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Bar Review: The Hairy Monk

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The Hair Monk

337 3rd Ave.
New York, NY, 10010
212.532.2929
http://www.thehairymonknyc.com

Hours of Operation: Monday – Sunday: 11:00AM – 4:00AM

Best Time to Go: I don’t believe there is a bad time to travel to the Monk, considering their daily happy hour from 11:00AM – 7:00PM. However, the ‘NYC Brunch’ (Saturday/Sunday – 11:00 – 4:30PM) is a must-do: your choice of two of drinks (Mimosa, Bloody Mary, Screwdriver, Harp, Miller Lite, or Bud Light) and one main dish (entrees include corn beef hash with poached eggs and sirloin steak) for $11.95.

Beer List: All taps served in 20 oz. pints – Hoegaarden,Yuengling, Bud Light, Miller Lite, Harp, Heineken, Guinness 250, Chimay, Blue Moon, Smithwick’s, Sam Adams Summer Ale

The Hairy Monk When The Hairy Monk rolls off one’s tongue, it can mean one of several different things. A local, church-funded festival roller coaster, perhaps, or maybe an extra-spicy burrito concoction. It might even refer to an actual hairy monk. Unfortunately, when discussing my experience with the term, all of the above choices are incorrect. To me, The Hairy Monk refers to the Gramercy-area watering hole that has transferred Boston to Manhattan’s 25th & 3rd. With a full dinner menu (including the “MONK’s Burger,” covered in Irish bacon, sauteed mushrooms and cheddar cheese) and nineteen beers on tap, this Beantown sports bar (sorry, Yankees fans, but the Monks are all Sox, all the time) delivers all one needs for after hours perfection.

Pros: Warm, New England-esque ambiance that includes exposed brick walls and wooden seating, as well as a fireplace (non-working). Obviously, if you happen to be from the Boston area, or are a fan of any of their local teams, you’ll have a difficult time finding a “bah” (I apologize if I offended any Bostoneers with my horrible, accent-related joke) closer to home.

Cons: If you enter The Hairy Monk with the knowledge that, like most sports bars, there is an always-present crowd of loud, undergraduate-aged males in striped button downs, you won’t have a complaint. Promise.

Rating: 3.1/5