Waterfront Ale House

540 2nd Ave.
New York, NY 10016-8204
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  • Mon-Wed 11:30am-10:30pm, Thu-Fri 11:30am-11:30pm, Sat 12pm-11:30pm, Sun 12pm-11pm
  • $$
  • Takeout
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Beer/Wine
  • Street Parking
  • Reservations Not Accepted
Despite its apparent connection with Brooklyn's Pete's Ale House, the food here is considerably better. Old-timer Waterfront Ale House has long been Kip's Bay's favorite neighborhood bar, shading into gastropub territory with its slightly-sophisticated-for-bar-food offerings. The hamburger is solid and reliable, the nachos more well-cheesed than they need to be. But check the evening chalkboard specials, which include rather daring things for a bar, such as diverse fish carefully broiled, various chops and cutlets, and, especially, meal-size salads that seem aimed at the ladies. The main draw here, though, is an extensive on-tap beer list, including the products of craft brewers from all over the country.


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