You don’t have to be a baseball fan to love Mickey Mantle’s Restaurant, but it helps. And what better time to go than right now, when the Yankees try to get past the Texas Rangers into the World Series. With numerous flat screen televisions tuned into baseball day and night, the place is fan nirvana. On nights when the Yankees or Mets are playing, the bar area will be filled with New York fans cheering on (very loudly!) their favorite team. And because Mickey’s is located on Central Park South close to many hotels, tourists and ex-pat Yankee fans often wander in to soak up the atmosphere.
The area behind the concierge station is filled with baseball and Yankee memorabilia, if you feel like adding to your collection. We were tempted with one baseball signed by all three Yankee pitchers who have pitched a perfect game—Don Larsen, David Wells, and David Cone. There are plenty of baseballs and other paraphernalia signed by Mantle. Even if you don’t buy, looking is fun. Mantle’s is very child friendly and Little Leaguers will love the atmosphere and hearing about one of the game’s best players ever.
The menu at Mickey Mantle’s is very limited so order simply. Burgers are good and the beers are varied and cold. Besides burgers, steaks, and pastas, there is a “spring training” section on the menu with low carb, low calorie offerings. We tried the three-pepper crusted chicken and it was surprisingly good. Our server, a young woman wearing Mantle’s “7” jersey, was upbeat and efficient. We watched the Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays and called the night a big win all around.
Mickey Mantle’s Restaurant and Sports Bar
Type of Food: American
42 Central Park South
59th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues
25 West 56th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues