The Australian

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129 reviews
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A Little Snippet Of Australian Culture In The Heart Of Nyc. Located Minutes Away From Times Square And Theatre District. A short walk from Grand Central Station and Penn Station. Ultimate sports bar with 22 tv's and the place to watch Live Rugby and Cricket! A great spot for birthdays, and corporate happy hours.
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New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed the food very much . The staff was very friendly and helpful. The atmosphere was cheerful and inviting. The pricing was reasonable too. I definitely would recommend this restaurant .

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GT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

The whole experience was ok... Not great, not bad, just ok. The ambience was pretty good - I could watch AFL my friends lamb was overdone and a little tough. They were also out of stock on some of the beers. They were going thru a menu change so this might have been part of the problem.
I'd go back but only to grab a beer and watch sport. There are better restaurants for the same price point in NYC

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OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The good -
1) Nachos
2) Tim Tam Sundae
3) The service and servers

The bad -
1) The chicken schnitzel is not actually schitzel, they serve you fried chicken which again, is not chicken schnitzel

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We went for trivia and it was a blast!
We’ll be back again for sure!!!

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MR
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had 12 people and 3 kids under 1 years old, our waiter was spectacular and they basically let us occupy 3 tables to make things easier on us. A+

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! And the food is delicious

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R
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Australian burger is always awesome. Trivia night was unexpected but very fun

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IC
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We're from Australia and now live in upstate NY so having been there on a couple of occasions, especially Jan 26 (Australia Day) when on a Saturday, we knew there would be a party atmosphere. We took friends with us to experience the crazy Aussies and our unique food. Kangaroo, meat pies and sausage rolls washed down with Cooper's Ale and Lamingtons - can't go wrong!

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RB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I didn't expect this place to be so much like an American sports bar. I put 3 stars for each category because nothing was bad, nothing was excellent, just fine. Mostly my friend and I wanted to try something different for Restaurant Week. We expected we would be provided a different menu from their normal daily menu but this was not the case. We were ready to throw down some extra cash for this annual event and found the food and service not worth the bill. Next time I do Restaurant Week I will call and ask if a special menu is provided or discount deals at a good quality restaurant.

The Australian
Responded on February 24, 2019

Hello there, I apologize for any misunderstanding about restaurant week. I understand how frustrating it can be to go out to a new place and expect something different that they don't offer, but unfortunately we don't participate in Restaurant week. We may in the future but we have chosen to opt out every year so far. May i suggest next time Restaurant week comes into town, check their website for a full list of participating restaurants and also a list their special menus as well. Cheers!

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SP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

This bar is what it is, noisy, though not as noisy as what it should be for Australia Day, or the day before, and we contributed to the noise. Food is passable, and a bit better than previous, but you go there for the ambience, good friends, and drinks. The bar staff are attentive and efficient, and always willing to help.

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ML
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

We were a little dissapointed with the Ambiance of the place
They didn't have 2 of the more popular Australian beers and the,menu,was limited...

The Australian
Responded on February 24, 2019

Hi Marion, What beers were you looking for? We carry every Aussie beer that's available for import. We've been trying for a while to get more over here but most of the Aussie brands won't ship or if they do it's not reliable. Same thing goes with the Bundy, we only have it in stock anytime we have a mate smuggle some over. We try our hardest to give NYC a little piece of home. I do hope you give us another shot in the future, Cheers!

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PM
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely awesome a friendly bar. Would highly recommend all Aussies and everyone visit the Australian pub.

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Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

The guy who served us amazing and it’s a really cool bar but boy does the food let it down. I had the buttermilk chicken burger, which was ok but the fries!! I’m really not sure how they can be burnt and soggy and still raw at the same time. My husband had the fish & chips, which was a disgrace, three fish finger like things on top of the same disgusting fries, very dissatisfied

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service from all the staff in the bar, great range of food although it would have been nice to have had gravy with the meat pie, great range of drinks and ales on offer also

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Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place!!!

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Z
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here on a Sunday night. Got seated right away. Everyone was very nice the moment we got in. The server made sure we ordered the best dishes and everything tasted great. Would definitely come here again!

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j
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The two owners, waiter, and waitress were friendly, accommodating, and periodically checked in with us as we waited for a table. The variety of food which included grilled kangaroo skewers peeked our interest in having an authentic experience in NYC. And even though the rugby fans filled the restaurant one early Saturday morning and cheered on their favorite team, our overall experience was still superb.

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S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

We went there for a 90s Trivia Night and felt that our age group was not something that the Australian catered to. Many of the questions were for an older generation which is a shame because we were very excited for weeks for this.

