Plug Uglies has been a popular Gramercy bar since it opened in 1997 at 256 Third Ave, between 20th and 21st streets. Now, the owners are looking to expand with a second location on the Upper East Side.
At a recent Community Board 8 meeting, Plug Uglies’ owners revealed their plans to take over the space at 1495 First Ave, between 78th and 79th streets — which until recently was occupied by Bar Coastal.
The Gramercy location is big on comfort food (like roast beef sandwiches), but the UES space has a better kitchen, so they’re looking to do a bit more with their menus. Shuffleboard is also big at the Gramercy spot. We’re not yet sure if they’ll be bringing it north, though.
In terms of the space, the owners indicated huge aesthetic adjustments would not be made — just minor fixes. “We are looking to give it a nice visual upgrade and offer some good elevated bar food options when hanging out or watching the game,” co-owner Dieter Seelig told East Side Feed.
The folks behind Plug Uglies also owned Finnerty’s, a popular Bay Area sports bar which was located in the East Village until the pandemic forced its permanent closure. When this happened, many former Finnerty’s fans headed up to Gramercy to watch their favorite SF teams. “We do think UES West Coast fans will be watching games with us and will be showing all the bay area games,” Seeling tells us.
The owners of Plug Uglies are also behind Craft & Carry, which in July 2021 opened at 1630 Second Ave, between 84th and 85th Streets. This is Craft & Carry’s largest location, with 24 rotating drafts and over 300 bottles and cans to choose from. Beers on tap come in 14 ounce drafts, 32 ounce crowlers and 64 ounce growlers.
We’ll let you know once the owners give us an estimated opening date.