Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Tuesday Nights: Pete's Tavern

Towards the end of the last year, my friends thought that we weren't hanging out enough. It's true, we weren't. So they started Tuesday night get-togethers. Every Tuesday, we'll pick a bar to drink, eat, and hang out for a couple of hours. Whomever can make it will attend. If you're busy, it's okay. There's always next week. So this is Tuesday Nights on Tasty Eating where you will find bars that serve food and how we like them.

Recently, we headed out to: Pete's Tavern
Seeing that the weather was turning warmer, we wanted to sit outside for our Tuesday Nights. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a cold night. We froze but still managed to eat and drink.

We started with the cold antipasti ($10 - pictured above). It had resh mozzarella, plum tomatoes, prosciutto, provolone cheese, salami, portobello mushrooms, and mascarpone cheese. It was really mediocre. Only one slice of prosciutto and half a portobello. Definitely skimpy on the good ingredients.

Next we had the fried calamari ($12) even though we wanted to try the grilled calamari. They said they were cold out. That means that they were using frozen calamari for frying. Though previously frozen, these turned out to be okay. They were lightly battered and the texture wasn't chewy.

We also tried the buffalo wings ($9.50) which was a pretty small portion for the price. The flavor was sweet and spicy. These weren't the traditional buffalo wings. The sauce was also sticky.
We also ordered the hot anitpasti ($11) which was better than the cold sampler. This one included stuffed zucchini, eggplant, shrimp, stuffed mushrooms, baked clams, stuffed peppers, and fried zucchini. I definitely liked the fried zucchini the best. The other items were the run of the mill meh fried food.
Lastly we ordered the baked mushroom caps ($10) which were very meh-tastic again. They were supposed to be stuffed with crab meat and topped with a white wine cream sauce. I didn't taste the crab at all. That's probably due to too much filly. And the sauce was so thick that it could have passed for cheese.
Pete's Tavern was so mediocre. The food was especially boring. We sat at a table with waiter service but if we were to ever go again, I think we would try the bar. It was too crowded this time. People seemed to enjoy it more there.

Pete's Tavern
129 East 18th Street
New York, NY 10003-2401
(212) 473-7676


  1. I have been to Pete's a number of times. It is a beautiful bar with a great history, but the prices are on the high end for what it is. The staff have also been less than friendly sometimes too.

  2. that's a shame the food was mediocre. usually the buffalo wings are kinda good at any random bar, since it's usually just wings from sysco...

  3. I haven't been here in ages. I don't recall how well the food was. Too bad it wasn't that good for youse.


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