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Reviewed 17 February 2024

What a massive disappointment! Having read rave review's, just shows find out yourselves! The lady at the door appeared welcoming and very professional. The Bar Tender appeared with two unsolicited glasses of water, why in mid winter? She could advise on a better table either!...Maybe she’s not needed? Drinks ordered and attempted conversations with Bar Tender unsuccessful! Beer came and waited 20 minutes to say we want to order food. “Oh you want the check?” Nope then when try to tell bar tender what was happening she said! Hey I’m talking here! Server appeared lethargic very uncommunicative and eventually brought and had food. Chicken Tenders are really south fried chicken and the smashed cheese sandwich came to ground with oozing fat at the boom! A ray of light came when a server appeared, starting her shift , who was quite brilliantly professional. Very disappointed and maybe the bar tender should stick to talking to their Friends as opposed to real customers! All in all a big fail on expectations! The servers need a good rocket!More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 12 February 2024

The worst experience I have ever had. My partner and I came here for a drink because this place had been recommended to us by so many people. We ordered 2 drinks and they never came. The owner then came down and told us we...have to leave because one of the waitresses noticed us from another Irish bar the night before. When we told him thats impossible because we have just arrived in New york he told us sorry we have to take her word for it. I then asked what were we have supposed to have done and again we were told I don't have to disclose that information. He also wouldn't give us the name of this waitress. Just before this we had a conversion with a waitress from Longford and told her we were from belfast. This is the only thing that I can think of as to why we were asked to leave an Irish bar even tho we are Irish. I'm absolutely disgusted. Never go here. Outside looks like an Irish bar and inside is the opposite. Absolutely ruined my night in NYC disgustingMore

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 27 December 2023

A big Irish welcome is awaiting anyone that visits. We loved it so much we returned 3 nights in a row. Big shout out for Aaron and the girl from Kilmessan (sorry can't recall your name) who were soooooo friendly and made our visit extra...special, thank you! Also shout out to Brian and the other members of staff who were lovely. Thank you. Would highly recommend the Mean Fiddler for the atmosphere, couldn't find a better place.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 18 September 2023

This is a noisy, dark drinking bar. Don't expect to hear the Clancy Brothers, and bring earplugs. Basically, if you over 50 and looking for a "snug" Irish pub, this is not your place.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 6 July 2023

This is a very loud, dark, wanna be Irish pub. Menu by qr code....if you are over 60....might be best to find another place

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 28 May 2023

We had reservations, but when we got there, they said they were too busy so they could not take us!

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 22 May 2023 via mobile

I was under the impression this was an Irish Pub - it’s more of a bar seen. Pleasant waitress, good food, so-so ambiance. I would return for drinks at the bar with the very talented bar tenders. Thank you for the delicious peach shots before...dinner - a nice surprise!More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 19 May 2023

I’ve been to The Mean Fiddler several times this year and it’s a fun place. It has the trappings of an Irish sports bar with jerseys, Irish bartenders and Irish tourists. The music is loud so I wouldn’t recommend it for a first date -...you’ll have a hard time being heard. The food is okay - try the buffalo wings & churros. The drinks are strong and good! Guinness and assorted cocktails are popular. They show different sports on all the TVs! The DJ playlist is a blend of top 40s from the 70s to current, hip hop, Bad Bunny and a few sing-alongs are thrown in (Sweet Caroline, YMCA). There is some room to dance. You never know when customers will be invited to dance on top of the bar. Lately more people are dancing wildly or seem to be unsteady on their feet - prepare to be bumped and jostled. The clientele is mostly friendly, a mix of young and mature. There is a group of “mean girls” who are regulars that follow women into the bathroom to harass them and substance abuse is an issue. A male regular said that the same things are happening in the men’s bathroom, too. That may explain why some of the regulars don’t come as often as they used to. I told my bartender so I hope management and security are aware. Security is great at removing men who get out of line with women. So it is a safe space if you're a woman coming by yourself from that perspective. Just be careful in the bathrooms. If you are in the Times Square area The Mean Fiddler is worth a drop in for fun, a sports game, a good playlist and drinks!More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 24 April 2023 via mobile

My husband and I really enjoyed our experience at this awesome pub. We decided to go there for a drink and snack while we were waiting for our daughter to finish working. Needless to say we really enjoyed our drinks and spiced cauliflower nd mozzarella...sticks. Our server as well as the rest of the staff were very efficient and extremely friendly! We also received a very good green tea shot which was very good as well! Highly recommend!More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 16 April 2023

Good food and efficient service, but the music was head-splittingly loud. Customers literally had to shout over it. It all made for an unpleasant experience. Not to be repeated.

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 30 March 2023

A great spot for a night out, bouncers firm but fair. You have to watch out for the bar tenders, all of my friends getting charged 300/400 dollars each on there cards for a night of drinking there it just didn’t add up, I paid...mostly in cash and the bar tenders kept trying to massively short change me even though I already tipped them. Trying to charge me for 3 drinks in stead of 2 or giving me 2 dollars changed out of a 50 note for one drink. Went here 3 times during my visit to New York, this kinda stuff happened every time, even with the $40 cover on st Patrick’s day, like I said good for a night out but pay cash and watch your change.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 20 March 2023

The old gentleman at the door, was so disrespectful and not professional It was a Sunday night ST Patrick's day weekend, he didn’t let me i. With my friends cause they were Iris and I was not I couldn’t believe it He is at the...door and his job it’s to make sure everything it’s ok not to be a disrespectful man at the door He is and african american old man with grey hairMore

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 28 February 2023

Visited NYC to celebrate my 21st birthday with my family & OMG this bar made my birthday the best ever! Fantastic atmosphere, amazing staff and even better beer! Couldn’t recommend enough, i will 100% be back. Don’t miss out on an enjoyable evening in this...bar, which also sells cracking food! All the best to them :)More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 12 February 2023 via mobile

The blond hair women behind the bar is so rude, In conversation walking off! Cocktails and vibes amazing but she really spoilt it!

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 16 December 2022 via mobile

Scam alert, please don't let them to hold your credit card they thought I'm turist i left my card for the open tab & they took the information & used after 2 hours to buy stuff from best buy. Trash

Date of visit: December 2022
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There are several TVs and you should be able to see one screen no matter where you are sitting. They will most likely be showing an Ireland game. Good luck!
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THE MEAN FIDDLER, New York City - Midtown - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews - Tripadvisor

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The Mean Fiddler is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5