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Forbidden City

212 Ave. A, New York, NY 10009 40.729774 -73.980648
nr. 13th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-598-0500 Send to Phone

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  • Scene: DJ, Live Music, Lounge, Restaurant & Bar, Sake
Photo by Shanna Ravindra

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Happy Hour

Mon-Fri, 4pm-9pm; half-priced drinks, $4 sake

Nearby Subway Stops

L at First Ave.

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa


This venue is closed.

Forbidden City is anything but forbidding. The horseshoe-shaped bar manned by friendly bartenders is populated by a mixture of regulars and a few of the outer boroughs’ finest. As is obvious from the Beijing-influenced name, it’s an Asian-inspired space: artifacts are displayed in recessed wall cutouts, a large red dragon is painted on turquoise tiles, and votive candles flicker in their openwork lanterns. A blithe Buddha overlooks patrons starting their evening with Better Tomorrows (Shochu, vodka, 7-Up, and lime juice), Green Hornets (green tea martinis), and of course, hot and cold sake. Around 11:30pm, the bar really fills up, and the larger groups who came early and grabbed the tables in the front windows are the envy of the place. Forbidden City’s a restaurant too, but the food is very hit-or-miss, so get your waiter’s recommendation to be on the safe side.


Mon-Sat, 10pm-close