Bourbon Street (46th)
Neighborhood: Times Square/Hell’s Kitchen
Atmosphere: Loud, Sports fans
Crowd/Scene: After work crowd, youngsters
Foursquare Check-in: http://4sq.com/1kvOCr6
Rating: 3 Stars
Bourbon Street on 46th Street is probably about as close to Bourbon Street in New Orleans as you’ll get in New York City on a mundane Friday evening in New York City. That’s not to say it’s anything like New Orleans, but it’s as close as you’ll get in this city at 6pm.
I went here seeking an awesome happy hour with great outdoor seating. The outdoor seating was very lovely and very apparent, but unfortunately, as has been the theme of the month of May, it rained. So I was destined to the bar, where I sat by my lonesome, passing the time away until I could walk over to the event that brought me to Time Square/Hell’s Kitchen in the first place.
Bourbon Street was yet another place that didn’t let me select a meat choice with my nachos. So they got a negative checkmark for that. Their happy hour specials were decent, offering up several selections of beer, including a Stella, along with some of their more popular specialty cocktails, including their version of the Hurricane (which I didn’t particularly like, but I don’t like Hurricanes in general, so that’s not a knock on them). Lastly, the service was excellent, so you won’t hear me complain about that in this post.
All and all, this was a nice, decent bar that I’ll add to my list of places to go in Hell’s Kitchen when I have nothing better to do. It’s not special. It’s not worth getting out of bed for. Heck, it’s not even worth going there to watch a sports game, because I couldn’t get them to focus the sound system on the Eastern Conference Finals game to save my life. But the drinks are good, the service is nice, and if you can get a table upstairs and outside, it’s definitely a good look for summer. Then again, if you’re spending your summer afternoons in Times Square, maybe it’s an even better look for you than it is for me.