Bartender praises Islanders' "well-behaved fans" during busy game nights; visitor on off-night finds streets "shrugging"
That includes The Montrose bar on Fifth Avenue, McMahon’s Public House, Artichoke Pizza, and Patsy’s Pizzeria, whose manager Gennaro Chimienti cites "high volume and... ‘Let’s Go Islanders’ chants,” more enthusiastic than Nets fans.
“They draw in a much bigger crowd than the Nets do,” said bartender Avi Gould of The Montrose. “There’s no real hit for us from the Nets. The Islanders fans are fun, they’re passionate. And, they are well-behaved fans. As crazy as it gets, they all have good bar etiquette.”
In Splice Today's piece Island Nation, Spike Vrusho looked for fandom during an Islanders away game, observing that "as the Islanders began round two of their Stanley Cup playoff run last week, the streets around the venue shrugged."
The Montrose had six TVs showing the game but only six customers. " I ask about O’Connor’s"--the scruffy bar that occupied the pre-McMahon's space--"and get blank stares."