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Sunday, April 4th—Bar 84

Day 84—Saturday, April 3rd
The Stoned Crow

Yesterday I wrote about how I don’t like going to bars on Friday and Saturday nights. I decided to start going to hotel bars on Fridays and have decided for a new theme on Saturday’s. I’m calling it, Saturday Night Cheeseburger. I’ve decided to go to a bar in the early evening and have my favorite bar food, a cheeseburger along with several beers. So, in addition to reviewing the bar, I’ll also be reviewing the weekly cheeseburger. I hope you’re hungry because it’s off we go!

Here we are at the Stoned Crow, home of the Crow Burger, one of the best cheeseburgers in New York City!

Here's the massive front bar and who's that sitting there?

It's  Ben, my cheeseburger sidekick. Ben lives upstairs from me in my apartment building and will be joining me in some of these cheeseburger expeditions.

Josh the bartender is quick with a bottle of Bud.

There's a full bar and lots of photos to gaze at at the Stoned Crow.

Illustrations of Elvis Costello, Kurt Cobain, David Bowie and others decorate part of one wall.

Nico and Michael were enjoying beers at the bar.

Stools a mirror and more pictures line the wall opposite the bar.

For Joey D!

The back view of the bar.

There's a massive back room with tables, more pictures and...

A pool table!

Stuffed crows peer down at the pool table. Are they stoned? Only their dealer knows for sure.

Back up front I found Becky and Steve at the bar. Cheers!

And waiting for me was my Crow Burger. You can't really see the cheeseburger as it's covered in a mountain of bacon. But take my word for it, it's a cheeseburger masterpiece.

Here's the massive stack of cheese fries.

The burger is so big it's tough for some to get it in your mouth. Luckily, as anyone who knows me will attest to, I have a big mouth, so I had no trouble.

The bathroom at the Stoned Crow has a unique feature.

Just like the rest of the bar, it's plastered with photos.

Look, Madonna's tits! The unique feature is that if you want any of these photos for your own collection, you can ask the owner of the bar, Betty. She has copies of most of them and will give you one if it's in stock.

And speaking of Betty, here she is! Hi Betty, thanks for putting together a great bar and a world-class cheeseburger! To Betty!

And of course since it's such a unique bathroom, I have to close with the obligatory bathroom shot. Goodnight Everybody!

With it’s basement entrance, it’s easy to walk past the Stoned Crow, but it’s definitely a bar to seek out. The inside brick walls are a massive collage of vintage movie and concert posters, pictures of movie stars old and new, rock ‘n’ rollers and one wall is dedicated to caricatures torn out of magazines. Even the ceilings are covered with photos to gaze at while enjoying a drink at the massive, wooden bar in the front room. The back room boasts a pool table that black stuffed crows perch overhead. The jukebox is eclectic and there’s three large screen TV’s usually tuned to sports. The bartenders are friendly and it’s an unpretentious neighborhood crowd that populate the bar on a nightly basis.

There’s a daily Happy Hour from 4 to 8 pm, featuring four buck Yuengling draughts, Pilsner Urquell bottles and well drinks. Some of the ongoing nightly specials include: three dollar Miller High Life bottles, four buck Bud and Bud Light bottles and five dollar well drinks. They also have a menu with items ranging from Buffalo Wings to Chicken Fingers to a Grilled Chicken Sandwich and Tacos. The signature dish here however is The Crow Burger: it’s a half pound of ground beef topped with american or cheddar cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, white onion and pickles on the side. It’s a legendary New York cheeseburger and having sampled quite a few through the years I heartily recommend it.

The Stoned Crow is a New York institution and if you’d like a copy of one of the photos in the bathroom, just ask owner Betty and she may have a copy or two in her files. I got dibs on the one of Madonna’s tits!

The Stoned Crow
85 Washington Place (near 6th Ave.

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does Joey D like ATMs, or ATM

April 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFred Mertz

Finally got to the Stoned Crow. Great jukebox, Newcastle on tap last time I was there.

April 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterspotcolors

Oh my dear God...cholesteral HEAVEN! If I were to try one of those crowburgers, they'd find me face down in my plate by the time I'd half finished it no matter how many Rosuvastatin pills I took beforehand...but I'd go out with a very well fed grin on my face. I wonder if Tipi Hendrin or Rod Taylor ever came to the Stoned Crow, gazed into the rafters...and ran screaming from the place.
More slobber on my keyboard, let me find a handi-wipe.

April 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJaws the Cabbie

Ok, here is my french mind pondering : Damn! What's wrong with american ???!!!!!! why they eat sadomasochist food????? LOL
I'm happy that you enjoy your sadomasochist burger & your weird plastic sauce (cheese? huh? sorry I'm french! lol) on fries but I would never try to eat something like that! I would be so scarred to die from those lashes of whip !! ;)
But the bar looks a good place and I like the name !!

No smoking in the toilets?
No problemo, I would only puke or shit the S&M food !!! hahahahaha

signed : the french sect worshiping frog's balls !

If you eat and drink like that at everyone one of these bars you visit, Marty --- you're gonna end up being THE FAT GUY AT THE GYM!

And you can't join my gym as they already have their token fat person (that would be me).

April 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertokenblogger

Yo, Zioum Zioum, you just reminded me of an old horror movie from the early '70s called 'Frogs'. In that one, the frogs all went nuts and decided on an early lunch of people legs. And people balls. It starred Sam Waterston and Ray Milland. Check it out, it's hilarious!

April 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJaws the Cabbie

Oh.My.God. ATM signs are an obsession of mine. I will now watch porn in honor of 365 bars. You rock Marty!!

April 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Real Slim Joey

Ha I know for sure I had the James Dean and the Marlon Brando on my wall at the old warehouse I lived in..
I worked in a hollywood trinket kinda store in San frannie and I just aquired alot more than I needed. I still have most of them in a briefcase in my closet..
I love that shit..

and this bar freaking rocks.. Love it.. and the bartender is the best looking guy bartender so far!
and the fact is it owned by a very cool looking lady makes it cooler to me.. and she has awesome taste and looks like she makes an awesome burger:)

April 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGidget

Loved this place.
(decorated like one of my old apartments too!)

"Do you have Frog Legs?" asked the customer.
"Yes, of course." replied the Waitress.
"Well then hop back to the Kitchen and get me one of those fucking Crow Burgers!"
snapped the customer.

Heart Stoppingly Good!

April 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter"Boris"

Marty, we have to get you to Club Foot when you are in town this month.

April 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter"Boris"

is Josh the bartender a part time actor?...is that him on the idiot box behind him? looks like his mow/goatee wotever on the 1/2 head on the tv screen...mmm, the mind boggles....(sorry Josh, could be a Jap soldier of The Last Samuri for all i know??? & Marty, please try & get the entire tv screen in the frame so we can clarify these instances asap in the future....especially the score in the baseball)

April 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfitzy

thanks alot Marty, you know i dont live in NYC, & i cant get a cheeseburger at 1.30am, so i just spent 3/4 hr making one at home, & it looks like shit compared to yours!!!!.... arsehole!!!

April 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfitzy

beer + cheese fries + cheeseburgers = HEAVEN!

April 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermeleah rebeccah

The hotel doorman told me the Stoned Crow has the best cheeseburgers in the free world. I still haven't tried one, but I happen to know that the bartenders do pour an extra large vodka shot. Plus, they're attentive and speedy and nice, to boot. Great place, great location. Me likey.

April 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBiff

i love the food is delicius my dad work here he make good food he the best

June 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermimi

The cheeseburgers rule!

June 8, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

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