126 First Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1000940.731378 -73.982266
Neighborhoods: Downtown, East Village
Lunasa is my favorite local bar....hands down! – I live in the East Village and Lunasa is by far my favorite local spot. Scott, the bartender, is the best around. The happy hour is unbelievable, the food is great (try the burger), and the rest of staff make it always worth coming in.
Don't get me wrong....there are many, many great spots in this neighborhood of great spots but when I want to feel welcome and enjoy myself I choose Lunasa. You can also bring a large group of friends as there are many large tables and a garden out back.
Probably should have kept this to myself since I don't want it to be too crowded but this place is definitely worth a visit.
Lunasa is the perfect local bar! – Lunasa became my local bar the day it opened more than 5 years ago and has continued to exceed my expectations everyday since. The staff are my favorite part. The atmosphere is great any night of the week. I can go to the bar for dinner after work, a night out with friends, to watch my favorite team play, and I love stopping by for one more drink before the end of the night!
I bring all of my out of town guests to Lunasa too because they make everyone feel welcome whether you are a regular or in for your first time!
You can't go wrong in a place where everyone knows your name and feels like family!
great bar - cheap drinks, lovely staff, fab garden – i've been going to lunasa for years and have celebrated many a milestone here - birthdays, farewell parties, welcome-back parties, etc and always have a great time. the selection of beers is excellent, the staff is always friendly, the happy hour is awesome (2-for-1 drinks on wkdays from 4-7pm), the garden is perfect for the summer, the food is always good (i recommend the calamari and the quesadillas), atmosphere is relaxed. lunasa is one of my east village faves! i highly recommend it
Nice service, friendly crowd, overworked staff – At first, it looks a bit out of place in the East Village. Three huge TV screens (basketball, when I was there). Some tables full of really loud jocks. High ceilings. Everything new. It seems like it should be on Third Avenue in the 30s. Actually, it's better than that. The staff and other patrons are casually friendly. We even merged tables as the night went on. The food was nothing special, but not bad either. The calamari was especially non-greasy. Our waitress was super nice and accommodating, but obviously overworked. It seemed as if she was the only one taking care of the place. If we wanted more beer, or something to eat, we had to get up, walk around until we found her, ask her to come to our table so we could order. Once there, she was really helpful, and friendly. I hope the place is successful enough for them to hire another server. They need it. --Drink Club NYC is a roving group of NYC drinkers, join us!
A liitle bit of fun...all the ime... – When i was new to New York, I was directed here by a friend of a friend and absouletly loved it. From the friendly staff to the tasty food, its my favourite bar in the East Village, good for games during the day (where the best Irish breakfast is found this side of Mayo) even better at night when the fun really begins. Definitetly worth a visit, from anyone who is a New York lifer to a one time only weekender
perfect pub, great food and great happy hour – I've been coming here since they opened and even though I now live completely across/uptown I still come back regularly. Great food and service always and the best happy hour in the area. It's always my first choice to watch games, meet up with people, etc. Weekend brunch is awesome as well. You cannot go wrong here, I highly reccommend!
Favorite Bar in NYC hands down – Lunasa is a rare gem in NYC. I've been a regular customer for some years now and have yet to find a bar where I would rather have a quality night with friends. The quality of food is unbeatable: expect traditional pub favorites with a chic twist at great prices. When in need of a good burger, look no further than Lunasa: one of the best cheeseburgers in NYC (a true opinion amongst my friends and I). Lunasa is especially good for their happy hour: half price drinks and appetizers. The music is always fun, lots of classics and european bands that have yet to come to the US. The ambiance is relaxed, and you can see a lot of pride is taken into the upkeep of the bar. Most of all the staff and service are always friendly and welcoming. Spend a night at Lunasa and you're sure to come back.
