Our Story

The Half King is a bar and restaurant in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City, directly below the High Line on 23rd Street. It was started in 2000 by journalists Sebastian Junger and Scott Anderson, and filmmaker Nanette Burstein, as a neighborhood place that could also serve as a meeting spot for people in the publishing and film industries. An enclosed garden in the back and café tables out front make the spot perfect for the warmer months, and a cozy interior built from lumber taken out of a 200 year-old barn in Pennsylvania create a great pub-like atmosphere for indoor gatherings. Bi-monthly slideshows in the dining room showcase the work of some of the best photojournalists working today, and weekly readings do the same for writers. The kitchen serves a delicious selection of gastro-pub cuisine but remains affordable in the increasingly chic neighborhood that surrounds it. By now a New York institution, the Half King is proud of a clientele that comes from all over Greater New York and includes everyone from firemen to bankers, journalists to artists.

Scott Anderson, Nanette Burstein, Sebastian Junger

Classic Style Pub, serving European flavors. The Half King’s kitchen offers up a wide-ranging menu from vegetarian dishes to traditional Irish food to fish, chicken, meat and pasta.
Special Features:
Thirty-foot bar, a dining room, a semi-private lounge and an intimate back garden. All wood used in construction was salvaged from a 200 year-old barn in Pennsylvania.
Friday 12:00PM - 5:00 PM

Sunday to Friday 5:00PM - 12:00AM
Saturday 5:00PM- 2:00AM

Bar Snacks

Monday to Thursday 12:00PM- 4:30PM
Saturday & Sunday 11:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Appetizers   $10.00 - $14.00

Entrees   $9.00 - $24.00

Breakfast / Brunch   $8.00 - $17.00

Seating Capacity:
60 – 80 in dining room, 30 at booths in bar area, 30 garden area, 30 lounge area

Dress Code:   Casual

Reservations:   Recommended.   212.462.4300


Private Parties

Call for reservation and quote: 212.462.4300


Address & Numbers:

505 W 23RD ST

NEW YORK, NY 10011

TEL: 212.462.4300

FAX: 212.462.4504

We are on West 23rd Street, just west of 10th Ave. 
The closest subway stop is the "C" and "E" line at 23rd and 8th Ave.
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