Peter McManus Cafe is among the oldest family owned and operated bars in New York City. Located in the heart of Chelsea at
The newspaper clipping on the wall is headlined PETER MCMANUS AND SONS: TAVERNMEN FOR MANY YEARS. The date August 23, 1948 -- when the bar had already been in business for twelve years. This explains McManus's Tiffany glass, wooden phone booths, and overall time-capsule atmosphere. These days, neighborhood workers from bike messengers and electricians to lawyers and musicians drop in to chat with James "Jamo" McManus, the founder's grandson, who is on hand nearly every night.
When Peter and Mary (Gorman) McManus left Ballinamuck, Longford, back in 1906, they could hardly have imagined that a century later, "Peter McManus" would appear in the films of Woody Allen and TV shows like Seinfeld, and be a part of New York City lore. But that's the case with The Peter McManus Cafe, the famous watering hole located at 19th Street
analog telephone booths!