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Genesis Bar & Restaurant

36 reviews
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$30 and under
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Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Brunch
Situated in the prime Upper East Side locale and furnished with a cherry wood interior, shiny hardwood floors and multiple sleek plasma TVs, Genesis provides a sense of charm and comfort to the neighboring residents, as well as, business professionals who just want to kick back after a long work day. There is a variety of dishes to entice your palate and drink specials to make your dining experience even more enjoyable. Our French style doors are open for sidewalk seating during the warm weather seasons and the beer garden is available during the hot summer days and nights.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Irish, American, European
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 12:00 midnight; Saturday & Sunday: 4:00pm - 1:00am
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Phone number
(212) 348-5500
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Candido Leon
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Private party facilities
We have a separate bar & dining area for parties of 20 to 150 people
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Private party contact
Fergal Burke: (914) 374-1355
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We cater from 30 to 200 people
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Cross street
88th Street
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Parking details
Street parking 7 days a week
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Public transit
Lex & 86th subways - 4, 5, 6, 1 & 9
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Live music, DJ & Juke-box
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 36 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.2based on all time ratings
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

genesis is more than a bar. the food is great and my family, including my 2 children, eats here often

5.0Dined on September 30, 2017

We love Genesis. After a couple visits, the staff greet you like ole friends. Nice. And the food is diverse and generous. The restaurant offers so many options. Two bars, two outdoor seating areas, two dining areas. The selection of drinks, food and specials are truly accommodating of any tastes. This is the perfect stop with a group that can't make up their mind where to go.

5.0Dined on September 8, 2017

Our waitress was so friendly, down-to-earth and attentive.

3.0Dined on June 25, 2017

Very nice hostess & servers. Food so-so, burger used to be better.

4.0Dined on April 13, 2017

Nice Greeting at the Door by the Hostess..!
The Turkey Club Wrap & Fries were Very Good...!
Our Waitress, Pamela was very nice ...!

2.0Dined on March 31, 2017

Pub grub. It was food- period.

2.0Dined on March 3, 2017

We thought it was Just OK
I HEARD THE Burgers were GREAT on the internet
I ORDERED The " Genesis Burger"- Rare to Medium Rare
I couldn't really see it.. because the place is VERY DARK
SO I ATE IT and discovered that
It came out on the Medium Well Done to Well Done side and wasn't that tasty
At $17 it wasn't a good value
The fries were good and crispy as ordered ...but I needed to salt them up quite a bit
My buddy had the fish & chips $18 and a side of Spinach $8
He said it was just OK
THE WAITRESS was very nice and it was quick service
but they charged me another $3 for a Diet Coke refill which is usually not done.
We split an appetizer of Boneless Buffalo Chicken Bites $13
They were pretty good but not great
With tax and a 20% tip the total bill was $84 ( no alcohol )
Way too much for what we had...!
I might go back on a Monday or Tuesday night for their special prices on Wings - 50 cents each & Burgers -$10 each

5.0Dined on December 27, 2016

One of my favorite places to go on the upper east side. Great people, drinks and food.

4.0Dined on December 27, 2016

Great little Irish gem. Food was better than expected. Fun atmosphere. Worth checking out.

5.0Dined on December 15, 2016

Genesis is a great neighborhood bar and restaurant. The burgers are delicious and the servers are always pleasant and accommodating. The owner is lovely, too.

1.0Dined on October 15, 2016

Waitress initially brought out the wrong food at our brunch, then when the correct meals arrived they were burnt and parts were inedible. THEN I get an email from OpenTable that the restaurant reported me as a no-show? We won't be returning.

4.0Dined on May 21, 2016

Food is very good with generous portions, friendly efficient service. Good list of beer on tap

4.0Dined on February 26, 2016

Great place to gather, enjoyed the bucket of beer, we love Founders All Day IPA.

4.0Dined on February 11, 2016

We went to Genesis not expecting much. We were pleasantly surprised.
The entire staff was very friendly and helpful. I had a Gaelic burger which was great.
My guest had the fish and chips. She was pleased at how fresh and perfectly cooked
the fish was. Simple meals, yes, but haven't we all had similar food at other establishments that we wished we did not order? At Genesis they know how to cook.

2.0Dined on February 6, 2016

Food decent - service poor

4.0Dined on January 3, 2016

Genesis is my favorite neighborhood restaurant -- whether I'm there with friends, family or young children it's always great. Consistently good and the wait staff is the best.

