! GreAtfood & good service!
  • suneelheart icon on user image
    suneelDecember 21, 2013
    if you're a douchebag and also appreciate well made drinks, this might be your place. places like this exist to keep your kind away from downtown.
  • rogey_mac
    rogey_macJune 26, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    If you can get it, the corner of the back bar is a great spot for a few of you, it has the space to welcome more additions too. Great decor!
  • A V.heart icon on user image
    A VickieJanuary 4, 2014
    Great spot on the UES. Great cocktails and food. Had the burger and a wedge salad and I would come back for both again and again!
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