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“Pit Stop at Penn”

Tracks Raw Bar & Grill
Ranked #3,797 of 14,378 Restaurants in New York City
Cuisines: American
Neighbourhood: Chelsea
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Neighbourhood: Chelsea
Reviewed 25 March 2014

I've been frequenting this pub for quite some time now. You could liken it to the Oyster Bar of Penn Station. Outstanding fresh shell fish and seafood. Great burgers, appetizers and desserts. Good bar and friendly wait staff. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed.

Thank RelaisAndChateau
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Reviewed 8 February 2014

The web site for this place claims that it is the 'Oyster Bar of Penn Station'. The Oyster Bar being referred to is the elegant old seafood place in Grand Central Terminal. Sadly, it's a bit frayed about the edges today, but one can still sense the sophistication that earned it a reputation as one of New York's finest restaurants. The Tracks claim is correct that it is in Penn Station, and it does serve some seafood, but it's a major misrepresentation to claim that its anything at all like the Oyster Bar.

Tracks is an Irish pub buried deep within Penn Station. In fact, that's the first problem - it's at the end of the Long Island Railroad concourse, hidden in a corner, and with no signs directing customers to get there. I eventually asked the clerk in a Hudson's News how to find it, and his directions help - some.

Second, it's a long, narrow space. There are two entrances, one into the restaurant from a back hall that appears to come from one of the platforms, and the other from the main concourse into the bar. We had to walk through the bar around 5pm on a Friday night; the bar was crowded and very noisy. Frankly, wife almost wanted to leave before we got to a table because the place was really uninviting.

While Tracks does serve some seafood (and oysters), it's really an Irish pub where the staples on the menu are burgers and shepherd's pie. Don't get me wrong - I like burgers and shepherd's pie. But it would be better to advertise itself for what it really is, rather thant to try to falsely claim something more elegant.

Son had a crab burger that he report to be very good - very spicy, but still very good. Wife had a grilled tuna salad - she liked the tuna, but reported that rather than baby arugula, it was made with grandpa arugula - old and tough. I had a paella special that was generous, but disappointing. Paella is a baked saffron-spiced casserole with fin fish, shell fish, chicken, tomatoes,and rice. I was served a plate of commercial rice pilaff accompanied by a variety of shellfish, fin fish, and chicken, and seasoned with pimento - not a baked casserole, no tomato, and no saffron. It tasted fine, but like the overall restaurant, was misrepresented.

I've read reports suggesting that Tracks also had a problem with the attitude of their wait staff. I will say that our waitress was very pleasant and friendly.

There are better places to choose from in Penn Station. Tracks would be a fine place to have a beer while waiting for a delayed train, but its not worth seeking out for a nice dinner.

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1  Thank Monophoto-1
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Reviewed 18 January 2014 via mobile

Great restaurant very close to us in a great unique location. Debbie was excellent! Soup was excellent and oysters too

Thank travelllbug618
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Reviewed 18 November 2013

Needed to meet a client when in NYC. They were on Long Island, I was staying in NJ found Tracks and it was a perfect meeting place. The food was great and the service was very good. A great snap shot of life in the city in a friendly atmosphere.

Thank Cliffordmte
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Reviewed 16 November 2013 via mobile

A great place to unwinded after work or go to before a night out. The food is great and the service is better.

Thank spitz67
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