4.0Dined on August 18, 2015

Genesis is my go to neighborhood restaurant. Great food, wonderful staff and fun place.

4.0Dined on February 18, 2015

Genesis is my favorite neighborhood restaurant. The staff is always warm and welcoming and the food is consistently good. A great place for a good dining adventure. Also, having lunch at the bar is always fun.

4.0Dined on January 13, 2015

Genesis is not only a great neighborhood find, but is friendly with a great wait staff. The menu is diverse and everything is very good. My friends love to come here from near and far.

5.0Dined on November 27, 2014

A couple of friends who live in the neighborhood one who had had knee surgery was not looking to travel too far from home and we came across the listing on open table and decided to try it. We were all very happy with the location, food, ambiance, and service. The two who live in the area will make it a regular local eating spot.

4.0Dined on November 15, 2014

Genesis is definitely a neighborhood gem. The staff is always welcoming and friendly. The food is consistently good. Any friends and family I have taken there love it and have gone back.

4.0Dined on August 19, 2014

Genesis is a great neighborhood gem. It's a favorite for me, my friends and family.

5.0Dined on June 1, 2014

Best hamburgers in town. Sat in the beer garden which is usually quiet, but since we dined early there were families with babies there.

5.0Dined on May 11, 2014

I've eaten here for brunch/lunch and dinner. The food is consistently good, and the service and ambience are wonderful. It has a warm, lively vibe. Can get a bit loud at times. The outdoor seating is a great option.

2.0Dined on February 4, 2014

Burgers are supposed to be their specialty. Not even close.

4.0Dined on January 4, 2014

Genesis is a great restaurant and one that I recommend often to friends and family. The staff is welcoming and the food is really good.

4.0Dined on September 29, 2013

This was not our first trip to Genesis. As always, we found the food good (nothing fancy or gourmet, but very tasty pub-type food, worth going back for) and the service super friendly and quick. It is a sports bar, so you do have the noise from the various televisions, but for a casual evening with friends, you won't do much better, and their Irish whiskey selection is small but excellent. I always recommend Genesis for casual gatherings on the UES.

4.0Dined on July 22, 2013

I've tried their burgers and they are pretty good.My absolute favorite thing to get there though,has to be the nachos supreme.Just imagine warm tortilla chips with freshly made chili on top and melted cheese. A side of sour cream with that and I am in heaven for just $11. The only bad thing I would have to say is the service. The ladies that work there are very nice, but whenever I have gone there for lunch,which is plenty, there's only one person working behind the bar and serving. As a result, sometimes it's hard to get her attention. Other than that I love this place and it is my go to lunch spot.Keep up the great nachos!

4.0Dined on June 28, 2013

Just as expected, yummy food, great evening

3.0Dined on April 7, 2013

Better than average pub fare, with super friendly service. If you sit in the back, it's really quiet and you can have a conversation. Louder at the bar, but still not crazy loud. As long as you book in advance, it's great for groups. Good beer selection, they have my favorite Irish whiskey (Red Breast, not always easy to find), and the wines by the glass are decent and affordable. Nothing fancy here, but just fine, and the service keeps us going back--it's always warm, friendly and attentive. 3 1/2 stars.

4.0Dined on February 16, 2013

Great burgers and Irish pub food. Very comfortable. A good value!

5.0Dined on November 24, 2012

We came in to watch a college football game and they gave us a room in the back It was especially nice because we had kids and adults and we were there for more than three hours. Food was great, something for everyone and the staff so attentive. It's a great spot for a large group get together which is often hard to find in the city.

3.0Dined on September 18, 2012

quite for an Irish Sports Bar. First rate burgers in a friendly bar atmosphere.

3.0Dined on July 25, 2012

Nice (and clean) neighborhood place. Good foods, nice bar selection. Friendly service staff. Worth trying. Get the bacon-burger, lots of bacon. Eat outside on the sidewalk if you like street activity, OR eat in their private backyard. The interior is nice and very clean, but if you like eating outdoors, this place is verg desirable.

2.0Dined on January 1, 2012

Onion soup was too thin and the fish of fish and chips was poorly made. The fries were very good, however. The wait staff was very friendly but not readily available and forgetful. My requests for extra tartar sauce went unheeded. The price was moderate.

5.0Dined on November 23, 2011

Our table for 18 was set and ready as we started our NYC adventure. Moderately priced, all are well including our teenagers. Better beer selection than wine. Woe have liked more selection for the vegans in the crowd.


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