Quick Bite

The Cozy Tavern Said to Be Cape May’s Oldest

At the C-View Inn, wings take center stage amid hearty pub staples.

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This corner bar is a local favorite. Its Cheers-like vibe is welcoming and infectious, capable of leaving first-timers feeling like regulars. 


Said to be the oldest tavern in continuous operation in Cape May, the C-View opened as the Harbor House in the late 1800s, becoming the C-View in 1917. Current owner Gregg Coffey bought C-View in 2007. Now 64, he’s been a regular since his 20s, when he hung out at the bar with friends after basketball games. 

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The best seller is wings, served with a choice of seven sauces that ramp up from mild to hot to “suicide” fieriness. Other favorites include cheese steaks, ribs, pizzas, tacos, soups and salads. Among sides, sweet-potato fries are a stand out. Weeknight specials discount several dishes: on Wednesdays, wings are 50 cents each for orders of 10 or more, half their regular price; on Tuesdays, a large cheese-and-tomato pizza is $5.50, a $2 savings. 


Wednesday Wing Nights can be crazy. Crowds form early, and at peak times, waits can be up to two hours. The wings are worth it, however, and the new outdoor Pallet Bar should help ease the wait time. You can also order food outside.

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