Judge Roy Bean Public House

Opening Hours
Today: 11am–2am
38 West 56th Street, 2nd Floor
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Along with offering a wide variety of beer and whiskey and a rotating seasonal menu, Judge Roy Bean's (also known as JRB) features a truly impressive collection of furniture and art from old world America. When contemplating how to renovate the restaurant back in 2014, Peter Pernicone and Derek Walsh decided to take a road trip across the country, picking up eclectic pieces along the way: From Connecticut, the duo acquired a part of a railroad track for the foot stool beneath the bar; at a nineteenth century Amish farm in Pennsylvania, they found timber; in Kentucky, oak for the floor; from Texas, a sign on the wall, and in New York State, an American Jasper flag featuring forty-five stars from Macy’s in 1898. Furniture in tow, Peter and Derek headed back to Manhattan to decorate their space and re-open JRB.

One thing that Peter and Derek decided to keep when they took over the place was the restaurant’s unique name. As the plaque that hangs at the front explains, Roy Bean was a judge from Langtry, Texas. During his time as judge, he only chose jurors that were his best customers at his bar, which he ran during his tenure. In honor of him, Peter and Derek named the small dining room in the back “The Jury Room.”

When Jon, a member of the Manhattan Sideways team, visited JRB, it was clear to him that the restaurant’s unique design was not the only thing that set it apart. As each new customer came in to have a mid-day drink, Derek greeted them by name, asking about their family and jobs. Derek’s bubbly personality and passion for his job help to make him an unforgettable part of the bar. Peter's experience in the restaurant business has clearly also helped make the bar the desired spot to stop in for a drink, for it was his family who originally opened up the restaurant back in 1995.

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