Great spot for a few drinks and a bite to eat – I usually end up in Lunasa when I'm in the East Village, whether for a morning / afternoon soccer game with a few ciders and an Irish breakfast, or at night when the ciders are left aside and the hard liquor is whats required! Whatever the time of the day, this place is a good bet. For the soccer games (or indeed any sport you care to watch) the menu is varied and the staff are always friendly and attentive. I generally lean towards the Irish breakfast, however. Even in NYC where there are a load of places to get a good Irish breakfast, this place stands out - top notch! And at night the tunes are really good and the crowd are always up for a laugh. If ever you find yourself down the East Village, I highly recommend Lunasa whether for food, drinks, or preferably both!
Fantastic Happy Hour and great all round bar! – Ok, not much of one to do reviews, but I love this place! Seriously one of the best happy hours in the city (believe me, I have tried a lot of them). Being a beer drinker, the fact that draft beers (all 11 of them) are $3 between 4 and 7 pm makes for a great after work bar to meet up with friends (who can partake in the cheap beer, wine or well drinks). As for the food, I eat there regularly and have never had a bad item off the menu. As a matter of fact, I would say that it is some of the best bar food around. The burgers are AMAZING (I say better than the famous burgers at Paul's down the road - an EV institution), the pannini's are gourmet in style and taste and the apps! 1/2 price apps for happy hour! The calamari and chicken quesadilla are my favorites. Portions are very generous (almost a meal in themselves) and the quality is great. At $9 normally, I still consider them good value (the number of times at other places I have paid more than this for a small bowl of what seems like 15 pieces of chewy calamari...), but at $4.50, they are a steal!!! The pita & chips, spring rolls and buffalo wings also rate well and are cheaper.
The crowd is also good: chilled, but lots of fun. Lunasa gets a fair number of people, but I rarely find it getting stupidly busy. They play a wide selection of music, at a good level (nice to be able to talk!) and usually have any sports games on and are very accommodating with patrons requests. If you are so inclined, they also have a number of board games (connect-4, scrabble, jenga, etc.) to keep you amused.
As for the bartenders - Scott is the man! The other bartenders are great too, but Scott is there most afternoons. Go there a couple of times and he will remember your name and drink. Even on your first time you will be able to have a great chat with him. The girls serving also deserve a honorable mention: friendly, efficient and pretty easy on the eyes. Can't ask for much more.
BEST HAPPY HOUR - HANDS DOWN. GREAT SERVICE, AMAZING PRICES, and me sitting at the bar half the time :) – Ok.. hands down .. best happy hour in New York City. In my eternal search for the perfect happy hour, I always include a myriad of variables which need to be met to meet my level of expectation.
You need a place that has a good vibe, a quaint feel, not too highbrow, but not where you are walking in puddles of beer.
Outside Patio. It's a must.
Third: (really first priority)
Inexpensive Drinks. Not looking to pay $8 bucks for a Bud bottle. (AND NOT ONLY AT THE BAR ? very annoying and just dumb when bars do that)
Good bartender who looks out for you and takes care of you.
Cheap but quality pub food to help soak up that alcohol as it careens through your system
And the clear winner that incorporates all these factors ? I have to admit ? is LUNASA! I have searched high and lo and can't stop raving about this place. Here are my reasons:
HAPPY HOUR INCLUDES:
$3 mixed drinks
3$ beers (good quality beer approx. 3$)
? appetizers ? which equates to about $3.50 for amazing quesadillas, calamari, hummus/pita, buffalo wings, spring rolls, etc. AND THEY ALL ARE AMAZING .. although the quesadillas & calamari are my favorites.
The bartender, Scott, is honestly the best bartender I have met .. friendly, funny, easy going, and, although not easy on the eyes ? will remember your drink and name after meeting him just one time.
The waitresses are quite easy on the eyes ? are always smiling, friendly, very attractive, and never bitchy.
The atmosphere (which doesn?t always matter to me) is actually nice .. with exposed brick, candles on the nice long wood bar, tables in the front and back, and a nice patio out back. (even has board games too).
So .. hands down .. the perfect bar for happy hour. M- F 4-7 pm.
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