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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Trader Ed's Nautical Pub & Restaurant

630 2nd Ave. (117th St.) Send to Phone
Hudson River pub-restaurant for unpretentious food and drinks.

Lunch & Dinner daily

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Trader Ed's Nautical Pub & Restaurant Restaurant Review

: Management bases the claim that this is “America’s oldest pub” on the fact the building was constructed in 1787 as a tavern. However, it has been other things over the centuries. Since this incarnation began in 2007, it has been what a neighborhood pub-restaurant should be---cheery, warm and affordable, with an efficient waitstaff of the "Hi, hon" variety. A large horseshoe-shaped bar (nine drafts, a martini menu, etc.) is at the center, flanked by booths on one side, tables on another, and the enclosed "Brazilian Patio" room with its own oyster bar. Unpretentious food is consistently good and leans to seafood specials in keeping with the nautical theme. A popular prime rib special on Fridays and Saturdays, southern fried chicken, Mediterranean pork chops, and free peel-and-eat shrimp during the daily "island hour" are a big part of the mix too. We suggest the Key lime pie and carrot cake for dessert.


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