This is for a friend's birthday on 11/18. I'm not interested in burger joints but old time bars with warm ambiance with great burgers. My favorite old school bars were McHales and Subway (is that the name? A venerable bar near Penn Station), both of which are gone. Others I like are Ear Inn and White Horse. Places I know about are Old Town Bar and Pete's Tavern. So, you get the idea of the bar feel I am looking for.
Places I am currently considering for the gathering Walker's Tavern and PJ Clarkes. Burger places that might do (though they may not have the old school bar feel so much) are DuMont Burger, Bonnie’s Grill, Rare Bar & Grill, Molly's Pub.
So, what have I left out? And what would be your rankings? (Remember, old school bars with great burgers, not the best burger joints in the city.) Thanks.