Old Town Bar & Restaurant

45 E. 18th St.
New York, NY 10003
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  • Mon-Fri 11:30am-1am, Sat 12pm-2qm ,Sun 1pm-12am
  • $
  • Private Party
  • Brunch, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • No Parking
  • Reservations Not Accepted
You may remember it from the opening titles of Late Night With David Letterman: the Old Town Bar, a fixture in the Flatiron District since 1892. It's far more accessible than the overcrowded McSorley's, and the range of drinks is more copacetic as well. Remember that a quorum of three is required most times of day for the handsome dark-wood booths, and act accordingly. Note: The bar food is a notch above the usual.

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