Bar-Coastal Says Goodbye to the Upper East Side

After more than a decade, Bar-Coastal NYC on the UES is closing/Upper East Site
After more than a decade, Bar-Coastal NYC on the UES is closing/Upper East Site

MANHATTAN – The rumors are true. After more than two decades of serving Upper East Side customers big plates of chicken wings, ice cold beer and plenty of good times, it will be last call at Bar-Coastal NYC for a final time. The California-themed neighborhood hangout is closing permanently Sunday night.

Located at the corner of East 78th Street and First Avenue since the year 2000, Bar-Coastal NYC is known for their west coast style— surfboards suspended from the ceilings included— and their reasonably priced selection of beers.

Kerry's Way wings can be ordered off-menu at Bar-Coastal NYC on the Upper East Side
Kerry’s Way wings can be ordered off-menu at Bar-Coastal NYC/@nysissies via Instagram

What Bar-Coastal NYC is famous for is its wings, though one of the most popular flavors is not on the menu. Order them ‘Kerry’s Way’ for crispy chicken wings smothered in a hot and tangy sauce you’ll only find here.

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“There was the perfect amount of heat while still maintaining a rich flavor. Seriously, some of the best wings I’ve ever had,” said Eric on Yelp.

Bar-Coastal NYC on the UES is known for its California vibe
Bar-Coastal NYC on the UES is known for its California vibe/Adam Rothstein

Upper East Siders say they have fond memories of the bar.

“My best friend would come in from Maryland and the first place we go is Bar-Coastal for their wings and beer. It was our spot,” said Mike, a neighbor who frequents the First Avenue watering hole with friends and family.

After more than a decade, Bar-Coastal NYC on the UES is closing/Upper East Site
After more than a decade, Bar-Coastal NYC on the UES is closing/Upper East Site

“We are all sad they are closing,” he added.

An employee at Bar-Coastal NYC confirmed to Upper East Site on Thursday that the restaurant would be shutting down forever this Sunday, March 13th— though they could not say the reason for the closure. 

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Visit Bar-Coastal from now until Sunday at Midnight to raise your glass one last time for an Upper East Side institution saying goodbye. 

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