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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
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Updated 03/04/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 03/04/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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Irish, Bar, Pub
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We loved it so much we visited twice during our visit to NYC. Great atmosphere, lovely welcome and although New York drink prices it was worth it. The DJ was fab, thankyou for playing my fav track for my special birthday!

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Sat at bar and was asked for credit card to put up. When bill came we bad cash. They also charged my credit card. They do not answer phone

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 1 February 2022

Was in town for the the boat show. staying is hells kitchen. Ventured out to sample the are bars. Now I only had a few pints of beer so I cant speak for food. But beer was cold, and barkeep was very friendly. Menu looked...good. The only real complaint that there was a DJ playing club music really loud, and tuff to have a conversation, not what a look for in an Irish Pub, however I will be back if I'm in the neighborhood.More

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 30 January 2022 via mobile

Went here with a small group of friends while visiting NYC. This place is the grungiest money grubbing tourist trap I’ve ever been to. The food was bad and we had poor service during the meal. The minute we finished our last bite they dropped...the bill and told us to leave because they “needed the table for a reservation.” But we had made a reservation and they did not seat us until 15 minutes past our reservation time. They tried to upcharge us for paying with a credit card and when we asked the waitress why we were being charged more than the bill that was presented to us she said “I don’t know how it works” and she pointed towards a fine-print policy on the bottom of their menu. Your money would quite literally be better spent anywhere else.More

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 16 December 2021

We are a party of four, and ate here after not long arriving in NYC, we were very tired after a long flight, food was good, we all ordered different meals, arrived quickly and hot, good music, was loud in case anyone is noise sensitive....Server was very friendly and helpful. Second visit again after busy day, while waiting to be seated a server dropped a small dish of tomato sauce on the floor which splashed up on me, she didn’t seem to be bothered, more concerned about herself, I had to ask for some paper napkins, I assume either the manager or someone more senior rushed over,was very apologetic, could not have been more helpful, seated us and gave us a free round of drinks, it was only small amount, and I appreciated the gesture of drinks Id and vaccination passport checked on arrivalMore

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed 12 December 2021 via mobile

I made a reservation for two for 4:45pm. I picked this place not because I was familiar with it, but because it was near our theater and it had chicken tenders and wine on the menu (win for mom and daughter). We arrived early for...our reservation, had our vaccination cards checked at the door, and were advised to proceed to the hostess station to see if could be seated. Unfortunately there was no table available for me and my 13 year old daughter at that time. We were advised to exit the restaurant, and keep checking back. We checked back once more, no luck, then did not return until our reservation time. At this time, we were informed by the vaccine checker that no minors were allowed inside the restaurant. Mind you, she had been inside the restaurant twice within the last hour. Also mind you, there were no restrictions when I made the reservation. Do vaccine guy speaks to hostess (same hostess from the beginning) who says “is she 21?” Pointing to my thirteen year old daughter. She’s thirteen was my reply. “You can sit outside but she can’t come in” was her response. Then she says if I knew that I could’ve seated you from the beginning “giggle giggle”. This is just the beginning. Our waitress either had bilateral Bell’s palsy or just had a death in her family, which is why I tipped her 50%. Either that or the 3 glasses of Cabernet. I know we are all overworked and underpaid. I KNOW IT! But this place sucked for me and my daughter this past Saturday. It might be great for other people in other situations. Sucked for us. Be better. Be nicer. Please.More

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed 24 October 2021 via mobile

So I choose the main fiddler because of the great experience we had last time I was there. Walked in on a busy Sunday with 50 people in tow and I cannot get over the incredible service we received.Amanda and her partner jumped into action...like this was an every day occurrence. Friendly service and always eager to please. Thank you thank you for accommodating our group so graciously.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 22 October 2021 via mobile

We came here for dinner before a Broadway show. The DJ had great music going through whole time - it’s quite loud, which didn’t bother us but I wanted to give a warning in case anyone in your group is sensitive to loud noises. My...mom got the fish tacos and I got the Buffalo chicken Mac & cheese. Both were good! The portions were a little on the small side for the price, but all in all we had a good experience.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 18 October 2021

Had an amazing time going there with my girlfriend for the first time. The food and music were great, and the bartenders are awesome!! Next time you visit there, make sure you ask for Shawna (or Shauna, don't know how it's spelled), she was very...nice and accommodating!More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 15 August 2021 via mobile

Gotta give it to Shane the bar tender!!! AMAZING DUDE! This guy made sure we were good every second we were at the bar.!! Hands down amazing customer service. I’d definitely recommend this place for boozy brunch! Ask for Shane! We loved Shane as he...poured many different and phenomenal drinks while we enjoyed the music.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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We went on a weekday evening and just turned up without a reservation and we were seated without waiting.
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Mean Fiddler

Yes, The Mean Fiddler offers takeaway services.

Yes, The Mean Fiddler is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

The Mean Fiddler is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5