LANDMARK TAVERN, Hell’s Kitchen

When FNY did its “ancient and notable bars” tour in spring 2017, we concentrated on the Greenwich Village and Union Square area and hence, didn’t see the Landmark Tavern, 11th Avenue and West 46th Street in Hell’s Kitchen, a block away from the Intrepid battleship aircraft carrier on the East River. 

The slaughterhouses, glue factories, stockyards, lumberyards and industries where workmen used to get their liquid lunch from the Landmark are mostly gone but the old place soldiers on. It was founded by Irish immigrant Patrick H. Carley in 1868, when 11th Avenue faced the Hudson River. It was a speakeasy from 1919-1932 in the Prohibition era. It’s something of a formal place these days, believe it or not, and has a serious menu, not just burgers and chicken. The front and rear rooms both have woodburning potbelly stoves. 

According to Ephemeral New York, the bar was a hangout of the Westies, the violent Hell’s Kitchen gang, in the 1980s; and George Raft‘s ghost is said to haunt the place: the tough-guy actor grew up in the neighborhood. However, a Confederate soldier’s ghost, as well as that of an immigrant Irish girl, also have been seen there (by believers of the paranormal, a club I’m not a member of). Gettin’ mighty crowded!

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5/12/17


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5 Responses to LANDMARK TAVERN, Hell’s Kitchen

  1. Sandi Lusk says:

    Its near the Hudson River. Used to go there all the time because I worked across the street. Food is very good, and it definitely has a “vibe” to it. Never saw any ghosts there though. That whole area around 11th in the high 30s and mid 40s has a lot of history. O Henry and Damon Runyan wrote about Hells Kitchen, and the playground on 10th was the scene of the Capeman murder in the 50s.

  2. John Patrick Scollan says:

    I love the Landmark Irish Pub
    Superb Irish hospitality by the proprietors
    I stop by frequently when in the city
    The food is fabulous too

  3. NY2AZ says:

    The USS Intrepid was an aircraft carrier, not a battleship.

    http://www.intrepidmuseum.org/The-Intrepid-Experience/Exhibits.aspx

  4. Gary Farkash says:

    My wife is a Carley and while working on her family tree we found that Patrick was a relative and interestingly enough, his son, ended his life by climbing the Elevated train trestle and jumped off due to the loss of his love.
    Her uncle Michael was a Westie and earlier in his life was an enforcer for the Irish gangs of NY.

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