Explore With The Lewis- TGA

TGA NYC isn’t your typical sports bar. By combining quality ingredients, a sophisticated yet upbeat atmosphere, and a new take on iconic American Dishes TGA personifies the future of watching the big game at a bar. Kris Bakey prides himself on curating exceptional service for all of his guests. From the wagyu burgers to the assortment of craft beers will become your newest stable for any big game night. We got to sit down with Kris to talk about what sets TGA apart and his inspiration for an upscale sports bar. 

TGA is new on the block. What do you think will make it stand out among other restaurants around?

Before guests even walk in they will be blown away by the 80-foot glass facade in the front of the building and as you walk in there are 80 ft. ceiling and 50 ft. chandeliers. There are 3 large garage doors that will open up once it warms up outside and will be lined with trees and plants as a barrier to get in. The biggest and most exciting experience will be to walk past the dining room down the hallway into our hidden backyard beer garden with a retractable roof, heated and cooled all year round when the roof is not open, graffiti art walls, communal style tables and another 15-seat bar. I hidden midtown backyard speakeasy beer garden if you will. We serve classic cocktails with a twist handmade or on tap, local craft NY state beers and have a wide variety of wines as well.

 

What was the inspiration behind the concept of the restaurant? It is a sports bar, but it still feels very sophisticated and elevated.

It is to create a visual experience in all areas of the restaurant, bar and backyard. It can be a little bit of everything and almost cater to anyone. It’s a spot where you can come in with co-workers for a fun, upbeat happy hour or sit down and have an intimate meal with a loved one. You can also come in for the big games as we have 15 big screen TV’s or come late night and sit in one of the semi private couches at the bar and enjoy a beautiful bottle of wine. And as of this week we are opening up our backyard beer garden with a retractable roof all year round, enough said!

 

 

What is your favorite cocktail/beer from the bar?

My favorite cocktail is the award winning Old Fashion made with bourbon or rye whiskey of choice. A perfect blend of French brown sugar, bitters, one large ice cube and an orange twist. It’s perfectly balanced and we also have it on draft as well! Our beers are made up of NY craft breweries and we also have an extensive, sophisticated wine list as well.

 

And what would you get from the dinner menu to go with it?

For dinner, we have a wide variety of cuisine ranging from delicious chicken meatballs with a truffle fondue, salmon crudo, pizza style flatbreads and also nice cuts of steaks and salmon.

 

What do you think locals and guests of the neighborhood would like the most about TGA?

Before guests even walk in they will be blown away by the 80 foot glass facade in the front of the building and as you walk in there are 80 ft. ceiling and 50 ft. chandeliers. There are 3 large garage doors that will open up once it warms up outside and will be lined with trees and plants as a barrier to get in. The biggest and most exciting experience will be to walk past the dining room down the hallway into our hidden backyard beer garden with a retractable roof, heated and cooled all year round when the roof is not open, graffiti art walls, communal style tables and another 15-seat bar. I hidden midtown backyard speakeasy beer garden if you will.