11 Old Man Bars Worth Frequenting in Lower Manhattan and the BK
by Matt Gallagher
Why so glum, chum? World getting you down? Sometimes, a person just needs to be alone with their thoughts, a pint, and a grumpy, leather-faced bartender that is completely disinterested in customer relations. The much-venerated Old Man Bar offers just such an escape from existence – and, contrary to popular opinion, you don’t need to be an old man to frequent one. Just leave the noise, energy, and fist pumping at the door. No need to rile the natives.
At first glance, New York City, a wonderland of clubby indulgence, would seem the antithesis for the Old Man Bar-proponent. Where’s the peace and the quiet, the sawdust and the space? After careful and diligent research on the matter, I can assure the reader that such is not the case. The Old Man Bar not only lives, it thrives on the streets of Gotham. Here are 11 Old Man Bars worth frequenting in Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. (Limited to those regions to keep this list manageable. And because the Seventh Circle of Hell, also known as Murray Hill, is somewhere up there. Real talk.)
Some quick guidance for the uninitiated: Old Man Bars are best visited between the hours of noon and 5pm, Monday through Thursday. Happy Hour crowds and weekend rovers ruin everything. Also, general protocol calls for monotone chatting about surface topics – the weather, the score of the game, that sort of thing. No drama-rama, no prattling, and especially no Lady Gaga karaoke.


Here are a couple incredible food inspired stop motion short films from Sundance Nominated PES (aka Adam Pesapane,) who turns household items into ingredients, and finally politically charged recipes . After watching them for the first time today, I think these are two of the coolest videos out there.
“Fresh Guacamole” (2012)

Western Spaghetti (2008)

Our second Food Reels post, “Product Placement,” graciously comes to us from another talented young filmmaker Cailin Yatsko and was featured in The Short Film Corner at Cannes 2011.

“Product Placement” is a film based on a short story of the same name from Chuck Palahniuk’s novel Haunted.  It tells the story of a professional chef who – after being repeatedly provoked by food critics – takes control with the help of his favorite set of knives.  The tale has Palahniuk’s usual flare for the macabre and cynical humor.  In the film, we tried to capture the essence of dark detachment by telling rather than showing, allowing the viewer to imagine what’s going on beneath the surface.  If nothing else, it will make you think twice before posting a bad critique : “Those who can, do.  Those who can’t… gripe.”  - Chuck Palahniuk, from Haunted
See more of Cailin’s work at  bicephalypictures.com.

A clip from bupropion prescription. Oma & Bella apcalis uk. , a documentary portrait of two elderly Jewish Holocaust survivors in Berlin whose connection to the past, engagement with the present, and hopes for the future are intricately entwined with the food they make. This is the first feature film directed by our good friend, and talented filmmaker, Alexa Karolinski, and an official selection to the 2012 Berlin Film Festival. She was also kind enough to send us over one of Oma’s prized German cookie recipes attached after the jump…



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Our appraisal of food is never based solely on the taste of the food itself, but also on the holistic, multi-sensory experience of it. The people we dine and cook with, how we arrive at our food destination, the colors of the ingredients on our plates, the art on the walls and the music we hear, all add to or subtract from our pure sense of taste. With this in mind, The Walkin Kitchen curates artistic mediums to recreate food experiences, stimulating not only your taste buds, but other senses as well. Through creative writing, photography, film, drawing and music, this site aims to enhance the culinary art. We will regularly post restaurant reviews, recipes, short stories, films, comics and mixtapes to increase your intake of culinary stimuli. Keep scrolling down to Feed Your Senses