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BB
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

I met a former client after work to catch up. I picked this place, because I've been here several times before, mostly for lunch. It was Friday night, so it was super-noisy. It was difficult for us to hear each other. The food is great, and the happy hour deals are pretty good, although some portions are small.
I'll be back, just probably not on a Friday night!

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NV
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

I LOVE RUGBY!
Great atmosphere and food!
For any occasion
Keep it up!!!

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GW
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place to watch your favorite sport with good ambiance, beers and food. Definitely will be back there soon.

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DT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

take forever to get our food...the 3 tables came after us but got the food before our table. even one of our friend who came after us got her food before us.

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T
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We wanted a place to watch the Australian NRL games. They were very accommodating and put JT /Cowboys last game on for us at our table and at the bar prior! We had meat pie and it was delicious. We will go back one more time before leaving NY! Try to go here if you want a good sports bar with a great vibe.

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EG
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Seven of us came for an early lunch. A large group had just left, so we had the back of the place to ourselves on a Saturday. Multiple TV screens showing various sports events; we requested a rugby match between the New Zealand All Black and an Aussie team. Other screens were showing American football and other rugby events. Not being rugby watchers, we learned a bit while checking out the game, but, mostly we were involved with ourselves. Everyone liked everything - except a few of us, all trying vegemite toast for the first time, who didn't like the product. All in all, a comfortable, enjoyable experience with good food and an ample selection of beers, etc... And kangaroo, if that's your taste (not mine, so I can't comment on that..)

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N
London
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Easy location and good sports coverage. Hot wings are exactly what it says on the tin!

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JC
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Sadly the night we went they were out of kangaroo, out of lamingtons, and out of Pavlovas. If you are going for those items call ahead top check.

Matt the owner was warm and friendly. Andrew the waiter was what you would expect and so much more.

This is a lovely pub. The lovely Aussie beer and great happy hour is well worth the visit. The staff makes up for any shortcomings.

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A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for watching World Cup, very lively crowd. The place was packed and our service was still outstanding. Great food too with kangaroo on the menu!

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SJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Was looking for an interesting place to take out of town guests. Based on reviews The Australian seemed like a solid option. I knew it would be a pub in an overpriced area but I was still disappointed.
Table service was sporadic.
Food overpriced and tasteless.
Rather than an interesting place it just seemed like an overpriced sad bar. 😢

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a Villanova Game Watch and had a tremendous time. Great environment, excellent food and beverages and a special menu for the game with outstanding prices on select drinks and food items. The owner came over and introduced himself and shared stories about his Villanova affiliation and was appreciative of the affiliation. Great experience!

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N
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Australian restaurant so went for the leg of lamb. Way over cooked. Rare, medium rare, medium, all the same. Very chewy, not cleaned of tendons. Veggies over cooked as well. Tiny Bacon pieces on sliders. Very poor food.

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j
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

I was planning to have dinner here but once I arrived with my friend we had our drinks and left.

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JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Went on superbowl night great atmosphere good food good service

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Had my bday drinks here amougst some attractive Aussies. Lots of great laughs with friends and the staff. Jess T was fantastic and made the experience a lot of fun. Prices are great, and everything gets brought out at the perfect time.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great pub, great food, great service. I have had multipe nights and afternoons at this pub. The atmosphere is great, with plenty of TVs....plus a heavy hand by most bar staff is always welcomed. Good place to meet for pregame or a quiet afternoon of relaxing.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

My food was pretty ordinary (fish and chips) but my daughter enjoyed the salmon she ordered. Despite booking, there was no reserved table for us and we were made to feel a little as though we were in the way. I was hoping for a great experience as it was New Years Eve and we always visit The Australian every time we are in NYC but this time the experience was pretty ordinary and disappointing. So we left early - not bothering to see in the new year there. On the positive side, our server was very friendly and very accommodating.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really friendly. Great food. Would highly recommend.

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OT
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

I love meat pies, this is the only place I have seen in NYC that offers them. Sadly, the meatpie was just beef in a curst, no real flavor. The sausage roll was just meat pie filing in phyllo dough. My kids had to order three different meals until they actually had something left. The service was very friendly but it took almost two hours to service five people lunch (I guess that's similar to Australian service).

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AG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great option for both locals and expats wanting a taste of home. Not too over the top with all things Australian, but enough to give you an understanding of what the team are doing. Great selection of food and drink covering all options.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great Bangers & Mash. Will definitely be going back!

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T
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

For a Thursday night is was very busy and loud.
Great service and even better when you are getting served by an Australian st the Australian Bar in Nyc

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