Midtown Survival Guide: St. Andrews
St. Andrews bills itself as one of NYC’s few authentic Scottish pubs, but unlike most other “pubs'”at midtown, it actually has good drinks AND good food. Perhaps most importantly, it has an extensive scotch menu – one of the largest in the city. If you are looking for a good quality single malt and a bite to eat, it is surely the place to be. On top of that, it has a decent beer selection, including Boddingtons on tap as well as Wee Heavy, a tasty dark Scottish brew. In the no man’s land that is Midtown Manhattan, there are tons of overpriced bars and indistinguishable Irish pubs. St. Andrews adds a twist to the selection with its emphasis on all things Scottish and may, dare I say, provide a reason to actually venture into midtown during non-working hours.
On top of that, it has very decent food – well beyond the typical “pub fare” one might expect at such a place. There are Scottish classics (such as haggis, oatmeal-stuffed trout, and…uhh..cock-a-leekie soup) as well as more typical english pub food (bangers & mash, shephard’s pie). Steak, lamb and seafood entrees are served in the restaurant section of the bar.
Finally, St. Andrews serves the best burger you will find in this part of midtown. In fact, perhaps the premier power lunch in the neighborhood is a St. Andrews’ cheeseburger washed down with a pint of Boddington’s. It will set you up right for an afternoon of staring at your computer monitor, to be sure.
The space is sufficiently large that it is generally easy to find a table except at the very peak dinner hour (although it clears out noticeably after the pre-theater crowd has left). This is midtown, so there are inevitably tourists and suits but the place manages to retain a nice, neighborhood feel to it despite its location and large size. We’ve been coming long enough (and staying late enough) that the first question we get from the staff isn’t “Would you like a table?” or “Menu?” but “Boddingtons?”