The Mean Fiddler

4.4
345 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Casual
  • Fun
The Mean Fiddler is a casual Irish Bar and Restaurant in the Theater district near the Times Square area.
Perfect for a quick bite or drinks before a show. The bar and restaurant are on the same floor providing a lively atmosphere.
We provide Irish/American comfort food with a twist and a specialty cocktail menu to suit all taste buds. Be sure to try out some of our favorite drinks, Guinness, Irish coffees with Jameson Irish whiskey and fresh cream and our signature cocktail "The Twisted Fiddler" with a hint of spicy liquor, dark rum, passion fruit, pineapple.
We are known for our Fish & Chips, Shepherd's Pie, Bangers & Mash and our Mean Fiddler Burger.
Come back after a show for Live Irish Music Saturday-Wednesday from 8.30 pm-11 pm.
Happy Hour Monday-Friday 12-8 pm.
Karaoke every Friday and Saturday night at 10 pm in our lower level.
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KS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

It was close to theaters and time square. Menu included items adults, teens and children found appealing. Waitress was awesome! Was a bit noisier than I’d like.

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M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

We were looking for a restaurant in the Theater District for lunch before a Broadway show and one of the four of us is gluten free. The Mean Fiddler has several appetizers marked Gluten Free plus they offer gluten free buns for their burgers. We started out with drinks and had their Broadway Pop cocktail which is Oxley Gin, elderflower, lemon and bubbles and tasted delicious and glasses of wine. Our gluten free friend ordered the potato encrusted chicken fingers from the appetizer menu that was definitely a large enough portion for a lunch entree since it came with 4 large chicken tenders , 2 of us ordered caesar salads with grilled chicken and one ordered a burger. All the food was very tasty and we all agreed we would definitely come back again.

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MG
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Perfect before a show! Family night on Broadway and wanted a tasty dinner that didn't take forever. We actually arrived early and were seated right away as they weren't busy. Service was great - I'm not giving him 5☆ is because he didnt come back to check on us, ask about additional drinks, or dessert but then again he didn't hover and push us out the door. Food was delicious and hot and the atmosphere was laid back and great for groups. Would definitely go back.

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MC
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great service, friendly staff, good food. We were in NYC for weekend, we really enjoyed this pub.

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JS
Louisville
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great place to eat prior to a Broadway play. If you like Irish pubs and good Irish food, this is the place to go. The service was prompt and staff was very friendly.

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food, amazing service. Only one negative was wobbly tables, had open flame candle that we were nervous would fall over and drinks kept spilling.

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C
Cleveland
17 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Fun and food was good! Good place to meet friends for drinks and food!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing as always :)

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SR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is our "must go" place as far as my teenager is concerned. Great burgers, chicken pot pie and Shepard's pie. Super kind and knowledgeable staff - nice bar selection! When live music is going it can be hard to have a conversation but just request a seat further away from the action.

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W
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The place was our 1st stop when we arrived in New York. Aine was a fantastic bartender and had multiple recommendations. The food was great, the beer selection outstanding and there are multiple TV's and great music playing during our time there. We will be back...

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s
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic location if you’re seeing a show! The vibe, the service, and the food were all amazing! Delicious fish & chips !!!

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t
New York Area
89 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Everyone loved it...beef and tuna burgers were standouts as were the guacamole and potato crusted chicken fingers...server was a delight

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s
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

An EAsy place to grab lunch before a show. Service is friendly and efficient but not pushy. The food is good ( excellent steak sandwich) Drinks- delicious.

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OT
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Going to a concert

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J
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

There is a vibrant bar scene with ample choices. The food is nothing fancy and appeals to the young set

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F
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Repeat worthy! Visited NYC for the weekend and stopped in for meal before a show. The pub fare was great. Great for adults and kids. They were setting up for live music, would have liked to been able to stay. Adding as a favorite for our next visit.

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A
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

My new favorite go-to pre-show pub!

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OT
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We went for lunch before a broadway show. Service was fast and efficient. Food was very good. Recommend the grilled chicken wrap and fish and chips. Both were fresh and delicious.

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OT
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful place! I’ll definitely be back!

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KB
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our waitress was exceptional...I wish I knew her name!! The food, the atmosphere was so good and so much fun!! Perfect for right after the show and to refuel before finishing our trip!!

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P
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Very good food in super casual bar like restaurant with good food. Noisy.

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B
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Food was okay - more of a 3/5 than 4/5. The service wasn’t great, but not a deterrent. Overall, was looking for a slightly better experience.

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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great spot for lunch!

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G
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Fun local Irish pub. Good happy our spot. I liked the flat bread.

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PE
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Friendly authentic servers made for a great experience for my family!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Waiters = awesome friendly outgoing

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c
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had great service and the food was tasty! We would definitely come back.

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j
New England
17 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We had a wonderful lunch at The Mean Fiddler prior to going to a show. Overall very much a typical Irish pub - except the food was better than we expected. We had the steak quesadilla and the chicken wrap and expected typical bar fare - but really both were exceptionally good.

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VH
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Impressed with this restaurant. They were very accommodating. Our waitress was very pleasant and attentive. Overall, a positive experience.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Birthday pre broadway show. Amazing food. Great time

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UR
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The menu was great with "classical" hamburgers, ceasar salad, nachos etc. The kids thought the hamburgers were best ever. The service was very good.

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LH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great irish pub/restaurant. Food and service was very good. Will definitely go back again.

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d
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was our first time at The Mean Fiddler but it definitely won't be our last. Nicole's service was excellent, the drink choice was great and the food was delicious. If you need a stop in the theater district, this is the place.

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SV
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great casual ambiance. Really fun and friendly service. Excellent food w the perfect menu items for adults and (picky) kids. Highly recommend for anytime but especially loved the casual vibe before seeing a matinee on Broadway.

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RA
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Going to see Choir boy an absolute wonderful play go here

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OT
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Service was great, we went around 5pm and it was fairly quiet, but by the time we left around 6:30 it was starting to pick up. Food came out quickly and was very good!

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NS
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Chicken was not good. PreparatIons be improved. Singer and guitarist were awesome. Loved the vibe and ambience was super energetic

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AS
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely the best Shepard’s Pie I have ever eaten!!! Much of the staff have come from Ireland. They are great and have a great time.
Atmosphere is perfect and the night we were there they had a great Duet...

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MW
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We arrived about 45 minutes early and the hostess was able to accommodate us with a table right away. Food was delicious

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r
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We've been doing pre-matinee lunches at the Mean Fiddler for the last year. Always great service and above average food. I wish they had a few more options on the menu which is why I'm only giving 4 stars. However, they are open to customizing your selection which they did for me this past time. Highly recommend for a reliable tasty meal at a reasonable price.

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